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THE MIRACLE DUO
Skincare is a touchy subject for me. As much as I want to churn out one skincare product review after another, it’s impossible since I’d like to test them out first for at least three weeks to a month. Also, since we all differ in skin types and sensitivities, I feel iffy recommending skincare products to anyone as if it were clothes that you can just try on without any risk. But since I’ve been tasked to road test this new Olay Regenerist serum and the Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer, I’ve religiously used them for two weeks straight and am now here to show results of this duo on my skin.
MIRACLE BOOST SERUM
First things first, Niacinamide is number two on the list of ingredients of the Miracle Boost Serum. WOW. That means it isn’t just a minuscule percentage of the serum. Not so familiar with it? Let me get a little bit science-y for a while – niacinamide is a component of Vitamin B3 that has been proven in numerous studies to prevent loss of moisture in the skin content and is said to be able to stimulate collagen synthesis. It also treats red marks left behind from acne breakouts. In short, what this means is that niacinamide is a powerful active ingredient that is both anti-aging (prevents wrinkles, etc.) and brightening in one.
After just the first night of use, I woke up to a slightly ‘lighter’, ‘brighter’ face right away. I thought maybe it was my mind just playing tricks on me but then my sister-in-law asked me what BB cream I was using ‘cos “it looked so natural” when really, I didn’t have any makeup on. +1 for the Miracle Boost serum. I continued using it for the next two weeks and while the results after weren’t as dramatic after the first night of usage, I had consistently brighter skin because of the subtle evening of my skin tone as days passed.
MICRO-SCULPTING CREAM MOISTURIZER
As with the serum, this cream moisturizer also contains niacinamide except it’s listed fourth on the ingredients list. It has higher amounts of glycerin (a common humectant found in moisturizers) and a common moisturiser thickener that are above it on the list. I’ve also detected citric acid on the ingredient list (although it is located quite on the lower half) which is an alpha-hydroxy acid that exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells.
I used the moisturiser only at night as I do find it quite thick for the day. I feel that using it together with the serum makes the actives more powerful as it sort of locks in the serum on your skin. The consistency is a thick cream that absorbs fully after 12-15 minutes on average. Impressive that it doesn’t leave any oily film so if you’ve extremely dry skin, you can wear this in the morning because it absorbs really well and moisturizes any dry patches you may have. The down side is, you’ve to wait for quite some time before it fully dries and gets absorbed. Still, I wouldn’t recommend wearing the moisturizer in the day if you’ll be exposed to heat because it’ll sweat on your face.
More even skintone, lighter undereye circles (!!), lessened redness around my nose! May be a miracle indeed.
If you’re looking for a potent serum and a moisturizer to kickstart your skincare regimen or boost your current one that may have plateaued already, I highly recommend these two – dubbed the Miracle Duo – as they’re not as outrageously priced as luxury skincare products but are just as effective. I’ve even come across other luxury skincare serums in the past that have actives that aren’t even proven to be effective yet so it’s a gamble if your skin will react to it positively or not. But in this Olay serum — Niacinamide, the potent active in the products, has already been proven in multiple studies to be an effective anti-aging and brightening ingredient. So you’re sure of efficacy – unless of course you happen to be sensitive or allergic to it (or to any of the ingredients in the serum).
Let me know if you’ve tried or will be trying these two – I’d love to hear your experiences!
If you want to get the Miracle Duo online at a discount, check it out here! For more information on these two, follow Olay Philippines in the ff accounts: Facebook: Olay Philippines Instagram: @olayphilippines
*This post was brought to you by Olay Philippines. All thoughts and feelings expressed in this entry are my own.
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