Olay Regenerist Review

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Regenerist is an anti-aging product offered by Olay, a skin care company that is widely recognizable across the globe. The Regenerist line is a broad one that includes products to cleanse, moisturize, exfoliate and treat the face. The large number of products can make it difficult to choose the best ones for your skin, which we believe might be a turnoff for some consumers. However, we will look at the general formula that is used for these products to determine whether any or all of them contain proven anti-aging ingredients that will be effective at treating wrinkles.

According to the company website, the Olay Regenerist line claims to “beautifully regenerate skin’s appearance, renewing its outer layer one cell at a time.” Regenerist is supposed to help skin regenerate quickly and strengthen the moisture barrier for skin that “looks, feels and behaves more like new skin.” The products vary in their usage instructions, depending on whether their primary purpose is cleansing, moisturizing or treating. The Olay Regenerist products cannot be ordered directly through the company website. However, many online retailers and physical stores offer Olay products. The Regenerist line is offered at a fairly reasonable price, although we could not find mention of a money back guarantee from this manufacturer.

Product Details

The Olay website lists the ingredients in the Regenerist line as Pal-KTTKS, vitamin B3, vitamin E, pro-vitamin B5, green tea extract, and allantoin. It is the Pal-KTTKS that we are most interested in, an ingredient that is also known as palmitoyl-pentapeptide 3 or matrixyl 3000. This substance consists of a chain of 5 amino acids and has been proven as an effective anti-aging ingredient. Matrixyl 3000 is one of the handful of ingredients that we recommend consumers look for when they are shopping for a skin care product designed to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Other ingredients in the Olay Regenerist line consist of antioxidants, which can help protect the skin from free radical damage. Free radicals are lurking in our environment, in pollution, cigarette smoke and the sun’s rays. They can cause damage to the skin, including signs of premature aging. By protecting your skin from free radicals, you are taking positive steps to keep your skin looking younger for longer.

The Good

  • Olay Regenerist contains matrixyl, a proven anti-aging ingredient.
  • The products are reasonably priced and easy to find.

The Bad

  • There is no clear return policy listed on the company website.
  • Other potent ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and collagen, are noticeably absent from ingredient lists.
  • The many products available may make it difficult to choose the right items for your individual needs.

The Bottom Line

Olay Regenerist offers a fairly basic anti-aging product at a reasonable price. With matrixyl in the mix, you may see positive results with this product. However, combining matrixyl with other proven ingredients, like other products do, may enhance the peptide’s effectiveness.

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74 Comments/Questions/Answers to Olay Regenerist

  • 1

    Deborah Lane

    How much salicylic acid is in Regenerist anti-aging cleanser.

  • 2


    i stopped using olay reginerist after 10 days because my skin became itchy and looked reddish.

  • 3


    my skin became reddish and itchy after using olay regenerist for 10 days.

  • 4


    Did your skin feel “funny” when you first started using olay regenerist micro sculpting cream?

  • 5


    I have been using it for two nights – I don’t use it in the mornings. I feel like my makeup doesn’t look right even though I am not applying it in the mornings. Anybody else?

  • 6

    Esther Wajcman

    I used the regenerist night recovery moisurizing treatment and the cream made yellow stains on my clothes and stained permanently my bathroom sink and counter. I was wondering why. I cannot use this product because it did more damage to my stuff.

  • 7


    This is unsettling but…I’ve been using Regenerist for about 6 months and unfortunately may have to stop because my skin has begun BLEEDING quite easily. I am searching the web to see if others have had the same issue. I love what the product did for my wrinkles, but perhaps it is too strong (??).

  • 8


    I have used for 4 months and loved it. Last week, however, I got a really RED face and HIVES that have lasted for 7 days now. Dry and ready to peel is my next step, I fear. Hate to give it up but HATE this!

  • 9


    I’m concerned over the parabens used in these products so I won’t use them. I wish you could eliminate them; it certainly sounds like a product worth trying. I do use Olay products w/out parabens.

  • 10


    ME TOO TERRI! I finally just switched to something else this week because the hives would not go away after a MONTH. My skin also feels rough, and the hives would come on suddenly and are very big and angry! It’s so embarrassing! Pure tea tree oil is the only thing that helped me get them under control, but I’m giving up on the Regenerist. I am not happy that Olay put me through this.

