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Olay Reviews

Skin Care Reviews


Brand background

Anyone who has walked down the skin care aisle of a drug store is familiar with Olay. Trusted by millions of women around the world, Olay is the best selling anti aging skin care range in five continents. This multi-billion dollar brand produces hundreds of different beauty products, which can make it pretty daunting to choose a product to fit your specific needs. In order to help with this issue, our Olay review will cover key products in the Olay skin care line, key formulation details, Olay reviews from real customers, and alternatives for you to consider. 

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Key products

Olay offers a wide variety of skin care products, including cleansers, toners, masks, mists, moisturizers, serums, treatments, and sun protection products. Since there’s way too many Olay skin care products to discuss in one review, we’ve narrowed it down to the top three products: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, Olay Regenerist Whip, and Olay Regenerist Retinol 24.

The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is an anti-aging moisturizing formula that is said to penetrate deep into the skin’s surface in order to improve texture and elasticity. Olay claims that users will be able to see visible wrinkle results starting on day one, and that over time their formula will regenerate surface cells to help “take years off your skin age”. 

Olay Regenerist Whip is an ultra-light SPF 25 moisturizer that is said to hydrate, improve elasticity, and firm skin for a lifted look, as well as diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 is a nighttime face moisturizer that is said to promote visible improvements in fine lines and wrinkles, smoothness, brightness, firming, dark spots, and pores. 

Key formulation

According to the brand, some of the key ingredients that are used throughout the Olay skin care line include glycerin, niacinamide, retinyl propionate, and amino peptides. Below we’ll discuss each of these key ingredients in detail so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting in Olay skin care products. 

Olay claims that glycerin is used in their products because it “hydrates to plump fine lines and wrinkles”. And while this is true, the effect is only temporary. In order to understand why, we’ll need to explain how glycerin works. Glycerin is a humectant, which means its structure has several hydrophilic (water loving) groups, primarily hydroxyl groups (OH). The OH groups hydrogen bond with water, essentially “grabbing” it and holding it on the skin. Humectants slow water from evaporating and therefore keep the skin hydrated. 

Humectants like glycerin provide temporary anti-aging effects because the extra hydration is extra volume, which effectively plumps out the skin and makes lines and wrinkles less noticeable. However, this effect is transient – as soon as the moisture content in skin decreases, lines and wrinkles will return to normal size. Unfortunately, some skin care brands may use high concentrations of humectants in their products that are claimed to provide anti-aging effects without any other ingredients to correct signs of aging. You may think the product is working because your skin looks plump after use, but these effects are just from the humectant (in this case, glycerin). 

The next key ingredient used in many Olay skin care products is niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that provides numerous benefits to the skin. For instance, it is well-known as a potent antioxidant. According to the Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, it “increases the antioxidant capacity of skin after topical application by increasing the reduced forms (NADPH), which have potent antioxidant properties.” In addition, studies have shown that niacinamide can repair the skin barrier and improve skin moisture, as well as reduce inflammation, blotchiness, hyperpigmentation, acne, and wrinkling. 

Olay used a vitamin A derivative called retinyl propionate in their retinol products, such as Olay Regenerist Retinol 24. Retinyl propionate is an ester of retinol and propionic acid. After being absorbed into the skin, retinyl propionate goes through a series of reactions until it becomes retinoic acid (the active form). Retinoic acid has the capability of minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving uneven skin tone, restoring skin firmness, and shrinking the appearance of enlarged pores.

The final key ingredient used in several Olay skin care products is amino peptides. Peptides are chains of amino acids and the building blocks of skin cells. They are commonly used in anti-aging skin care products due to their ability to increase collagen production. Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and it helps give your skin strength and firmness. As we age, collagen weakens and the body produces less collagen. Additionally, environmental factors, like sun exposure and pollution create free radicals that cause collagen to degrade over time. The result? Lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Using products with amino peptides are thought to help build new collagen, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin.  

Olay Reviews

Olay reviews on the brand’s website are overall very positive, with the Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream receiving the most customer reviews: over 23,000! Out of all these reviews, the Micro-Sculpting Cream averages 3.9 out of 5 stars. 

What are some alternatives to Olay?

After reading the formulation details, you can see that Olay uses several beneficial yet standard ingredients in their skin care products. 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.





The philosophy of Formulyst is long-term and effective skincare, rather than covering up any imperfections. The comprehensive line of products tackles everything from wrinkles to dark spots and dry skin. While some brands rely on unnecessary fillers and scents, Formulyst focuses on ingredients that help create results, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Many of the Formulyst’s products harness the power of plant and citrus extracts as well as gold-standard workhorses such as retinol.

