Product Review: Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum

Name: Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum
Brand: Olay
Size: 50ml
Price: €23,35

From Olay’s website:
Helps leave your skin feeling smooth with a younger-looking, regenerated appearance. Intensely hydrates with Olay moisture. Helps produce noticeably firmer feeling, visibly lifted, younger-looking skin with our formulation containing our exclusive amino-peptide complex.

What I liked:
– thick gel-like consistency sinks in quickly
– moisturizes skin, making it soft and smooth
– temporarily reduces the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles
– can help reduce the appearance of age spots
– contains antioxidants that help prevent premature aging
– is a great base for makeup
– comes in a hygienic tube with a pump dispenser

What I didn’t like:
– if you have dry skin, this serum won’t be moisturizing enough for you
– lacks SPF

One of my favourite skincare brands is Olay (or Olaz as it is called in Italy): their products are usually well-formulated and affordable. After using their Total Effects line for years, last summer I decided on a whim to switch to the Regenerist one instead and picked up the Daily Regenerating Serum. Will I be switching back?

I doubt it. I’m really liking this serum, which has a clear and thick gel-like consistency that spreads evenly over the skin and sinks in quickly, leaving it soft and smooth. It is the silicones in the formula that make skin feel so silky soft. In addition, silicones also create a breathable barrier that prevents water loss while still allowing skin to breathe, as well as helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by filling them in, but of course the results are only temporary.

The serum also contains a high amount of Niacinamide, which is one of my favourite skincare ingredients. Also called Vitamin B3, Niacinamide can reduce water loss and increase both the skin’s moisture levels and its elasticity. In addition, it can also help reduce hyperpigmentation and age spots. It’s not a miracle ingredient, but it surely benefits skin in lots of different ways.

In addition, it features several antioxidants such as Tocopheryl Acetate and Tocopherol, (both forms of Vitamin E), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) and Carnosine, which help prevent the formation of wrinkles by fighting free radicals. But according to Olay, the star ingredient is a peptide called Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3. Not all peptides are created equal and none of them have been studied much yet, but the little research done on Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 so far is promising.

A 2005 study has found that Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3 significantly improves both moisturization levels and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production. More studies are necessary to confirm its efficacy, but in the meantime it won’t hurt to include it in your skincare routine. In any case, I’m really impressed with the serum. It is fairly moisturizing (although if you have dry skin you’d need to apply a moisturizer as well), leaves my skin silky soft, helps fight the signs of aging and makes a great base for makeup too.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Aqua, Glycerin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-3, Carnosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Camellia Sinensis, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde

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Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum is a silicone-based serum with antioxidants, peptides and niacinamide that moisturizes skin and makes it soft, temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps prevent new ones from forming, and is a great base for makeup. Its gel-like texture sinks in quickly, but won’t be moisturizing enough for those with dry skin. It also lacks SPF.

Rating: 4/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Xin, I actually love the smoothness it gives! I’d touch my face the whole day to feel it lol! But I can see why others may not like it. Your mother may enjoy the serum though if she’s a fan of olay products. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Beauty Box, I actually love siliconey textures, they feel so silky soft to me, but I can see why some people don’t like them. In any case, I agree that when a product is solid and effective, a not perfect texture cam be forgiven.

  1. Janessa says

    Years back, I would never have picked up a product full of silicones just because I thought they wouldn’t allow skin to breathe and might feel heavy or break me out. So misinformed! I’m so thankful for truthful, factual reviews from credible people like you.
    I have tried Olay’s sculpting serum and it is velvety smooth on my skin. I’m indifferent to silicones. As long as it feels light on my skin and the product works well, I’m okay with them! 😀
    I find Olay products to work pretty well but I love other skincare products too much, and in The States at least, I’m sure skincare products are much cheaper too (not to mention value sets).

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Janessa, it’s a shame that silicones are so maligned. I actually love how soft they make my skin feel and they are a godsend for my hair. There’s no way I could detangle my fine, prone-to-knots hair without them! I agree with you that as long as they work fine for you, you should use them. Actually, that’s true of any ingredient. There’s too much misinformation about ingredients around at the moment, which is a shame because it prevents people from choosing the products that would work best for their skin and sometimes, even spend more for something less beneficial.

      I’m glad you like Olay products, but I can see why you’d like to try something new as well. I do stray sometimes too but I always come back to Olay in the end because they make some solid products that don’t break the bank. :)

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