  • 11


    i use olay 7 seven days now. I noticed redish portion around my 2 eyes. Should i stop? Is d properties really strong for below 30 years old?

  • 12


    I’ve switched to a new line called Apothecary 695 – and am loving the results! This line is different than all the others and I’m seeing really great improvement in my skin. This line’s ingredient list is fabulous – which is probably why I’m loving it!!

  • 13


    I will never use this product again! My face turn redish, tiny bums appeared on my face, itching, funny feeling. It is too strong for me.

  • 14


    Earlier in the Fall, I was having allergy issues on my face (ecsema sp?). When that healed, I started using Regenerist just to rejuvenate my skin. I’ve had swollen eyes (below & lids), red patches on my face, and this time my face actually was stinging. I’m very disappointed in this product and won’t purchase anything Olay again. Now that I know my recent problems were not allergy related, I’ll be sticking with Clinique from now on. Luckily, the product was on sale and I also had a coupon, but wish I had the $$ back that I spent on this product!!

  • 15

    Betty Moore

    I have used 2 containers of this product hoping that it would work after losing 33 pounds. It does not work like the company has presented it. I am very very disappointed at Olay products now. We did not have the money to spend as it was anywaY with my husband being laid off work but my husband knew how important it was to me and my self-esteem. I thought finally I could be proud of the way I look with this product. But it has let me know. I wish I could have trusted Oil of Olay but they are only after the money. I would never recommend this product to anyone.

  • 16


    I used Regenerist serum for a couple of days and it burned my skin, especially around my eyes and above my eyebrows. I now have wrinkles around my eyes that weren’t there before and redness and swelling. I took it back to Walmart and got a refund.

  • 17

    jamela panganiban

    what is best olay regenerist product that helps to facelift

  • 18


    when I used regenerist, my nose started to itch and I started to sneeze. Once I washed my face, I felt fine. Same reaction when I tried micro-sculpting cream. Must be the fragrance. anyone else experience this?

  • 19


    I do not have a sensirtive skin. I used the regenerist night cream as directed and within minutes my face was swelling especially along my cheeks and under my eyes.. i looked older with bags . Bumps developed under the skin. I washed what I could off and by morning I still looked puffy but better. I do not recommend this cream at all. What happened Olay??

  • 20


    I tried Olay moisture cream for one week. At the start, I had an allergic reaction to something. I have many allergies and didn’t connect. Finally I realized that it was the Olay–after antihistimine/steroid treatment!!

  • 21


    I tried the Olay moisturizer for one week. In the beginning I had an allergic reaction to something. I have many allergies so I didn’t connect at first. After a week of antihistimines/steroids, I figured it out. Rash, swelling, itching, scary! Good idea, just not for me.

  • 22


    I tried regenerist after using a SAMS club off brand. After about 3 weeks my face started breaking out into red spots on my cheeks. It was very bad. I thought I had some kind of disease. Off of this now for a day and looks like I may go to see a doctor to get rid of this rash.

  • 23


    I used Regenerist Serum for several weeks in the UK with no problems. Then I went abroad, for two months, taking a couple of bottles with me. I developed red, burning, itchy patches above my eyelids and in the fold of my neck. So bad one eye began to close up. Didn’t put it down to this product, but left all preparations (except Astral cold cream) off my face whilst it cleared up. Used it again then, and after one application it’s flared up again. I’ve got a lot left, but it won’t be going on face and neck again.

  • 24


    I’ve used the product for about a month and do not see any improvement. I had no ideal that the itching I have been experiencing is do to this product until I ready other testimonials. I even saw tiny rash like appearance on my face but never made the connection. I am thru with regenerious.

  • 25


    I have had a red rash on my face, neck and chest for more than 2 weeks. I have systematically changed my detergent, my hair spay and other products thinking they were to blame. I even quit eating nuts. Today I googled red rash from Olay and found many comments that sound exactly like my symtoms. Red, itchy skin on my face, neck and chest. Good Bye to Olay after 30 plus years of use.

  • 26

    jane tucker

    i have rash on my face , neck, chest,after using olay the cream mosturizer ant-aging micro-sculpting for 3 days.my face itchy , i have oil skin& sensitive but i like the regenerist face wash .what moisturizer should i use.

