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I am old enough to remember this brand when it was just Ulay Beauty fluid which I used as a teenager when I suffered with spots as most of us did (If you didn't, you were lucky!)
Over the years though, the brand changed it's name to Olay and the different products in the range is massive. The price of it in various outlets also varies hugely and is often on offer so definitely worth shopping about for.
There are two products in this particular range. One has an SPF of 15 included which is always useful in the summer months and a fragrance free option.
~~What are the claims?~~
The box says it is 7 in 1 anti ageing:
1. Line minimisation.....visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
2. Nourishing moisturisation...for a radiant healthy glow.
3. Tone enhancement...balances colour and visibly reduces appearance of age spots.
4. Gentle exfoliation...smooths and evens skin texture.
5. Pore refinement....minimises the appearance of pores.
6. With anti oxidants ...helps prevent free radical damage to skin's surface layers.
7. Subtle firming...hydrates fo fimer skin appearance.
When removed from the box, the moisturiser is in a pump dispenser containing 50ml of product with a clear pop on lid covering the pump action top.
~~What does it look and smell like?~~
The cream is the usual cream colour with little fragrance at all which suits me!
I have used this for years which obviously says how much I like the product. I pump a small amount into my hand, dot it all over my face and then massage in with my finger tips. Immediately my skin loses that tightness that you get if you wash your face. Whether it lives up to all its claims is a matter of opinion. I think for a 47 year old, my skin is in fairly good condition but the best cream in the world won't stop wrinkles and laughter lines altogether. I would say that all the other claims have something going for them though and until I feel my skin needs something more, I will carry on using it.
As I said previously, it really is worth shopping about for this. I have seen it on sale for full price which is £18 and I smply refuse to pay this! Most of the big supermarkets have it on offer at some point for £10 which is much more reasonable and I even got my last one from superdrug for £7. I should have bought a few! It lasts me about five weeks with daily use.
There is only one, which some may find a problem. It is not clear how much is left in the pump action container so could be annoying if you run out unexpectedly as has happened to me once or twice but now I make sure I always have one in reserve, and means you can make sure you pay the lower price. As this is a non problem for me, I won't knock a star off. I have been tempted a couple of times to try one of the other main stream moisturisers, but each time have come out in spots so I must have very sensitive skin.
My skin type is combination but I am sure this cream would suit most skin types.
Hope this has been helpful and thank you for reading.
After having tried so many moisturisers in my teens and looking for something that didn't dry out my sensitive teenage skin, Olay Total Effects SPF 15 worked just perfectly for my dry/combination skin. My mum introduced it to me after she switched from Olay Complete Care.
So I've been using Olay Total Effect for ten years or so (At 16 I know I was very young for anti-ageing creams but it was the first cream that didn't dry out or breakout my skin so I simply stuck to it!)
It costs anywhere between around 8 - 15 (depending on which high street store you buy it at)
It is often on special offer and to be honest that's the only time I buy it even if it means I stock up (simply shopping around ensures you find the best deal :)
Packaging and usage
Once out of the box it's a very impressive bottle (50ml) with a black pump dispenser and transparent lid (upon opening I often get carried away trying to get the first pump of product out and end up squirting an unnecessarily large amount onto my hand!) I tend to use two small pumps for my face and one small pump for my neck however I do have dry/combination skin, so you may need to experiment with how many pumps of moisturiser you need before you find the right amount - my mum for example only uses one pump of moisturiser for her face and one pump for neck.
Overview of product
This is a fantastic moisturiser for those with dry skin and most normal skin types however I feel it may be too heavy for oily skin types.
I find that instantly after applying the moisturiser my skin has a healthy glow and feels incredibly comfortable throughout the day. For me it is a great base for make up although I don't wear foundation everyday, but the days that I do wear foundation it just glides on very smoothly.
Does it work?
I think the main attraction of this moisturiser seems to be the "effects" it has on the 7 signs of aging - here's my opinion on what effect it has on my skin:
1. Minimize lines and wrinkles - I haven't noticed any lines yet at 26! (maybe I'm to young for that sign.. or maybe it has worked!?)
2. Nourishing and moisturising for a healthy glow - most definitely for me
3. Balance colour and reduce appearance of age spots - keeps the colour of my face balanced (I have olive skin and I am very prone to darkness in certain areas of the face) and the SPF 15 definitely helps
4. Smoothes and evens skin tone - yes to both
5. Helps to prevent damage to skins surface - yes 99% for me. Before I started using this moisturiser my skin would scar badly from spots and would take a long time for the scar to fade if at all, but this cream does contain Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E) - which is great for preventing scars - and I barely scar from the odd spot I do get (so this is a Huge thumbs up from me)
6. Helps to reduces appearance of dark circles - has not made any difference to my very dark circles unfortunately
7. Helps to reduce dryness - yes 100% (but only when its on my skin - if I haven't used the cream my skin is as dry as ever)
Overall I use this product everyday and have done for the last 10 years so I think it's fantastic and for me I cannot fault it - and I even get the odd "Your skin is always glowing!"
Definitely worth a try!!!
