Falling Back In Love With Olay

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturiser and Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence

Olay has always been one of those brands that I like, constantly recommend but seldom actually use myself. It sounds strange, I know, that I would be raving about products from a brand that I don’t actually use much of myself. It’s a highly-established drugstore brand that is somehow quite underrated compared to de rigueur of French pharmacy beauty brands these days. They’re one of the few drugstore skincare brands that offer a good percentage of useful anti-aging ingredients like peptides and niacinamide, often even more than what a number of high-end skincare brands offer.

I’ve stopped using Olay for a number of years because I found the creams a tad rich for my liking back then. As they were heavy on my younger combination skin, the creams tend to feel greasy and all-round icky on my skin. However, I have no qualms in recommending it to people with older skin than mine or to those with dry skin because I’ve seen the results. My grandmother has been using Olay moisturisers for possibly 70+ years now and her skin still looks great. I’ve seen good results on younger skin too.

I recently wrote about the changes in my skin when I entered my 30s and while I still have an oily T-zone, the rest of my face is no longer “normal”. It’s slowly changing and it’s getting dry and dehydrated far more often than I like. Light gels and lotions no longer work for me at night. I find myself reaching for richer creams and noticed my skin drinking them up like quenching thirst in a desert. That was when I decided to give Olay a go once more, specifically a couple of items from the Regenerist range.

Oh my skin is in love!

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturiser and Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence

Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (RRP AUS$39.99)

Pre-serums are getting more and more popular these days, as I’m sure you’re starting to notice. Beauty brands are eager to market an extra step to consumers claiming that pre-serums will allow the serums that you’re currently using to work better as they absorb better. Whether or not you think it’s phooey, it’s worth giving it at least a go. Prior to this, I used hyaluronic acid serums as a “pre-serum” before my retinols and AHAs, and I find that the latter serums work better. As I had already used up my last hyaluronic acid serum, I thought I’d give this a go.

This isn’t a HA serum and while it’s as watery as most HA serums I’ve tried, it still absorbs very well and feels great on the skin. My serums are still performing optimally when I use this with them. As far as pre-serums go, this is a good one. From the list of ingredients, this contains quite a high percentage of niacinamide (Vitamin B3) that is a good anti-aging ingredient that can help improve skin’s elasticity, enhance its barrier function, help erase discolourations and revive skin’s healthy tone and texture. I didn’t use any other Olay serums after this and I still see positive results on my skin.

The only problem I have with this serum is how quickly it depletes. Olay recommends a 2-pump dosage per use and as I use this twice a day, that’s 4 big pumps gone per day. I’ve been using just a 1-pump dosage per use and already it’s half gone by the time I’ve reached a month’s use. If I used the recommended 2-pump dose from the beginning, I’d have finished an entire bottle by the time the 4th week is over. Personally, I think a 1-pump dosage suffices.

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturiser and Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence Ingredients

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturiser (RRP AUS$48.99)

I’ve tried the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturiser several years ago. Back then, I didn’t like it. I thought it was too thick for my skin and that all it did was leave a greasy sheen on my skin. Now that my skin is, well, aging, it’s becoming drier and it’s no longer content with light creams and gels, particularly in the evenings. When I first tried this again after years of staying away from it, it was like a skin revelation. My skin absolutely loves it! It drinks this up like water. I didn’t see nor feel that greasy sheen I encountered years ago.

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturiser and Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence

As far as moisturisers go, it doesn’t really matter to me if all it does is keep my skin well moisturised and hydrated because the bulk of the skincare work is done by my serums. However, this moisturiser also contains a good amount of niacinamide and peptides that are great in improving my skin’s overall tone and texture. I’ve used this for a month now and I can see the difference in my skin.

Even though I know that my skin is changing due to age, in a way, I’m glad for the change because it means that I can finally give different types of skincare now that I normally couldn’t have done before. I’ve recommended this to my Mum and she’ll be getting these to try out too. I’m glad I’ve fallen back in love with Olay and I’m very keen on giving their serums a go as well now.

Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturiser and Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence

If you haven’t tried anything from Olay before, I highly recommend the Regenerist range. The other ranges are all right but for quicker results, you can’t go wrong with the Regenerist range. Olay’s Regenerist range is available at pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. Keep a look out for sales in supermarkets; they often do sales for Olay. Unless they’re on sale at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse offers the best prices for Olay as far as I’ve noticed.

What about you? Have you used any of these Regenerist products from Olay? Have you fallen back in love with a product that you’ve used before but not liked at first?

