Product Type: Olay body care
Newest Review: ... 'improve hydration' and 'leave skin softer, smoother and firmer'. Unfortunately Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir did not do anythi... more
A lightweight night treatment
Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir
Member Name: zombieflesh
Olay Regenerist Night Renewal Elixir
Advantages: smoothens and tightens the skin
Disadvantages: not very moisturising, no improvement to fine lines & wrinkles
I'm a bit of a beauty addict and love to try out new products. I was lucky enough to receive a free sample of this Olay Regenerist Anti-Ageing Night Renewal Elixir directly from Olay as part of a promotional campaign. You can find this product in most high street beauty stores and it costs RRP £29.99 for a 50ml bottle.
Product description: "Renews skin while you sleep - for smoother, firmer looking skin in 7 nights.
More than a night moisturiser - renews skin cells as well as hydrating.
The light glycolic formula enables natural yet gentle exfoliation."
Directions for use: Designed to be used alone. Each night, apply evenly to your cleansed face and neck, avoiding direct contact with the eyes. In the morning, use a moisturiser with UV protection SPF15 or higher.
I received a 7ml sample size tube of this product, which was enough to last me for over two months of using it most nights. I focused on using this mainly on my face rather than both my face and neck, so if you were going to apply over both areas this would not last you for quite so long. I was more interested to see if continued use would have a noticeable effect on my skin so stuck with using it just on my face to get a better test of the product and see how it worked for me.
The full size version of this product comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser, but my smaller version is a simple tube with a screw-top lid. The Elixir is quite different to any other night treatment that I have used before. It is a runny clear fluid with no real scent and a nice light consistency. It is nothing like the usual heavy creams, thick serums or rich oils that I have previously tried using that are specifically for use overnight. This was a refreshing change as my skin is prone to oilyness and I did not feel like this Elixir was overloading my skin at all. It spreads very well and I only need to use a small amount to get a good coverage over my whole face. It sinks in after a few seconds, although there is a slight residue left behind which is not noticeable unless my skin is touching something else. Because this is a night treatment I apply it just before bed time, and if I have not left enough time for this to be fully absorbed (I find it takes around 20 minutes) then I get a feeling of stickiness when I lay my face down against the pillow.
I noticed several positive results after using this night treatment, although it did take longer than the 7 nights as suggested on the packaging. I think after several weeks of continued use there was a definite improvement in some areas. Firstly, this Elixir helped to smooth the surface of my skin. I felt like I had to exfoliate less frequently as the treatment gently renews skin and leaves it feeling smooth to the touch. Because the liquid is so fine this helps to reduce any clogging and my pores did not become blocked at all, which was a big benefit for me as some of the heavy night creams can overload my skin and lead to breakouts of spots. What I was most impressed with was how my skin felt firmed and tightened. I'm only in my mid-20's so don't really feel like I'm ready for the stronger anti-ageing products, but I was surprised at how much this improved the tone of my skin. I have never had any visible sagging or looseness, but I can really feel the difference and think that the product fully lived up to its claims in this respect.
On balance there were also a few negative points. As I've mentioned, I have a combination type complexion which is more on the oily side. Even so, I found that this Elixir did not provide enough hydration to leave my skin feeling moisturised. In fact, on most mornings my skin felt dried out and I've been topping up with a moisturising foundation as well as a day cream on some occasions to bring the level of moisture back up. Also, I did not notice any effect on the few fine lines and wrinkles that have started cropping up over the past couple of years. I thought that for an anti-ageing treatment it was a bit of a let down as my wrinkles were not visibly reduced.
One point that I feel was not properly emphasised on the packaging was the importance of wearing sunscreen on your face the following day after using this night treatment. It gives the recommendation but I'm sure there are times when we've all ignored the writing on the packet because it does not seem to have any immediate relevance. In this case the Elixir contains glycolic acid which acts as an exfoliant by peeling away the top layer of the skin. The concentration is not usually high in cosmetic products, but it can leave the skin prone to increased sensitivity from sun exposure, and it is vital to give yourself some extra protection and wear a moisturiser, sunscreen, or foundation with at least SPF 15 during the day to avoid damage.
This Olay Regenerist Anti-Ageing Night Renewal Elixir has definitely proved its worth by helping to make my skin feel firmer and smoother. However, I don't feel like it is a good all-rounder as I haven't really noticed any anti-ageing effects on my few budding wrinkles, and it was not moisturising even for my combination type skin. I have enjoyed using it but I don't think I have been convinced to buy the full sized product for myself. I'd say it's worth a try if you want a lighter night treatment that won't clog up your skin.
Summary: A refreshingly light night treatment