Thursday, June 2, 2016

Review: Olay Regenerist cream + guidelines for a rejuvenating face massage

Olay reminds me of my childhood as I used to sneak into my mother's room, check her beauty stash and always find a product by this brand. Now that I'm in my mid-twenties I'm striving to maintain the youthfulness of my skin and that definitely requires investing in good skincare products that will do the job perfectly. A couple of months back, I was invited to attend a media event by Olay to discover their award winning "Regenerist" range which is considered a breakthrough in the beauty industry. 
Also, I had the chance to meet two celebrity beauty specialists (Anastasia Achilleos "Facialist"and Samira Olfat "Makeup Artist") who performed life demos to teach us how to use the range. The "Reginirist" contains a wide range of products such as: day creams, night creams, serums, cleansers and even sun protection products.  I'm going to start this post with a review of the one product I  received at the event, which is a moisturiser, followed by a step-by-step guide created by Anastasia on how to give yourself a rejuvenating facial massage. 

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting cream (48g):
The product comes in a red glass pot that contains a decent amount of product. Personally, I don't mind the packaging as it's safe to travel with and you can easily scoop the product till the last bit unlike squeeze tubes. It's an anti-aging cream with advanced hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3 and amino-peptide complex that is supposed to penetrate deep into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in a short time. Moreover, it claims visible results from day one and the reduced look of up to ten years of wrinkles in four weeks. The cream looked and smelled just like any other cream, no special particles or funny scents. It felt extremely lightweight and easy to distribute on the skin which makes it a great base for makeup as well.  I noticed that it did instantly reduce the lines on my forehead and made my skin look radiant and firm. Also, it nourishes the skin like no other considering that it feels airy on the skin, you can feel the hydration even after a few hours from the initial application. I have been using it for a couple of weeks now, I can definitely feel the difference and the positive effect of this cream on my skin. I have paired this cream with a few massaging steps for these areas: around the eyes, the cheekbones and across the jawline to improve the circulation of blood as well as help the product get absorbed better into the skin and my skin has never felt better!

Steps to a daily rejuvenating face massage:
Obviously, the below steps can be performed using Olay products or any other skincare brands. It's advisable to spend a few minutes everyday practicing these steps to prevent ageing on the long run and improve the skin's blood circulation.

Step 1- Cleanse:

Using warm water and a quality cleanser, cleanse your face, neck and décolleté. Clean skin will be awake and ready for your anti-ageing skincare routine.

Step 2 - Prepare:

Take the Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Firming Serum and pump four pumps into the palms of your hands.  Warm the product in your palms, to ignite heat before even reaching your skin.

Movement 1: The first movement is great for kick starting your skins metabolism in preparation for the facial massage. Place palm on sternum, glide with pressure over shoulder and neck moving from the lower neck in upward movements towards the jaw line.
Movement 2: Fan out from the chin along the cheek bones to the ears, activating pressure points at the corner of the mouth, sides of the nose and under cheek bones.
Movement 3: Drain outwards lifting chin to temple.
Movement 4: Press palms over the face to create heat and aide penetration.

Step 3 - Moisturise: 
 Finally, take your Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream. Apply it starting with your face, smooth the cream over your cheeks, jawline and forehead. Move the excess cream down your neck, onto your shoulders.
 Movement 5: Using two fingers on both hands move around the eyes in a fluid figure of 8 movement around eyes starting from outer edge gliding upwards and over eyebrow finishing at the outer edge of opposite eye.
Movement 6: Focus on eyes and start tapping moving to the entire face slowly for one final skin energy boost.

Overall opinion:
I've been enjoying the Olay micro-sculpting cream as it's quite potent and the results were definitely speedy. Comparing to other anti-aging products this one is definitely on the more affordable side and it's easily accessible in the UAE. The product is very safe to be used on most skin types as it didn't aggregate my skin or cause any discomfort. It's a multi use product as its a combination of hydration, luminosity, firmness and fighting signs of ageing. If you've just started getting into anti-aging products and looking for guaranteed products then I totally recommend the "Regenerist" range by Olay. 

Note: Olay products are available at all hypermarkets and well known pharmacies across UAE.

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