I've used this successfully for 4 years now, bought many replacements and will buy many more. I hope it's never d/c'd.
This serum has peptides, niacin, vit C and E and functions as a light moisturizer, mattifier, primer, eye cream and general all round anti aging miracle. Normally I use it day and night, twice a day. Under my spf day lotion, and over my Neutrogena retinol and around my eye area for extra moisture.
Although I use it with Olay's regenerist spf 15 lotion, I was on vacation recently for a month in the tropics, over December. I left it behind, figuring that the spf lotion would be enough along with my Neutrogena retinol night cream. The Regenerist lotion with spf has niacin, peptides, antioxidents, so why bother doubling up?
That became the perfect test for whether this serum is worth the extra step in applying it. The answer is YES! It's worth it.
Without it, in spite of my other creams and lotions the skin around my eyes began to show more fine lines, the area around my lips and my nasolabial folds (the line between your nostrils and the sides of your mouth became more pronounced. I had my age spots make a surprise reappearance, and my skin became redder and more reactive. I am 53 years old, with typical redhead skin, fair, sensitive and allergic with rosacea.
Experiment over, I concluded that yes the serum makes a great difference, even more than the regenerist lotion with spf 15 which I always use. I was using an spf 50 on top of the regenerist lotion and still I found sun damage was becoming quickly obvious.
I will never ever again leave this at home and skip it for convenience in travel. I would sooner go without spf (which is never going to happen btw) than skip this little miracle.
I also prefer the fragrance free version. Why bother with a potential reaction? Paula Begoun says this serum is slightly more loaded with peptides and antioxidents and niacin than the fragranced version, and MUCH more loaded with good stuff than any of the other regenerist products.
EDITED TO ADD: I've just done a little experiment, layering the serum on AFTER my sunscreen to see if the mattifiying effect would cut some of the shine from the ss. It works. Not sure yet if it blocks the good stuff in the serum from soaking into the skin but I will update further.
I wanted to love this product, but unfortunately it made me breakout. I tried it for a few days and then took a week break and then tried it again to make sure it was what was causing my breakouts. I loved how velvety smooth it felt on my skin and wish my skin would have tolerated it. Unfortunately it didn't and I ended up returning it.
I've been using this for about one month as a light moisturizer both day and night. It can be easily applied under make-up and actually doubles as a primer.
It works well at night when I'm not looking for a heavy-duty moisturizing treatment. Otherwise, I use the Regenerist night treatment.
After using up the entire bottle, I have to say - I'm not impressed. The serum is very thick and feels like it's just sitting on top of my skin. When I bought it, I intended to use it during the day to supply my skin with antioxidants and create a nice base under my makeup. After a few months, I stopped. It felt too heavy on my skin and I saw absolutely no improvement. So I started using it at night instead. I tapped it around my eyes as an eye cream and, when the weather got chilly, spread a thin layer on my face before applying my night moisturizer. It made no difference whatsoever. I've come to the conclusion that if I continued to use this serum, it would be just an extra, unnecessary step in my skincare routine. It also does nothing for me as a regular moisturizer or an eye cream. I will not be buying this again.
At 38, I was looking for something that would help moisturize my parched skin and provide even a little anti-aging benefit without spending a fortune. Even though it is relatively pricey for a DS brand, the price, if it worked, would have been negligible. I purchased this along with the micro-sculpting cream. The first day I tried both products, I noticed some mild itching and was hoping this my skin's way of adjusting to the product. I used both products again that evening and the next morning. Shortly after putting it on the second day, my face not only started to itch horribly but I broke out in hives along my jawline. Needless, to say, it is going back to the store. This get some pretty good reviews here on MUA but does have preservatives in it. If you are someone with fairly sensitive skin (normally, I'm not!) then patch test this first! Darn, I was so hoping this would work out and I would notice some of the same affects as other users.
I LOVE this moisturizer -- so soothing, great ingredients, just lovely all around.
It's FRGRANACE -FREE -- thank god -- it's still so hard in this day and age to find fragrance free products!
I use this moisturizer morning and night -- I used to use Paula's Choice moisturizing gel for normal/combination skin, but I found it wasn't quite moisturizing enough for me anymore. Plus Calgary is notoriously dryer than a desert, so that doesn't help matters -- everyone's skin in Calgary is dehydrated!
But when I switched to the Olay Serum, I did notice that my skin's hydration level improved. It's great for under the eye, but I use it all over my face. In the winter when it is super-EXTRA dry in Calgary, I usually put an extra, plain moisturizer on top for additional hydration at night.
What I also love about this serum is that my makeup goes on so smoothly. There are so many moisturizers where I've found they leave an odd film -- everything from Biotherm, L'Oreal, Lancome, etc., -- and when I apply makeup on top of a "filmy" moisturizer, it tends to flake off in clumps. Luckily, the Olay Serum soaks into the skin, just leaving a silky softness behind, and letting your foundation go on like silk. (I use M.A.C. Select Concealer in NW15 in the t-zone, and then Sonia Kashuk Sheer Magic Minerals all over in Pale Ivory.)
I HIGHLY recommend this moisturizer! I still love the Paula's Choice moisturizing gel, but I just found it too inconvenient to re-order when I kept running out --- it's nice to have a moisturizer you can buy locally when you run out!
I do still use my Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant Serum layered under or over the Olay Serum from time to time for extra night time treatment. That also works great!
The only drawback is the small size -- 50 mL -- How I wish I could just buy a giant vat of this stuff -- I'd slather it all over my body! ;)
Oh, and the price for Canadians is a bit steep -- I saw that at Target it was around $18 USD -- in Canada, it ranges from about $24 CDN on sale or at Walmart or Superstore, and when it's not on sale at Shoppers Drug Mart, their regular price is $36.99, which is INSANE. I only buy this moisturizer on sale or at cheaper stores!
I am loving this stuff!!! I have normal/oily combination skin and it works great on my skin type. I use it at night underneath my moisturizer on all areas of my face except for around my eye area and my nose (I use other products on these areas.) It leaves your skin incredibly soft and smooth. It has diminished some of the redness on my cheeks that I have from roseacea and leaves my skin much more even toned. I think it would work great as a makeup primer as well but I have yet to experiment with this.
Basics of the product: silicone based serum that is applied to clean skin before moisturizing. The product itself goes on smoothly, feels silky to touch. I did experience some mild stinging when I used it the first couple of times, however my skin (which is very very VERY sensitive) didn't break out, so I pushed past that stage. I don't feel stinging now. I use the unscented version, which I also like, because my skin cannot tolerate fragranced products. The pump distributes the product cleanly and evenly, and enables you to get almost all of the product out (when the bottle is almost empty you have open it and shake out what's left). I can get a 3.4 oz. bottle at Costco for $27, which is a bargain if you ask me.
I did not realize how well this product worked until I STOPPED using it, and my skin texture slowly became uneven and patchy again. I finally relented and bought another bottle, and a few days later, *poof*, my skin was even and the dry patches were gone. It really does make a difference in skin texture and smoothness.
What it DOESN'T do is affect wrinkles or pore size, hence the reason I only gave it 4 lippies instead of 5.
I've only been using this for a week, but I already see improvements in skin texture and overall appearance. I use a moisturizer under it (Olay Regenerist). I also notice that my makeup stays fresher, longer. No irritation, no breakouts, just a nice smooth feeling to my skin. This might become a staple for me.
Love this serum. It feels very nice on and if your not that dry you don't even need a moisturizer over it. Makes foundation nice and smooth application afterwards and doesn't feel heavy or oily at all. Nice antioxidants in it as well. I don't know why they have a fragrance version of this???