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21 comments… add one
  1. Mel

    I’d be keen to try that pre-serum! But I think most of the Olay moisturisers would be too thick and rich for my oily skin.
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    1. Tine

      Exactly what I thought a few years ago, Mel. I couldn’t use their moisturisers back then either. But now I have no problem. I guess the issue is, erm, wait till you age? 😛 😛 😛
      As for the pre-serum, you’ll have no problems using it I reckon.

      1. Mel

        LOL Tine. I might recommend the Olay range to my Mum 🙂
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  2. Holly Webb

    I really want to try that serum, especially if it’ll be good for my dry skin! great post xxx
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Holly, glad you enjoyed it! The serum is definitely worth a try. 🙂

  3. Asha

    That Olay smell always gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, my mum’s used it for yonks as well, so the smell alone has pleasant associations for me.

    1. Tine

      Yes yes! That’s right! It’s the smell, isn’t it? There’s something about that scent that is so comforting. Reminds me of mum and gran. 😛

  4. MonicaP

    I have used this line in the past, but I seem to finish up one product then move onto something else, but I would purchase again on sale because it’s rather pricey for a drug store item.

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    1. Tine

      Yeah it’s true, this line is pricey for a drugstore item. Thankfully they work!

  5. Keen On Beauty

    I bought Olay only once, but unfortunately was not impressed, as it broke me out 🙁 I’ve never heard about pre-serums before. I wonder if the concept is the same like of a hydrating mist?.. It’s something totally new to me xx
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    1. Tine

      Aww that sucks 🙁 Pre-serums are not like hydrating mists. Those sort of mists, well, they dissipate in the air more than go on your skin. Pre-serums are more hydrating in my opinion and they prep the skin to absorb serums better. Of course, this is marketing talk but this is the second pre-serum I’ve used (first one’s the Nuxe Night Detox) and I find that it works for me. 🙂

  6. swati

    I have always been curious about olay regenerist range and now that you have reviewed it, it is definitely on my lost. It is.pricey which was why I never really got it. The pre-serum sounds good.
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    1. Tine

      Olay is pricey here too, to the point where it’s just $10 less than certain departmental store brands. But they do some really good stuff so I tend to forgive the fact. 🙂

  7. Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers

    I’ve been giving the Miracle Boost a try for the past month since I ran out of my much loved SKII essence. I’ve found it fairly good but their products do seem to enlarge my pores and products used around the eye cause milia for me. Although my skin is older (late 40’s) it’s still combination and I live in a humid climate so perhaps it is still a little to rich for me.
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    1. Tine

      If I was still living in Malaysia, to be honest, I wouldn’t use the moisturiser, or any of the moisturisers because I’d find them too rich as well. I don’t know whether to say the word “thankfully” or not that Melbourne is dry that I don’t have to worry about that here. 😛 If I have to choose between this and the SKII FTE, I’d choose the latter any time. 😉

  8. Victoria Shanti

    Hi Tine. I have used the same Olay Moisturiser for a long time. I think it was either late last year or early this year that I used the one labeled for “Night” and I love it. I chose the one which was fragrance-free and have been a regular user ever since. I stock up when Guardian has sales (I bought one a few months back when it was on 50% discount-what a steal!) and this moisturiser will be my staple as its affordable and like you said, has enough ant-aging ingredients to make a difference to my skin :-). We do not get the pre-serum in Malaysia though. Thanks for the review.

    1. Tine

      Ah yes, there’s a fragrance-free version of the moisturiser as well. Oh the pre-serum isn’t available in Malaysia? How odd! Aww man, you’d have loved it!

  9. Anna

    I have found that my skin has changed as I’ve aged- and quite significantly of late. It used to be combo but seems to lean more dry with dry which has never been a problem for me. My skin feels tight but also gets super flaky. Argh! Can you recommend products for this? I’m using some retinol product but is this ok? What do you think is the best combination of products to use?

    1. Tine

      I know the feeling Anna as my skin has changed as I age too. It’s hard for me to say as I don’t know the exact condition of your skin but what you mentioned is quite similar to what I get too. I like a combination of retinol one day and AHAs the next. I love Sunday Riley’s Good Genes but I hear Olay’s Regenerist Resurfacing Elixir is good too for its glycolic acid. Good luck!

  10. Holly Lou

    love the look of the moisturiser! my skin is so dehydrated in winter so I love trying out more, olay is truly amazeballs xxxxx


    1. Tine

      I’m currently using the day cream version and I’m LOVING it sick! 😛

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