When I heard that Olay was coming out with a line of products containing retinol, I walked, no ran, to my computer to learn more. It didn’t take much convincing: I ordered online and before I knew it, I had in hand Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum, Night Eye Cream, and Night Moisturizer from their new Regenerist Retinol 24 skincare line.
I’ve been using Olay Retinol 24 skincare products for a few months and have some thoughts on the collection. Before diving in, let’s talk about retinol and why it is so important to any anti-aging skincare routine.
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2020 UPDATE: I was so thrilled to see that Olay has introduced new and improved products in their Retinol 24 skincare line. Considering how much I love all of their Retinol 24 products, I couldn’t wait to try their new Retinol 24 Max Night Serum, Night Eye Cream, and Night Moisturizer. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about my experience with the new products.
What is Retinol?
Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A, and derivatives of the vitamin come in different forms, one of which is retinol. While other retinoids such as retinol esters take two steps to be converted into active retinoic acid in the skin, retinol needs only one step to convert to retinoic acid. So while retinol is not the strongest retinoid, it is also not the weakest, making it the perfect over-the-counter retinoid option.
Retinol is a key player in any anti-aging skincare routine. By supporting cellular turnover and stimulating collagen production, retinol can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation and firmness. As a result, skin appears clearer, brighter and more youthful. Yes!
As with any retinoid, retinol makes the skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight. While we should be wearing sun protection every day anyway, it is super important to wear sun protection while using retinol and up to 7 days after.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Skincare
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 is a collection of three products that are designed to be used at night. The collection is named Retinol 24 because each product was formulated so that it continues to work on your skin for a full 24 hours, working deep into the skin’s layers. Olay’s formula for the collection is a proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex.
Olay combines retinol, which is converted in the skin to retinaldehyde then retinoic acid to reach its active form, with retinyl propionate, a retinol ester that requires three conversions by your skin to be available in its active form. For more details on retinyl propionate, INCI Decoder provides a funny analogy comparing retinoids to the royal family.
Olay’s Retinol 24 products are formulated to treat fine lines & wrinkles while improving smoothness, brightness, firmness, dark spots, and pores. They work to accomplish these anti-aging benefits without the typical irritation that you may experience from retinol. Too good to be true? Let’s look at the other active ingredients found in this skincare line in addition to their proprietary Retinol Complex.
Related: A Guide to Drugstore Retinol
The Benefits of Niacinamide
Olay includes Vitamin B3, niacinamide, in these products. Niacinamide is an all-star skin savior in my opinion. It helps support cellular turnover and exfoliation to remove dead skin cells.
Niacinamide also helps the skin retain its moisture barrier to improve hydration. It helps to reduce hyperpigmentation, and can even improve acne and rosacea.
Niacinamide also has anti-inflammatory properties, which is ideal when used with a retinoid, which we all know can be irritating. This study in the New England Journal of Medicine determined that niacinamide can even protect skin against the damage caused by UV radiation.
If that weren’t enough, the Regenerist Retinol 24 collection also contains amino peptides. These peptides are the “building blocks” of skin cells. These molecules support the production of collagen for firmer more youthful-looking skin. All three products contain pentapeptide-4, the 5 amino acid chain sequence that can help improve skin texture as well as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum is a super-light formula containing Olay’s proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex that hydrates and works for 24 hours. Plus it contains amino peptides for the improvement of skin’s texture and glycerin for added moisture and hydration.
This fragrance-free serum absorbs quickly into your skin and leaves your skin feeling incredibly silky without any stickiness.
Olay Eyes Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream is formulated with Olay’s proprietary blend of Vitamin B3 + Retinol Complex. It also contains antioxidant vitamin E and moisturizing glycerin.
The eye cream addresses many of the concerns for the skin around the eyes and works to firm, brighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
This eye cream is creamy and light. I made the mistake of applying it on the sensitive skin too close to my eyes and found it slightly irritating. So I made sure to use it a bit lower under my eye during the next application and did not experience any further irritation.
Related: Do You Really Need An Eye Cream?
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturizer also contains Olay’s proprietary blend of Retinol Complex + Vitamin B3. This fragrance-free moisturizer absorbs deeply into the surface layers of skin and goes to work for a full 24 hours.
The moisturizer helps to improve dark spots, brightness, smoothness, and firmness of the skin with no or very little irritation. Similar to the eye cream and serum, this moisturizer is light and creamy.
