Reviewers recommend Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive Skin for those with dry and/or sensitive skin. The formula is oil-free, soap-free and fragrance-free, and users say it gently cleanses away all traces of dirt, oil and makeup, though some say a makeup remover may be needed for heavy eye makeup. While this is true of most facial cleansers, reviewers say stronger cleansers, like Philosophy Purity Made Simple (*Est. $20 for 8 oz.), do a better job of removing heavy makeup though they are not formulated for sensitive skin. Users say Olay doesn't strip the skin of moisture, however. It contains glycerin, which draws moisture to the skin, as well as gentle foaming detergents. Some reviewers say it leaves a slight residue on the skin, but others say rinsing for a tad longer solves the problem.
We found the best review of Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive Skin at Beautypedia.com, skin-care expert Paula Begoun's online database of beauty product reviews, where she rates products on the efficacy of their ingredients. About.com also reviews the cleanser, though not as thoroughly, recommending it as the best option for sensitive skin. User reviews at MakeupAlley.com and TotalBeauty.com are also helpful.
Paula Begoun gives Olay Foaming Face Wash her highest rating because it is gentle and fragrance-free, making it suitable for sensitive skin or those battling rosacea. She says that it removes makeup easily and doesn't leave any residue.
Review: Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin by Olay, Paula Begoun, Sept. 13, 2011
About.com's beauty guide, Julyne Derrick, calls Olay Foaming Face Wash the best cleanser for sensitive skin. She describes it as a "basic drugstore cleanser" with no harsh ingredients. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Best Cleansers for Every Skin Type, Julyne Derrick
Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive Skin is among the top-rated facial cleansers at MakeupAlley.com, garnering more than 300 reviews with a high overall rating. Users say it's gentle and doesn't dry out the skin. Some say it leaves a bit of a film behind, but others say rinsing for a bit longer takes care of the problem.
Review: Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com
User reviews at TotalBeauty.com are similar to those found at other consumer websites. The 200-plus reviewers here say that Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive Skin is gentle and cleans thoroughly without drying the skin. Most also love the affordable price of Olay.
Review: Olay Foaming Face Wash Sensitive Skin, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com