“ Brand: Oil of Olay / Type: Facial Wash / Subcategory: Foam / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Cleanses, „
There are not many beauty brands that I have remained loyal to over the years, I'm a sucker for new products and have to try them, looking for the next new wonder product, but the one brand that I've always come back to again and again is Oil of Olay (formally known as Oil of Ulay). It has never let me down, and has become a staple product in my skincare routine. This product along with the Oil of Olay Total Care Moisturiser (which I shall review later) are 2 of my must have products.
It's full title is Olay Gentle Cleansers Refreshing Face Wash and it comes packaged in a white and turquoise squeezy tube containing 200ml of product and it's RRP is £3.05 in Boots, but I usually buy mine from Bodycare as it's usually cheaper, but even at £3.05, it still represents excellent value for money, considering it lasts me a good few weeks of continuous use, as only a small amount is needed to get a good lather going. I like a product to lather up well and this one certainly doesn't disappoint.
This facial wash is specially formulated to be gentle on your skin, and is a gel like consistency. It mentions on the pack that it's suitable for normal/dry and combination skin, it contains extracts of Aloe and Cucumber, and this is what makes it so refreshing, and it really is the most refreshing wash I have ever used, it feels great to use it at the end of the day to remove all my make up! I love the way it leaves my face feeling so clean, fresh and soft, and my skin healthy looking. The smell too is a very refreshing scent, I can detect cucumber the most, and even though I don't like cucumber to eat, I really like the smell of it, as to me it is a very clean scent.
This doesn't irritate my skin (which can be quite tempremental at times) in anyway, it never makes me come out in blotches at all, it just leaves it lovely and clean and all plumped up and healthy looking, so I would say this would be a suitable cleanser for even the most sensitive of skins.
It is also one of the most effective cleansers I have ever used too, it throughly removes your make up like no other budget brand cleanser I have ever used, you really feel that it is cleansing deep down into your pores, and the evidence of this is clear if you wipe over with some toner afterwards. I don't use toner very often to be honest, but I've just purchased some from The Body Shop, and wanted to give it a try, so I did, and not abit of make up was left on my face, the cotton wool pad remained clean!
This is probably one of the reasons why when I recently tried another so called 'Well Known Name' cleanser "just because it was new", I came out in spots virtually straight away, as it did a very poor job of removing my make up throughly. Luckily I had a tube of Oil of Olay spare, and as soon as I went back to using it, my skin started to return to normal again.
This can be found in all good chemists and supermarkets, and Boots have currently got a 3 for 2 offer on on skincare, so a great time to stock up. There is also a Gentle Refreshing Toner to match this cleanser too.
As I said at the beginning of this review, I have used this brand for years, it was one of the first brands my Mam started me on when I first started with a skin care routine, and one that really works for me, I really can't find any fault with it what so ever, and am pretty amazed that before my review now, there is only one review before it!
A full 5 stars from me!
When I go to stay with people I always forget something. I'll forget to take something with me (usually toothbrush or pj's) and I always forget to bring something home (often the same). This New Year I went up to Manchester to stay with my two best mates from my uni days, for general rampaging and sinking of vast amounts of vodka in an effort to recreate our student youth. Just to be different I forgot to take my cleanser. Actually this oversight turned out to be quite handy, as I'd been suffering with very dry skin, despite my tendency to smother myself in moisturisers twice a day. I was having problems admitting I needing to stop using my Living Nature products, but my cheeks were a little flaky thanks to over exposure to the elements. And my face looked quite patchy too. So having rummaged around in the boys bathroom and found only very manly smelling products (why is that? 'girl' products tend to have a neutral smell, but 'boy' ones have to reek like a heavy aftershave?!) I took myself off to Sainsbury's to invest in something of my own (and some vodka). The choice was limited, but I ended up plumping for an Olay Moisture Balancing Face Wash, which seemed just the ticket. It set me back £3.99, but is only £2.99 in superdrug or asda. Back at the flat before we went out, having finally got the bathroom to myself, I flipped open the tube (which was a trial in itself and has got no less so) and had a cursory sniff. Nothing offensive invaded my nostrils so I carried on with lathering up my face. The pearlescent liquid/gel bubbles up very nicely, and feels very soft on your skin. The smell once wet kind of reminded me faintly of cake - a very slight almond/cherry aroma. But I might just be mad since most Olay products tend to have an innocuous soap fragrance. Initial results were encouraging, enough so that I have been using this ever since, and a month in my skin is in much better condition. I use t
his twice a day, and it leaves my face very clean and soft to the touch. The dry patches have cleared up, and I haven't suffered any spots (not that I do usually, but even in the run up to the blob I stayed spot free), though I still can't afford to forget to moisturise after use. My original tube ran out after about three/four weeks of twice daily use, which isn't bad for the price, especially compared to what I was using before. As far as active ingredients go, it is completely soap and oil free. It claims to have 'active cleansers' which spring into life when the gel gets wet. I can't vouch for that, but whatever they are, combined with the vitamin E and Olay moisturisers, they're doing a good job. And after rinsing there is no evident fragrance left on the skin to clash with perfumes etc, just a clean fresh feeling. Just one word of warning: When you rub it all over your face it bubbles up loads. Now it's not unreasonable that you might want to inhale during this process, but it's best not to. I made the mistake of taking a huge breath in before dunking my head, and inhaled a big bubble that had formed over my mouth. This resulted in a choking fit and a nasty feeling in my throat. I'm not sure this stuff will be very good for the insides of your lungs. And it tastes bad. But overall I'm quite pleased with my new discovery. Usually I only bring a hangover back with me from my Manchester excursions. Despite the boys' best efforts to purloin the little tube, it made it back home with me where the biggest threat to theiving it faces it housematey and her grubby mitts. And what did I leave behind this time? My book and a pair of panties. 'Oil of Olay Moisture Balancing Face Wash' for normal/dry & combination skins, £2.99 for 150ml
Gentle Foaming Face wash thoroughly cleanses your face without the dryness of soap, helping to keep skin looking and feeling fresher and younger /