olay regenerist

I am a member of Influenster Nation. It’s a pretty sweet gig. A few times a year they send me a small box of products to use and review! My most recent VoxBox contained a jar of Olay’s new Luminous Moisturizer which I was very excited about.

I’m usually a believer in the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’.  But as the beauty industry becomes increasingly more competitive, even drugstore brands are being pushed to improve the quality of their products. This moisturizer’s price tag is usually around $25-$30.

Olay’s Claims:

  • Reduce the appearance of dark spots over time
  • Brighten, exfoliate, and smooth skin
  • Regenerate skin’s appearance

I’ve been using this product for 4 weeks now and to be honest, I have a love-hate relationship with it. I see great potential for this product I just don’t think it’s great for my particular skin type. My skin is very normal through the spring, summer, and fall. I’m pretty even keel except in the winter. This product is geared to skin types that are very dry.

With my normal skin this product was far too moisture packed for me. After about 3 weeks I started to see a mild break out developing. By the end of week 4 I was in full blown break out mode so I discontinued use. I’ll have to admit, I was disappointed. But, knowing what I know about skin I haven’t given up yet!

What I liked:

  • Reduction of dark spots- I have melasma on my forehead and in those 4 weeks I did see an improvement in the evenness on my skin tone. (learn more here http://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m—p/melasma)
  • Brightness of complexion- Their claims of smoother and brighter skin are true!
  • Product consistency- This moisturizer is the wonderful consistency of pudding. It feels great going on! I found that a tiny amount of product was sufficient for the entire face and neck.

What I disliked:

  • Exceptionally high hydration- This is a plus for those with dry skin! Unfortunately, it was too much for my normal skin.

You can see why I love some aspects of this product while I’m not too crazy about other aspects. In the end these are my recommendations-

  • If you have dark spots give this product a try!
  • If you have extremely dry skin give this product a try!
  • If you have normal or oily skin you should avoid this product in the spring and summer. I’ll be revisiting this product in the dead of winter when my skin usually becomes dry and flakey.