Olay Regenerist Review: A Review of The 10 Best Olay Regenerist Products - The Dermatology Review

Olay Regenerist Review: A Review of The 10 Best Olay Regenerist Products

SKIN CARE REVIEWS

07.19.21DISCLAIMER

Olay Regenerist is one of the most popular skin care lines by global beauty brand Olay. The collection includes the popular Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream, as well as the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 products, Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 products, and Olay Regenerist Whip products.

What are the Best Skin Care Products of 2021?

Olay defines regenerist as “an expert in the craft of regenerating (i.e. skin)”. The Olay Regenerist products are said to leave your skin looking radiant and renewed. In fact, the brand states that you should look to Regenerist when you’re “in need of a total skin transformation”.

But do the Olay Regenerist products really live up to these claims? In order to answer this question, we’ll have to review the Olay Regenerist products through a scientific lens. This means we’ll evaluate the research that supports (or doesn’t support) the ingredients that you’ll find in these products. We’ll also share some Olay Regenerist reviews so that you can get a better idea of what customers really think of these products.

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What Are The Top 10 Best Olay Regenerist Products?

The Olay Regenerist collection consists of creams, serums, lotions, sun care products, eye creams, face cleansers, and more. The Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream is the most popular product from the collection. We’ll give you the details on the Micro Sculpting Cream and the other best sellers from the Olay Regenerist collection below.

 

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream

  • Anti-aging facial moisturizer that is said to visibly diminish wrinkles and fine lines starting day one.
  • Key ingredients include glycerin, niacinamide, panthenol, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, and sodium hyaluronate.
  • Contains fragrance.
  • Contains three parabens as preservatives.

 

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Serum

  • Anti-aging facial serum that is said to hydrate, improve elasticity, and firm skin for a lifted look, instantly diminishing the look of wrinkles
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, silicones, panthenol, vitamin E, and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • The formula also includes mica and titanium dioxide, which are minerals that reflect light from the face, creating the illusion of a smoother, softer, and more radiant skin tone
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

  • Anti-aging nighttime facial moisturizer that is said to deliver visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, and retinyl propionate
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Jar packaging means the retinol may deteriorate over time due to exposure to air

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum

  • Anti-aging nighttime facial serum that is said to deliver visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, and retinyl propionate
  • Higher concentration of retinol than the Night Moisturizer
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Opaque plastic bottle with a dropper dispenser protects retinol from exposure to air

 

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream

  • Anti-aging nighttime eye cream that is sai to visibly firm, brighten, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles
  • Key ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, retinyl propionate, and vitamin E
  • Light, silky texture that absorbs quickly
  • Fragrance-free, dye-free formula
  • Jar packaging means the retinol may deteriorate over time due to exposure to air

 

Olay Regenerist Whip Original Moisturizer

  • Anti-aging facial moisturizer that is said to hydrate, improve elasticity, and firm skin for a lifted look, instantly diminishing the look of wrinkles.
  • The term “whip” in the name due to the inclusion of “Whip Technology”
  • Whip Technology offers you a light formula that transforms from cream to liquid on contact for fast absorption and a breathable feel, resulting in a smooth, matte finish that leaves your skin feeling moisturized
  • Key ingredients include glycerin, niacinamide, panthenol, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, and sodium hyaluronate
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 25

  • Anti-aging daytime facial moisturizer with sunscreen
  • Includes chemical sunscreen ingredients to provide broad spectrum SPF 25 protection
  • Additional key ingredients include niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, and sodium hyaluronate
  • Contains fragrance

 

Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Moisturizer

  • A lightweight cream that is said to help skin look and feel visibly firmer with less noticeable fine lines and wrinkles in two weeks
  • Key ingredients include palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, niacinamide, glycerin, and panthenol
  • Fragrance-free

 

Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream

  • Anti-aging facial cream for nighttime that is said to hydrate throughout the night to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Key ingredients include dimethicone, glycerin, niacinamide, panthenol, vitamin E, and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4
  • Fragrance free

Olay Regenerist recovery night cream

Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub Facial Cleanser

  • A face wash designed with a lathering gel formula that is said to polish away dull skin and regenerate skin’s surface
  • Key ingredients include glycerin, surfactants, and hydrated silica
  • Hydrated silica particles physically exfoliate the skin and break down in the process. This unique characteristic will prohibit you from over-scrubbing and ultimately protect you from unintended damage of over-exfoliation
  • Contains fragrance

What Are The Key Ingredients in Olay Skin Care Products?

