Olay 7 eye cream

Overall Score: 79/100

Tested November 2016

Olay Ultimate Eye Cream claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, and dark circles in an instant, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains Olay’s colour-correcting technology that acts as a touch of concealer, and it claims to be suitable for all skin tones. It’s fragrance-free and comes in a jar. It scored highly on performance, and 74% agreed they would continue to use the product.

Available from: boots.com

Price when tested: £24.99

GHI Expert Verdict

Overall, this was a good performer for our panel. Many raved about the immediate improvements they noticed. It ‘instantly reduced the appearance of dark circles and the skin around the eyes felt very smooth which seemed to erase fine lines,’ one tester said. ‘It was also less puffy and after three to four days I was thinking this is making my eyes look less tired, smoother,’ noted another. For many, the product absorbed well and impressed many with its smoothing effects on fine lines, and in its reduction of dark circles. ‘It gave my eyes a mini lift,’ said one triallist. ‘It helped to disguise dark circles and the skin around my eyes has definitely improved after four weeks,’ said another. ‘It has really helped my dark circles and friends have commented on how well I look which can only be down to this eye cream,’ a tester said. One or two were not so keen that the product had a colour to it.

Overall Score: 79/100

WE LIKED

  • Impressive instant brightening effects
  • A good performer for reducing dark circles
  • Light texture which was easily absorbed
  • Effective at smoothing and reducing the apperance of fine lines

WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Not all liked the coloured aspect of the product
  • A few noted some initial irritation around the eye area, but for some this was short term
  • Some didn’t notice a difference in puffiness

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

Regenerist Retinol 24
Night Eye Cream
Fragrance Free

  • Retinol

    Olay’s secret skin superpower. Our proprietary Retinoid formula works at night to transform skin with virtually no irritation. In the morning, you’ll notice the reduced appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. Plus you’ll see it evens your skin’s texture, while minimizing the appearance of pores. Mission accomplished.

  • VITAMIN B3 (NIACINAMIDE)

    Our favorite workhorse ingredient at Olay is Vitamin B3. It helps skin retain moisture to keep it seriously hydrated. Vitamin B3 also hydrates to help with surface skin cell turnover and regeneration, as well as exfoliation to remove dull skin. All of the above results in a skin transformation you’ll see in the mirror. Long story short – it’s our unicorn.

  • Vitamin E

    This antioxidant helps protect skin from surface free radicals in the environment. It also helps defend against the negative effects of air pollution and the elements.

  • INGREDIENTS LIST

    WATER, DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, RETINOL, RETINYL PROPIONATE, NIACINAMIDE*, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE**, POLYACRYLAMIDE, C13-14 ISOPARAFFIN, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, DMDM HYDANTOIN, POLYSORBATE 20, LAURETH-4, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, LAURETH-7, DIMETHICONOL, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, DISODIUM EDTA, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE, CAPRYL/CAPRYLIC TRIGLYCERIDE

  • *Vitamin B3, ** Vitamin E

October 12, 2019

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When I heard that Olay was coming out with a line of products containing retinol, I walked, no ran, to my computer to learn more. It didn’t take much convincing: I ordered online and before I knew it, I had in hand their nighttime serum, eye cream, and moisturizer from their new Retinol 24 skincare line.

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I’ve been using Olay Retinol 24 skincare products for a few months and have some thoughts on the collection. Before diving in, let’s talk about retinol and why it is so important to an anti-aging skincare routine.

If you want more product details (or are in a hurry):

✅ Olay Retinol 24 products can be found here

What is Retinol?

Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A, and derivatives of the vitamin come in different forms, one of which is retinol. While other retinoids such as retinol esters take two steps to be converted into active retinoic acid in the skin, retinol needs only one step to convert to retinoic acid. So while retinol is not the strongest retinoid, it is also not the weakest, making it the perfect over-the-counter retinoid option.

Retinol is a key player in an anti-aging skincare routine. By supporting cellular turnover and stimulating collagen production, retinol can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and firmness. As a result, skin appears clearer, brighter and more youthful. Yes!

