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Do Expensive Skin Creams Really Work Better?

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Age ain’t nothing but a number. And that’s the truth.

BUT. I wouldn’t be honest if it didn’t feel like my face just hit the jackpot every time I got carded or someone commented on me looking way younger than my age. I mean, I eat right, try to get eight hours of sleep a night, drink tons of water, do burpees, think positive thoughts — so I should look pretty fit and healthy, right?

Well, one area I’ve been totally ignoring is my face. I mean, I know it’s there. And I like it! But instead of me trying to do anything about those fine lines and wrinkles, I’ve kind of just been ignoring them. Because … A) I didn’t want to really think about getting older; B) Have you seen anti-aging creams and products lately? There are a million of them. And a lot of them are pricey; C) How the heck do you pick one — and actually know that it’s going to work?

And then I got the answer: science.

An independent test by the Good Housekeeping Institute showed that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams, including one with a $440 price tag. A 1.7-ounce container of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream goes for $26.99 sooo …

I decided to try it out for myself. Because — let’s be honest — no burpee (no matter how much I love doing ’em) is ever going to make the lines on my face disappear overnight. But this stuff? The reviews are SO good.

And, ladies, even if you’re not experiencing fine lines and wrinkles yet (high-five, right here), this is the kind of product that you want to start using no matter how many trips around the sun you’ve celebrated. Not only is it an anti-aging cream, but it’s also a moisturizing and plumping powerhouse that can help younger women to actually prevent those wrinkles and fine lines. Plus, it won’t break the bank!

You simply wash your face like you normally do in the morning and at night, then rub a thin layer of this skin cream gently in. As it goes on you can almost instantaneously feel the hydration. Which is SO important! Hydration is one of the ways you can fight aging when you’re younger, and its essential to having bright, full and beautiful skin. This skin cream is so rich and yet somehow it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy in the least — it absorbs really, really well. In just one day, you can start to see results. I know I did! (And, yeah, obviously no filters are used below and I have no make-up on. Just me right after I washed my face, and me again, three hours later. Same bathroom, same light … much smoother and brighter face!)

In fact, according to the aforementioned Good Housekeeping Institute study, at the three-hour mark, Olay moisturized 400 percent better than a cream nearly 18 times its price and beat all other products tested. It also increased moisture by 50 percent on average over a 24-hour period. Formulated with powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide, carob seed extract, vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, Olay was found to improve skin’s texture by 10 percent in four weeks. Seeing how much it’s already changed my skin in just a few weeks of use, I cannot wait to see what it looks like in a month.

And it’s so great to put another Olay product into my life. I’ve been using Olay body wash and face cleansers since I was a teen, and now I’m thrilled to put Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream in my daily skincare rotation. Olay is a worldwide leader in skin care and has been trusted by women for more than 60 years. Olay was founded on the philosophy to maintain a deep understanding of women’s changing needs and to combine products that fit their needs with the latest advances in skin care technology without premium prices. And you know what? I think this product embraces that perfectly. It’s made a believer out of me already!

Has your skincare routine changed as the years have passed? I really wish this had been around when I was in my 20s. No telling how young I’d look! —Jenn 

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  1. Michelle says:

    Great post, Jenn!

    My skincare routine has DEFINITELY changed over the years. In my late teens and early 20s, I never used anything on my face! I thought because I didn’t have breakouts, I didn’t need to wash my face with anything. Then I moved in with my boyfriend (now husband) who brushes lint off his pillow every night so as not to get anything on his face…and needless to say he helped me realize the importance of it. I’ve been using a DIY concoction of essential oils as a cleanser and moisturizer and am pretty happy with how fresh that keeps my skin, and how good it smells!

  2. Hempsoft says:

    I really agree with you because i am a owner of well known pharmaceutical company HIMONT PHARMACEUTICALS and i believe high quality and expensive materials used in expensive creams and these creams really work better against cheap creams.

  3. I don’t think they work any better because they also have have some side effects on some individuals just like any other.

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