Monday, 17 November 2014
[Review] Olay Complete Care Moisturiser SPF 15 for normal/oily skin
Ever heard of La Roche-Posay's effaclar duo? Let me explain. The UK version of the effaclar duo does not contain benzyl peroxide unlike it's counterpart that is in the US markets. I believe that the UK has strict regulations about having benzyl peroxide in skin-care products as excessive use can cause peeling and burns (the sensation of burns - basically, very painful).
And saying that, Olay's complete care moisturiser also contains niacinamide, and judging by its position in the ingredient list, is also one of the main ingredients. Quite a dupe eh? 3%-5% of Niacinamide is proven to treat post-inflammotory hyper pigmentation (told you to use sunscreen everyday *rolls eyes*), breakouts, promote cell communication/ ceramide production, help with breakouts, etc. Basically, one of my favourite cosmetic ingredients out there besides exfoliating acids (do not fear the acids! They're good for you -will explain in future post-).
I have been using this as a moisturiser for my morning routine for a while now and it's really amazing how fast it sinks in as it has quite a thick (but not as thick) cream texture. It also provides a great base for makeup! I have to also mention that there's a light scent that I somehow dislike or not fond of, but if it works, it works!
*One thing to take note is that this is SPF15, and the minimum requirement by most dermatologists and scientists is SPF30 these days due to the fact that we do not (most people.. okay me :/ pfft) don't reapply it throughout the day or liberally enough, thus I always use a separate sunscreen of spf30/50 on top of this moisturiser and I recommend readers to do the same.
Overall a very good morning moisturiser and also very budget friendly. Also, I found that I could also use this moisturiser on any dry areas on my body as well. This is not to say that this could replace those thick heavy body cremes or oils but in the summer or whenever you fancy a light moisturiser for your body or face which does not have that 'tacky' feeling, this could be it! Thus, quite multitasking.
*Another thing that readers have to note is that this contains fragrance, which I am not a fan of. But it does dissipate after approximately 10-30minutes depending if you layer anything on top of it. So this depends on personal preferences.
This is available practically everywhere. Boots, Superdrug, etc. Drugstores everywhere basically stock the Olay range so do check it out! In addition, this isn't that expensive either compared to some moisturisers out there that costs rent (I'm looking at you Creme de la mer -even though it works- noo).
At the time of writing, this moisturiser retails for £10 (it's £9.99, sigh just 1 cent people) and comes in 200ml, that will last you quite a while. Boots and some retailers also have constant 3-for-2 promotions or 1/3 off Olay Product promotions, thus working out to actually be cheaper.