Want Better Skin? Say Olay!

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This is the stuff, right here!

In general, I’m a really big fan of the Oil of Olay line of skin care.

My mom, who worked in a department store selling a really expensive line of cosmetics, preached to me throughout my youth on the importance of using a good moisturizer.

“Right, Mom,” thought I. “I’m 29 years old, not a wrinkle in sight, fighting acne with every drying chemical known to zitkind, and I need a moisturizer? Right. That’s what old ladies need. Old ladies who have skin like yours. With wrinkles and stuff. Which will never, EVER happen to me. LOOK AT ME!!! C’mon!!!!”. Ah, the innocence, the folly, of youth! “All I need is a little soap and water, and a tub-o-benzoyl peroxide, and I’m good to go!”. Such golden memories I have, of those fleeting golden days of yore….

This WAS my thought process, way back then. And it might be yours, now. Or, you might have reached a certain age, where you’ve realized, like my smart Mom, that taking good care of your skin is absolutely critical.

This realization first began to dawn on me in my early 30′s, back when my skin was oily, and I figured out that I could use, and in fact, really, really enjoy using Oil of Olay’s oil-free moisturizer. Up to that point, my skin, which was prone to breakouts, would immediately begin a brand new crop of bumps, whenever I even mentioned the WORD moisturizer. But Oil of Olay’s oil free moisturizer I could use with no negative repercussions. In fact, I kind of used it in an unorthodox way: after I washed my face, I put a little bit more than one might normally use under my eyes, and then wiped with a tissue to remove all leftover traces of my waterproof mascara. Twofer! Cleaned, and moisturized, all at once.

In my 40′s, my face’s pimple population started to wane, and I began to realize that I might need an ACTUAL moisturizer. Long about then, Olay started promoting their Regenerist line, and again, I fell in love! It was so light and non-greasy! I could use it, and my skin felt like it could still breathe. For any one with zits in their past, we are all about keeping our pores non-clogged and breathing!

Then, recently, while investigating what I could do over-the-counter for my son’s acne, Anne mentioned to me the Oil of Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, that seemed to compare favorably with a similar, albeit much more expensive facial scrub system, recommended by dermatologists. I bought one at Costco, and it came with the Exfoliating Cleanser and an extra brush. Then, I also bought an extra set of replacement brush heads, because I knew my daughter would want to use it, too, and I knew that you never, EVER want to share the facial brush attachment with someone else. I’m all for family togetherness, but please: keep your facial bacteria to yourself!

So, what’s my report back? I absolutely love it! Love it!!! And so do my kids, who use it regularly, without being reminded or nagged. We all love the way it makes our skin feel so very smooth after we’ve used it. I honestly think my son’s acne medication is working better, now that the dead skin cells are being effectively sloughed off before he uses his medication. Once I use it, I apply my glycolic acid cream, and then my Oil of Olay Regenerist moisturizer, and my skin feels great, and looks brighter.

I was not solicited to do this post, and have received no compensation for doing so. That’s how much I love the product.

What about you? Have you tried this product?

What skin care secrets would you like to share with the class?

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  • http://jmquilts.wordpress.com/ Jules

    I bought one of these after somehow (since I don’t watch the show) hearing one of the “doctors” say this was good to keep your skin more youthful!   

    I bought mine at drugstore.com and then a week later ordered one for my dd.  

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      Looks like you got a good price, too! Glad to hear that doctor liked it, as well!

  • http://www.chloeofthemountain.blogspot.com/ Chloe

    I really want one. 

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      If you get one, I hope you’ll like it, too!

  • Jan

    I saw Olay at Costco today and thought of you Susan! I wasn’t in the market for face cleansing products today, but wanted to let you know I thought of you!

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      It’s nice you were thinking of me, Jan! It’s amazing how online friendships can morph into real life ones, as well.

  • Mary Grace

    I use plain old Dove soap and Clinique moisturizer. People always say I have lovely skin and ask me what I do, and when I tell them this, they look at me like I’m lying and trying to deny them some secret. I’m not. Honestly.

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      I can attest to the fact that you DO have lovely skin! At least you are using a moisturizer, which is more than many young women with lovely skin do.

    • http://www.chloeofthemountain.blogspot.com/ Chloe

      Just like you, I used Dove and Clinique moisturizer all throughout my 30s and thought it was terrific at the time.  I really didn’t get serious about skincare until my 40s.  Now I definitely wish I’d thought about it sooner.  I think about my skin now as though it were the finest and rarest silk.  This isn’t far from the mark because it is truly the only face I’ll ever have.  

  • http://www.musingsonthemove.com the Reader

    How easy is it, really, to go from not doing skin care to adding in these products? And, for someone going from zero to not-zero, what would you add first? The brush/cleanser? Really will I love it???