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Advanced Dermatology

The Advanced Dermatology skin care regimen addresses the most pressing aging concerns. It can be used by men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. This award-winning system can help diminish wrinkle appearance, reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, fade away redness, even out skin tone and improve the appearance of eye bags and dark circles. Some of the standout products in this line include the Super Youth Serum, Complete Age Defense and Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Treatment.

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  • Ann Hepworth 10.27.18 Reply

    Your Whips creams are the best cream ever invented! Finally a cream that moisturizes beautifully, without making my skin greasy or shiny! LOVE! Thank you!

  • cindy brown 12.09.17 Reply

    there so many olay products out there, are you talking about the original one from way back in tbe day? if so im going out now to biy it:)))

  • Nikole 09.07.17 Reply

    i’ve tried a lot of products for my acne including olay for years now and dermalmd acne serum is by far the best one. it doesn’t dry out my skin either like a lot of products do.

  • Mari Coetzee 05.25.17 Reply

    I am 51 years old. I have not been using any facial products for many years. I had these terrible dark puffy eyes, which I hated. I purchased Oil of Olay 7. And oh boy what a wonderful product. My frown lines between my eyes are 80% gone. I am feeling and looking 200% better. The dark puffy eyes are gone. I am all bright eyed and puffy tail at the moment. Thank you for a great product

  • jeen 05.18.17 Reply

    Oil of Olay is amazing, and I keep a bottle of the lotion opposite me as I sit on the throne in the bathroom, and apply. While I wash my hands I grab a bottle and slather my hands. I follow the ProX cleansing program at night and spritz with witch hazel EVERY time I visit the bathroom…thus I look thirty years younger. For years before Olay, I slathered all day long with creams and lotion, keep bottles of lotion or cream in every room of the house, especially when I watch TV…

  • Michelle Elliott 05.15.17 Reply

    Regervernist!!! Amazing!!!❤????

  • Michelle Elliott 05.15.17 Reply

    I am 50yrs old, have used oil of olay since I was 18yrs.!!! I looked this up because I wanted to share what a wonderful product this has been for 32yrs!!! I have used the regular one with the black lid…in the 80’s.
    Then around 35yrs changed to age one…..
    I remember when I was 18ys. Watching this woman putting on her makeup, and I was fascinated by the routine she had! I had also noticed she was in my young eyes gorgeous!!! I remember she would look at me and say “if you want to have good skin and not look like an apple doll…(that’s how they said it), you have to always and forever use this!”
    She handed me the bottle of Oil of Olay
    Black lid clear bottom, white face cream. Use it every day for the rest of your life! Her mom swore by it! That was good enough for me! Call me vein…but I have used this product from 18ys-50yrs.!!! I have never liked my picture taken, stayed out of the camera…shy, never care for my looks! But I have used this product for 32yrs!!! And I’m still being told I look the same….as last time, most of those times were 10+yrs.
    I just have to take this time to actually speak up!
    Thank you so much for al, your products, I have 3 daughter’s over 23yrs. They all use
    Oil of olay!!!!
    Michelle Elliott

  • Melissa Pattersno 05.04.17 Reply

    Dear Olay,

    I have been using Oil of Olay since I was a youngster. My mother used it every day, so ever since I was young enough to reach it in the cabinet, I started using it. I am now 51 years old and continuously get compliments about looking so much younger. Although the stress of losing parents and life in general makes the hair turn and few wrinkles show up, I know that thanks to Oil of Olay……….I am one of the lucky ones that I always prayed I would be. Thank you!!!!

  • FAYE 05.04.17 Reply

    Please continue to make olay products with Petrolatum a.k.a. Vaseline. I know Petrolatum has been getting a bas rap. It is the only moisturizer I have found to actually go beyond the surface of theskin, especially wonderful after a shower. i have also noticed petrolatum is continued to be the moisturizer for most of the lotions’, such as Vaseline intensive care products. I am loving the Olar Ribbons with Honey and Marula oil. it smells like the popular scent called “A Thousand Wishes” from Bath And Body Works! i have also been using B.B.W’s creamy bodywash, but unfortunately they changed the ingredients to Shea Butter. It is not in the same as Petrolatum! Their scent is amazing but i can buy their fragrance if all i want is to smell good! Bless you guys. don’t stop using Petrolatum/Vaseline.

  • Vicki 05.01.17 Reply

    HI Cindy. I recently starting using and then selling Arbonne skin care products. They have a line called Calm. I would recommend this line for you. You can check out my website on VickiBauman.arbonne.com. I look forward to helping you with your skin care needs.

