Manufacturers market Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream as a firming cream that can reduce the appearance of sagging skin. Although most reviewers say results are minimal at best, the cream is loaded with lots of good-for-skin ingredients that have the potential to prevent further damage to skin. The only downfall is its jar packaging, which cannot keep the potent ingredients stable. Reviewers say Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.) is a better option because it comes in stable packaging and contains many of the same beneficial ingredients.
Powerful ingredients: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream earns kudos from Allure and Health magazines for containing lots of good-for-skin ingredients, including amino-peptides that help firm sagging skin and strengthen the skin's moisture barrier and hyaluronic acid, which has a plumping effect on skin. Paula Begoun, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter without Me," is critical of the formula, however, and says it cannot live up to its promises of lifting sagging skin. She says, "Increasing hydration can make skin cells plump, but that doesn't restore volume to a face that is sagging due to the complex process of aging." Furthermore, she says the cream contains several state-of-the-art ingredients, but the jar packaging allows air and light in, which reduce their potency and stability.
Users at Amazon.com and Drugstore.com have mixed opinions about Olay's efficacy. Some say that it makes a noticeable difference in the firmness of their skin, but others don't notice any difference at all. One woman says she used the formula on just one side of the face for two weeks, and there was "no difference between the left and right side." Another says, "I'm not sure this cream is any better than Regenerist Nightly Moisturizer … haven't noticed any real difference or improvement."
Lightweight and creamy: Experts and users praise Micro-Sculpting Cream for its creamy but lightweight texture. It feels silky on the skin but has a noticeable fragrance that is offensive to some users at Drugstore.com and Amazon.com. Most say that the scent fades quickly, however. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream is also available in a fragrance-free formula.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun gives Olay Regenerist Micro-Scultping Cream a mediocre rating because its jar packaging doesn't provide a stable environment for the high level of antioxidants this formula contains. She says the formula itself is very similar to other Olay moisturizers and is a "decent lightweight moisturizer for normal to slightly dry skin."
Review: Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, Paula Begoun, Sept. 27, 2012
2. Health Magazine
Review Credibility: Good Health magazine editors list the top beauty products for 2012, including Olay Regenerist Fragrance Free Micro-Sculpting Cream. Editors say that the peptides included in this formula "firm sagging skin by strengthening its moisture barrier."
Review: Health's 2012 Beauty Awards: Face, Editors of Health magazine, June 2012
Review Credibility: Good Allure magazine lists 53 winning beauty products as chosen by Allure readers, including Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. Editors call it an "anti-aging twofer" because it plumps skin immediately and tightens skin over time.
Review: 2012 Readers ' Choice Awards, Meirav Devash
Review Credibility: Good More than 200 reviewers give Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Users say it has a creamy texture and moisturizes well. Some notice anti-aging results but others don't.
Review: Olay Regenerist Micro- Sculpting Cream, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream earns an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars from more than 200 users at Drugstore.com. Many reviewers say it produces noticeable results, but others notice no change at all.
Review: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of January 2013