Those with sensitive skin should be careful since even though the retinol in this formula is gentle, it can be irritating. After applying all three products at night for a few days in a row, my skin felt a bit dry and irritated. So I cut back. Rotating either the serum/eye cream or the moisturizer /eye cream every other night works well for my skin.
My Experience With Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Serum, Eye Cream and Moisturizer
So far, I love the collection and the one thing that stands out to me is the texture of my skin. I believe this must be due to not only the retinol but also the niacinamide and the amino peptides in the formulas. My skin’s texture is actually changing. My pores appear smaller, especially around my nose, and my skin seems so much smoother. All three products felt so light on my face. The moisturizer takes it to another level and left my skin feeling like silk.
The Power of Retinol
You tend to see visible results quicker with retinol than most other anti-aging ingredients. The trick is finding a product or collection of products that work well with your skin. This collection from Olay is really working for my skin. I’m not surprised since I get great results from other Olay products.
One other thing I love about this line is that you don’t have to use all three products together to see the benefits. If you just want to use the serum with another moisturizer, or the moisturizer with another treatment product, you can still get the benefits of a retinol product without having to use them at the same time.
2020 UPDATE: Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 Max Skincare Collection
Olay’s new Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Night Serum, Night Eye Cream, and Night Moisturizer are reformulated to include 20% more Retinol 24 Hydrating Complex compared to the original Retinol 24 products.
I reached out to Olay, and they told me that the new MAX products contain a little more retinol plus Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract. This plant extract is considered skin conditioning and is known for its calming and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Like the original Retinol 24 products, the MAX products contain retinol and retinyl propionate (retinol and propionic acid attached together) to address wrinkles, fine lines, skin texture, and support the formation of collagen. All products in this collection are formulated without fragrance, phthalates, mineral oil, or synthetic dyes.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Night Serum is formulated with Olay’s proprietary retinoid formula that works on your skin overnight. You wake to brighter, smoother skin with more clarity. It contains 20% more Retinol 24 Hydrating Complex versus the base Retinol 24 Night Serum. It targets wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots and improves skin texture.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Night Serum is very similar to the original Retinol 24 Serum. I tested the two side by side and the MAX feels slightly more hydrating. Since my skin is somewhat sensitive, on nights that I use this serum, I follow it with a rich moisturizer to combat any possible dryness that may be caused by the potent retinol in the formula.
If there is one product that I would recommend in both the old and new formulations, it’s this serum. I apply this serum at night and see smoother more radiant skin in the morning. I will use this serum on the same night I use the MAX eye cream but save the MAX moisturizer for another night since I experience dryness if both the serum and moisturizer are used together.
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Night Eye Cream is a fragrance-free eye cream that provides a glow helping you to look well-slept even if you aren’t. Like the other two products in the MAX line, this eye cream contains 20% more Retinol 24 Hydrating Complex versus the base Retinol 24 Night Eye Cream.
I absolutely love the original Retinol 24 eye cream, so I couldn’t wait to see how this new MAX eye cream performed. The original is pretty rich and creamy, and the MAX is just as creamy and slightly more hydrating. But rich should not be equated with heavy. The new MAX eye cream feels light going on and leaves the eye area soft and smooth.
Applying a retinoid product around your eyes can be tricky because the last thing you need is to irritate the sensitive skin around your eyes. This formula makes sure that your eyes are hydrated along with smoothed and brightened. Love it!
Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Night Moisturizer is a fragrance-free moisturizer that hydrates and replenishes skin while reducing the appearance of the signs of aging. Like the other products in the MAX collections, this moisturizer contains 20% more Retinol 24 Hydrating Complex compared to the original Retinol 24 moisturizer.
I rotate between the MAX serum one night and the MAX moisturizer the next night since my skin is somewhat sensitive and the retinol in these formulas is potent for drugstore products.
I really notice that my pores are smaller and the texture of my skin is smoother after using this moisturizer. It feels a little bit more moisturizing than the original Retinol 24 moisturizer. This moisturizer is the really deal. You get hydration and anti-aging all in one.
Final Thoughts on Olay Regenerist Retinol 24 MAX Retinol Products
These new MAX products feel slightly more hydrating than the originals but just as effective. You can’t go wrong with any of the Retinol 24 skincare products, but my absolute favorite is the NIGHT SERUM (original formula or MAX). It provides the most noticeable results literally overnight.
Have you tried Olay Retinol 24 or Retinol 24 MAX skincare products? I’d love to hear your results!
Thanks for reading, and until next time…