Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum Review

Olay Regenerist Review
Bottom Line

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free is loaded with beneficial ingredients that can help gently fight off early signs of aging. Experts say it isn't likely to dramatically reduce existing fine lines and wrinkles but can help to prevent further damage. Although most reviewers say it's great for all skin types, some dry-skin sufferers say they need an additional moisturizer, while some with oily skin say it's too greasy for them. It doesn't include retinol, so is a good choice for sensitive skin.

  • Silky texture
  • Lightweight
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Can minimize/prevent wrinkles
  • Lacks sunscreen
  • Dry skin may need additional moisturizer


Lots of powerful ingredients. Antioxidants are an essential ingredient in preventative wrinkle creams, and experts say Olay Regenerating Serum fits the bill. It contains effective, free-radical-fighting ingredients such as niacinamide (vitamin B3), an antioxidant that helps skin stay hydrated and retain its natural elasticity. Users say Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum is a great primer, creating a smooth surface for makeup to adhere to. One drawback is that the serum may not provide enough moisture to satisfy those with dry skin, but it's lightweight enough that it can easily be layered with a more emollient cream. Like many wrinkle creams, it doesn't contain sunscreen, so if you're using it during the day, you'll need to apply a separate sunscreen or use a separate moisturizer with sunscreen.

Feel and smell

Non-irritating formula: Users at TotalBeauty.com say Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free has a "light, silky gel texture that absorbs beautifully." Beauty expert Paula Begoun explains that the various silicones it contains give the formula an "elegant texture." She also says its finish is such that it can be used in place of a primer under makeup. It gets particularly good reviews from those who have sensitive skin; they say it's one of the few anti-aging treatments that are not so harsh they break out. Those who say they can't use retinol-containing products love this serum, saying it doesn't give them the redness and irritation that harsher anti-wrinkle treatments do.

Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Paula Begoun, Dec. 12, 2014

Paula Begoun gives Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum a 5-star rating because of its "broad complement of beneficial ingredients for all skin types." She also says it has an elegant texture that makes skin feel silky.

2. Allure

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Catherine Gambrell, Not Dated

Olay Regenerist serum has won an Allure.com Reader's Choice award in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2014, it was also chosen in 2009 for the "Best of Beauty" Awards. Editors note that Regenerist hydrates skin and smooths fine lines.

3. TotalBeauty.com

13 Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Products, Allie Flinn, Not Dated

Allie Flinn rounds up 13 of the best anti-aging skin care products, including Olay Regenerist serum. This is number nine on the list, with a member rating of 9.0.Flinn notes that TotalBeauty.com contributors say this serum gives you "velvety" skin, and many say after using this you'll never look at moisturizing products the same. This product is also a 2014 and 2015 Reader's Choice Award Winner.

4. Allure

The Top Anti-aging Products $25 and Under, Brooke Le Poer Trench, Not Dated

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum is number one in this roundup of 12 top anti-aging products. The list includes hand creams, patches, BB creams, lip conditioners, peels and spot treatments. Choices were made in consultation with dermatologists from around the country.

5. Amazon.com

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Face Serum, Fragrance-Free 1.7 fl oz, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016

In more than 1,180 customer reviews, Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Users say that the formula improves the overall appearance of skin and does a good job of moisturizing. Quite a few note that it's a good choice for sensitive skin, and many use it daily under a moisturizer with SPF.

6. Ulta.com

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Contributors to Ulta.com, As of March 2016

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 in more than 500 customer reviews. Users say it improves skin texture and doesn't feel greasy. It also gets raves for soothing sensitive skin and reversing some sun damage.

7. MakeupAlley.com

Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum -- Fragrance Free, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of March 2016

Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum doesn't fare quite as well here as elsewhere, earning an overall rating of 3.5 lipsticks out of 5, in more than 540 reviews. Reviewers praise the Olay serum for its silky texture and for improving the smoothness of their skin. Some say they saw no difference in their skin tone or feel that it's too light.