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Monday Mix: Olay Professional Pro-X Check-In, Sales

Gavel by walknboston.Remember I was going to take the 28-day Olay Professional Pro-X challenge? The one in which if you used the products for 4 weeks you would see reduction in dark circles and puffiness, and in 12 weeks reduction in fine lines and wrinkles?

That was at the beginning of March. It is now the beginning of May. I let it go twice as long as I had originally intended (8 weeks rather than 4) because there were times when I wasn’t so compliant with the regimen and I wanted to be sure I had given the product a fair shake before tossing it in the dustbin.

Dustbin, ho.

The pluses were as follows: the “Wrinkle Smoothing Cream” is a perfectly good evening moisturizer if you don’t need it to do anything special. It does moisturize the skin well, but in my experience there are no other visible benefits. It will become my go-to elbow moisturizing cream until I finish it up. The “Eye Restorative Complex,” it turns out, attempts to reduce wrinkles by … moisturizing the eye area. Uh-huh. Right. OK, it’s a decent eye moisturizer, but I think it’s been pretty well proven by now that moisture alone does not do anything long-term for the reduction of wrinkles.

This leaves the Age Repair Lotion, the daily moisturizer with SPF 30, which did not moisturize me at all but which did break me out and leave my skin greasy. F.A.I.L.

Voxy’s Verdict: Save your $60 and invest in something else. I’ve gone back to my old standard Stri-Vectin eye cream and am trying out a new daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. I’m also trying some new evening products, and will be reporting on all of these in future days.

Sales — don’t get excited

Only one new sale to report: Korres is offering 25% off (and free shipping) through 5/12 with code SURVEY.

Some old ones still in progress. Check last Monday’s post. Bigelow and Hourglass sales still going on, I think Paula Dorf as well.

Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkn/ / CC BY 2.0

Olay Professional Pro-X Anti-Aging Regimen: Day 1

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.

Review: Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller

garnier rollerball

Voxy : rollerballs ::

A. fish : bicycle

B. Paris Hilton : endowed professorship

C. Charlie Brown : football

That would be C … always getting my hopes up, only to have them yanked away at the last minute. I suppose that in this situation, that makes Garnier Lucy. (Admit it, you were hoping it was going to work out to be B somehow.)

This is an intriguing little product. The point behind the rollerball as a de-puffing agent is this: most undereye puffiness is just simple edema — the accumulation of fluids in the eye area, usually during sleep, when you are (presumably) horizontal and gravity isn’t helping your circulatory system keep those fluids moving. Gentle massage of the area on rising can help start moving those fluids along. The rollerball is a cunning little mechanism to make that massage easier. Applying cool things to the area (the stereotypical cucumber slices, or a washcloth soaked in cool water) will also help reduce swelling and puffiness. And it’s a funny thing — that rollerball does always feel unusually cold. I’m sure there is some science that explains that. The metal of the rollerball always seems much colder on my skin than, say, a spoon, or a spatula, or a can of hairspray. Not that I go around rubbing spatulas on my face as a general rule — only for the purposes of Scientific Experiment, of course.

So that’s the hoopla with the rollerball. Of course, there’s also some product inside that nifty packaging, and it’s a thin, light lotion (thick ones won’t work with a rollerball delivery system) containing, among other things, caffeine, a much-lauded de-puffing ingredient.

My take on this is that the rollerball is very cool (both figuratively and literally), but the product itself is not much to write home about. I prefer a more emollient cream, and in the few weeks I used this I didn’t notice any difference in either overall hydration or dark circles, both of which the product claims to improve. The directions also say to only roll the ball over your skin “one to two times,” but if I’m waking up with clamshells for eyelids after a salty Chinese food late-night binge, I want a bit more massage than that.

So in the end, I’m not sold on the product inside the package. However, I do really like the idea of a cool, soothing rollerball massage. I have some empty rollerball vials that were meant to hold perfume oils, and I think I’m going to fill one with toner, maybe add a bit of glycerin, chuck it in the fridge, and give it a go.

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Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller: about $13

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (drugstore: poor/fair/good/excellent): fair

Purchase again? No

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)