Tested on animals:Yes
Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Face Lotion has a lightweight lotion texture that's suitable for normal to combination skin. Like almost all Olay moisturizers (and serums) this product contains the B vitamin niacinamide, which is their primary ingredient of choice for improving skin tone and dark spots . Just keep in mind that obtaining results is only possible if you're protecting your skin daily with a broad spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater!
Housed in a sculptural opaque bottle topped with a pump, this dispenses easily and slips over skin, supplying it with some basic hydrating ingredients. The fragranced formula feels nice, but other than the niacinamide and a couple other token ingredients, it comes up short on anti-aging benefits.
The other two ingredients worth mentioning are glucoslyl hesperidin and an Olay-developed skin-brightening agent known as undecylenoyl phenylalanine.
The glucosyl hesperidin is a soothing, plant-derived antioxidant; undecylenoyl phenylalanine has research from Olay's parent company Procter & Gamble as well as other sources indicating there's promise for brightening dark spots (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2014, pages 86-90; and The British Journal of Dermatology, June 2012, Supplement 2).
The problem? Research so far has shown that a 2% concentration of undecylenoyl phenylalanine is necessary for best results, yet we suspect this moisturizer contains far less than that.
Ultimately, you're getting a good-but-not-the-best lightweight moisturizer that will make skin feel refreshed and hydrated as claimed which improving skin tone and, perhaps, dark spots. See our list of Best Moisturizers and Best Skin-Lightening Products to help narrow your search.
- Lightweight, silky formula leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed.
- Contains a potentially helpful amount of skin-brightening ingredients.
- Packaged to keep key ingredients stable during use.
- Could have been a more robust formula for improving dark spots.
- Formula lacks an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients seen in today's best moisturizers.
- The fragrance poses a slight risk of sensitizing skin.