As with any retinoid, retinol makes the skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight. While we should be wearing sun protection every day, it is super important to wear sun protection while using retinol and up to 7 days after.

Olay Retinol 24

Olay Retinol 24 is a collection of three products that are designed to be used at night. The collection is named Retinol 24 because each product was formulated so that it continues to work on your skin for a full 24 hours, working deep into the skin’s layers. Olay’s formula for the collection is a proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex that is intended to treat fine lines & wrinkles while improving smoothness, brightness, firmness, dark spots, and pores.

Importantly, the products work to accomplish these anti-aging benefits without the typical irritation that you can experience from retinol. Too good to be true? Let’s look at the other active ingredients found in this skincare line in addition to their Retinol Complex.

Niacinamide

Olay includes Vitamin B3 – niacinamide – in these products. Niacinamide is an all-star skin savior in my opinion. It helps support cellular turnover and exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.

Niacinamide also helps the skin retain its moisture barrier to improve hydration. It helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, and can even improve acne and rosacea.

Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is ideal when used with a retinoid, which we all know can be irritating. This study in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that niacinamide can even protect skin against the damage caused by UV radiation.

Related: The Benefits of Adding Niacinamide to Your Skincare Routine

Amino Peptides

If that weren’t enough, the Retinol 24 collection also contains amino peptides. These peptides are the “building blocks” of skin cells. These molecules support the production of collagen for firmer more youthful-looking skin. All three products contain pentapeptide-4, the 5 amino acid chain sequence that can help improve skin texture as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum is a super-light formula containing Olay’s proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex that hydrates and works for 24 hours. Plus it contains amino peptides for the improvement of skin’s texture and glycerin for added moisture and hydration.

This fragrance-free serum absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly silky without any stickiness.

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Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream

Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream is formulated with Olay’s proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex. It also contains antioxidant vitamin E and moisturizing glycerin.

The eye cream addresses many of the concerns for the skin around the eyes and works to firm, brighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.

This eye cream is creamy and light. I made the mistake of applying it on the sensitive skin too close to my eyes and found it slightly irritating. So I made sure to use it a bit lower under my eye during the next application and did not experience any further irritation.

SHOP Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream: Amazon

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer

Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer also contains Olay’s proprietary blend of Retinol Complex + Vitamin B3. This fragrance-free moisturizer absorbs deeply into the surface layers of skin and goes to work for a full 24 hours.

The moisturizer helps to improve dark spots, brightness, smoothness, and firmness of the skin with no or very little irritation. Similar to the eye cream and serum, this moisturizer is light and creamy.

SHOP Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer: Amazon

Final Thoughts on Olay Regenerist 24

After the application of all three products, I was amazed at how light the collection felt on my face. Once the serum was applied, my skin felt so smooth. But after the moisturizer was applied, my skin felt like silk.

Sensitive Skin

Those with sensitive skin should be careful since even though the retinol in this formula is gentle, it can be irritating. After applying all three products at night for a few days in a row, my skin felt a bit dry and irritated. So I cut back. Rotating either the serum/eye cream or the moisturizer /eye cream every other night works well for my skin.

I also added an additional moisturizer on top of the night moisturizer. I alternate between this rich cream from Beauty Pie and Olay Regenerist Whip which really seals everything in.

So far, I love the collection and the one thing that stands out to me is the texture of my skin. I believe this must be due to not only the retinol but also the niacinamide and the amino peptides in the formulas. My skin’s texture is actually changing. My pores appear smaller, especially around my nose, and my skin seems so much smoother.

The Power of Retinol

You tend to see visible results quicker with retinol than most other anti-aging ingredients. The trick is finding a product or collection of products that work well with your skin. This collection from Olay is really working for my skin. I’m not surprised since I get great results from other Olay products.

One other thing I love about this line is that you don’t have to use all three products together to see the benefits. If you just want to use the serum with another moisturizer, or the moisturizer with another treatment product, you can still get the benefits of a retinol product without having to use them at the same time.

Have you tried this line? I’d love to hear your results!