  • 27

    Patti p

    Tried the eye cream and eyelids swelled up and blistered. I had to go to the hospital for an allergic reaction. Imagine my telling the ER doctor that I had tried a wrinkle cream!! How embarrassing! I also ended up with some bumps on one eyelid that is permanent!! Try l’oreal! Someone told me that Olay uses some kind of fish product and that causes the allergic reaction in alot of people.

  • 28


    Hi I used the regenerist eye serum about 3 weeks ago and has burnt under my left eye. Does anyone know how to help these burns heal? I have left it alone but is still red and sore.

  • 29


    After reading all the negatives on these products, why hasn’t the FDA got involved? Do they just arbitrarly make this stuff and sell it with no testing?

  • 30

    red rose

    I used olay regenerist micro sculpting cream for 17 nights and it make my clean skin full of rashes.

  • 31


    i’ve tried olay regenerist wrinkle relaxing cream once last night and this morning till now (8pm) i could feel that i face itching….should i continue using it or should i stop using it in fear that my skin will get worse?

  • 32


    stop – my face is a disaster right now because of regenerist micro-sculpting serum and wrinkle revolution complex. I used it before and my face became itchy, puffy, red and hot – thought it was due to new shampoo, but now I realize its this product. Should be taken off market

  • 33


    Abby, I just started using fragrance free serum and i am having the same thing. My nose itches and i sneeze or feel like it for quite a while..

  • 34


    I started using Olay Regenerest Moisturing Serum Fragrance free and the first day I love the way it felt on my skin. Second day and I can’t stop sneezing. I attributed it to a facial scrub (another line) but after reading above comments I’m going to stop the Olay for a couple of days and see if my allergy symptoms will go away. It it’s the Olay then I’ve wasted $30+. Wonder if Shoppers Drug Mart will give me a refund?

  • 35


    I used the Target knock-off ‘Renewal Cleanser” that has the same ingredient as Olay Regenerist for about a week. I developed a nasty red, raised rash on my cheeks. I thought it was pimples at first and used MORE of the cleanser, which made the rash worse. Back to Clinique for me!

  • 36


    After 1st application my face around both my eyes swelled so much I looked like a space alien! It’s been over 3 days, had to go to a Dr for a round of prednisone to just get back to normal..think I will learn to enjoy what mother nature gave me, much more beautiful!

  • 37


    I used this product once, the next morning my eye was swollen and eyebrow was blistered. I now have a one inch scar on my brow rom using this. Olay does not care what their product is doing to their costumers, I called to tell them and they said we are sorry, and they sent me coupons…… Do not use this cream!

  • 38


    I have been using the target brand of the cleanser and I feel like I’ve had a facial every time I wash with it. It gives my skin a glow that reminds me of what you see on a pregnant woman. I’ve been using it for 4 months now and have seen no problems. I want to try the other products because pf how happy I am with the cleanser.

  • 39

    Sandra Crook

    I commented above (Jan 26 2012). Yesterday I tried the same cream again to see if anything had changed. This morning I look like I’ve gone ten rounds with a prize fighter. Nuff said – in the bin with it.

  • 40

    Sue B

    Hives returned to my skin around my mouth after trying this product again. How do I get my money back? This was so expensive and now my face looks terrible!

  • 41


    I used regenerist eye roller and after 2nd night my eyes swelled up so much I could hardly see out of them. Had used Revitalift before without problems… it’s really painful and sore

  • 42


    I thought I was the only one!I thought several of the products were helping with wrinkles. But first my skin got so dry, and then I developed brown patches, a rash, and some bleeding. An expensive mistake!

  • 43


    DO NOT use Regenerist Serum. My mum bought it as a gift because I’m getting married this summer. I have been using Olay cleansers etc for at least 15 years and was even asked to be a face of Olay. However, on trying this, my skin has become ‘burnt’, inflamed with lumps, patches, is sore and painful. I have lines I didn’t have and almost overnight my skin has aged at least 10 years. Nothing I do eases it for more than around 10 minutes before the ‘tightening’ and pain restarts.
    I have contacted Olay in the past to affirm their products and always had immediate responses. I contacted again begging for help and they have not replied.
    I believe they should be sued.