Even though Olay produces hundreds of different skin care products, we’ve noticed that many of the formulations are nearly identical.

You may have noticed that the Olay Regenerist products we introduced above have the same key ingredients, which include niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, glycerin, panthenol, and silicones.

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Biochemist’s Perspective

Elle, our in house biochemist and skincare specialist, takes a closer look at how these ingredients work, as well as the research that supports their use in skin care.

 

Niacinamide

One ingredient that Olay loves to include in their formulations is niacinamide, the amide form of vitamin B3 (niacin). In fact, niacinamide is found in all of the Olay Regenerist products, with the exception of the cleanser.

Niacinamide is a multi-tasking ingredient that provides many benefits to the skin. For instance, a publication in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, states that niacinamide can help to repair the skin barrier and improve skin moisture, and may help to reduce inflammation, blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkling.

Niacinamide is also an antioxidant that helps the skin combat free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.

 

Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4

Another key ingredient used throughout the collection of Olay Regenerist products is palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, or what the brand calls an “amino peptide”. Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 is a matrikine, a messenger peptide or protein that regulates cell activities through cell signaling.

For example, when the collagen protein is degraded, matrikines send signals to fibroblasts to produce new collagen.

Since matrikines may have the ability to support the production of collagen, elastin, and other macromolecules, synthetic peptides like palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 have been created to mimic these effects.

According to a publication in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 may stimulate production of collagen types I and III and fibronectin. Thus, the inclusion of palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 in the Olay Regenerist products means you may notice an improvement in skin firmness after using these products.

 

Humectants and Occlusives

You’ll also notice that Olay Regenerist products are formulated with high concentrations of humectants (like glycerin and panthenol) and occlusive ingredients such as silicones (like dimethicone).

Humectants are beneficial skin care ingredients because their structure is composed of hydrophilic or water loving. The structure of humectant ingredients help them to grab on moisture and pull it into the skin.

Occlusive ingredients work by trapping moisture in the skin. They do this by forming a thin barrier over the skin preventing moisture loss to the air or dy environments.

 

Retionoids

The final key ingredients we’d like to discuss are retinol and a derivative called retinyl propionate, which you’ll find in the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 products. After being absorbed into the skin, both forms must be converted to retinoic acid before they can provide any benefits.

Retinoic acid works deep within the skin where it may help to boost collagen synthesis, increases elasticity, and repairs connective tissue. It has also been shown in research to increase cellular turnover, which helps to prevent clogged pores and also promotes smoother, healthier skin.

According to a publication in the journal Clinical Interventions in Aging, retinoic acid can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve uneven skin tone, restore skin firmness, and shrink the appearance of enlarged pores. So if you’re looking to tackle multiple signs of aging at once, your best bet is to try one of the Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 products.

Where are Olay Regenerist Products Sold?

Olay Regenerist products are sold on the brand’s website, as well as third party ecommerce websites such as Amazon, eBay, Ulta, and more.

You can also purchase Olay skin care products from drug stores like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, and more.

What Is The Olay Return Policy?

The Olay return policy states, “You will be responsible for the shipping charges to return the item(s). To obtain your refund, the item must be returned to us, unopened and in its original packaging, with all accessories, within 30 days of the date upon which we provided the item to the carrier for shipment to you.”

Is Olay Cruelty Free?

Olay is not cruelty free. Olay is owned by Procter & Gamble, a company that tests on animals.

