Product: Today’s product is Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Moisturizer Plus Serum Duo With Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 Fragrance Free (Can these names get any longer?)
Overall Rating = 3 Stars – Good.
Cost: $19.99 for 1.35 oz ($14.81 per ounce) Price Category: Mid-range
Sold By: Walgreen’s; Wal-mart; Retailers everywhere
Container: Plastic airless pump bottle with plastic cap and outer paper carton. This pump bottle is sealed and the top does not screw off so you cannot refill the bottle or use it with other products. I am a huge fan of this type of container because it presents the least potential for contamination. Always keep your cap over the nozzle and it will stay protected. The airless pumps are also quite effective at getting every last trace of product out of the bottle.
Description: The name of this product pretty much sums up what the product’s intended use is. In case you are wondering, the 7 benefits this product supposedly provides are: 1. Visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles; 2. Evens skin tone appearance; 3. Enhances brightness instantly; 4. Instantly minimizes the look of pores; 5. Smooths and evens out skin texture; 6. Hydrates for a firm look; 7. Replenishes moisture.
I would argue that hydrating and replenishing moisture is the same thing (benefits 6 and 7). Typically, hydration occurs as a result of replacing water and moisture from replacing lost oils, but the perception is the same. Supposedly benefit number 8 would be the anti-aging benefit of an effective sunscreen. I would like to see an SPF of 30 instead of 15. This product contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection which is important. I’ll get into an in-depth discussion of sunscreens when we get to those reviews.
This is a fragrance-free product. The Olay moisturizer is intended to be used after cleansing and prior to makeup. You can replace the separate steps of applying serum, moisturizer and sunscreen with this one product. Technically, this is three products in one, not seven or eight.
Morning Review: I have been familiar with the Olay line of products for over 20 years. They are constantly changing the names of products and putting them in different packaging, but their basic formulas are very similar.
This Olay moisturizer, although fragrance-free, has a definite scent to it. I don’t know how to describe it other than a chemical smell. It is not offensive or irritating, but it is definitely there. I don’t particularly care for the scent.
This is a thick white cream, much heavier than most Olay products. It has a velvety feel to it when applied to the face. If I accidentally get it into my eyes it does burn, so I recommend keeping it clear of the eye area. This product has a very unusual side effect for me and others have reported the same experience. If I have not exfoliated for a while before I use this, my skin just peels off a few minutes after I apply it to my face. So much so that if I run out of my exfoliating products I use this. If I have exfoliated immediately prior to application then it seems to be absorbed well. It definitely provides a lot of moisture and hydration. I do not think users with oily skin would like this product.
Makeup goes on very smooth on top of this product but only if I have recently exfoliated. Otherwise, it is a disaster. The first layer goes down the drain (with my dead skin) and then I have to reapply this moisturizer prior to makeup.
Regarding reducing lines/wrinkles, evening skin tone/texture, enhancing brightness, or reducing pore size, I would have to say no to all of the above. I applied this to one side of my face only and examined it with a 15 power magnifying mirror. I then had someone else examine my face with a medical-grade magnifier and he could not tell which side I applied the product to. The only difference is that the side with the product felt softer when I touched my face, but there were no visible differences.
Morning Rating: 3 Stars
Evening Review: At the end of the day my skin does not feel tight or dry. If anything this product makes it feel a little oily as the day progresses. I used this in Florida every day for a week and it did protect my face from burning. There are other sunscreens that work much better so if you are only buying this product for that benefit, I have others I can recommend.
Overall Review: Olay Total Effects 7-In-1 Moisturizer Plus Serum Duo With Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 15 Fragrance Free is a good reasonably-priced moisturizer if you have normal to dry skin and you don’t experience the peeling effect.
I would be interested in hearing from you and your experience with this product. I have clients that use this product and their skin does not peel with it as mine does.
This moisturizer is suitable for the following skin types: (all but not oily)
- All ethnicities;
- All ages;
- All sexes;
Morning Rating = 3 Stars;
Evening Rating = 3 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 3 Stars;
Value Rating = 3 Stars;
Overall Rating = 3 Stars – Good. (Please review the About 365 Cosmetic Reviews page for the rating info.)
Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%, Sunscreen), Homosalate (4%, Sunscreen), Octisalate (4.5%, Sunscreen), Octocrylene (2.6%, Sunscreen). Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Tapioca Starch, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Dimethicone, Panthenol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyethylene, Benzyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Nylon 12, Methylparaben, Dimethiconol, Ethylparaben, Allantoin, PEG 100 Stearate, Propylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium PEG 7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Disodium EDTA, Stearic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Iron Oxides.
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