(this review also on ciao under same user name)
I have been using the Blemish version of this cream for approximately 6 months, and I really like it! The scent of the cream is lovely and I use it both morning and evening, although I did try the night cream version of this cream too (this is also good). Be aware that this is not a magic cream in that if you use it, you will never get a blemish again, but I find it gives the skin a generally nice texture and I would say I have been getting less spots and blemishes since using the cream. I would also say if you are prone to spots as I am (and I get a lot!), then using this cream should help you, as long as you do other things to help such as having a good diet and drinking plenty of water. I use this cream after using a Garnier Pure cleanser and a herbal facial spritz by Danne Montague King (specialist skincare range) but am sure even if you didn't use these as I do, you would still get nice results from using Olay Total Effects.
When it comes to Olay I'm a massive fan of the range and own loads of products. When it comes to looking after the skin on my face I'm hyper critical of my appearance and take the fight against aging terrible seriously. I hate the fact that I'm getting older to be completely honest with you. I hate the frown lines, wrinkles, age spots and anything else that makes me wake up sweating in the night with fear but at the same time I'm aware that at the end of the day there is a little that I can really do about it.
I do believe however a good skin regime is very important for us ladies. I use decent cleansing and toning products to keep my skin clean and as glowing and healthy as possible and there is nothing worse than having aging skin covered in spots and blackheads (which I am really prone to). I do pay out alot on moisturisers and do use them religiously and really get through bottles and tubs of the stuff on a weekly basis. As I have said I don't think they cure all ills but I do believe that by hydrating the skin (in my case) that I do soften my skin and make therefore it appears healthier and smoother. I do not believe that any moisturiser is a miracle product and that is why although I spend alot of money (in my opinion) on my beauty regime I'm not buying stuff for over a hundred quid a pot as I'm not that silly (at the moment lol). However if someone found something totally amazing in that price range I have to admit I'd save up for it and have to have a go with it lol!
I use a daytime and a nigh time moisturiser. I use moisturiser as a make up base and then I have other products like an anti wrinkle serum to put on when I use make up, a serum for under nighttime moisturisers and stuff like that. As I said previously I take it all very seriously! However I'm not beating the signs of aging no matter what I'm using in all honesty and feel alot that I am wasting my time and my money. I have deep frown lines, through stress and smoking and under my eyes are losing elasticity as well. To be perfectly honest with you I'm so distressed about these issues I have been looking into having Botox done but the problem with that is that it seems once you have it done you need to keep re having it done as skin actually becomes worse over time through the treatment and me well I'm thinking sure I can afford a few treatments but long term? I'm not so sure in this economcal climate and I really don't want to get in an awful position so I'm resisting biting that particular bullet for now! I also looked into getting myself a fringe to cover up my frown lines but sadly I have a cows lick with frizz and the last time my hairdresser put one in for me without telling me first my hair was wrecked and I had to live with the shame of it! So there seems little I can do and my forehead is on constantly on display (my main worry) and there doesn't seem to be alot I can do about that! I'm sat here now reading what I've wrote thinking bugger it I am almost 35 but then I look a my friends and I resent it all big time. I know for a fact they don't look after their skin as I do and they don't look as creased and crumpled up as me! Life just isn't fair at all really is it?! lol!
So coming to the conclusion that I'm hurrying to becoming an old bag quicker than my peers I felt the need for some new moisturiser. As I said earlier I really like Olay and I've always found every product of theirs suited to my combination skin (apart from any containing tanning agents) and feel that all of their products deliver their promises to me and are worth their money (which are usually quite high priced!).
Comes in a black, recyclable cardboard squarish box and I have seen this in a clear plastic 'pocket' design as well. Basically on the front of both they tell you what the product is and who it is by and on the back tells you a bit about the product, how to use it, contact details for Procter & Gamble are given (the manufactures of Olay products) the recycle symbol is on there and that's about your lot. Whichever packaging yours comes in when bought it all looks nice and gives you lots of information about what to expect etc and inspires confidence.
The tub itself is white with a large black integrated push button to the top of it and clear plastic lid that sits securely over the top and you simply pull it on and off to use it. On the front there is a gold ladies face (the branding on all Olay products) then in black writing I'm told it's Olay, then in gold writing I'm told it's Total Effects 7x and then in yellow writing I'm told it contains SPF 15. On the back of the tub in black writing I'm told it is an anti-aging day moisturiser-SPF 15, UV protection and that if product gets into eyes then to rinse it off with water and then I'm told that information in a foreign language. Then at the bottom of the tub I'm once again given contact details for Procter & Gamble and told the product is made in Ireland, the size is stated which is 50ml and finally the recycle symbol is on there. All in all the tub looks classy and functional and not one bit cheap. It's easy to use and a secure design. Basically just by looking at the tub you can tell it isn't a cheap and nasty product.
A Bit About Olay Total Effects....
Firstly lets look at what we are promised from this moisturiser as for me I didn't even know what the 7x meant when it came to this product and felt a bit baffled. So I have read up online about this moisturiser and read the stuff written on the back of the box my moisturiser came in and stuff and I'm going to explain what I have deduced from this.
What this product basically promises is to give us 7 anti-aging therapies in 1 tub. In short that means it should give us line minimisation which is basically meaning that it can help with the appearance of wrinkles. That it gives a deep moisture drench to the skin therefore giving back some skin elasticity and helping skin to radiate with health. This also promises to help with age spots. (I know I'm getting skin discolouration as I get on a bit!) It also promises to give skin exfoliation and help with over sized pores. It also promises skin radical defence which means that with the SPF this contains it will protect the skin from sun rays that can not always be seen but are always with us no matter the weather. Finally it promises to lift the skin. This doesn't promise to be a face lift in a tub but with prolonged use but does think it will tighten and firm up the skin for us.
