12.31.2014
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Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser
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5 fl. oz. for $9.99
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cleanser is a cleanser/scrub hybrid, and the lotion base allows the polyethylene beads to exfoliate without being too abrasive. It’s an OK cleansing scrub for normal to dry skin, but no product can detoxify skin (exactly what toxins are we talking about anyway? and how is this measured?), especially one that is rinsed off shortly after application. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

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 polyurethane 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 polyurethane 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.

Claims

Provides the beautifully regenerated look of a detoxifying mini-professional treatment. This exfoliating, deep cleansing process speeds cells' natural regeneration in 2 ways: Oxygenated derma-bead formula gently removes dead skin surface cells to detoxify; creamy formula with amino-peptide complex regenerates skin's surface at the cellular level.

Ingredients

Water, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Glycerin, Oxidized Polyethylene, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Betaine, Salicylic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Steareth-21, Sodium Chloride, Behenyl Alcohol, PPG-30, Steareth-2. Sodium Glycolate, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carnosine, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Olay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive (mostly); several outstanding water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; boon for any consumer in love with cleansing cloths; good AHA exfoliant; all sunscreens include UVA-protecting ingredients; bountiful selection of state-of-the-art serums and some excellent moisturizers; some of the best products offer fragrance-free versions.

Weaknesses: Bar cleansers; no topical disinfectant for blemishes; random products contain menthol; more than a handful of dated moisturizers; jar packaging; several moisturizers with sunscreen don't offer skin much beyond basic sun protection; repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop.

Olay offers a fairly large selection of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Although Olay's products are not as diversified as Neutrogena's or as attractive as L'Oreal's, Olay has come a long way from its star product being a soft pink lotion designed to make skin younger (yet it was and is just a badly formulated product that was out of date almost from the moment it was launched). Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, 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, as explained in the various reviews below, niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits. It isn't the best ingredient out there (no single ingredient has that title yet, and it's unlikely that just one ever will be) and as such doesn't deserve the prominence Olay gives it (a bit of variety would have been far better, such as a mix of antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients).

Olay's sales are expected to reach $4 billion annually in the next few years, and given their global presence in stores and constant advertising in magazines and on television, that's not surprising. Much of this advertising is focused on their best products, which is attention well deserved. Just to give you an idea of the expenditure involved for these ubiquitous ads, Olay spent over $50 million to promote Regenerist in 2003. The good news is that each new range of Olay products generally improves on what came before it, offering results that, while not as impressive as the claims, are noticeable in the mirror.

For its ongoing commitment to understanding consumers and formulating products that, while not perfect, definitely offer more proof than puffery, Olay deserves consideration by any savvy skin-care shopper. And it also deserves mention that Olay is one of the few lines in this book whose entire collection of products with sunscreens provides sufficient UVA protection! (Sources for the financial figures above: The Rose Sheet, July 10, 2006, page 5; September 11, 2006, page 4; and January 1, 2007, page 5).

Olay began 2009 with the launch of Pro-X, their most expensive products to date. Not only are these products considerably more expensive than any others from Olay, the packaging, color scheme, advertising campaign, and claims have all been turned up to "max" on the cosmetics marketing dial. The amount of hype and budget thrown at these products easily explains why our Beautypedia product request e-mail inbox has been inundated with requests for me to review these products!

Whenever something this sleek-looking and pricey debuts in the mass market, lots of consumers wonder whether the extra expense is worth it. They also want to know if Olay's "Professional" designation makes these products a cut above the numerous other products they sell, including those with similar claims.

It turns out we had the same question after surveying the ingredient lists for all of the Pro-X products: How are they different from those available in Olay's Total Effects and Regenerist? Supposedly, all of those other sub-brands also have the answer to improving the telltale signs of aging, from dryness and wrinkles to loss of luminosity and unwanted discolorations. In fact, the claims on the label of these three lines are virtually identical.

It is clear from the get go that there are far more similarities than differences among Definity, Regenerist and Pro-X. All of them contain niacinamide, the B vitamin that has almost single-handedly re-energized Olay as a formidable skin-care brand. One of the Pro-X products contains acetyl glucosamine, just like several from Definity, and many Pro-X products contain peptides, just as Regenerist products do. Why should someone consider Pro-X over those other lines?

Interestingly, the folks we spoke with at Procter & Gamble didn't have a clear answer either, which isn't surprising, at least not from a formula superiority standpoint. Rather, their explanation was all about a marketing decision. This "cosmeceutical" –oriented line is supposed to give women who think that a line that looks medical must be better even if it's available at the drugstore. Pro-X was also designed to appeal to women who typically seek professional skin-care products, meaning those that are sold or recommended by a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon.

