A Personal Olay Regenerist Skin Care Products Review
How Much Makeup Do You Need?
When it comes to makeup and any long length of time devoted to it, I’ve always been a natural and easy-care kind of woman. A quick and thorough washing with Noxzema skin cream in the morning and at night was my regimen in my teen years and through my early thirties. Along with this I used eye shadow and mascara, a touch of lip gloss, but that was pretty much it. I don't like heavy makeup, my Mom always told me the point of makeup was to use it, but make it look like you weren't. That worked for me for a long time.
Olay and Cover Girl Make a Great Foundation
This foundation is a product made by Cover Girl, but it has the Olay Regenerist serum in it. It works as a layered tinted moisturizer, and a light foundation. I love it. You only need a few little dabs you can put on your face with your fingers and it's foundation lasts all day, while moisturizing and protecting from sun damage too. It doesn't get better than that! I highly recommend it.
Begin Moisturizing in your 30s
Once I was in my thirties, I decided I had to change my “look” to be a little more professional, as I worked in a pompous accounting firm. Yes, me, the one who writes all these metaphysical pieces! So I got a perm, which made my straight blond hair look like I stuck my finger in an electric socket, and after shedding a few tears, went back to a straight and simple hairstyle. I added some foundation and blush to my makeup routine, though with my light complexion I blushed pretty easily anyway.
This was sufficient for a long time, but by the time a woman reaches her forties, the skin gets much drier, and even liquid makeup seems like it doesn’t want to move when applied. I had a need for a moisturizer underneath foundation, and since I had rosy skin, preferred a lightly tinted one. Hormone changes really affect your skin, and some people notice a washed out appearance, or uneven skin tones. I had to try something new, made for women in their forties and fifties. Yikes. So after some experimentation with different company’s products, shades of tinted moisturizers and various foundations, and fielding questions about why was I so pale, pink, red, or tan, I finally tried the line of Olay Regenerist products.
There were a lot to choose from, and made specifically for my skin’s age, complete with vitamins, and whatever other jazz is necessary to help things along. Olay has developed several excellent lines of products that help hide wrinkles, minimize crow’s feet, cover dark circles under the eyes, lift sagging skin and fix other horrors. They also add special moisturizers so that your face is getting a mini-lift while you are wearing it. How easy is that? And by the time you are in your fifties, your skin mantra should be “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.” Save Ohm for your serious meditation mantra.
Olay Detoxifying Scrub Cleanser
Combinations of Olay Products
There are a few lines of skincare items from Olay that are made to mix and match. One is called Olay 7 Total effects, another is the Olay Regenerist line, and in 2015, they began a new line that adds more shine to dull complexions, Olay Regenerist Luminous. I began with the Olay 7 Total effects, which I really liked. It has moisturizers for daytime, with a light tint, which could even be used as a light foundation. They are available without the tint too. They have heavier moisturizers in creams too.
But I moved on to the Olay Regenerist line, because it seemed more appropriate for my age and skin. There is a great foaming cleanser called Olay Regenerist Advanced anti-aging detoxifying pore scrub cleaner. I know that’s a mouthful, but it satisfies several of your skin’s needs to remove makeup at the day’s end. First it foams up and makes your face feel really clean. Then it has little exfoliate beads that assure all the old makeup is off, and helps get rid of those dead skin cells that make you look washed out. It then becomes really soft and creamy, so as you finish washing your face, it feels soft and moisturized.
It comes in a gel form, and I really like it. I noticed that I had a few pores that became visible again from skin breakouts in my teen years, and this product which already does so much helps that too. It’s a tall order, but it works. This is gentle enough for sensitive skin too. Your face will feel super clean and soft. This is not to be confused with the cream, which has the same name, but I didn’t like as much. It did less. Be sure to get the gel. It's a red colored gel.
Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream
Wear Over or Under Makeup
The rest of the Olay Regenerist products are made so that you can either use them under your makeup or at night on clean skin. Two come in both a clear, liquid serum which gives your face a slight lift, and a cream that will do the same overnight as you sleep. So it’s up to you which you prefer. To begin my morning skin care routine, I still wash my face with old fashioned Noxzema. Really, they still make it. But I finally decided that at night I liked the Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream. It seems to perform a very gentle chemical peel over the course of a week or so, and you may not want to use it every night if you have sensitive skin. It applies very easily with your fingers, so you can use it under your eyes to lessen the effects of crow’s feet and such. Make sure you pat the cream under your eyes gently, and don't forget your neck! A wrinkly neck can make you look much older than you are!
Cover Girl has a line of cream foundations with the patented Olay Regenerist serum in it, found in the Cover Girl section of your store, and it is made to interact with the rest of the Olay line. I love the bottled one that can worn under makeup as a tinted moisturizer, or alone if you wear your makeup lightly. It is pictured at the top of this article. It is available in many shades, and lasts all day, even if you are wearing it under other makeup. You may have seen it advertised by Ellen De Generes. The bottled makeup is a mixture of a liquid and a cream, so it goes on as lightly or heavily as you want to wear it. You can just put it on with your fingers. If you want you could add the powder over it, and it still wouldn't look like you have too much makeup on.
There is also an Olay/Cover Girl cream blush. This was my first experience with cream blush, and I would never go back to powder so it could cake up. I find it's much easier to blend cream blush so it looks more natural, not like you have pink/tan steaks along your cheekbones! If you need more moisture protection, or will be outdoors, I would recommend the Olay 7 Effects Moisturizer in the light tint with SPF protection underneath your foundation.
Yes, They Still Make It!
Micro-Sculpting Serum Takes off the Years
Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting serum is terrific, it’s clear and lightweight, and gives you that mini-lift that really makes the difference. It comes in a red bottle. It also comes in a cream jar, both are red glass. There is another serum, Olay Regenerist Daily serum, which comes in a white bottle. This also is available in either a clear serum or a cream. I love the both the creams and serums, but believe the liquid is absorbed by the skin more easily, so I wear the serums at night. I think both are equally good. I go back and forth between the micro sculpting cream in the red bottle, and the more liquid serum in the white bottle. There is also an Olay Regenerist night recovery cream, which comes in a shallow, purple container, and promises to give you a mini-lift overnight. I like this as well.
I really noticed a big difference in my skin after wearing the Olay Regenerist line after about two weeks. The one issue is that it is rather expensive. One thing I notice is that most chain drug stores normally have their Olay products on sale all the time. Also, I looked on Amazon.com, and it appears the prices for many of these products are almost 50% cheaper if ordered from there. A small bottle of either serum costs anywhere from $25-$45, and can go up into the $60 range. and it’s only available in little bottles slightly over 1 ounce, or slightly under 2 oz. If you order by mail, there is the extra postage of course, but since the bottles are little, they aren’t going to weigh much. So that's a less expensive option. Also, you only need to use it sparingly, so a bottle can last about one month or more.
If you are one of my readers, you know I read tarot cards at parties or do astrology chart readings for groups at people’s houses, usually who have guests I am meeting for the first time. A few weeks ago, a group was talking about menopause, and the changes it was making for their bodies and their skin. I walked over to escort my next client, and one woman smiled at me and said, “Wait until you start going through menopause!” I’m 60, so that really made my day. So in my book, Olay Regenerist and the Cover Girl Foundation with Regenerist serum are definitely worth every penny!
I am still happy with the line five years later, and they keep adding new products. These are to add shine, but people tell me I have a glow to my skin anyway, so I haven't tried those. I have been teaching Tarot Classes now, and also attend a women's group where we discuss our problems and "inner goddess." One night we got talking about the three stages of a woman's life, Maiden, Mother and Crone, and the woman who owns the business asked me if I was a "Crone" yet. So I guess I'm still passing for younger than I am! A new product added to the Olay line I have come to like is Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir. It's a light serum, which gives you some moisture and a little lift during the night. It comes in a transparent red bottle with a little crescent moon on it. I have sensitive skin, and wear it safely every night. I think the Olay line would work equally well for men, who have pretty much the same needs as their skin ages, except sensitivity from shaving as well. They could wear the clear serum to add moisture at night, or wash their faces with the exfoliating gel first. That way it would not interfere with any shaving products they need in the morning.
© 2011 Jean Bakula
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