Fun fact: Olay is called Oil Of Olaz in Italy.
But the old lady images sticks all the way to the other side of the world. It’s a shame. Olay has some of the best moisturisers you can find at the drugstore.
Case in point: Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser.
What’s In Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturizer?
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that can do anything you want it to. Here are a few of its super powers:
- It hydrates skin: It’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
- It soothes skin: It alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
- It lightens skin: It reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
- It helps treat wrinkles: Preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
- It treats acne: Its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel
No matter your skin type or problems, it’s always a good idea to add Niacinamide to your skincare routine.
Related: The Complete Guide To Niacinamide: What It Is, What It Does, And How To Use It
Unlike most moisturisers at the drugstore, Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser has its fair share of antioxidants to help prevent premature aging. Here are the highlights:
- Green tea: A powerful antioxidant that protects skin from sun damage and soothes inflammation
- Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A stable Vitamin C derivative that fights free radicals and helps treat acne
- Vitamin E: It fights free radicals and hydrates skin.
Related: Is Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate The Best Vitamin C Derivative?
The texture is just right: not too lightweight and runny, but not thick and heavy either. It spreads easily and absorbs quickly into the skin.
Very subtle, clean scent that disappears quickly.
How To Use It
It’s the last step of your evening skincare routine. But you can use it in the morning, too.
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Performance & Personal Opinion
Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser is one of my fave night creams. It just works.
It does a wonderful job at moisturizing my skin, making it soft, smooth and a little bit brighter. It also makes my fine lines appear temporarily smaller.
When I wake up in the morning, my skin just looks better and healthier. It gives me that my skin-but-better look, if you know what I mean.
As for reducing age spots, I can’t vouch for that as I don’t have any – yet. But niacinamide has been scientifically proven to help with discolourations, so if your dark spots are new, this should help a little.
Are they old? You may want to add a more powerful skin-lightener, like arbutin or azelaic acid, to your skincare routine.
What I know for sure is that it doesn’t unsag skin and shrink pores. The big ones around my nose are still the same size.
Related: The Battle Of The Skin-Lighteners: What’s The Best Alternative To Hydroquinone?
Who Is This For?
Normal to dry skin.
Who Is This Not For?
Oily skin may find it a tad too rich.
Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser comes in a light gold bottle with a pump applicator that dispenses just the right amount of product you need.
Does Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser Live Up To Its Claims?
|Reduces the appearance of wrinkles.||Yes. The key work here is “appearance”. It doesn’t promise to make wrinkles disappear. It only promises to make them look smaller. Any good moisturiser does this.|
|Evens skin tone.||Niacinamide can help fade away dark spots, especially if they’re new.|
|Refines look of pores.||There’s evidence Niaciamide can help with this, but this cream did nothing for my pores.|
|Smoothes the texture of the skin.||Yes. Again, any moisturizer does this.|
|Brightens.||Yes, niacinamide can reduce sallowness and brighten the complexion.|
|Helps to restore skin’s firmness.||Note it doesn’t promise to firm skin. It only promises to help (what?) firm skin. There’s nothing in here that can firm skin.|
|Exfoliates to enhance skin’s surface natural self-renewal process for healthier looking skin every morning.||There’s nothing here that can exfoliate skin.|
|Its non-greasy, fast absorbing formula will not clog the pores of the skin.||True.|
Price & Availability
$24.99/£14.99 at Feel Unique and Ulta
Do You Need It?
If you’re looking for an effective moisturiser that can moisturise, soothe, and prevent wrinkles without breaking the bank, Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser is definitely worth a try. It’s one of the best moisturisers at the drugstore.
Dupes & Alternatives
Have you tried Olay Total Effects Night Firming Moisturiser? Share your experience in the comments below.
Aqua, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, C13-14 Alkane, 1.2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, CI 77891