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Oh that cruel Winter sun! Everybody looks better with a little bit of a tan. In the winter though, the sun, when it does appear, seems to pick out every wrinkle and line. Not one to pay a huge amount of attention to my "character" lines I did get a bit of a shock when looking in the mirror on a rare sunny day and decided that I would give my face a bit of a treat with an anti-wrinkle something or other. There are so many on the market that I really didn't have a clue but my decision was made very easy for me by noticing that Olay anti-wrinkle firm and lift day cream and serum was on half price offer in Morrisons. Normally I would not pay around 12pounds for 50ml of cream but at half price I could indulge a little. This product is aimed at the 40+ age range which I definitely fit into, claims to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and firm the skin as well giving you a lifted appearance in 21days. It is packaged in a deep purple coloured slim cardboard box on which is shown a picture of the container. Expertly combining cream and serum we are told to use the product daily by gently applying every morning onto your face and neck. For even better results compliment by using the night cream and eye gel. I haven't got that far yet but I might! On one side are the ingredients and the quantity 50ml and the information that it has a 12month life after opening and is made in the EU, the container is recyclable. Firm and Lift! The cream is very easy to use, it is housed in a deep purple cylinder with a white pull off top which reveals a small white pump top which you press to access the cream. The design is very simple mirroring the front of the box with only a little information on how to use it on the reverse of the tube. "You on a good day, everyday" Gently press the pump top down and out comes a 5pence blob of white, creamy glistening cream that gentle spreads in the palm of your hand. The scent is fresh almost apple like and uplifting, it is in fact gorgeous. I then gently smooth the silky cream onto my neck and over my face with a gentle massage. Two pumps is more an generous amount and it is instantly absorbed leaving my skin soft and fresh. I even manage to get a little on the back of my hands too which is a bonus. My Opinion. I am so pleased with this cream, it has lasted over the 21 days after which Olay say that your skin should look firmer and lifted and I do feel that it has made a difference. I am naturally a sceptic with skin care hype and maybe no one else has noticed but after a couple of days I really did look better! Just fresher and rested. Sometimes I forgot to apply it in the morning and so used it at night instead and woke up looking refreshed. It is lovely to use and I have not suffered any adverse effects whilst using it as I have done with another Olay product. It is small enough to take on a plane in hand luggage as mine has just done and I will certainly be on the look out to buy it again especially at half price! 5 stars from me. Thank you for reading my review which may also be posted on Ciao under splishsplash.
As I age I become more reliant on a serum to if not halt then at least slow down the advance of wrinkles on my face. I've found both Aldi and Marks & Spencer have produced good products but sadly my Marks & Spencer serum was discontinued a few months ago, leading me to search for an alternative. I found my solution in Superdrug, who were selling Olay Firm & Lift Day Cream & Serum for £5.99 which is half the RRP. I've since seen it on offer fairly regularly in other outlets so it's definitely worth shopping about for it. ~~The Product~~ The product comes packaged in a tall purple box and the bottle itself is also purple and dispenses the serum via a pump. You get 50ml of product in each pump. It's worth noting that this product is designed specifically for women aged over 40 so if you are lucky enough to still be a spring chicken I would advise you look for a more appropriate anti-wrinkle product as this one isn't for you. ~~My Experience~~ I've been using this serum now for 2 months and have to say I have been very impressed with it overall. The serum is easy to dispense via the pump and it absorbs quickly into my skin which I have to say I like as so many serums can take a while to fully settle into my skin. Furthermore the product isn't sticky, an issue I have experienced with other serums. The consistency of the serum is fairly thin but feels smooth when applied to the face. The serum has a delicate fragrance which has hints of floral and fruit tones and isn't overwhelming in the least. I apply the serum immediately after cleansing my face and the only real issue I have is the fact that although the Olay product is supposed to give you all day moisture as well as targeting lines and wrinkles it's not perfect due to the fact it doesn't contain any SPF. This is fine on days when I know I am not going out or if it's a particularly overcast winter's day but having taken the words of Baz Luhrmann's "Everbody's Free (to Wear Sunscreen)" to heart many years ago now, I do prefer to slap some form of sun protection on my face every day. This means I don't always benefit from the fact the serum also contains moisturiser as I find myself slapping on a moisturiser in addition to the 2in1 product to help keep the single biggest cause of wrinkles (sun rays) at bay. Over the course of 2 months I have definitely noticed a difference in how pronounced the lines on my face are. I have said this before and will say it again - I am too long in the tooth for any anti-wrinkle cream to actually remove the lines that are already there but a good product definitely does lessen the appearance of them. I am happy to say that the Olay 2in1 Firm & Lift product does minimise the appearance of my deep lines and wrinkles well - I certainly noticed a difference after a couple of weeks had passed. ~~Finally~~ I think for the price this is an excellent product but it's not quite perfect. Had Olay added some SPF to this it would be the perfect skincare product for me as it would cut out the need to slap another layer of moisturiser on on top. It's unfortunate because of all the serums I have used this is probably the one that smells the best, absorbs the quickest and generally just feels nice, avoiding the tacky and sticky texture of other brands I have bought. Adding the moisturiser to the serum is an inspired move on Olay's part and it's just unfortunate they missed out one vital ingredient. I can only surmise that cost was a factor in them missing out SPF which is a great shame. Had they added it and priced the product at £15 I would be happily buying this forever more at full price but for now - due to the fact I still need to buy that moisturiser with SPF then this is going to have to remain a half price offer purchase only.
Although I use a range of products in my cleanse, tone and moisturise routine at home, when I go on holiday I look for something simpler. Olay's 2 in 1 day cream and serum therefore caught my eye when I was shopping recently for a short break in Amsterdam. Having a mature dry combination skin I have to say I'm a serum lover! My routine just doesn't seem complete without one. So I was pleased to see that this cream combines a firm and lift day cream with a serum and it's also an anti-wrinkle product. Added to that, it was on offer when I bought it at £5 so it was a bargain and it comes in a 50ml size so it was small enough to pack in my hand luggage. Too good to be true? I don't think so. The cream is smooth and silky to apply, has a light pleasant fragrance and provides a good base for make up with my skin being well moisturised without being greasy. You don't need much of it, so there was easily enough for my week away and for my next trip or two. In fact I liked the product so much that I'm now using it at home for days when I don't have time for the full routine.