2 years ago
Olay(used to be called Oil of Olay/Ulan/Olaz among others) is a brand owned by Proctor and Gamble who also unbeknownst to many people also own the luxury Japanese skin care line SK-II. Olay have several sub-brands, most of them containing repeated formulas throughout the entire Olay line from top to bottom subbrands. The top subbrand is ProX, marketed towards Dermatologist use, Much older women and the serious person into anti-aging. The 2nd subrand at the top would be Luminous(used to be called Definity) under that you have Regenerist, Total Effects, Complete and so on. From looking at the ingredient listings on the Olay Regenerist Luminous Collection, it is the only subbrand out of the entirety of Olay that uses not only Niacinamide(Vitamin B3 which shows up repeatedly in all of Olay's skin care collections) but also uses an interesting ingredient called Acetyl Glucosamine which research has shown that in conjunction with Niacinamide is an effective duo for the treatment and prevention of hyperpigmentation, age spots, sun spots, post inflammatory pigmentation you name it. I have gone through 2 jars of this in the past 4 months and I must say the results while subtle, continuous use of the cream has yielded visible results. I find the cream takes too long to be effective, however all this depends on how much pigmentation and dark spots one has, I have several mottled pigmented areas all over my face. The texture of the product is not that of a traditional cream, like most creams from Olay and any powerhouse company that can afford to put money into the development of a good texture, this is more of a cream that dries down to an almost satin matte finish. I have a combination dry skin that is left wanting a bit more oomph in the moisture department from this cream. Perhaps that is why this cream is recommended to be used following a serum and booster essence, all of which dare I say it is a complete waste of money as they all contain the exact same ingredients. A dimethicone base, niacinamide and acetyl glucosamine in an efficacious amount and a scattering of Vitamin E Tocepherol and Panthenol. The price is slightly bordering on premium and I would only buy this cream at half price. The packaging is very shiny and silver but like most jars you simply take out the quantity which you need and please use a spatula or cotton tip. Not your fingers! I am going to go back to my powerhouse of Hydroquinone and Tretinoin to fight pigmentation problems that I have, as these two ingredients have the most well documented research stating their effectiveness for this problem of pigmentation etc. I find Olay needs to stop creating too many confusing sub brands, and with their billions and billions of investment each year into skin care research need to come up with formulas that use other ingredients, not just Niacinamide. The fantastic team at Beautypedia have also recognised this, for a billion dollar company to product or recycle the same formulas time and time again in different packaging and different names etc, you wonder what theses Olay scientists are really doing up there in Cincinnati, OHIO. Any purchase from Olay from me from now on will solely be the classic pink beauty fluid for which they are most famously known for, their excellent range of well formulated gentle water soluble cleansers(OLAY CLEAN foaming cleanser, used to be Foaming Face wash for sensitive skin) and a nice selection of sunscreens with SPF 30. If you are on a budget and want to try a well formulated skin lightening/brightening product that is easily found within any drugstore or pharmacy at a somewhat decent price point, please give Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream a try. If you are curious about Olay in general please purchase from the Olay Luminous collection only, as you get more bang for your buck. Olay's most famous cream to date has been their Regenerist cream, comes in a red tub and looks strikingly similar to SK-II packaging. That cream has won several awards and countless mentions in magazines and online blog etc. However the only ingredient making a difference in that very cream is Niacinamide which is easily found at a lesser price point in their Total Effects line. If there is a lesson to be learned here people it is to always always always read an ingredient listing as you may be paying for a formula that is repeated, overpriced, harmful or downright full of nothing significant for skin. As consumers we have the right to know what we are paying for!
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