Skincare

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum

January 7, 2014
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum ($22.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.)
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum ($22.99 for 1.7 fl. oz.)

A year ago for Christmas, I received the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum as a gift and I’ve played around with it off and on throughout the year. I was definitely interested in trying out what is a very visible and widely available drugstore offering. The Regenerating Serum typically costs $23 for a 1.7 fl. oz. bottle, but this is a larger 3.4 fl. oz. bottle that was sold through Costco, so I’m honestly not sure how much it cost. It’s a silicone-based gel that comes in a pump bottle and is advertised to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 2 weeks and smooth out skin texture.

I’m 27 (I was 26 when I started using this), and so I don’t have any major aging concerns, but I have noticed a slight deepening of fine lines under my eyes and so I’ve started experimenting with products addressing fine lines in the past year and a half or so. I believe this is a pretty popular product, and it boasts ingredients like green tea leaf extract, niacinamide, panthenol, and vitamin B3.

Here are the specific claims from the Olay website:

Regenerist Regenerating Serum delivers anti-aging ingredients 10 layers deep into the skin surface, to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Add to your skincare routine to:
– Hydrate for younger, firmer-looking skin
– Restore skin’s elasticity with plumping hydration
– Exfoliate to aid surface cell turnover

Although this is called a serum, which is something I’d normally use after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing, the Olay website labels this a step 2 “moisturize” product in an Olay regimen. They suggest using it after cleansing but before using specialized treatments such as the Regenerist eye cream and lash serum duo, and don’t mention using any separate facial moisturizer over it. Personally, I started using this as a moisturizer but quickly switched to pairing it with a moisturizer when I realized my skin wasn’t actually getting hydration from it.

Initially, I really enjoyed using this because it felt very nice on my skin. It’s lightweight, applies smoothly and instantly makes skin feel soft, yet it “dries down” and doesn’t feel wet or sticky at all. It feels similar to a silicone-based makeup primer. I never experienced any pilling or anything like that, it always went on and layered under other products like a dream.

I used this twice a day for several months straight with optimism. At one point, I quit using it for a bit and tested some other products before resuming using it again with a different combination of skincare items. As good as it feels to apply, the thing is that I never saw it make any difference in my skin at all. It didn’t moisturize my not-too-extreme combination skin, it didn’t make any of my little lines budge, my skin didn’t feel plumped, and I didn’t see a difference in my skin’s texture. All of the benefits seemed superficial and would wash away at the end of the day when I cleansed my face.

Now, there isn’t really anything bad I have to say about this product beyond that, so it’s not something I feel like consumers should run screaming from. It certainly wasn’t irritating, it didn’t break me out, I really didn’t see any ill effects from it. And it does have some promising ingredients in it, so there may be people out there who do see a benefit from it. But I feel like my young, relatively balanced skin is a pretty good candidate for an all-rounder like this, and I really wish I could say something concretely good about it.

Although I’m certainly not rich, I’m still the kind of consumer who would rather spend a bit more and get a product that provides a real benefit. It’s a better use of money to get something you really like than it is to get something that doesn’t perform and offer any real value. Or, if I’m going to buy an ok product, it should come with a good price tag. Unfortunately, I don’t feel like I can recommend this one. I feel like it’s formulated for a great superficial experience as opposed to long-term benefits, and it still costs over $20 (though I suppose you could always grab it on sale).

Ingredients: CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, WATER, glycerin, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE,niacinamide,* DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, panthenol,† BUTYLENE GLYCOL, propylene glycol, PALMITOYL PENTAPEPTIDE-4,§ CARNOSINE,§ TOCOPHERYL ACETATE,** CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT,†† ALLANTOIN, CETYL RICINOLEATE, BIS-PEG/PPG-14/14 DIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, PEG-100 STEARATE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, DISODIUM EDTA, ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, BENZYL ALCOHOL, citric acid, FRAGRANCE.*VITAMIN B3 †PRO-VITAMIN B5 §AMINO-PEPTIDE **VITAMIN E ††GREEN TEA

The Regenerating Serum costs $18-23 for 1.7 fl. oz. and is available from Olay as well as Target, Ulta, and most drugstores.

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear what you think!

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