It contains a fusion of anti-oxidants and vitamins to provide all this along with being dermatologically tested, comedogenic (which means it won't clog pores) and is fast-absorbing as it's oil-free.
All sounds very promising and lets face it at £16.33 a tub (price taken from the Boots website) but widely available in all good chemists and Supermarkets I think we need them promises for something with that price tag as it isn't exactly cheap. For me it's always hard to know which Olay product to pick as the range is so vast so this for me was a good choice as promises contain all that I'm looking for in one product. I want a simple moisturiser that works that I can basically use day and night and under make up etc and is fuss free and provides results after-all.
Simple! The push button dispenser works each and every time and even though I've owned mine ages it has never clogged or got stuck or anything. Just push slightly and the pale peachy coloured cream come out. It's not a hard or thick in consistency as you can imagine as it comes out of a nozzle but it is thick enough. The smell is very light. Slightly fruity and floral it's delicate and not one bit harsh making this a perfect moisturiser for men as well if they want to use it. The lotion is fast absorbing into the skin an you don't need very much and on touch with the skin it goes sort of greasy for a second or two and then absorbs leaving no feeling of any residue or heaviness on the skin apart from skin being soft to the touch in a very natural way.
I like the way it's easy to apply and takes about two seconds to completely dry and that skin not only feels hydrated on the inside but really does make skin glow healthily on the outside too and you can see the difference. Skin instantly looks brighter, cleaner and smoothed and basically the face just feels really comfortable to live in. With this on my face I don't feel the urge to cake two ton of make up over it as my skin looks really nice anyway (for a change lol). Open pores really do diminished and lines do appear less visible instantly. Skin feels a bit tighter but not in a horrible or uncomfortable way. Put it this way I feel that this product is one that can become an addiction. I love this as part of my make up routine as it makes my skin radiate health and glow, gets it smooth and supple and my skin feels tighter so I feel younger and more confident with this on.
It's just a really great product you can use whenever you want to. It doesn't agitate my skin or cause spots or greasy or dried out skin either. This is an instant beauty treatment and great when skin really feels like it needs help immediately. However I have noticed that with prolonged use of this moisturiser that my skin in general feels healthier, I've had less skin problems I.E spots and a greasy t-zone and my lines really do look diminished though to get them results took me about 14 days of continousnous daily use but again it's noticableable difference and worth using it.
This doesn't suddenly take years off you but it really does feel great and none sticky on the skin. Use it and forget about it but so good is this that I even get compliments on my skin when I just have this on and no make up and that's a great confidence boost for me as I'm a make up addict and prefer to hide the real me from the world. My lines are not so deep as I feared before I started using this and my skin is hydrated and feels more supple. I like it on my neck as well and have even used it on the back of my hands when they've felt dried out in this awful winter weather. You can see the difference after using this anywhere and that's why I love this simple but effective product.
Suitable for any woman to use any time!
I swapped to Oil of Olay Total Effects after my previous moistuiser ran out and this one was on offer at Boots. I will not be swapping back! This moisturiser is lovely, really soft and silky smooth on your skin, and you don't need to use loads to feel the benefit.
I have noticed the difference in my skin, it does feel smoother and I am in my early 30s and don't have too many lines on my face,but the fine ones I did have around my eyes seem to have become less noticeable.
It is a really good base for putting make up on top of, as foundation just glides on afterwards. It also has an SPF of 15 so it cares for your skin while out in the sun.
Even though it is fragrance free, it smells nice, and the packaging is really good. It comes in a pump type bottle,so there is no wastage. When it's gone, it really has all gone,so you know you are definitely getting your money's worth. As for the price, it's definitely worth it's money. Olay always seem to bring out top quality products, and this is no exeption. I will carry on using this moisturiser from now on.
Priced from £9.99 upwards depending on where you buy it. The regular price in Boots for example is £14.99 for 50ml but they are often on special offer, so it is realistic to be able to purchase it somewhere for around the £10 mark.
Posted on Ciao under the name Sweetpea1075
I was given Olay as a gift. Obviously the buyer thought my face could do with a good moisuriser.
It comes in a small round tub like bottle with the distinctive olay logo on the front. It contains 50mls of moisturiser. It has a black perspex pull off cap. You have to press down the top of the package to dispense the product. It comes slowly out of a small hole in the centre. You just wipe the moisturiser with your finger and apply.This definitely saves any waste.
The moisturiser itself is thick and feels very luxurious. I used about a pea size amount and smooth it evenly over my face and neck. It does not feel at all greasy or thick on my skin. It has a lovely fresh smell and from the first time I used it I loved it.
My skin does not look any younger but it does feel a lot better and I have been told my skin also looks brighter.
I use this product both day time and night time and feel it is doing my skin a lot of good
I have shopped around to check out the price of this moisturiser
and have seen it in tesco selling for £9.95 and this is on sale just now at half price. Not cheap but I think it's worth it.
Olay is made in Ireland for Proctor and Gamble of Weybridge in Surrey.
