Olay: ProX and Regenerist range

I’ve had a few compliments on my skin over the last few months and I am convinced it’s mostly because of the skincare products I’ve been using. These are not new products on the market, but to me they are and for the last 4-5 months of using these consistently, I’ve noticed a good difference in my skin!

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

Olay ProX and Regenerist line

I’m all about the anti-aging stuff. I’ve done my research, heard super great things about these products so I decided to give some of the products in the Olay ProX and Regenerist lines a try. Here are the products I’ve been using and what I think of them so far:

Olay Pro-X Age Repair Lotion SPF 30:  In my opinion, THE BEST SPF daytime face moisturizer I’ve tried yet. Why?  First off, it’s SPF 30 which is an awesome level of SPF protection for the skin, especially the face. Second, this DOES NOT leave a white cast on my face and it does not leave it looking shiny. Third, this blends in so smoothly and doesn’t have the typical thick, sunscreen-y feeling that most moisturizers do, especially with anything higher than an SPF 15 (in my experience, anyway). And last but not least, it’s got GREAT anti-aging skincare ingredients – the SPF, niacinamide, and vitamin E. A little pricier than most drugstore moisturizers (but much less than higher-end, Sephora/department store brands) but definitely worth the investment. This is fragrance- free and comes in an easy to pump container. I don’t think I ever have to search for another SPF moisturizer for the rest of my life – this is a forever winner in my books!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum:  This fragrance-free serum has been a great addition to my skincare routine. Before my moisturizer, I apply one pump of this silky, smooth serum onto my skin and it makes my face feel well, silky and smooth!  It’s got niacinamide (a stellar anti-aging ingredient proven to lighten sun spots and scars) and other super anti-aging ingredients including antioxidants and peptides. My face is hydrated and feels radiant after using this.  It actually has the ability to blur my pores, has a bit of a silicone-y feel – I’ve tried using this as a makeup primer and it works wonderfully.

Olay Pro-X Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel:  You know I’m a BIG fan of using glycolic acid as a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage – one of my favourite products is the Nip & Fab Glycolic Pads . When I  saw the Olay night treatment I jumped at it because having had great results from the pads I use during the day, why not amp up the treatment at night while asleep?  This product may have up to 10% glycolic acid which is why I think it works so well. After using this every other night, I notice my skin being brighter and less dull. It’s fragrance-free and has a light, watery texture. After cleansing my skin in the evening, I’ll rub about 3 drops of this into my palms and apply on my face – no need to follow up with moisturizer unless I feel I have to.

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream:  I use this cream only at night as it has no SPF.  This cream has a multitude of antioxidants that are beneficial to the skin and I like the fact that these are working for me overnight.  The cream is a light texture however it provides very good hydration – for dryer skintypes this would be a dream; for combo-oily skintypes like me, it still works but does leave a bit of an oilier feel – nothing too obnoxious that would stop me from using it though.  It comes in fragrance and fragrance-free versions. I try to stay away from skincare products that come in jar packaging (less hygienic, ingredient effectiveness lost when jar open/closed constantly) but I couldn’t resist with this cream. I wish it came in a squeeze or pump tube! I always wake up to plump and hydrated skin after using this cream.

Have you tried any of these products?  Like or dislike?  Any recommendations for me?

Thanks for reading!


Product Empties #2

Hello Pretties!

I hope everyone is doing well today – what a nice spring day we’re having FINALLY! I’ve opened up all the windows in the apartment to get some new spring air to replace the old stale winter air. The sun is shining and the air is crisp and fresh. Sunday is one of my favourite days — catching up on housework, going out for a coffee, having a handful of lazy-on-the-sofa moments and of course, blogging! So let’s get started!

Today is my second instalment of Product Empties. I’ve got four products here:

L to R: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser; Jason Normalizing Tea Tree  Conditioner; Dove Clear Tone Anti-perspirant; and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

L to R: Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser; Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner; Dove Clear Tone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant; and Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Ageing Micro-Sculpting Scrub Cleanser

As you can see from the state of this tube, I have squeezed every single last drop I could out if it! This is a great basic cleanser. I like using cleansers with exfoliating beads/grains — I like the feeling of getting a deep down clean every time I wash my face. This one is nice because the beads are quite small and are not especially rough. The cleanser itself is a gel formula. It rinses well and gets my skin feeling clean without overdrying it. Here are its claims:

I can’t honestly say if any of the Benefits, Technology or Results as per the tube actually happened for me — I’m actually a little be skeptical when it comes to facial cleansers that make numerous claims to improve the skin because I think it’s what you put on AFTER you cleanse your face is what really makes any sort of difference. The reason why I decided to give this particular cleanser a go was (as you know) I’ve been on the search for some really effective anti-aging face-care products and Olay is actually a brand that has a wide range of skincare that meets different needs, and their anti-aging line is quite a buzz in this category and is one of the best out there on the drugstore market.

