Olay Age Defying Daily Renewal Cleanser
http://www.Olay.com claims: Daily Renewal Cleanser combines a beta-hydroxy complex with gentle micro-beads to gently lift away dull, dry skin as well as dirt, oil and make-up. Add it to your skin care routine to: Cleanse gently and thoroughly, and Renew skin’s surface and reveal fresh and radiant skin.
The Product: 200mL for $8.29CAD. This creamy cleanser has tiny microbeads and a beta-hydroxy complex to cleanse and gently exfoliate skin. Considering the microbeads and beta-hydroxy complex, it has a physical and mild chemical cleansing properties. While you shouldn’t cleanse everyday, I ran out of all of my non-exfoliating cleansers so I tried this morning and night for about two weeks (desperate times!), and this did not have any adverse effects on my already dry, sensitive skin. Despite its claims, it definitely does not remove makeup. Since it doesn’t remove makeup, I would recommend this as a morning cleanser for the on-the-go girl. Also, I think a gentle and thorough cleanse is quite a heavy claim, because it is also a daily cleanser so having a thorough cleanse everyday does seem to be excessive, even if it is gentle.
The Packaging: The white plastic container has a black pump on top to dispense the product. If you’re traveling, press the pump and twist it to lock the pump down, so you can pack it without worrying about it “cleansing” all of your other stuff!
The Ingredients: WATER, PPG-15 STEARYL ETHER, GLYCERIN, STEARYL ALCOHOL, CETYL BETAINE, SALICYLIC ACID, DISTEARYLDIMONIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE, OXIDIZED POLYETHYLENE, CETYL ALCOHOL, STEARETH-21, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, PPG-30, STEARETH-2, FRAGRANCE, DISODIUM EDTA.
It contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is known to be drying, although my dry cheeks weren’t effected by it. I’d also note that it contains salicylic acid which is known to help with acne and pimples, however it isn’t listed as an active ingredient.
The Verdict: B+ If you only wanted to use one cleanser, this could perhaps do the trick! It is affordable, easily accessible and gentle. However, it didn’t get an A because it does contain sulfates, and although I didn’t experience any effects from it, others might due to the nature of that ingredient. Further, it claimed to remove makeup and did not, thus the B+.