Telephone:- 0800 092854
it does work but with whole range - Advantages: very effective for age signs, smell good, non greasy - Disadvantages: bit expensive, have to buy whole range, day and night two differnent creams to buy
Time can be very cruel, I had good skin as a teenager but I had two wonderful boys and things have gone pear shaped over the years! As I've gotten older my skin has become quite dry and incredibly sensitive, the slightest thing will set it off and I'm presented with a blotchy mess that takes days to recuperate. With this thought in mind, it was quite difficult to choose a moisturizer that would make my dull skin look and feel more alive. I was fortunate enough to receive an Olay gift set for Christmas and it contained, amongst other things, a small sample tube of Olay Total Effects. So, with a little trepidation, I gave it a try for a week! *** Packaging *** Olay Total Effects is packaged fairly simply in a black box with the Olay logo in gold. The actual moisturizer container is quite ingenious, the pump is 'horn shaped' and the lid is clear Perspex, which protects the product from contamination (at least, that's what I believe it's designed for!). There is a list of ingredients on the back of the bottle, which tells you that it contains an exclusive formulation called 'VitaNiacin'. ***Olay's Claims and Does it Work? *** Olay Total Effects claim to 'fight the seven signs of aging', I don't honestly remember all the signs but the most obvious ones are dry skin, a sallow complexion, enlarged pores and lines! Now the true test of any moisturizer is whether it works or not and I found that this one actually did! The creamy texture of the pinky colored lotion was easily absorbed into my skin and it didn't look or feel greasy and a little goes a long way, just one squirt from the pump was more than sufficient to moisturize my face and neck! My dry skin does feel much softer and my complexion is more radiant (I don't look like death warmed over anymore). I've never really had a major problem with enlarged pores although I hav
e noticed that my skin appears to be more refined so I guess my pores were a bit bigger than they were supposed to be! The lines on my face (they're very tiny, honest!) don't seem to be that different but I'm hoping that with continued usage they will diminish and not be anymore noticeable than they are now. *** Overall Impressions *** Despite being an expensive product at £13.00 to £14.00 a bottle that contains just 1.7 fl oz (50mls) of moisturizer I like it and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has sensitive skin! One thing I would like to add is that Olay Total Effects has quite a strong perfume in it so if you are allergic to any perfumed products then you should avoid this one. Personally I really like the smell, it's not particularly floral so I don't really know how to describe it! Although I bought mine on base, I know you can buy it almost anywhere and have seen it in Tesco's for the price I've mentioned. I'm a firm believer in that you get what you pay for and this is a quality product. I have used Olay virtually all my adult life but found the traditional lotion wasn't enough anymore; it still left me with the occasional dry patch and certainly didn't do anything to help combat Father Time! With Mother's Day coming up, this may just be the thing to buy and I'm fairly sure that it would be highly appreciated (I know I'd be happy to receive it)! **It has been pointed out to me that you don't actually get what you pay for, mainly because of advertising and packaging, but I still believe that this is a good quality product and is worth paying that little bit extra for!**
I doubt I'd ever known what "large pores" were if I had spent more time burying my nose in my textbooks rather than being cushioned by my derriere, craning my neck at the TV trying to believe that those models on the cube have something I've never actually seen in real life - absolutely smooth, even skin. Okay, so maybe it *is* possible. I'm 20, I have oily skin, it's been like that since I was a teenager, and I have fine lines across my forehead. And oh, did I mention my large pores? A year ago, when I was at the Clinique counter for the first time trying to find out what my skin type was, the lady said, "Hmm, right, so you've got pretty fair skin, and how old are you again? 21? That's the 20-25 box." For some reason I was absolutely horrified. An entire 2 years added to my real age at the time! When I was younger, I used to beam when my aunties commented on how fast I'm growing. Now it was like having a quarter-life crisis. No, wait, not even a quarter yet. A fifth. I knew that my pores were a problem because that's what the Clinique lady said. So my quest for a pore minimizer began. There were 3 that I tried: 1) Neutrogena's Pore Refining Range 2) L'Oreal Pore Refining Range 3) Olay Total Effects Out of the 3, I'd have to say that I'm most satisfied with Olay. First, you have to understand my background and the circumstances in which I used all three of the products. I am of Malaysian-Chinese descent and spent all my life in Malaysia (right at the equator) where it's perpetually sunny. Hot. Humid. 3 years ago, I came to Melbourne, Australia to further my studies. It's cold & dry here. I used Neutrogena and L'Oreal when I was in Malaysia, and Olay here in Australia. While Neutrogena's Cleanser & Toner were great, their cream was too rich for the hot & humid weather in Malaysia. It left my face feeling really greasy and
shiny, and my only solace was convincing myself that it's all for good - to minimize my pores! To minimize my pores! No more pores. No more no more no more pores. That didn't work. Most of you may not have heard of L'Oreal's range, as I can hardly find any information on the internet, let alone trying to find any in Australia. I only tried their Pore Refining Cream or something like that, and that was nice. It wasn't greasy like Neutrogena's - in fact it's supposed to leave the face matte while working on the pores as well. After a while, I gave up because I just simply couldn't see any results. Until I came to Australia and heard of Olay's Total Effects a few months ago. Like someone previously said, it seems like it targeted more mature clients. Even their "7 signs of ageing" were headed more towards dry, dehydrated skin. That may be so, but I wanted to get rid of my pores. Plus, I had fine lines on my forehead. I looked up the Australian website for Olay's TE (www.totaleffects.com.au) and read testimonials. They all seemed pretty good, so I decided to give it a shot. So now it's my turn to have a go ;) I got the OTE Frangrance-Free Daily Moisturizer (AUD$29.95). It comes in the original SPF 15 version as well, but I figured that since I've already got a good sunblock (you can read what I have to say about Clinique's Super City Block SPF 25), I can get the "mild" version. I also got the OTE Intensive Restoration Treatment (AUD$29.95) and religiously used it everyday - today would be my 36th day, I believe. What you do is, you wash your face (I started using the Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Wipes, they're amazing!), and then apply the IRT on hot-spots (like cheek, eyes, forehead, laugh lines), followed by the moisturizer. And then go to sleep. Or play, whatever. They're designed to replace your usual moisturizer/night cream, but I continu
