I am grumpy.
I am grumpy for many reasons. For example, there is a distinct lack of tulips and hyacinths outside my window, even though I have declared, repeatedly, that it is time for spring.
I am also grumpy because I recently finished a tube of RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. The grumpiness here is not because I’m sad to see the end of the tube, but because in spite of using it as directed, in near-perfect compliance, it had no visible effect on my skin. Their website says it “visibly reduces wrinkles around the eyes and crow’s feet in 12 weeks. In addition, it evens out dark circles and reduces puffiness in 4 weeks.”
It did nothing at all for darkness and puffiness, and I think I have more wrinkles around the eyes now than I did when I started. Srsly. It feels like several months of wasted time.
To add to my general pissiness, I have grudgingly decided to try the Olay Professional Pro-X line instead. This contributes to my grumpiness for two reasons: 1) it costs an arm and a leg given that these are drugstore products, and b) I have not liked the Olay line for many years. I know lots of people do like Olay, but my skin has never taken kindly to their products: they are either not nearly moisturizing enough and leave me dry and flaky, or they make me greasy and clog my pores. Plus, their sunscreens irritate my skin. Gripe, gripe, gripe.
So why on God’s not-yet-green-and-flowery earth did I decide to try it? Because of the recent clinical trial, reported last month in the British Journal of Dermatology, in which Olay Pro-X was pitted against prescription Renova — and won. (You can read a nice summary of the trial here at agelessbeauty.com.)
I purchased the Anti-Aging Starter Kit, which contains small sizes of three different products, for $59.99 at my local Tarjay. Yeah, that’s some serious sticker shock for a drugstore line — but the price of each full-size individual product was $39.99, so this seemed like the lesser evil. The Anti-Aging Starter Kit contains their age repair lotion, SPF 30 (their recommended daytime moisturizer/sunscreen), the eye restorative complex, and the wrinkle smoothing cream. (They also have an Intensive Wrinkle Protocol starter kit, which contains the age repair lotion, the wrinkle smoothing cream, and a small tube of their deep wrinkle treatment. This kit sells for a few dollars more.)
Olay’s website promises the Pro-X line will give me “younger-acting, younger-looking skin in 28 days.” All right, Olay, you’re on. Today is Day 1. Check back in with me 28 days from now and we’ll see what’s happened.