My immediate thoughts on Olay Fresh Effects Long Live Moisture Satin Finish Lotion:
First use: "Oh, this feels good. Really soft and hydrating. And what is that yummy smell?"
After one week: "Still feels nice, but something's a little off with my skin. I'm seeing a few more breakouts than usual; Maybe I should stop using it for a while. Nah, I'm sure I'm just paranoid."
After three weeks: "Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, my face has been overthrown by an army of angry red mountains."
As you can see from my little dialogue above, my experience with Olay's new Fresh Effects moisturizer was less than great. At first I was in heaven; My skin felt really smooth and glowy when I used this every night, and the scent reminded me of vanilla cupcakes. And then it started.
About seven days into using this each night (only at night; It doesn't have SPF), I started noticing little things that seemed different about my skin. Like the fact that my pores seemed just a little bigger than usual, or that small gang of unusually stubborn blackheads around my nose and chin. Now, my skin is naturally quite sensitive to a lot of things, including changes in the weather, so I convinced myself the issues were due to the sudden cold front.
About two weeks passed, and so did the cold front, but something was still wrong with my skin. I was puzzled about it, and then one morning - BAM! - I woke up to see my entire face being attacked by whiteheads and blackheads alike, my poor skin trying so hard to fight it off. That was the last straw. I immediately ransacked all the places I keep skincare products, trying to figure out what new products could have caused such a reaction. And what did I come to find as the culprit, other than the satiny gel/cream I had come to love. I was crushed.
I think my skin had an even worse reaction to this than it did to Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizer, and that's saying quite a bit. As soon as I discovered what the lotion had done, I stopped using the sweet oil-free traitor, and day by day, my skin improved. Eventually, my acne got back to the point it was at before (which wasn't horrible, but pretty severe), albeit a good deal of new acne scarring left behind.
I think this would have been great, had my skin been drier and not so sensitive. In the meantime, I've learned my lesson: When my skin seems a little strange, I should probably ransack the cabinets immediately, instead of passing it off as the weather.
Performance Grade: D-
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