“ Brand: Olay / Texture: Cream / Type: Day Cream / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Vitalizes, „
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I decided to try Olay Provital as part of my mission to find an effective moisturiser at a lower price than I normally pay for premium moisturisers.
As I have not yet found anything yet that comes close I had high hopes for Provital as the recommended price is £12.99 for 50ml.
It is packaged in a box
The product is in a cream plastic pot with a black lid.
Inside is another cream lid to provide further protection for the product, or as actually happens to me quite frequently, something that comes away with the screw off lid and lands product side down onto the carpet. I must have the best moisturised carpet in England.
The packaging is nothing to write home about, it is functional and to be honest that is all I want, as I don't particularly want to display a moisturiser targeted for mature skin. Although the words are very small and discreet on this product.
There are also directions for use on the back of the pot and a warning not to get this product in your eyes and to rinse thoroughly with water if you do.
This is a day cream targeted at mature skin. It contains Vitamin E for nourishment which helps restore moisture loss due to harmful elements in the environment, hormonal changes and ageing.
It contains a sun protection factor 15 to screen the sun's harmful UVA/B rays. Something I think should feature in any moisturiser as most dermatologists say that daily sun protection will make a significant difference to how your skin ages .
Olay recommend applying this morning and evening on the face and neck.
The moisturiser is creamy white in colour and has a creamy texture.
It is also quite scented, which I think is too perfumed for a facial moisturiser. It reminds me of old fashioned talcum powder, the type that used to come in a tin, brands like Yardleys and Cussons.
I was very wary about putting this on my skin which is very sensitive, but actually this didn't cause me any problems.
I tried it on my forehead first and was pleased that it did improve the look of my skin and blurred the wrinkles slightly.
It feels quite greasy when you apply and takes ages to absorb, so 10 to 15 minutes later there is still a tacky residue left on the skin.
As a result, I did have problems applying foundation on top of this moisturiser.
The product is OK to use for 12 months once it has been opened. I would say that it actually lasts longer as I have had this for more than 12 months and it hasn't deteriorated , although I don't think that sun screens are effective after 12 months, so don't rely on this.
I wasn't able to test this before I bought it and had I done so, I would have been put off by the smell, which I think is too perfumed for a moisturiser. Something I found in the other Olay product I bought at the same time (Regenerist Buy one get one half price offer).
It has been dermatologically tested and proven. Proven in what Olay don't say!
Price and Availability
£12.99 for 50ml, but good deals can be found. Widely available in most chemists and supermarkets.
Would I Recommend
My main issue with the product is that it took ages to sink into my skin and on first application is quite tacky. It doesn't therefore make a great base for foundation.
Olay say that this product is highly absorbent, but I disagree. I wear foundation most days so really struggled as the product sat on my skin and made applying make - up on top quite difficult. I had to put tissue on my face to take some off.
The other issue is how perfumed it is. I can't see how something so scented can be good for the skin on your face and I wasn't comfortable using this.
I would suggest trying this before you purchase to see whether it is suitable for your skin. Or check out the Olay website to see if samples are available.
I have dry skin but this did not seem to absorb. I would not recommend this based on my experience. Perhaps better as a night cream.
It isn't for me , but if you don't mind the slightly tacky finish and don't use make up this might suit.