Thanks for reading, and until next time…

Olay Eye Creams

Olay eye creams

Fight the signs of aging with Olay eye creams. These creams are formulated to hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes to smooth and minimize lines and wrinkles. Different types of eye creams from Olay are available to meet the needs of your skin type. Olay also offers eye corrector and concealer cream to help reduce the appearance of dark circles.

A youthful appearance

The skin around the eyes is probably where the most visible signs of aging occur on most people. Keep wrinkles at bay with Olay eye creams and gels designed to brighten and regenerate your skin for a more youthful appearance. Use an Olay eye gel daily to treat the skin around your eyes and replenish moisture.

Olay skin care

In addition to Olay eye creams, there are Olay moisturizers that also work to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around your mouth and on your forehead. Whether you need to rejuvenate your skin, or simply replenish moisture lost throughout the day, Olay lotions come in various formulas that will help you care for your skin. Shop for all of your Olay beauty products here at Walgreens.com.

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream Review

I know I’ve touched upon a sensitive topic here. When it comes to eye creams there are the believers and the die-hard non-believers. While some people swear by this potion, others claim it’s nothing but a money-sucking hoax. Surely your regular moisturizer is moisturizing your whole face? Does it get to your eye region and say, “Whoa hold up folks we can’t go here, this is for eye creams only, back up!” If you’re smiling to yourself right now, then chances are you side with the non-believers.

Whichever way you look at it, your eyes are one of the two focal points of your face. The other is your lips. A typical day can include around 20,000 blinks. That plus the fact that we’re constantly touching our eyes after a long day’s work and we’re in for trouble. The stress that the skin around your eyes endures is significant when considering the delicate area. The fragility also explains why this is the first place you show signs of aging and why most eye creams boast “anti-aging” benefits. Your eyes face a significant loss of hydration throughout the day and your sleep schedule could be making things worse. That’s where eye creams come in.

What is Eye Cream?

Eye creams may not seem like much but they may be able to help.

What is eye cream? Eye creams tend to come in smaller packages than a regular moisturizer with (what we hope is) a more concentrated solution of active ingredients. Your sensitive under-eye region will benefit from these ingredients. The problems you’re dealing with under your eyes – such as dark circles or puffiness – is usually not what you’re dealing with all over your face. You want to respect the delicate nature of your eye region and not irritate it by using substances that will be too strong for the area.

The truth is you could get away with using a regular moisturizer without the added bother of eye cream. But if your moisturizer is thick with fragrances or acne reducing ingredients I would keep it far away from my eye region. Any well-formulated natural based moisturizer can and should improve hydration, as we all as the appearance of the skin. The way I look at it is it’s not that you necessarily need an eye cream, but the question is would you benefit from using one?

Dr. Nazarian from the Schweiger Dermatology Group says her general rule when it comes to eye creams is “if you’re old enough to ask, you’re old enough to use one.” Having said that, a company that has an extensive array of eye creams is Olay. They’re armed to lift your troubled eyes. So, what is eye cream? well, now you know.

Olay Eye Treatments Overview

The eye treatments offered from Olay are definitely worth trying.

If you’re looking for a drugstore brand that can take care of your eye concerns, then Olay’s eye treatments have got you covered. They offer eye treatments for individual issues you might be having with your eyes whether its bags, crow’s feet, dark circles or under eye wrinkles. While most of their eye products focus on their anti-aging qualities they claim to help with the overall rejuvenation of your eye area. According to Olay, your “eyes should show emotion not your age.”

I just want to briefly go into the two main active ingredients in their eye creams. The first being Niacinamide. You can also call it Vitamin B3. It’s best known for its ability to reduce enlarged pores, even out the skin and reduce fine lines. These are all the things you’re looking for in a good eye cream (so far so good). It’s an essential vitamin that our body needs that it can’t produce itself. It contains antioxidant and antibacterial elements which increase collagen production (needed for skin tightening and elasticity) as well as cleaning the sensitive area.

