Olaz Total Effects 7-in-1 Instant Smoothing serum

Olaz Total Effects 7-in-1 Instant Smoothing serum

I haven’t been using serum for a long time yet. In fact, till now I only used one other one that I liked and that was the second one I tried. That was the Vitamin E serum-in-oil by The Body Shop. As I knew that was running low, I went on the hunt for a different serum to try. I love the Olaz (Olay in the US and other places) Total Effects Moisturizing Cream for sensitive skin and so when I saw the line also includes a serum, I decided to give it a go.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Instant Smoothing serum

The Olaz Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum is part of the Total Effects line which is an anti-aging line aiming at improving 7 different skin qualities. Usually this serum costs €19.99 per bottle, but Olaz is on sale a lot and so there is no need to be paying full price for this if you don’t want to.

The serum comes in a pump bottle and is sold in a box. That is a good thing as it means it is clean and hygienic and you’ll know no one has opened the packaging in store. The bottle itself is not too special. It actually feels a little bit cheap. The pump doubles as a camp: twist it one way and the bottle opens, twist it another and the bottle closes. I am never too sure about how well this closes, but I have been using this for months and so far the scent and consistency have not changed.

Some information on the box. The promised result: young looking skin that feels smooth and soft. The product should be used underneath other skincare products as with other serums. It should be a transparent, milky solution that should contain concentrated ingredients, more so than a regular cream. It should help you skin to absorb the skincare you put on top.

The 7 promises of the Total Effects line:

  1. Minimalizes fine lines
  2. Smoother skin
  3. Minimalizes pores
  4. Hydrates
  5. Gentle exfoliation
  6. Radiant looking skin
  7. Firming

I especially like this line as it is also one of the more hydrating lines. And since I am in my early 30s starting with anti-aging skincare is something that I had to start with sooner rather than later anyway. So this sounds like it could do something to benefit my skin. I use this under my nighttime skincare.

The list of ingredients is long and filled with mumbo-jumbo that I do not understand. Water and glycerin are at the top of the list as is Niaciamide: one of the active ingredients as stated by the website. Then there are a lot of silicones in there as well as perfume which is listed all the way at the bottom. Not necessarily an ingredient list I understand, but if it works and doesn’t give me any problems with my sensitive skin, I am all game.

‘The information on the bottle is pretty much repeats what is on the box. The bottle is completely opaque, which is a shame as you cannot easily see how much product you have left. I have now used this product for the past 3 – 4 months and so I would like to know how long this will still last me. But because I have been using it for quite some time now, I can easily tell you something about how this product works for me.

The product is indeed transparent, but rather than milky, I would describe it as a gel-like substance that feels nice and soft. You can easily feel the silicones in it and it is absorbed quickly by the skin. You have to work quickly as it disappears the minute you apply it. I use two pumps for my entire face, which is more than I am used to using in a serum.

When I first started using this I was afraid it would be a change for the worse compared to the The Body Shop one I used to use and I am surprised that it didn’t. The texture and quick absorbance made me think this wouldn’t be as effective, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. So far I haven’t noticed a drastic difference in my skin, but my skin still feels nourished and moisturized. I do feel it works less long than the serum-in-oil serum, as my skin definitely needs another round of moisturization come morning time. This stuff works just as well, it just works differently.

Overall, this is a serum that gets the job done, but no more than that. I would rather use another bottle of the TBS serum-in-oil as that would give me soft, moisturized skin until the morning. With that, I could still feel the effect come morning time, and with this I can’t. It is a very light and easy formula though and it definitely didn’t worsen my skin. My skin is still moisturized and feels good.

What serum do you use?

Olay Total Effects Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

Olay Total Effects Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

I’ve said before that I’m not that experimental when it comes to skincare, but in the past year that’s been changing. I’ve been able to find more and more skin related products that don’t break me out or lead to allergic reactions and so I’ve been a bit more daring. So when I found that my local drugstore did a buy 1 get 1 free offer on all Olay products a few months ago I decided to purchase two of their creams. For the past few months I’ve been using one of them as my night time moisturizer and I’ve been loving it. And that means that a full review is in place.

Olaz Total Effects 7-in-One Moisturizing cream for sensitive skin

Before I get to the review, I think it is wise to point out that this brand is available under the name Olay in English language countries, while in Holland this brand is called Olaz. So in case you were confused by the name of this product: no, it’s not a typo and I didn’t get it wrong either. The reason why I picked up some Olay cream is because it’s been my mom’s staple brand for as long as I can remember, so I thought it time to try some myself. This product retails for €20.99 for 50 ml of product.

What Olay says:

Specially designed for sensitive skin types, this daily 7-in-1 Moisturiser with SPF 15 contains a proven age-defying complex to fight multiple signs of ageing, PLUS helps to improve skin’s surface moisture barrier. For younger-looking skin, better protected skin from environmental factors.

The packaging of this moisturizer is really simple. I love how it has a pump, but the cap is a little flimsy. It hasn’t broken on me yet, but I just feel like it will before I run out of this. This product is formulated for sensitive skin and that’s why it peaked my interest. It’s supposed to infuse your skin with moisture while working as an anti-aging product and it also contains SPF 15.

This cream isn’t marketed as a day cream or a night cream, but as something you can use twice a day. It’s an all round moisturizer which is perfume free and easily absorbed by the skin. The product is dispensed through a little nozzle that is attached to a pump. Like I said above, the packaging works easy enough and I like the hygienic pump. Much better than sticking your finger in a pot. The only downside is that the packaging is solid so you can never see how much product you’ve used up.

The ingredient list is a long one, that I don’t really understand the finer details of. But water and glycerine are at the top and also some silicones. But the product doesn’t boast to have any magic ingredients that should do miracles, so I wasn’t expecting the ingredient list to be anything special. The longer the ingredient list, the more likely you are to react to a product. So be careful if you have very sensitive skin.

I was pleasantly surprised when I first used this product. The cream is thick and has a whipped texture. A pea sized amount is more than enough for my entire face. It is absorbed quickly, but I do find it too thick for a day time moisturizer. That is why I only use this at night. For a day time moisturizer I still like using my Dr Scheller Organic Jasmin cream.

The main question though is: does this product work? And I can say that it does. I wake up with nice and soft skin. It feels moisturized, it doesn’t feel tight or dry at all and I find that my milia have not multiplied and don’t grow as big as quickly anymore. I layer this over my serum and I use a separate eye cream, but I wake up with skin that has never felt better. I do have to say that I started using this in summer, and as the months grow colder I also need a bit more from my skincare. When I notice my skin getting dryer despite using this, I will make sure to start using something differently again, but for now this will do.

All in all, this Olay moisturizer does what it is supposed to do. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. For the price I think you can get a moisturizer with a shorter ingredient list though, so if you have very allergy prone skin this may not be for you. But it’s been working well for my dehydrated skin that needs all the moisture it can get.

What is your experience with Olay products?