Of course there is no standardized definition for "professional skin care" and "cosmeceutical" is a bogus term. The dermatologists who consulted Olay about these new products are well-respected, but the formulas still come up short in terms of a cocktail of antioxidants and skin-identical ingredients that can repair damaged skin. As it turns out, despite the Alliance for Skin Care Innovation that Olay speaks of in their promotional materials for Pro-X, its creation had more to do with marketing than with bringing anything new to the cosmetics table.

Don't get me wrong: the Pro-X products have some commendable attributes and certainly offer multiple benefits for aging skin, but the truth is they're not different enough from Olay Regenerist or Definity products to warrant the higher price.

Pro-X's packaging is indeed sexier, the claims are more enticing, and the prices speak to a high-end consumer, but, to borrow a popular catchphrase from the 1980s, we were left wondering "Where's the beef?" The beef, as it were, is merely Olay creating products whose differences are much stronger from a marketing standpoint than from a formulary standpoint. That's not breakthrough news for your skin, and it's a fact that anyone considering Pro-X should know that other Olay products offer comparable benefits for less money. The only significant difference between Pro-X and Olay's other sub-brands is that Pro-X is fragrance-free; that's great, but you would think that leaving out an ingredient as opposed to adding one would lead to a price decrease rather than an increase. It's up to you if that point is enough to make the higher prices worthwhile.

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

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05.17.2015
Beneficial Vitamins and other ingredients

Thanks. Thought this would get a great review. I considered this cleanser because of the salicylic acid, Beta-Hydroxy, Vit B-5, Vit-E, Amino-peptide and Vit-C. Are those ingredients NOT beneficial in this cleanser?

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M. Brown
05.20.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

HI there!  Those ingredients are indeed beneficial!  Two things to keep in mind is that they are likely in small concentrations here and that also in cleansers, because they're rinsed off right away, those types of ingredients likely will not have the same effects on skin as they would if they were in a leave-on treatment such as a moisturizer :)

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05.17.2015
Oily Acne-Prone skin

I have very oily acne-prone skin; is is it OK to use this for my day and night cleansing? I chose it because of the Salicylic Acid and exfoliating properties.

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Junie
05.18.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  This cleanser can absolutely be used twice a day!  It is recommended more toward those with normal to dry skin, but we've heard of many people with oily skin loving it too!

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03.10.2015
Can be used daily?

Hi you categorized this under skin scrubs although it seems more of a basic facial wash/cleanser for daily use. So does this mean that it can't be used daily because scrubs are meant to be used 2x a week only as far as i know? Besides the Instructions never stated any word you can use daily or apply in the morning and evening or something like that.

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Anonymous
03.13.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Based on a quick review of the ingredients in this product, you should be able to use it once daily.  Its main exfoliating ingredient is polyethylene, which is farily mild as far as exfoliant ingredients go (as opposed to shells, for example).  I would try it once a day and if you are having irritation or redness after, maybe try every other day.  And as always, remember to spot test first!  :)

-Beautypedia Team

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09.08.2014
Thanks.....

Thanks a lot for the informative explanation.

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Ayman, Za
07.30.2014
Good???

The ingredients have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Alcohol in it still you are giving a Good rating. Why???

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Ayman, Za
07.30.2014
Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your comments! With any problematic or questionable ingredient, we always consider how much of it is likely to be in the product. The amount of sodium lauryl sulfate in this cleanser is likely below 1%, which is quite low and very unlikely to pose a risk of irritation or dryness. As for the alcohol, this cleanser doesn’t contain the type of alcohols we advise against. It can be confusing, but the short story is that there are two types of alcohol used in skincare: drying alcohols such as “alcohol denat” or “SD alcohol” and fatty alcohols. The latter is what’s present in this cleanser. Stearyl, cetyl, and behenyl alcohols are fatty alcohols that are NOT drying and actually quite helpful for skin—so there’s no cause for concern.

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09.17.2013
Should be rated better, I'm thinking

Cannot fathom why this would only rate "Good" when Neutrogena's bleach-smelling, eye-burning Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser rates a "Best"! This also has micro beads and contains salicylic acid, but never burns, is gentle on the skin, and has a pleasant, very light fragrance. My go-to shower face cleanser, no matter what Paula says. BTW, actual name is "daily regenerating cleanser" -- get the name right at least, Paula, otherwise it's pointless to attempt a search using your search engine

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Susan P.
09.18.2013
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi, and thanks for your comments! We usually go by what the product is called on the company's website, where it's still labeled as Regenerist Regenerating Cream Cleanser. We hope this clears up any confusion!

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