Disclosure: The post is sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Hey guys! So today I wanted to share with you a 4-week journey I went on with Olay. Before I dive into it, I wanted to touch on the state of my skin. I’m in my mid-30’s and I’ve noticed slight changes in my skin in the past 2-3 years. I’m seeing more dark spots especially around my eyes, lack of firmness, and fine expression lines. When it comes to my skin, I believe there are certain products and ingredients that belong in your skincare routine once you hit your thirties. One ingredient that I constantly hear and read about is retinol.
Now, I’ve tried retinols in the past but gave up after a few weeks mainly because of irritation. I just felt it wasn’t for me. However, that all changed a month ago when I had the opportunity to try Olay’s new Retinol24 collection.
Olay Retinol24 Collection
I’ve been a big fan of Olay for years and I’ve written on their products in the past. For the past four weeks, I’ve been gushing over Olay’s Retinol 24 Collection. Retinol24 is formulated with an unprecedented amount of B3 and Olay’s retinoid complex (including two types of retinols), to improve fine lines and wrinkles, brightness, smoothness, firming, dark spots and pores.
It also delivers 24 hours of hydration and virtually no irritation. A retinol product with no irritation? Yes, you read that correctly! Now everyone’s skin is different; however, 96% of Olay users did not experience irritation with the new Retinol24 collection. Learning this peaked my curiosity even further!
The collection comes with a serum, eye cream, and moisturizer. The face moisturizer is my favorite out of the three. I use it every night after cleansing and toning my face. I only need a little bit on my finger to cover my entire face and neck. It feels so velvety smooth when I apply it. When I wake up the next morning, my skin has a nice glow and my pores look smaller. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and exactly the kind of moisturizer my oily skin loves.
If you’ve had a negative experience with retinol products in the past or you’re new to retinols, keep reading below as I answer some of the top searched retinol questions to help alleviate your concerns.
What Does Retinol Do For Your Face?
Well, since using the Olay Retinol24 Face Moisturizer my skin has looked brighter, smoother with less visible pores. I’ve struggled acne since I was a teen and this helped reduced flareups. Second, it provides 24-hour hydration which I liked. I didn’t have to worry about my skin cracking under my makeup.
After using it for a few more days, I noticed my fine expression lines around the mouth were not as pronounced so it definitely has a firming effect on the skin. My face looked more youthful overall.
Which Products Have The Highest Amount of Retinol?
Rather than figuring out which products has the highest, your focus should be more on the way it’s combined with other ingredients. Retinol degrades when it’s exposed to outside elements such as air, sun and heat that’s why it’s super difficult to formulate. Olay is different than other retinol products because their proprietary formula, with vitamin B3 and retinoid complex, remains stable and potent from the very first time you use it to your very last drop.
Should I Use Retinol Before or After I Moisturize?
I always wondered this too and thankfully Olay designed the Retinol24 collection in three forms so it’s less complicated for you. So, you have the serum, moisturizer and eye cream. After washing your face, you apply the serum. Next up is the moisturizer which I replaced with my nighttime moisturizer and the eye cream is applied on top of the moisturizer. Whether you use one or all three, you can find a place for any of the products in your daily skincare routine.
What Are The Typical Side Effects?
The most common concern with using Retinol is irritation. I’ve tried products containing retinols in my late twenties and I stopped because I noticed irritation. This Olay formula is better than others at a much budget-friendly price and it gives you results in 24 hours with no irritation.
During my 4-week trial, I mainly used the face moisturizer and I’ve never experienced irritation. Since hitting my 30’s, I’ve considered reintroducing retinols back into my skincare routine, but past negative experiences always held me back. Now, my fear of using retinols is long in the past.
I hope my post has left you more knowledgeable on the wonders of retinols. To check out the Olay Retinol24 collection, click here.