04.07.2015
5707
Total Effects 7-In-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Mature Skin Therapy
1.7 fl. oz. for $22.99
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Community Rating (33)
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Last Updated:04.07.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes

Note May 2016: This product has been reformulated since our original review was written. We appreciate your patience while we take the time to update this review. Check back this summer for an update.

Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Mature Skin Therapy is Olay’s answer to the needs of women whose skin is suffering from the changes it endures during and after menopause. The seven benefits in one product claim to intensely moisturize skin, reduce wrinkles, enhance skin tone and color, minimize pores, provide free-radical defense, and lift skin. Wow, all this for under $25? Sarcasm aside, this moisturizer for normal to dry skin contains several state-of-the-art ingredients that can improve the appearance and healthy functioning of skin at any age, but without a sunscreen a major necessary benefit is missing!

Antioxidant-wise, this bests all of the other Total Effects products, propelling this to the top of the list. Much of the skin appearance enhancement has to do with visual trickery—the mineral pigments add a subtle soft-focus, brightening effect to dull skin, while niacinamide encourages ceramide production for a smoother surface, which reflects light better. This isn’t one-stop shopping for menopausal skin because most of the claims are at best farfetched, but it definitely has many strong points.

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Claims

During menopause, the signs of aging accelerate up to two times faster. This daily facial moisturizer accommodates for this by providing more intense hydration along with a complex of Vitamins, antioxidants, soy and ginger for visibly younger-looking skin.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Coconut Oil, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Soybean Seed Extract, Ginger Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sucrose Polycottonseedate, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Polyacrylamide, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Polymethyl Silsesquioxane, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Yellow 5 Red 40

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.