Olay Regenerist Reviews

Olay Regenerist reviews on the brand’s website are mostly very positive. One product that has an impressive amount of reviews is the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream. After more than 23,000 customer reviews, this product has received an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars.

The positive reviews for Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream mention that this moisturizer really does help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while keeping the skin moisturized and smooth.

For example, one review says, “I am in my 50’s and have been on a constant search for something that really works to diminish my fine and deeper wrinkles over the long term. After experimenting with numerous products, I have found that this cream really does work. The big test was when I switched to another brand for 6 months. New lines appeared. The texture of my skin became coarser. I switched back to Olay. I would say that within 2 weeks, my skin improved. Within 1 month, my skin was significantly improved. This cream always gets good reviews, for a good reason. It works! Superior moisturization as well. I use it with the serum at night. Definitely recommend it!”

However, there are quite a few negative reviews for Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream from customers who did not see the results they were hoping for after using this product for months.

For example, one review says, “I have been an Olay user for years. I was sure that the Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream would live up to the standards of prior products. I have purchased a total of 12 jars (3 unused so far) and have seen NO improvement or change as promised. I do not expect miracles at my age (71) but do expect some small and positive changes. Not happening with this product.”

Our Verdict

Overall, we think that the Olay Regenerist products are a decent option if you’re trying to build a skin care routine on a budget. With that being said, some products are better than others. We recommend avoiding the Olay skin care products that contain fragrance and parabens, as well as those that are packaged in jars.

Pros

  • Beneficial ingredients like niacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4, glycerin, and panthenol used throughout the collection
  • Relatively low cost
  • Many positive Olay Regenerist reviews

Cons

  • Formulations lack innovation; the same few ingredients are used in nearly all of the brand’s products
  • Some Olay Regenerist products contain fragrance
  • Some Olay Regenerist products contain parabens

What Are Some Alternatives To Olay Regenerist?

After reviewing the 10 best Olay Regenerist products, we’ve noticed that this brand does include some beneficial ingredients in their products, but they really lack innovation. If you’re looking for skin care products that include unique ingredients based on the latest research and cutting-edge technology, we recommend Formulyst.

One example is Formulyst’s Ultimate Youth Concentrate, which includes key ingredients such as Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) and five unique peptides. EGF is a protein naturally found in cells called fibroblasts, which are responsible for producing collagen. It is thought that EGF signals to fibroblasts to produce more collagen, which leads to cell growth, proliferation, and wound healing. As we age, our ability to produce EGF decreases, resulting in the key signs that contribute to aging skin. Applying products that increase EGF production, such as the Formulyst Ultimate Youth Concentrate, may increase skin strength and integrity.

Another brand that balances the power of plants with cutting edge science is Carrot & Stick. Not only is Carrot & Stick good for your skin, it is also good for the environment as the formulas skip harmful chemicals commonly found in skin care products.

References:
1. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2010 Feb; 3(2): 22–41
2. Int J Cosmet Sci 2011 Dec;33(6):483-90.
3. Clin Interv Aging. 2006 Dec; 1(4): 327–348.

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  • Sue Sprick Original review: Oct 15, 2019. Reply

    I just bought your product but noticed it has propylparaben as one of its ingredients. From everything I had read you should make sure your face cream should be paraben free. Why is this in your product. I am thinking of taking it back for a refund.

  • Sam R Original review: Jun 13, 2018. Reply

    I hope you haven’t changed your ingredients as my face as started to break out with little white bumps under my skin. If it’s the same I will check with my dermotolagist for further review.

  • Jeanette JAMES Original review: Jul 18, 2015. Reply

    I am so confuse with all of different olay products. I need to buy something for puffiness and bags under the eyes and brown spots and wrinkles. There is so many to pick from one. They all say about the same thing for all of the face skin. I have normal skin tone, puffiness and circles below the eyes and wrinkles on face. Do you have any suggestions! Thank you

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