Falling in love with Olay

Like many of you I have been in great need of hand and body lotion in the past…oh we’ll say two years. while before it was a nice thing to have around, especially in the winter, the massive amounts of hand sanitizer have made it much more of a necessity. I have also become a great deal pickier. Before, lotion was just lotion, some was better than others, and most were interchangable.

Boy, has that changed.

Some lotions with a strong scent didn’t bother me because I was only using them occasionally, not multiple times a day. Others might be a little greasy but those I’d just use up and just not bother with later. While I try out the various lotions that come in my subscription boxes, I’ve found that there are expensive creams I like and inexpensive ones I like. There are also expensive ones I don’t like and inexpensive ones I can’t stand. I’m finding that each lotion has to be evaluated more or less independently.

Part of that is of course the scent. If the lotion is used once a week or even once a day, it is less of an issue than the multiple times a day I am using it. while I still like my highly scented lotions, I do tend to keep them for once a day. I have been drawn more and more to the lower scented products for repeated use during the day. However I have also found that I don’t really like the no scented products. There is something about them I find slightly off putting.

I know, I can be so picky sometimes.

I picked up this Olay Nourishing Body Lotion when I happened to pass it in the aisle at the grocery store. Mt thoughts were, ‘Oh I’m out of lotion. Oh there’s Olay, I like Olay, ooh it has hyaluronic acid in it, let’s try this one.’

Yes, I know, a complicated thought process.

The truth is I did need a body lotion. I have used up pretty much all of my sample sized hoard and my skin needed some moisture. I also love Olay. While I try out different body washes I always come back to the Olay Body wash (my current favorite is the Fresh Outlast in Orchid and Black Currant). I have also used and liked most of the skin care products from the regenerate line and have a list of samples I’ve tried from the brand that I want to try out in a full sized version. Over all Olay is a reliable brand for me.

So why shouldn’t their body lotion be good?

plus you know I am a sucker for Hyaluronic acid. It is amazing at helping to minimize some of the fine lines on my face, why shouldn’t it be helpful to the rest of my body?

According to the Olay website…

Replenish your skin with the deep moisture of Olay Nourishing & Hydrating Body Lotion. This moisturizing lotion has a nutrient-rich formula crafted with hyaluronic acid and our Vitamin B3 Complex and was created specifically to deeply nourish your skin from head to toe for long-lasting, smooth skin. Why add Vitamin B3 Complex into your routine? It’s the ultimate skin-improvement ingredient. Vitamin B3 allows your skin to hold on to water so it can become its own moisturizer. It also leaves you with skin that acts younger, feels softer, and looks smoother. You’ll love your skin’s visible transformation without the greasy residue of other types of body cream or hand cream. This body lotion also absorbs quickly, penetrating skin up to 10 layers deep, leaving your skin with long-lasting smoothness and increased skin cell turnover. Make sure you take a minute to appreciate its lovely packaging—it’s definitely countertop worthy. Use daily all over your body during your morning or evening routine. Use with Olay Skin Care-Inspired Body Wash to boost effects of Vitamin B3 Complex and moisturizing ingredients.

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And I have to say, I am a fan.

First let’s talk packaging. while I have gone through tubes of lotion by the score in my life, these days the pump top is king. I’ll still use tubes when I get out of the shower or just before bed, but for post washing or hand sanitizing, a quick pump is really fantastic. Because it is just a quick tap to dispense I don’t forget to add lotion to my hands as often as I do when there is just a tube of body lotion or hand cream next to the sink.

And yes I know it sounds silly, after all picking up a tube of lotion, unscrewing the cap, squeezing out the product, and putting the cap back on are not onerous things. But with a pump it is one tap and go so I forget less often. And really a product only works if you use it. The pump means that I don’t forget to use it.

Some days, it’s the little things.

The scent of the Olay Body lotion is interesting. It honestly smells like an Olay product. Which I know sounds strange. I think it is the B3 complex. It is in my body wash as well and I think it was in a couple of the skin care products I’ve tried. I think that is just what make it smell like Olay. I don’t mind that it pairs well with my body wash, in fact it helps that the scent pairs well with my body wash. While it is an Olay scent, it is light and also smells like skincare. The scent is not overpowering and I can use it multiple times a day without feeling over powered. The scent is strongest when it is first applied but then when it settles in it is barely noticeable and I just associated it with clean, moisturized skin (I think partially because of the body wash).

right after application

The formula has the consistency of a water cream face cream. It is not a thick cream. It pumps out white, but almost instantly the white disappears as you massage it into the skin. The skin looks shiny for a moment and then it absorbs in. No greasy residue, just nice clean skin.

While I like this as body lotion, I du use it throughout the day to hydrate my hands. I have never had a problem with greasiness and because it is so easy to reach for, I do. So there has been less cracking of the skin and less pain around the joints. When my skin dries the skin around the knuckles tend to be the first to go and when overly dry they crack and it really hurts. So keeping my hands hydrated is a priority.

Over all I am very impressed with the Olay Nourishing Body Lotion with Hyaluronic acid. I am halfway through the bottle and i will be repurchasing a replacement as soon as the product level dips low enough to warrant a replacement. It is a lotion I will be keeping on hand for some time to come.


Stock Up. Shine On.​

Using the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore scrub

One of my go to products has been the Olay Gentle Cleanser for a while.  It is one of those products that I can use after a workout no matter what time of day I worked out and know that it is going to take the sweat off, but not be too harsh on my skin.

We’ve combined some of the top ingredients to deliver a powerful yet gentle clean for your sensitive skin.Only $34.99 plus free shipping!

