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:
- It was one of the first drugstore brands to use niacinamide, a multitasker that fights wrinkles/dryness/acne/dark spots.
- It makes good glycolic acid exfoliants – as opposed to crappy scrubs all the other drugstore brands have – that don’t break the bank.
- 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:
Quench Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Lotion ($5.29)
If there’s one product I don’t like to spend a small fortune one, it’s body lotion. Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Shea Butter Body Lotion is an affordable option that works even for Sahara dry skin (trust me, my skin IS that dry). The blend of niacinamide, petrolatum and shea butter creates a barrier on the skin that keeps moisture it and protects it from the elements, making sure it stays soft and supple for hours. This isn’t something you need to reapply all that time. The only “con”? It has a slight shiny finish. I don’t mind it, but I thought I’d mention it in case you do.
Available at: Walmart
Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment ($28.49)
Got acne? Olay Pro-X Deep Wrinkle Treatment is worth checking out. The jury is still out there on whether retinyl propionate, a form of vitamin A gentler than retinol, is effective against wrinkles. But, studies have shown it definitely helps with acne. So does niacinamide. Plus, this form of vitamin B3 helps fight wrinkles and dryness. Add a pinch of antioxidants to prevent aging and a dollop of dimethicone to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and you have a lovely anti-aging formula for breakout prone-skin.
Available at: Walmart
Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Cream ($29.80)
Dark spots are the worst. Olay Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Cream fights them on two fronts. For starters, it uses undecylenoyl phenylalanine, an ingredient developed by Olay to lighten dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Plus, it has a huge dollop of niacinamide, a skin-lightener that goes the extra mile. Niacinamide fades away dark spots, hydrates and soothes skin, fights wrinkles, and helps treat acne. The lightweight formula is fragrance-free, making it an excellent option for all skin types, including sensitive.
Available at: Walmart
Related: 7 Ways To Fight Hyperpigmentation
Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum Fragrance-Free ($28.99)
Let’s get one thing straight: Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum can’t sculpt skin. No topical product can. But it’s still a great option to fight premature aging. For starters, it has niacinamide – you know by now what this skincare superstar can do. It hydrates skin, fights wrinkles, treats acne, fades away dark spots… you name it, it does it. Then, there’s sodium hyaluronate, a humectant that can attract, and bind, to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. To finish off, a sprinkle of antioxidants and peptides to help fight off wrinkles. If you can find it, go with the fragrance-free version. It’s suitable for sensitive skin too.
Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturizer Plus SPF 15 Fragrance Free ($22.99)
FYI, don’t rely on Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging UV Moisturiser Plus SPF 15 for sun protection. You’d have to apply too many layers to get the level of SPF stated on the bottle – and even that is enough for winter only. In summer, you’d need to up the SPF anyway. So how did it make the cut? Simple. This moisturiser is a great option for day time: it keeps skin soft and smooth for hours, makes a good base for makeup and has its fair share of antioxidants to keep premature wrinkles at bay. The fragrance-free version is suitable for sensitive skin, too.
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