    It looks intriguing, and I know I need to start doing this sort of thing, but zero to not zero is hard. Still, I’ll check it out next time I’m in the US….

    • http://www.thefungirls4.com Anne

      I was not good with my skincare until recently. I keep my brush and facewash in the shower and use it while I condition my hair.

      • Anonymous

        This is my preferred method as well.  If I can’t use skin care items  in the shower I usuallly won’t use them at all.

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      Well, I think starting with adding the cleanser gadget is really a no-brainer. If you wash your face, you might as well wash it with the gadget. There’s really nothing to it. Adding a moisturizer after that takes an additional 20 seconds, if that long. Again, nothing to it!

    • http://www.chloeofthemountain.blogspot.com/ Chloe

      Like Susan and Anne and Robin, I didn’t pay real attention to my skincare until my 40s.  I so wish I’d started sooner.  It does take more time, BUT I think if we saw it as a way to care for ourselves instead of just another chore to add to the list then it might not seem such a burden.

  • Wendy Roberts

    I have not tried it but will now!

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      I hope you’ll like it, Wendy!

  • http://www.thefungirls4.com Anne

    I am rather awesome.
    I’d had my eye on a Clarisonic brush for years, but at $200 it was too rich for my blood. I bought my Olay face brush at Target for $30 and it came with a sample size of the ProX cleanser. I’ve used it for months now and love it.
    The battery cover seals to make it waterproof and there’s a trick to getting it open. Also the handle is rounded so you can’t stand it up on a counter or in your shower area storage, but those are my only critiques.

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      You are TOTALLY awesome. I’ve toyed with the idea of giving you the moniker Annetastic, but….it just seems so passé. :-D

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad to learn that this product works well.   I have steered clear of Olay for many years (the perfume was just too much for me) but would be willing to give it a try once my current skin care products run out.
    Does this stuff have fragrance?  Light or heavy?   I really don’t like to smell my moisturizer for hours after applying it.

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      Robin: I went and sniffed it just for you. The ProX exfoliating renewal cleanser (came in a 6 oz. size with my Costco purchase) has no scent that I can detect, and I inhaled deeply. Their Regenerist  Regenerating Serum (which is like a nice daytime moisturizer) is also fragrance free. Says so right on the front of the bottle. The Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, which is more of a nighttime cream DOES have a fragrance.  I find it pleasant. Hope that helps!

      • http://www.thefungirls4.com Anne

        You got a full size of the cleanser at Costco. At Target, and I’m assuming at drugstores, it’s a sample size. An ounce, maybe?

  • Jmmom

    What is glycolic acid cream? I’ve used the Oil of Olay moisturizer for a while, and recently started using the Regenerist cream around my eyes…but I have no idea what glycolic acid cream is?   And doesn’t that brush tickle?! 

    Gosh I just love having friends to talk with about this kind of stuff…I”ve got a bit of testosterone poisoning going on in my life :-) 

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      I buy a product called Aqua Glycolic face cream from Costco. They sell it from behind their pharmacy counter, but it is an over-the-counter product. It is 10% glycolic acid, which is about the highest concentration recommended for skin care. If you do a little facial skin care research, there are two products that keep coming up: Retin A, which is prescription, and glycolic acid, which is available over the counter, and is the chemical used in chemical peels offered by dermatologists. It penetrates the outer layer of the epidermis, and weakens the lipids that hold the dead skin cells together, allowing you to slough off the dead skin cells. So, used in conjunction with this little machine, you can keep the newer brighter skin showing.

    • http://www.chloeofthemountain.blogspot.com/ Chloe

      I think Susan answered your question perfectly.  Glycolic acid and Retin-A are like putting the horse to the whip as it were.  You are spurring your skin cells to generate more collagen when you increase cell-turnover.  Anything that exfoliates gently increases something called “brightness” which is desirable for a youthful glow.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ezekiels.garden Amy Gault

    Not that particular product, but I am a fan of theirs.  Cheaper than a lot, but works really great!!  Plus, I can get it for sensitive skin where it doesn’t stink or burn my eyes! :)

    • http://wildlifeinthewoods.blogspot.com/ Susan in the Boonies

      I think their prices are reasonable, although I have to pace myself. Can’t afford to buy everything at once, but buy what I can, when I can. And I think they work well!

    • http://www.thefungirls4.com Anne

      Amy, I think in the last few years you can get effective skincare in the drugstore and supermarket. I like all the Olay ProX products I’ve tried and also Roc.

      I bought some pricier Philosophy cleanser, lotion and eye creme lately (after a birthday), but the jury is still out on that.