12.10.2014
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Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser
6.5 fl. oz. for $7.99
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Last Updated:12.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Olay's Fresh Effects products don't add anything new to their extensive line, and this cleanser/scrub hybrid is no exception. It's similar to many other cleansers Olay offers, from the cleansing agents it contains to the scrub particles composed of relatively gentle polyethylene (plastic) beads.

The formula is best for normal to oily skin. It rinses cleanly and although it can remove makeup, the scrub portion isn't the best for use around the eyes. If you need to scrub to remove makeup, use a washcloth or facial cleansing brush with your regular cleanser before resorting to an actual scrub or cleanser/scrub hybrid.

Olay added a few skin-worthy ingredients to this exfoliating cleanser, but the amounts are so low your skin won't notice—plus, a cleanser is rinsed off before those ingredients can help. This contains fragrance, which isn't ideal, but it's less of an issue for skin in a rinse-off product.

Pros:
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and soft.
  • Rinses without a residue.
  • Removes makeup.
Cons:
  • A cleanser with scrub particles isn't advised for removing eye makeup.
  • The skin-worthy ingredients are more for show than effect.

More Info:

Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

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Claims

Get fresh. We brought together fantastic foaming bubbles and exfoliating microbeads to give you the freshest wash ever.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Oxidized Polyethylene, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Citric Acid, PEG-100, Titanium Dioxide, Fragrance, Lauric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Ascorbic Acid, BHT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

Brand Overview

Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.