the 5 best skincare products

Seriously, is there a more underrated skincare brand than Olay?

While everyone is fussing over Nivea (which hasn’t updated its formulas in ages, by the way), Olay is relegated in the back-seat, left to wonder what the heck it must do to be more popular.

It’s not like it’s not trying:

  1. It was one of the first drugstore brands to use niacinamide, a multitasker that fights wrinkles/dryness/acne/dark spots.
  2. It makes good glycolic acid exfoliants – as opposed to crappy scrubs all the other drugstore brands have – that don’t break the bank.
  3. It puts more than only lovely antioxidant in their products – because the more you use, the more free radicals you destroy.

If you’re on a budget and craving flawless skin, Olay is the drugstore friend to turn to. But, which products should you try first? Here are the best Olay products:

Best For Anti-Aging: Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Facial Serum ($38.99)

Olay Regenerist Retinol24 Night Facial Serum doesn’t disclose the % of retinol, but even tiny doses help slow down premature aging. And tiny doses is what’s recommended for first-time retinol users. So, why should you use retinol in the first place? This form of Vitamin A fights wrinkles on 3 fronts: it fights free radicals, boosts collagen production, and speeds up cellular turnover (the skin’s natural exfoliating process). Plus, the serum contains Olay’s star ingredient Niacinamide, a form of Vitamin B3 that moisturises skin, reduces the look of wrinkles and dark spots, soothes irritations and even helps treat acne. If you’re looking for a gentle retinol serum, this is it.

Available at: Target, Ulta, and Walmart

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Best For Sun Protection: Olay Luminous Brightening And Protecting Lotion SPF 30 ($29.99)

Olay Luminous Brightening And Protection Lotion SPF 30 is a lightweight sunscreen best suitable for oily and combination skin. It works thanks to traditional chemical filters that absorb UV rays and transform them into a less damaging form of energy (heat). FYI, chemical UV filters are bad for you only if you’re allergic to them. If not, there’s absolutely no reason to avoid them. Especially when they’re packaged together with antioxidants, like green tea and Vitamin E, that boosts the sun protection of the sunscreen. Plus, a generous dose of niacinamide to provide some light hydration and soothing power. Did I mention it makes a good base for makeup, too?

Available at: Walmart

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Best For Wrinkle Prevention: Olay Regenerating Serum Fragrance-Free ($26.99)

Olay Regenerating Serum Fragrance-Free has a silky, lightweight texture that glides smoothly on the skin and helps it look its best – while preventing further damage. Silicones fill in every nook and cranny to blur out large pores and minimise the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections – without suffocating skin. They have a particular molecular structure made up of wide molecules with big gaps in between. Your skin can still perspire through these gaps. Antioxidants and peptides slow down premature aging, keeping those pesky wrinkles off your face for a little while longer. Niacinamide is here, too. You know by now that it does everything you want it to, from hydrating skin to soothing irritations and brightening the skintone. Oh, this serum is best suitable for combination and oily skin, but everyone can use it.

Available at: Target and Walmart

Related: Are Silicones Really Bad For Skin?

Best For The Eye Area: Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum ($29.99)

First things first: you do NOT need an eye cream. They can’t lift sagging skin, depuff eyes, or treat dark circles. Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum is no exception. So, why am I recommending it? If you’re one of those ladies who feels naked without eye cream or your eye area is drier than the rest of your face and you need the extra bursts of moisture, this’ll do. For starters, it has niacinamide to moisturise and soothe skin. A blend of silicones (no, they don’t suffocate skin!) fills in crow’s feet, so they look smaller to the naked eye. Finally, a sprinkle of antioxidants help prevent new wrinkles from forming. Oh, and it has light-reflecting minerals that instantly make you look fresh and awake – just in case you need to fake a good night’s sleep.

Available at: Target, Ulta and Walmart

Related: Do You Really Need An Eye Cream?

Best Cleanser: Olay Gentle Clean Foaming Cleanser ($4.99)

Olay Gentle Clean Foaming Cleanser is suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive. Its pearlescent texture gently removes all traces of dirt, excess oil and most makeup without drying out or irritating skin. You’ll only struggle with this if you use a lot of longlasting and waterproof makeup products. Translation: if you regularly sport the Kardashian look, get yourself an oil-based makeup remover. For everyone else, this is one of the most affordable – and gentlest – cleansers at the drugstore.

Available at: Target and Walmart

Related: Are Foaming Cleansers Bad For Skin?

What do you think are the best Olay products? Share your picks in the comments below.