e using my Clinique Total Turnaround Visible Skin Renewer (a product I love, and have written my opinion about it too). For someone with oily skin, but living in a cold & dry weather, my skin's almost "normal" now. But I don't like the taste of water, so my skin's pretty dehydrated too. This means that whenever I get out of a hot steamy shower during winter, my skin feels really tight and in need of a good moisturizer. In comes Olay. After over a month of using OTE, I certainly have noticed changes. Even after a week, I could see that the pores around my cheeks are diminished. The lines and pores on my forehead I still can see, but that's only because I see them everyday. I have yet to hear from someone who hasn't seen me in a long time and go "OHMYGOD! How many LAYERS of makeup have you got?" and then be shocked that it's my normal skin. Since OTE claims to have the highest concentration of Pro-Retinol around, it'd better work, don't you think? ;) I don't put any of the moisturizer or the IRT around my eyes, as I have no lines there, and I use a separate eye cream for that (The Body Shop's Cammomile Soothing Eye Supplement). So, no story over there. All that said, I also noticed one day (and everyday after that) under fluorescent light that my skin started having all this 'bumps'. They're not pimples or blackheads or anything like that. I believe, and have been told about things like that, that these are accumulations of oils especially when using products that are too rich for the face. I know that people who use heavy eye creams get these bumps on the skin around their eyes (hence my mother always told me never to use too much). With Neutrogena, I used it over a month as well, I believe - so it's not like I'm being unfair by giving Olay a better chance. However, the only criticism I have of my own opinion is that I hardly used the Neutroge
na Pore Refining Cream over here in Australia. It could have worked as well, I don't know. That goes for Olay as well - I have yet to try using it in Malaysia. For all I know, I might get the same greasy effect with Neutrogena. OTE works well as a base for makeup as well. I don't wear a lot of it, but using a good moisturizer is always a good idea, and I continued using my OTE as a base for my Medicine Ball makeup. On the whole, I definitely would recommend OTE for people with more mature skin, and tell those with skin like mine (oily but tends to be less so in colder countries) to be a bit more cautious - while it does provide comfort for the skin, it could be misleading as the weather here is after all very drying - so your skin feels tight because it's losing moisture from outside, and it feels fine when replenished from the outside, not the inside. Hence, its "richness" can be disguised, and start to cause little bumps on your skin. That's what I think, anyway. Would I buy it again? Yes. Especially if they make a "milder" version. And I'll get the SPF version to save time in the mornings when I wake up too late! :)
******** WARNING - A FEW SWEAR WORDS (COMPLETELY NECESSARY OF COURSE, LOL) ************* I have a large organ! You really wanted to know that, didn’t you?!! Actually, I’m not bragging – we all have a large one, it’s called SKIN. Last week I celebrated my 21st Birthday (*ahem* for the 14th time) and I approached the mirror with trepidation in the belief that overnight my face would have collapsed and gone south for the duration of my remaining years on this planet! The first quick inspection revealed no dramatic changes (phew) but on closer inspection I noticed the odd laughter line (Oi! What do you mean NOTHING'S that funny??) and my pores seemed to be gaping caverns instead of tightly shut. With this stark realisation I armed my self with my purse and set out on my mission - I would not return without a bottle of the alixir of life, or at the very least a bloody good anti-wrinkle cream. On staring agog at the vast array of creams, lotions and potions it suddenly struck me that I had several hours of package reading ahead of me. I hadn’t a clue what I was really looking for – apart from something to fill the wrinkles which in my minds eye were becoming more Mars-canal-like by the minute on my frowning face (made mental note - "stop frowning as causes MORE wrinkles"). Dismayed at not having found any pollyfilla-like substances I decided to try looking for the products which were made from the most technically-sounding ingredients – Vitamin E - Pro-Vitamin B5 – panthenol – niacinamide - Vitamin B3.??????????????? BLOODY HELL, I want to slap it on my face, not live off it, for goodness sake - Tsk! Then I spotted the one for me - and the subject of my opinion ..... OIL OF OLAY (I liked the old name, Ulay, but still ......) Total Effects + VitaNiacin Intensive Overnight Treatment - and, boy, do I need intensive treatment or w
hat! (*ahem* the antiwrinkle-cream variety NOT mental healthcare). CRASHING ON ..... PACKAGING The packaging is all dark & mysterious with the gold & white Oil of Olay product trademark – it has a blue quarter-moon NIGHT insignia and the words that clinched the sale for me ....... ..... helps reverse 7 signs of ageing (whatever they are – see below) The little outer box tells you that the bottle contains 50mls and there is a picture of the product that is within. It states that this treatment is a “Wakeup call for younger looking skin.” Still believing that my skin needed something reminiscent of a nuclear bomb to awaken it, I dubiously read on about this product’s claims. There is also a list of ingredients which I shall not bore you with but suffice to say there doesn’t seem to be anything untoward in there (or perhaps there is? I can't read or understand half of the words anyway) FIRST IMPRESSIONS I love the little dispenser – it is black and gold with an ingenious pump-action top – I think it looks a bit like a penguin – although I don’t know what my therapist would make of this comparison (teehee). With the pump action of this container you are able to administer the exact amount of cream necessary for your needs, thus eliminating waste - which at this price it needs to do! The cream is thick and white (not watery like other creams). It has a velvety texture as you apply it to the skin and it is quickly absorbed. It leaves no greasiness on the skin either. It has a lovely subtle peachy-fresh smell too. PRICE Ahhhhh! At first I assumed that for the price the pack contained a complete Kylie Minogue body cast – I was very much mistaken. This is not a cheap product, in fact it is reassuringly expensive. Olay are a tried & trusted company and the 13.98 GBP (and this was a special