  • Makeup4u 03.03.17 Reply

    I am back to using Olay Total effects 7 with the 30 spf with their cleanser in a tube. I love this even though it has something that makes my skin peel or exfoliate. My BFF has used it for years and wears no makeup. I have used the Creme in the original line. I am 53 and look 30 😉

  • Jlynn 01.12.17 Reply

    I bought Oil of Olay Regenerist serum around 2 months ago, and for that price it’s ridiculous. At best it’s a good moisturizer. But then when I realized it has parabens in it which are linked to cancer, weighing out a good moisturizer isn’t worth all that. Noor the price. I specifically was looking at certain areas in my face while I used it for that 2 months, I’m 31 years old I started getting wrinkles around the mouth just within the last few months and I have one son spot below my eye. Nothing changed. I really had high hopes too! I’m going to stick to hydrochloric acid and vitamin C

  • Samia 01.11.17 Reply

    Olay products are awesome. I have been using the regenerist micro-sculpting serum and eye swirl. I also use the ultimate eye cream. They are great. I just turned 50. I don’t have wrinkles. I guess genes, but I do have puffiness under my eyes. I have noticed a tremendous difference. I live by Olay products. They give results.

  • Anita C 01.09.17 Reply

    I have been using oil of Olay since I was 27. I am now on the cusp of 63 and can honestly say that I have had to produce my driver’s license to prove my age. Most think I’m in my mid to late 40’s. I can only attribute this to Olay as I absolutely have never used anything else on my face – ever!

  • Nina 01.04.17 Reply

    I have used olsy for30 plus yrs. I will soon be 54 , and people guess my age at 34 .I get asked all the time what do you use on your face ,? Your skin is so pretty . These compliments make my day.I love Olay , I’m currently using olay regenetist micro sculpting cream ,and regenetist luminous brightening cream cleanser.From time to time I switch up & try different olay products .I virtually have no fine lines, or wrinkles .Thanks Olay.

  • Jayne 11.09.16 Reply

    I have been using Oil of Olay beauty fluid since I was 15, back when it was Oil of Ulay. I am now 41 and no one believes me when I tell them. I always joke that it must be the Oil of Olay working, however, I am really starting to believe it. My skin is on the dry side, however, I have always found other creams too greasy and have always returned to Oil of Olay beauty fluid. At 41 my skin is as smooth as a peach despite me spending time in the sun. I rarely wear any make up, besides mascara on special occasions. I have naturally auburn hair (now going grey lol) fair skin and freckles. I have told my 12 year old daughter to share my beauty fluid and hopefully she will yield the same results when she is 41……I hope that she is buying her own by then though 🙂

  • Flo 10.22.16 Reply

    I have been using Olay Pro X Eye for years and LOVE it. Decided to try Olay Pro X Hydrating for my face and I see no improvement, changes, etc. Very disappointed, as I truly LOVE Olay products.

  • Kirsty Dola 09.19.16 Reply

    Aged 36 I decided it was time for me to start using an anti-wrinkle cream. I thought I would give Olay Anti-winkle firm and lift deep wrinkle treatment and Olay firm and lift eye renewal gel a try. I have noticed within a week of using the treatments a great improvement, especially around the eye area, lifting my eye lids. I haven’t used anti-wrinkle creams before as I didn’t think they would make a difference, I will be recommending these products to my friends and family.

  • Deanna 10.26.15 Reply

    I have used Oil of Olay for 20+ years, but just the basic formula. I have always received compliments on my skin, but I am now 50, I have lost 30 lbs and I can see it in my face (puffy eyes, wrinkles! and loss of elasticity) – and I’m not liking it! There are now so many Olay product lines to choose, I have been totally confused as to what I need. My skin is on the dryer side. So, after reading the reviews here, I think I will try the Regenerist line, unless someone can recommend another. My face needs help quick.

  • Iz 05.27.15 Reply

    I am from Malaysia. I am currently using Olay Total Effects anti-aging and fairness cream…together with Olay Total Effects Facial Foaming Cleanser. The cleanser is creamy and foamy, but i wish it is creamier foam, since I have to use a lot to produce more foam.But after I washed my face, I feel my face so fresh and cleaner. I have used it for almost a month now and I feel that it is a good cleanser.

    As for the cream, i feel that it is a very good moisturizer. I can see my face has less fine lines now, especially on my forehead and nose. I also apply the cream under my eyes to fight fine lines there, but it does not show any results yet. I can see my pores less visible now. I have pimple scars and this cream helps in lightening the scars. I feel my skin is softer and smoother.

