Sunday, October 6, 2013

Skincare Sunday: Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion & Peel System Review

Today's Skincare Sunday is in regards to an at home microdermabrasion treatment from Olay's Regenerist line. Microdermabrasion and other spa treatments can often cost a small fortune, so it's nice to have a DIY version to do in the comfort of your own home.

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Now comes the important part. What does this do, how does it do it, and does it work? All of the Olay Regenerist line of products contain an Olay amino-peptide + B3 complex to regenerate the appearance of your skin. This kit is no exception to that rule.

It's claims:
  • Gently resurfaces skin's texture
  • Activates surface cell renewal
  • Balances skin tone
  • Conditions skin to leave it feeling soft and smooth
  • Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

The claims are fabulous, but if the product is hard to use, there really is no point to the whole thing. Luckily there are only three total steps, all of which are very easy to follow. To use it you apply step 1 (derma-crystals) all over your dry, clean face (avoid eye area) and gently massage for 45-60 seconds. Then you apply step 2 (activator serum) in a thick layer over the derma-crystals to release a white foam, and massage for 1 minute. Then rinse well with lukewarm water.

There is very little chance for error since both bottles are clearly labeled, and come in different types of containers to prevent accidentally grabbing the wrong one. Step 1 comes in a tub, with some very bright yellow goop the consistency of watery porridge without the chunks (pic shown). Step 2 is a clear solution that comes in a squeezy bottle.

As for the product actually working, I can only speak to the short term claims. I've used this product for two weeks thus far, so it has done nothing to diminish my fine lines and wrinkles, and I don't know how much balancing of my skin tone it's done. I'm rather skeptical of some of the wrinkle reversing claims anyway. It does make my skin instantly softer and smoother, and it doesn't irritate my skin (unlike my Eclos disaster). There is some redness immediately after use, but that goes away. Also I don't notice any unpleasant, lasting tingling/burning sensation. In fact, even while in use, the product is perfectly comfortable. This product is supposed to be gentle enough to be used up to twice a week, and I might try it for this upcoming week since my skin can tolerate the once a week regimen.

Bottom Line: I think it's a nice at home remedy to boost skin texture, and get rid of dry patches. It might even have long term benefits. Best of all, this is an essentially idiot proof microdermabrasion kit that's comfortable to use.

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