I vacillate a lot with skincare products. Sometimes I feel like paying more equates with better products, but other times I shell out $50 or so on a product and end up completely disappointed (maybe because I have higher standards for something that costs so much).
Recently, I’ve reinvoked my grandma’s Olay skincare routine—not exactly, obviously, since her skin is just a little different than mine, but I’ve started using Olay’s products because they’re:
I used to tote the CeraVe lines pretty heavily. I loved how gentle they were—they didn’t seem to contain many ingredients. And while I loved that, sometimes it frustrated me. Sure, it wasn’t breaking me out, but it also wasn’t doing much for my skin. It wasn’t adding anything. I also had to use a Clarisonic with the CeraVe cleanser to add some exfoliation into my routine, and it became a hassle to maintain the Clarisonic brush at the level of care it deserved. The brush heads were expensive and difficult to order, I never could replace them fast enough and traveling with a Clarisonic is bulky and annoying. Overall, I was too lazy for the Clarisonic.
So, about the Olay product line: I’m loving the Regenerist products. I’ve been using the Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser now for approximately three months (so, two bottles’ worth). I wanted to hold off on posting about it until I had used the first bottle and purchased the second so I could assure myself and y’all that it was worth buying.
It has a lotion-y base (so it’s creamy) but it has those really gratifying microbeads that make you feel like you’re really cleaning deep. Full disclosure, it did mildly break me out around my mouth at first. I get a strange amount of blackheads around my mouth and the exfoliant properties in the cleanser aggravated them, I think, and brought them to the surface—something like the “purging” phase some people reference. Anyway, it has since stopped (after a rather frustrating few weeks), and my skin is much smoother overall now.
I follow up the Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser with the Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum. It’s technically a serum, but it’s really just a really nutrient-dense light moisturizer. I put it on in the morning and at night. I’m currently using up a Kiehl’s oil that I paid way too much for as an additional nighttime moisturizer, but once I run out, I’m planning on purchasing one of the Olay night creams and giving it for a spin. I’ll report back.
Now on to the “supplement” portion of this post. For the past month, I’ve been using collagen powder. I bought the Neocell brand collagen that contains 6,600 mg of Types I and III collagen. Honestly, because my skincare products themselves have been changing, I can’t totally attribute skin improvements to the collagen—but I’m hesitantly optimistic about the results.
According to the Vitamin Shoppe’s website, your body’s natural collagen production slows by 1.5% every year after 25 (collagen is the protein in your body that keeps your skin plump and your tendons flexible, among other things). Touted benefits include firmer skin, healthier hair and nails and increased joint flexibility. I’ve even heard whisperings that it keeps cellulite at bay.
It’s only $15 from the Vitamin Shoppe for a 30-day supply, which I can justify given my obsession with skincare perfection.
Do you have any drugstore skincare products you love? Do you use an Olay night cream? I’d love to hear your recommendations! If you try anything I’ve suggested here, please let me know. Thanks for reading!
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