The next main ingredient used in all of Olay’s eye creams is Glycerin. It’s basically an emollient making the skin supple and moisturized. Not only does it maintain water balance, but it fills in those dry cracks in your skin. Your skin will look tighter and brighter with these ingredients.. It’s no surprise Olay has packed them into their eye care range.

Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream.

Olay’s Ultimate Eye Cream claims a lot in the name alone. It aims to fight wrinkles, dark circles, and under-eye puffiness all in one tiny pot. I mentioned the two active ingredients above: Glycerin and Niacinamide. A dynamic duo to reducing the puff and upping the ante on those fine lines. I massaged it around the area from the inner to outer corner and lightly over the lids. Because of these tightly packed moisturizing substances, eye creams tend to be on the greasy side forming a thicker texture than regular creams.

I admit it took some time to see some real change but if you give it a chance you should begin to notice that it starts to blur those fine lines around your eyes. I don’t think that realistically there is a magic cream that can totally erase those lines because it stems from a natural reduction in collagen production. The only thing to do is try to up your intake of antioxidants to rectify this. When it came to the puffiness there wasn’t much of a difference after use. The dark circles are a little lighter though and my skin feels more hydrated in that region.

Overall, it’s a good quality drugstore eye cream and the tiny jar lasts a while for its size so that’s comforting. I do wish it was available in a tube form though to reduce opportunities for bacteria to touch it and also stop it from evaporating on its own. I’m still on the ledge about whether this product is a necessary addition to my rather minimalist skin care routine. I like to stick to the basics when it comes to putting products on my face so I’m not sure this is another one I need.

DIY Natural Eye Cream Recipe And Guide

Coconut oil is a great ingredient for a DIY eye cream.

What prompted me to make this DIY natural eye cream at home was the fact that Olay is not cruelty-free. While the brand themselves does not do any animal testing, they allow their products to be tested on animals in places where regulations require it. In addition to this, although the ingredients in Olay’s Ultimate Eye Cream are unavoidably beneficial there is something to be said for sticking to natural alternatives.

Using chemicals that work cannot be disputed as long as these chemicals stay on the skin only. 60% of the time this is not the case and these substances are dissolved into our bloodstream. When natural products are absorbed into the bloodstream they do little to no damage. If anything, they’re probably valuable inside your body too!

With this in mind, here’s an easy at-home recipe to cure your puffy-eyed woes. Mix ½ cup of coconut oil softened and ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil until you get a creamy mixture. Coconut oil contains antioxidants and antifungal properties. This means it can strengthen skin tissue while moisturizing the skin. Meanwhile, Vitamin E oil helps to regenerate new skin cells and lighten those dark circles. Add 3 drops of rosehip oil. It contains fatty acids to restore damaged skin tissue as well as Vitamin C to brighten the skin.

You can’t go wrong with this powerhouse home-made eye cream. Apply daily to the eye region after your regular moisturizer to hydrate those bags and reduce fine lines. The only downside is that you should finish this up within two weeks or so as it doesn’t contain preservatives. Which if you ask me, isn’t really a ‘downside!’

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Conclusion

As far as it goes in terms of the eye cream believers and non-believers let me say this. Many people laugh at the 5-second germ rule too, but when your slice of perfectly greasy, cheesy pizza falls on the floor suddenly you’re not laughing anymore. My point is that when push comes to shove we’ll try anything to salvage our complexion from the daily struggles. (“There’s no atheist in a foxhole” as they say).

I personally believe that there’s no reason to ruin a good thing. If your eye region is looking fine without the eye cream then you probably don’t need it. However, I have friends that swear by this stuff and based on the ingredients I can see why. That being said, undereye, puffiness could be hereditary so no amount of eye cream will minimize those Prada bags. Puffiness can also stem from a lack of sleep or stress.

Be sure to cover all your ‘natural’ remedy bases before running off to purchase a tiny tub of magic. Eye creams such as Olay’s Ultimate Eye Cream can be expensive and full of chemicals you don’t want to be putting on your delicate eye area. So, if you want the results without the price tag you can also hit up a DIY recipe and enjoy the subtle transformation with dollars still in the wallet. The truth is that there’s no harm in trying.