I would say that it definitely has made my skin less dull looking — not sure if any of the ingredients have contributed to that; I’m more inclined to think it’s simply because of the exfoliating beads that did the trick. Overall, this is a good basic cleanser that lasted me about maybe 2 months (a dime size amount is all I’d use every single day) and I would consider re-purchasing.

I’ve actually done some research on the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging line and have read some rave reviews about many of their products. I’m in the middle of testing out another anti-aging line right now, but when I’m through with those, I plan to scoop up a few of the Olay Regenerist line to see what they can do for my skin.

I give the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Micro-Scultping Scrub Cleanser: a HIGH FIVE

Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

Jason normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

Jason normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner

For those of you who know me well, I’ve been battling scalp eczema or seborrheic dermatitis for a few years now. It’s a very annoying and uncomfortable condition — and with it being mostly on the bottom half of my scalp, it makes for very awkward moments when I feel the urge to scratch my scalp until there is no tomorrow, without explaining to someone why I’m constantly scratching. I have a topical prescription to medicate the area, but I try my best to only use when necessary and I’ve been looking for more natural ways to ease the itch and bring my scalp back to normal.

Tea tree is known for its antibacterial/antifungal properties and helps to soothe itchiness. I used this in combination with the Jason Tea Tree Normalizing Shampoo (not shown here because I am still working on the bottle as it comes in about 3 times the size of the conditioner). This is a nice, light conditioner. It smells clean — like tea tree, as you can guess. I usually apply this to damp hair after I’ve shampooed, massage into my scalp concentrating on the most itchy parts and leave in for about 5 minutes. It rinses out easy and leaves my hair soft and detangled.

Using this alongside the shampoo, I do believe it’s helped to reduce the itchiness to a certain degree. Some days it seems to work better than others; I’m not sure why. I use this with the shampoo every other day, as I alternate with another shampoo and conditioner — because I find that using the Jason duo can sometimes leave my scalp feeling a bit too dry, which makes matters worse for my eczema.

Overall, I like this conditioner when using with the matching shampoo and I like the fact that I’m using something more natural for my condition, rather than relying on medication alone to alleviate my symptoms. I will probably pick up another bottle this week.

I give the Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Conditioner: a STANDING OVATION

Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant

Dove ClearTone Anti-Perspirant

Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant

Anti-Perspirant is a staple in my bodycare regime. I sweat like no other. I’m not that picky when it comes to deodorant or anti-perspirant, but one thing for sure is that it’s gotta keep the sweat away as best as possible. I’ve tried those “clinical strength” formulas from the drugstore and regular formulas — some good, some not so good. This Dove anti-perspirant is nothing special. I like that it is very moisturizing on the pits, probably due to the “calendula and sunflower seed extracts” it claims to contain. It’s got a very pleasant scent… sort of powdery sweet. For its anti-perspirant qualities however, I’m not so sure it’s built to stand up to my level of needed protection (it’s got 15.2% aluminum zirconium, which I THINK is a bit lower for anti-sweat content compared to other brands or formulas).

Overall, this Dove anti-perspirant is good, but I would opt to buy something a bit more strong for my needs.

I give the Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant: a SHOULDER SHRUG

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer

I’ve had this container in my skincare stash for probably about 2 years. When I first bought it I used it practically every day, and then I found another primer that I really liked so this one got put to rest for a while. I recently started using this again and finished up the bottle within the last 3 weeks. On the back of the container it says, “Serum Primer, with Olay Regenerist complex inside, helps firm skin’s appearance creating a canvas for an ageless finish.” You can apply this to a cleansed face or after you moisturize to prime the skin for foundation or makeup application.

I used this both ways. Most times, however, I would apply this right before my moisturizer, taking advantage of the serum part of the product. On occasion, I would apply this before my foundation or BB cream (after moisturizing) to reap the benefits of its primer qualities — provides a really great smooth surface for applying a face base. The formula is a very lightweight, white lotion that glides on SO smooth and leaves my face feeling soft and silky (whether I put this on before or after my moisturizer). The smell is very subtle and is very similar to other Olay products (I’m sure you know what Olay smells like!).

The bottle is quite unique as well in that it’s a pump applicator and the bottom of the bottle is see-through, so you can see how much product you have left. Everytime you pump an application (a pea-size is more than enough to cover my entire face), there is a mechanism in the bottle that “lifts” the product up to the top so when you use up the entire bottle, there is NO waste and NO product left sticking to the sides of the container. Absolutely genius! Every single drop you pay for, you actually use — all brands should use packaging like this for the products that can be packaged this way!

Overall, this is a very good product that I would definitely repurchase if I was on the hunt for a good serum/primer combo. Covergirl actually has a foundation that combines foundation, serum and primer in one, with the same Olay formula as this product. I’ve been eyeing that in the drugstore for the last couple weeks… hmmmmm… next purchase perhaps!

I give the Covergirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer: a HIGH FIVE

So there you go! Hope you enjoyed my Product Empties #2!!

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them? Would you suggest I try anything in replace of these products?

Please leave any comments or questions below – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for tuning in Pretties!!