You need to try this. The Olay Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir (launched recently in the US and some time in 2011 for the UK) is an incredibly well formulated glycolic acid moisturiser, one of the best and most gentle ones I’ve ever come across and it’s easy to get hold of. Great!
First, a little blurb from Olay:
Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir hydrates to resurface skin for tighter, smoother skin. When applied each night, its non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula with glycolic acid works to give you uninterrupted exfoliation. At the same time, its formula, with antioxidants and moisturizers, continuously provides soothing hydration to tighten skin’s surface.
I’d debate that ‘tighter’ bit but apart from that, the Resurfacing Elixir does exactly what it says on the box! It’s an (approximately) 8% Glycolic Acid moisturiser with the addition of peptides and antioxidants to give skin a bit of an anti-ageing boost.
Who should use it: Most people could do with giving this stuff a shot. I’ll bullet point this…
How to use it: Massage a few pumps into your skin at night. Use it in place of your regular night moisturiser or underneath a thicker moisturiser if you have particularly dry skin. Use this on top of any serums you may use. It’s very important to use a sunscreen during the day if you’re using this, at least SPF15 with decent UVA protection.
Pros: It’s a good formula, well packaged and best of all it’s very ‘clean’. That means there are no unnecessary fillers, silicones or fragrances in this that could potentially irritate skin. If your skin’s quite sensitive or acne prone, this may be worth a shot. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and it definitely works well. Despite being an AHA product it’s not harsh in the slightest; my skin’s smoother and more even but not irritated.
Cons: Nothing major, really. It has a tiny bit of light reflection in it but nothing noticeable and you shouldn’t be using it during the day anyway so it doesn’t matter. Also it costs around $24 which is quite steep for a drugstore product. It’s more than comparable to similarly priced products though and Olay products are usually on some kind of offer if you shop smart.
Overall: A brilliant glycolic acid product, great for fading acne scars, hyperpigmentation and generally freshening/brightening up the skin. It’s a very simple formula so it should be fine for sensitive/acne-prone skin and it works a treat. SCforM recommended!