offer) it cost me was worth every penny! I have spent hundreds of GBP on various products over the years and nothing I have ever purchased has made my skin fell as good as this product does. THE TECHNICAL BIT! Until recently, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, retinol and ubiquinone were the top of the technologies in the anti-aging skin care race. That was until VitaNiacin (TM) appeared to offer a breakthrough in skin health (according to data presented to the 2000 American Academy of Dermatology). BUT WHAT IS VITANIACIN? I had asked myself this same question when I first saw the term so for the benefit of this opinion I did some research (despite the yawningly witty comments us ‘blondes’ tend to generate - I DO have a brain and I’m not afraid to use it, LOL). Here is what my research unearthed. VitaNiacin is a unique blend of Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5 (panthenol) and niacinamide (Vitamin B3). It fights the 7 signs of ageing (see below) by maintining the skin’s moisure content to deliver skin health and offer powerful exfoliation to produce beautiful skin. CLINICAL STUDIES In a clinical study with patients who had a skin condition called ROSACAE (which causes hypersensitive skin) it was discovered that those patients using a complex with VitaNiacin experienced a 36% increase in skin hydration. A vast majority of the patients noted many improvements:- 91% Overall skin appearance 80% Firmness 82% Texture and the change in appearance of redness 74% Improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles A second study demonstrated its outstanding exfoliation and hydration capabilities. This can significantly improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin dullness and texture, as well as reduce the appearance of dryness. Oil of Olay go on to say that during the development of Total Effects, they have w
orked with women (why not men, too???) worldwide to try and understand what concerns them about their skin as it ages. This has revealed to them that there is far more to facial ageing than just lines and wrinkles. SEVEN SIGNS OF AGEING There seem to be seven major signs of ageing that have been identified, as follows:- 1 Lines and wrinkles 2 Uneven skin texture 3 Uneven skin tone 4 Dull skin appearance 5 Visible pores 6 Age spots and blotches 7 Increased dryness ALL these signs are of concern because it is the combination of these that leads to the overall perception of ageing. The Total Effects Intensive Overnight Treatment contains a higher concentration of VitaNiacin than Olay’s Time Resist Moisturiser. The formula is absorbed into your skin and continually works throughout the night to reduce the appearance of the seven signs of ageing. BUT, DOES IT WORK? Well, Olay has a Total Effects GUARANTEE which reads:- “It really works, or your money back. Guaranteed. Call our freephone number for details (UK 0800 917 7197 Ireland 1800 409 235)) .....” - My face does feel less tight and more hydrated. - Disappearance of of fine lines? Well, I think so personally but it would be impossible to prove that it either had or hadn’t made any difference, to tell the truth. - I don’t think my skin had an uneven tone before so cannot comment on this - I think my skin probably does look a little more radiant and healthy, yes. - Smoother skin texture – yes, definitely. - I would say that my pores have become more ‘ajar’ now than cavernous - I’m not quite at the age-spot stage so cannot comment on this bit. “Dermatologically tested and proven in scientific research” “Non-comedogenic*” - Huh?? Where
does the comedy come into it?!! This must mean it doesn’t laugh at the amount of wrinkles you have :o) * REAL MEANING, joking aside, NOT tending to produce or aggravate acne. Thanks for reading but if you would like any more information, visit their website at www.total-effects.com or write to them at:- Proctor & Gable UK Weybridge Surrey KT13 OXP K:) xx
Whatever possessed them to change the name from Oil of Ulay to Oil of Olay? It's not exactly a major image overhaul now is it? No doubt someone got paid a rude amount of money to come up with that masterpiece. Still, enough of my jealous snipes and on with the product opinion! I have to say, this is a fabulous range - the 'total effects' that is. I've been using their intensive overnight treatment for a few months and it has totally hit the spot for me. It has a rich consistency that is by no means greasy but definitely floods your skin with moisture and leaves you with a comfortable warm sensation. My dry skin just loves it. A product that you don't need to reapply and that leaves you with great skin by morning. I would describe it as velvety. Utterly sumptuous. It really feels expensive - but unfortunately it actually is. As for the packaging though, I have to say I hate it! The black and gold looks so cheap and eighties! There is too much writing on and too many colours on the black. The only advantage I can think of is that it makes it obvious that this is a night cream, as it's dark and spangly. I do like the pump action nozzle, as I'm a sucker for details like that, but it does tend to spew out a little more than you had bargained for. This is probably an attempt to make you get through it quickly so you buy more, but I've perfected a very slow plunge to get the right amount, which is about a third of a squirt! I also think they've been crafty buggers by adding that giant nozzle in a huge transparent lid. There is an indent in the base and the casing feels like it has a cavity or is quite thick. All this makes it look like a big bottle that must hold loads - but it's only 50ml really. Naughty naughty Oil of Olay! BUT, having said all that, and having found out their wicked evil tricks - I'm still a fan. After all, it's a great produ
ct. My face is very hard to please usually, so when I do find something it likes, I hang onto it! I managed to pick up a bottle for a third off, which is great because it normally retails at around £20, or just under. If you see an offer like this, and you have dry skin, I'd really take advantage, as I can't imagine anyone not loving it!
