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Product summary

Based on the ingredients included, "Olay - Regenerist Luminous Whip" works well for moisturizing the skin. This moisturizer uses a good combo of humectants and emollients. These both types of ingredients are essentials for improving the skin hydration and keeping the skin barrier healthy. Humectants in this product (panthenol, glycerin, inositol and caprylyl glycol) help to increase the water content in the upper layer of the skin. (These ingredients do so by "capturing" water molecules from the outside air or from within the deeper layers of the skin). Emollients in this formulation (dimethicone, dimethiconol, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol and arachidyl alcohol) help to reduce the moisture loss from the skin. They also soften the skin surface and relieve the feeling of dryness and tightness.

Ingredient callouts

  • We particularly like that there is a good concentration of niacinamide (niacinamide 3.20% - 3.90%) in this moisturizer. Niacinamide is a well-studied multi-tasking active. It is a great ingredient to have in a moisturizer. It is stable, and can work well in almost any hydrating formulation. There is solid evidence that niacinamide can help support skin barrier, regulate oil production and reduce acne and clogged pores. It also helps to fight photodamage and help improve the skin tone, reducing pigmentation marks.
  • This formulation also uses an effective concentration of panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) - about 1.60% - 2.00%. Panthenol helps strengthen the skin barrier, improve hydration and reduce inflammation in skin.

Irritation risk

This moisturizer contains a bunch of common irritants, including ingredients that do not provide any known benefit for the skin. It might not be the best choice if your skin is sensitive. We assess the overall irritancy of this moisturizer to be high. For a detailed overview of all potential irritants: click here

You can see the detailed formula review with the breakdown of all actives in the product and the full ingredient list with estimated concentrations in the tables below.

Price

The product retails for 30.60£ in the United Kingdom and for 29.39A$ in Australia.

For a detailed price comparison: click here.

Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This light moisturiser actively hydrates, evens your tone and visibly tackles hyperpigmentation, giving you soft, smooth and glowing skin."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: niacinamide

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: zinc gluconate.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"This light moisturiser actively hydrates, evens your tone and visibly tackles hyperpigmentation, giving you soft, smooth and glowing skin."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, inositol.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: dimethicone, dimethiconol.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: niacinamide, panthenol

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-aging

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains niacinamide.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis leaf extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
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LOW
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Moisturizing
Evens skin tone
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 100/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
zinc gluconate
Has skin benefit
copper gluconate
Has skin benefit
bht
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
A type of silicone that create a smooth product finish and can create an optical soft-focus effect on the skin. Helps to thicken the product consistency
10% - 12%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.2% - 5.2%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture. The concentration of about 2% is effective for supporting the skin barrier and evening out the skin tone. Concentration of 4-6% is better for helping with acne and balancing the sebum production
3.2% - 3.9%
Improves the texture of the product and helps soften the skin. Helps oil and water mix together and can be used as a cleansing agent
2.5% - 3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
2% - 2.4%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.6% - 2%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
1.5% - 1.8%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of a polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing. Due to the zinc content, might help calm down inflammation in skin
1.3% - 1.6%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and calm down inflammation in skin
1.1% - 1.3%
Typically used to stabilize the product formulations. It is a salt of polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and in larger concentrations, can help shed the dead cells from the skin surface revealing smoother skin. It can help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Might to be helpful against acne and clogged pores. Could be helpful in neutralizing free radicals, but solid research is missing
0.9% - 1.1%
A preservative
0.7% - 1.1%
0.65% - 1%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.7% - 1%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.6% - 0.9%
A silicone that makes products more spreadable and keeps skin smooth. Helps to add gloss to skin and may visually fill in fine lines/wrinkles for short time
0.65% - 0.95%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.6% - 0.9%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.6% - 0.9%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
0.65% - 0.95%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
0.5% - 0.8%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
0.5% - 0.7%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.45% - 0.7%
Used to soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
0.45% - 0.65%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.35% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.65%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative. Can be used to mask unpleasant smell. Can be irritating
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance with jasmine smell. A likely irritant
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A fragrance. A likely allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.2%
A fragrance. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.1% - 0.15%
0.05% - 0.15%

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