    I apply the cream on my face thrice a day. In the morning, before i go to work.. in the afternoon and at night.. to ensure that my skin stays moisturized and looks great. I have used this cream almost 3 months now.

    The cream is value for money. After 3 month of usage, thrice applications a day, I still have not finished one bottle.

    I recommend this cream!!

  • Jane 05.18.15 Reply

    I have used Olay prouducts for years, n just love them!!! But I did try Olay Regenerist Luminous. It’s now been about six weeks n I see NO difference in the clarity of my skin n the brown spots are just as brown. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS PRODUCT!!!! Ido not recommend it !!!!

  • tanya 03.06.15 Reply

    I have really sensitive skin and every cream i use i brake out…..? Do you have the same problem? Do you really recommend it for those types of faces?

  • Brenda 03.02.15 Reply

    I love oil of olay serum been using for years under my makeup now my twin daughter use it also from 17 now 25, I would love to know how I could get coupons I have been test and used equate knock off of serum, but not quite the same, please need coupons to be true.

  • Suchi Baines 11.16.14 Reply

    I am nearly 58, been using oil of olay total effect day moisturiser, cleanser, toner and regenerist eye liftng serum. Is that the best facial regime for me. Please advice

  • Imelda 08.01.14 Reply

    Like Olay products, and they seem to work well. Just got the total effects range, serum, day with serum, and night. One little secret my beautician gave me that has made a huge difference to hydration factor is to put all serums and creams onto a slightly damp (clean) face and neck for a little extra moisture. the cream holds the water in= big difference.

  • ivysoxa 04.22.14 Reply

    Hi! Can i use both regenerist micro sculpting cream and olay total effects spf 15 at one time since micro sculpting has no sunscreen protection?

  • Cindy 03.27.14 Reply

    Does anyone know what Olay product would be best for sensitive acne rosacea skin?

  • Esther 12.06.13 Reply

    Been using olay products for two decades.
    They get better every few years.
    Last year I was using olay regenerist.
    This year I am using pro-x and works better.

  • Sienna 10.05.13 Reply

    Prior to buying Olay Pro X I read all the reviews about how amazing the products are but I also prefer Olay Regenerist. It really works better as a moisturizer. When I use Pro X my face feels dry afterwards. Definitely stick with regenerist if you have dry skin as Pro X is not as moisturizing.

  • Wendy 09.11.13 Reply

    I’ve been using Olay Pro x it for approximately 3 weeks and it as really improved my face. Of the wrinkles are still there but my skin just looks more radiant and I have been asked if I have had something done. For under $20, it really is a good skin care. I trust P & G products have been tested probably and safe to use.

  • Julie 08.27.13 Reply

    Olay Regenerist is great stuff, don’t expect major miracles but it will make your skin have a noticeable clearer if you continue using it. It’s pretty light and is excellent for oily skin types. I have fine lines and wrinkles but they are small enough to conceal with a good concealer and foundation.

  • Hilda 08.14.13 Reply

    Olay reviews always seem positive but I am still hesitant to try because I am happy with my current Moisturizer. This new Pro X looks very interesting. I always want to try clinical skin care brands but hate the pushy sales tactics at the med spa. Is Pro X really that good or should I just try Regenerist first?

  • Martin 08.07.13 Reply

    Yesterday I bought Olay Regenerist and started using it this morning. So far I find the product to be very hydrating and I think I will continue using it. This is wonderful stuff. It does not make my skin sting and it seems to absorb quickly so you do not have to wait around before you can apply your foundation.

  • Summer 08.02.13 Reply

    I would like to start using Olay Regenerist but have also heard about the Pro X range but not sure if it is worth spending more on this. I was using Oil of Olay ten years ago and that was quite nice but things have changed now. I need a good moisturizer that does everything.

  • Erin 07.25.13 Reply

    I just started using Olay Regenerist about a month ago. So far so good. No irritating. Looks like a good moisturizing. l ignore all the anti aging stuff but I noticed less wrinkles and improved skin texture and quality.

  • Olay Reviews 07.18.13 Reply

    As I was reading the top part of your review about Olay Regenerist, I also realized Olay is very good value for money since some of those ingredients are found in more expensive moisturizers. Plus I know P & G is a very big company and would obviously spend big bucks on research. How can a smaller brand even compete with Olay when they cant spend any bucks on research? What you’re saying makes sense so I will stick with using Olay for hopefully the next ten years.

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