My first contact with Total Effect was a free sample tube pushed through my door quite a while ago. I'm one of those maybe unusual people who never wears make up. I don't know why - my friends are torn between thinking I'm so vain I think I don't need it, or saying I don't have the talent needed to apply it. I think it has more to do with the fact that for 13 years I wore thick stage make up on a regular basis, and now feel the need to give my skin a break. Anyway, although I'm not a Make up person, I do like beauty products. At first I was wary about trying this as I always associated Oil of Olay with the older generation - my Nanna's a huge fan. Since I'm only 19, I figured I wouldn't need anti wrinkle potions etc. And I'm still convinced I don't, but that's beside the point since Total Effects is not an anti wrinkle cream. What I love about it is that it last so long - you only need a tiny amount each time you use it - and it takes next to no time as it's easily absorbed. It leaves my skin smooth and - dare I say it - radiant. My manager even commented on it once one early Sunday morning when I arrived at work - she wanted to know what I'd been up to the night before to give me such a glow...... Since I don't wear foundation or concealer or powder or blusher, my skin could sometimes be uneven and matte, but since using Total Effects as part of my daily beauty routine, this has stopped. Nothing is that wonderful though, and of course TE does have a negative side - the price for one. At 18 pounds a shot it's hardly pocket money price, but as other raters have said, it is worth it for the quality, and the fact it last that long. My suggestion? Stock up whilst on holiday as here in mainland Europe it costs slightly less - on average 14 pounds per bottle, sometimes less due to exchange rate fluctuations - and I'm sure if you stored any excess bottles in the fridge i
t would last long enough.
My Mum actually recommended this product to me. She`s 65 and obviously knows what she`s talking about. I must admit I haven`t felt the need for moisturiser up until recently, albeit foolishly! However Mum was bought this as a present at £18.50 and thought the product was worth the expense. Being a Mum of two and not exactly flush, this seemed out of my price range. However, our local market had some on sale for £8 so I treated myself and I`m glad I did. The moisturiser is silky, rich and absorbes beautifully leaving your skin feeling lovely and sooth, not at all greasy. I have noticed a marked improvement in my skins level of softness and would happily by the product again - hopefully as reasonably as last time!!! The only problem is that I discovered, as I tried to drag out the last dregs form the container (well it was expensive), that the contianer is a bit of an optical illusion! There is an inner compartment, which actually holds the cream, that is MUCH smaller than the outside. You get far less than you think for your money, worth bearing in mind if you are paying full price. If you are rather frugal with your hard earned dosh you might want to try markets or discount chemists like Bodycare and Superdrug. Whether you want to treat someone or yourself I would give this a go - you`ll love the results!
I have dry skin. I have a lot of trouble using any type of products on my skin. I get rashes, redness, or burning when I use most products. I have even ordered avon special products for my skin and had to give it to my daughter because I could not use it.During the sumer I feel like a crispy cracker. my hands burn and itch because they are cracked and so dry. I used the total efects on my hands and I feel much better. I have been using several of the oil of olay products since I tried the sample that I received.