While I continue to buy this cleanser for my post work out rinse off, I recently decided to expand my Olay universe.   I picked up a body wash to try out and I picked up this, the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore scrub.

It seemed like something I would enjoy. According to the description…

Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub deeply cleans and exfoliates to reveal bright, smooth skin. Its special formula increases surface cell turnover to reveal softer skin and reduces the appearance of pores. Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub exfoliates and deep cleans down to the pores. It’s a face wash designed with a lathering gel formula that exfoliates to polish away dull skin and regenerate skin’s surface. Discover a refreshing clean that primes skin for the rest of your skincare regimen.

INGREDIENTS LIST:WATER, SODIUM LAUROAMPHOACETATE, GLYCERIN, SORBITOL, PEG-200 HYDROGENATED GLYCERYL PALMATE, HYDRATED SILICA, SODIUM MYRISTOYL SARCOSINATE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, SODIUM TRIDECETH SULFATE, CARNOSINE, PANTHENOL, SALICYLIC ACID, PEG-7 GLYCERYL COCOATE, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, FRAGRANCE, PEG-100, LAURIC ACID, CITRIC ACID, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, COCAMIDE MEA, DISODIUM EDTA, LAURETH-10, BHT, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE

Now in addition to using the Olay gentle cleanser of a routine basis, I did try out the Regenerist Whip moisturizer a while back.  I remember liking it, but it was a small enough sample and a long enough time ago that I don’t remember much of the details.  It just left a positive impression in my mind.  So I was happy to try something else from the line (and yes I will be picking up the moisturizer and probably their night time retinol cream to test as well in the near future).

Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer Original on sale for $29 plus free shipping!

So to the secure testing facility I went. 

It’s also called the back bathroom where my skin care lives, if you want to get technical. First off, I like that the product is in a tube.  It makes it much easier to dispense a usable amount into my palm, especially with wet hands.  Sometimes with jarred exfoliating scrubs I do tend to take too much just by dipping into the jar.  This was easy to portion out. Plus, I didn’t accidentally drop water into the jar.

I know you laugh, but I have done that. I am not at my best in the morning, so I tend to splash cold water on my face first thing as both a wake me up and a prep for cleanser. It means the first item I reach for (usually the cleanser) has to be able to be gripped or opened with wet hands. While I love glass jars, for morning cleansers, I like either pumps or tubes. (Ideally glass pumps for the recycling and reusing aspect)

The scent is fresh and clean.  It smells less like a scent has been added to it and more like that is just what the cleanser smells like.  It is a very soapy scent, but in a good way. It is a physical exfoliate, but an extremely gentle one.  It feels a bit like fine sugar crystals. Very fine caster sugar. The product foamed up like a face wash and rinsed off cleanly.  If you wet your skin first then it foams well at the start. If you don’t then it is a creamy exfoliant on your skin and then foams when you add water and start to rub it in and then rinse it off. I felt no residue on my skin and my face did not feel as though it had been stripped of its moisture or too pulverized by the exfoliate.  My skin, in fact felt clean and fresh. 

While I used it only two to three times a week, because that is just how I use exfoliating products, I did try one week where I used the detoxifying scrub every day.  It was gentle enough that I had no over exfoliation problems and my skin reacted really well to it.  I did find that while I started off using it all over my face, I ended up massaging it more in the areas where I had clogged pores from wearing a face mask. 

In these areas it really helped to clean out those pores and get rid of a lot of the bumps before they could become full blown blemishes.  While I didn’t have any problems during that week of constant use, after completing my week long test I returned to using it only two to three days a week mostly because I am always cautions with physical exfoliation.  I did make certain those two to three times a week were after I spent time with my face mask in place as it really seemed to help keep those pores from getting clogged and becoming blemishes. I think it’s ability to deal with those clogged pores is kind of it’s hat trick.

While I am not prone to massive acne, as of late it has been increasing, but it is only increasing in areas of masking and clearly only when i wear the mask a lot. while I keep acne dots like those from Peace Out Skincare around for my normal break outs, I don’t keep a lot of acne treatment products on hand for the rest of my face.

Mostly because a lot of them simply aren’t designed for my skin and while they treat the breakout areas and clogged pores they leave dry patches everywhere else and just cause other issues for me to deal with that are kind of a pain. For me this really helped in the maskne arena. As a reminder, I am using it primarily on clogged pores before they become full blown break outs. I am not exfoliating broken skin.

To be honest, this is the first drugstore exfoliator I have used in a while. So many of the ones I picked up and read the labels for had at least one ingredient that made me put it back on the shelf. Usually walnut shells. This one, I was very happy to pull off the shelf and to be honest, it is one I would definitely purchase again.  I love the fresh scent and I really like how it works. 

Currently Olay is having a sale that is well worth checking out. The pore scrub I used was $9.49 and is now $7.12. Even at full price it is a good deal. I also love that it is available at my local Target so if I run out, I can just pick up another tube when I happen to be in Target and not go somewhere else. To be honest Target and the grocery store (which are located in the same shopping center for me) are kind of my only in person shopping right now. I order Walgreens on line at the moment, mostly for Vichy and La Roche Posay products, but Target has become my drugstore so I can eliminate a lot of in person shopping.

They have also started a subscription service called Club Olay where you can sign up to have our favorites sent to you. As I am trying to reduce the number of times I leave the house and the number of stops I have to make, this is a service I will be looking into. I don’t know if the Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging Detoxifying Pore Scrub is a part of the Club Olay product selection, But if it is, it will definitely make my list once I have worked my way through this tube.


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