Okay, so anyone who has previously read some of my opinions (or even just checked out my profile) will probably be wondering what the hell I am doing reviewing - let alone USING - an 'Oil of Olay' product. After all, I am a 'young' 22 1/2 years old, have only just managed to keep my spots under control and 'Oil of Olay' products seem to have the image of an 'old ladies' product' - but you couldn't be more wrong about this one! .:. Why I wanted this product .:. Now I may have 'young' skin, but there are certain things I don't like about it, namely my quite enlargened pores (on my chin and nose), uneven skin tone and some dark spots that were left behind after a bad bruise next to my eye when I was about 13. I am not too much into make-up, but with these skin problems I often resort to conceiling uneven or dark patches with a non-comedogenic make-up stick and loads of powder. It works, but I'd rather have perfect skin WITHOUT makeup (Well, who wouldn't!). I now have to refer to another product in the 'facial skincare' category, as this product's effects resemble those of the 'Estée Lauder Idealist Skin Refinisher' very much. When I heard about the 'Idealist' I wanted it - finally a product that promised to get rid of exactly those problems, and from the opinions I have read on it, it actually seemed to work! But I'm just a student and really can't afford to spend £29 on a tiny 30ml bottle, especially not if I can't buy it from my local (medium-sized) Boots store and get Advantage Points for it! So for a while, I gave up my quest for perfect skin, and began every day plastered in make-up - until one day I ventured into Boots with a £10 High Street voucher, looking for a little something to spoil myself. And what did my little eyes spot on the 'Oil of Olay' shelf? Yes, it was the 'Oil of Olay Total Effects Time Resist Mo
isturiser', which is part of the new range that promises to combat the '7 Signs of Ageing'. Now at first I didn't look too closely - I remembered Oil of Olay (or Olaz, as the range is known in the German-speaking regions of Europe) as being something for old ladies and the only time I'd ever tried them was when I was raiding my mum's cupboard (Shhh - don't tell her!) and experimented with some of her facial creams and make-up items. But then I saw the poster attached to the back of the shelf, stating that the '7 Signs of Ageing' this product would erase were 1. Fine lines and wrinkles (I don't suffer too much from those as of yet, but there are a few) 2. Rough skin texture (If small scars from teenage zits count, then I'm a candidate here!) 3. Uneven skin tone (Does the word T-Zone ring a bell?) 4. Dull skin (Can't say I've got many problems with that) 5. Large pores (Now we're talking business!) 6. Blotches and age spots (Yay, that's my dark spot dealt with!) 7. Dry, irritated skin (Again, T-Zone springs to mind here) So, all in all, this didn't sound like a list of problems related to OLD skin alone, but indeed ones that many 20-something women like me deal with. And best of all, there is a 'Money-Back' guarantee on the product, so after trying the tester on a small (cat-related) scratch scar on my hand I put the bottle in my shopping basket and went straight for the till. .:. What is it and how does it work for me? .:. Olay's 'Time Resist Moisturiser' is a white cream that comes in a plastic 50ml-bottle costing around £18-50 (at Boots) with a black pump top that is typical of the 'Total Effects' range. It is a bit watery in its consistency, but spreads on your skin very evenly and soaks in a treat - it is also fragrance-free and dermatologically tested, so even hyper-sensitive types can use it without a
problem. It is available in most Boots and Superdrug stores as well as supermarkets like Tesco and Morissons, so shop around for the best price! The first thing I noticed after using the tester was that - barely 3 hours after applying it for the first time - the scratch on my hand was barely visible any more, and that my hand felt incredibly soft and smooth. Okay, I'd be lying if I said that the little scar had gone completely, but that was probably due to my KNOWING it had been there - a little experiment with my boyfriend, who didn't know the scar had been there, proved that I was right - he couldn't see anything there! I then started using it twice daily, after washing my face and using a cleansing toner. The dispenser gives out just the right amount to cover your face and neck area, and maybe a bit spare which I usually put on my hands because as a cat owner, scratches like the one mentioned above occur quite frequently. Although I was a bit sceptical about the strange shape of the dispenser, it also seems designed to avoid 'spillage' (the bits of cream that collect around the opening and clog up normal dispensers) and is very easy to use, even if you have slightly wet hands, as you do if you've just washed your face. In spite of its rich consistency, the moisturiser soaks in quickly and leaves my skin matte (even in my T-Zone!) without losing its shine. After using it for just under 3 weeks (at least once daily), the pores on my nose have already visibly shrunk, and the occasional zits I get heal much quicker than they used to. My skin feels extremely silky and smooth (the words 'baby' and 'bottom' spring to mind here), and as the product is mainly water-based it doesn't leave my skin oily like most moisturisers do. The moisturiser is suitable for all skin types, and unbelieveably as it sounds, it succeeds extremely well at getting rid of T-Zone imbalances once and for all! My n
ose/chin/forehead are now pretty much normal and don't end up oily by lunch time, and even my neck and cheeks, which used to be a bit on the dry side, stay well hydrated all day long. I still use a bit of it on my hands as well (although there is a separate hand cream available in the 'Total Effects' range) and it really does make an enormous difference to the amount of time needed for small scratches to heal. Last Thursday I burnt my hand in the oven, and after holding it under cold water for a while I kept dabbing on a bit of the moisturiser - it soaked in immediately and left a fine white powder on the wound, proof that it really does hydrate instantly. As a result, the burn is now barely visible and healing just fine - it didn't even blister, which amazed me as my skin is very heat-sensitive! .:. The final Verdict .:. Although the 'Total Effects' moisturiser is quite a bit more expensive than conventional moisturisers, I feel that it is very much worth its price - most products that promise similarly great effects (and actually hold those promises!) cost around £30 for much smaller amounts, and as you don't use much of it the bottle will last you at least 2 months if not longer, depending on how frequently you use it and whether you use it for your whole face or just 'problem zones'. I will definitely buy this again, as the first results have really convinced me and I have been using much less make-up and powder since - I might even get my mits on a bottle of the 'Total Effects' body lotion (~£10), as I've heard that is all the rage with beauty experts at the moment. You can also check out the official Olay website on http://www.olay.com (Select UK for direct access to UK-specific products and offers) for more information, product news and samples. SO GO ON, INSTANT SKIN REPAIR IS JUST ROUND THE CORNER!* * After all, if Olay didn't KNOW that th
is stuff really works, I am quite sure they wouldn't give away the 'money-back guarantee' as freely as they do
Total Effects Anti-Ageing Moisturiser reduces the appearance of the 7 signs of ageing for visibly younger looking skin /