  • 44


    NB – in addition to my earlier comment, I have been to the chemist for medication and he recommended aqueous cream. The Clinique rep said she wouldn’t dare sell me a product until at least a month and recommended I see a dermatologist/the doctor.
    Like someone else, my skin thickened and hardened too

  • 45


    After one application, the skin under my eyes because very red and horrible swollen. Never had a reaction like this to a cream before. I am on prednisone now trying to bring it down. Very sad this happened. I hope it does not permanently damage my under eye area! Be sure to test your reaction before applying it.

  • 46


    After using Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting cream nightly for about a month with no problems (and no significant improvements to my skin) my skin started to burn and had thick dry patches. After taking a few days off from the cream (since my skin burned) the dry skin peeled off and I was left with beautiful smooth, wrinkle-free skin. Amazing results if you can get through that initial dry period. Very similar results when you use retinol-a although that stuff is stronger and burns through my skin after a day vs a month. Back to using it daily.

  • 47

    Jan Robertson

    How do I get a refund? Caused pimples inflammation

  • 48


    From which age we can use this olay regenerist products? These products belongs to which skin type?

  • 49


    A rash developed on my face the day after using the regenerist night cream. I didn’t realize it was the cream as i thought I was having a reaction to an insect bite. I then used the night cream for a second evening. In the morning my skin was red and itchy and i have this unusual feeling around my mouth. I keep trying to cool my skin down with cold water. I realised it was the cream. I am hoping the feeling soon goes away. I am throwing this product in the bin.

  • 50


    Regenerist turned my face red and I broke out in a rash and welts. Will walgreens take it back without receipts and packaging?

  • 51


    Wal-mart. knock off gave me hives twice had to take pegesterone both times. My 95 yr old friend just had to have 2 black growths cut off her face after using Olay regenerist. Dr said second case he had in a short time!

  • 52

    Ava Bailey

    I have been using oil of olay products since i was 25 and have very good results. A couple times I tried other products and had some skin reactions also. The same product is not the same for every skin type.

  • 53

    Mary Lunardi

    After reading all the below comments …Looks like I will not be trying any of the products mentioned.. Back to good old soap and water for me..

  • 54

    S Beale

    After using this product next morning I had red sore marks around my eyes and I looked terrible. I will not use again my skin feels burnt. I don’t usually have a reaction to creams. I hope this clears up quickly

  • 55


    Me too! Purchased olay regenerist 2 days ago. I used it the first night and we oke up with swollen eyes, wrinkles around my eyes that were not there prior to using. My entire face feels itchy

  • 56

    Joan McGinnis

    Is there any acid in this product? My face is peeling, beet red and very painful.

  • 57


    Ive been using olay regenerist am and pm I’ve had good results.I have used olay since I was 13 and people always say I look 28 i’m 42!

  • 58

    Gregory S

    I used Olay Regenerist off and on for about 10 days and had to stop when I started noticing dry patches and numerous fine lines running up and down my cheeks that were definitely NOT there before. Up close, my skin now looks weathered. This stuff is bad news.

  • 59

    Karen Pearson

    I have been using the regular formula Olay Regenerist for a couple of years, no problem till they just changed the formula, it says it acts faster on the new box, it is making my under eye make up all caked up and I cannot apply it or my regular makeup without it doing so…I going to make a change! Unless they go back to the original formula.

  • 60


    I have been using Regenerist for many years. I love the feel and look. I also love the compliments, when people tell me I look much younger then my age. I use two small pea size dots on my face, one on neck, I buy large bottle at Sams club, lasts me a very long time. Very inexpensive. I was majorly suprised of those that had bad results.

  • 61


    I have been using the cleanser for about two years. Just bought a new bottle and notice it started to burn. My face began to get welts and became raw. When I used it so I compared the formula and saw that it changed. How do I get a refund for the product?

  • 62

    Mary Jo Thomson

    Just a comment about the packaging of your product. I love the product , I buy mine at Sams Club. However, by the time I get the frickin package open I have aged 10 years so I really need the product. Why? Why? Why?

  • 63

    Jayshree Dias

    I used it for a week my skin became reddish and itchy back to olay classic.

  • 64

    Jayshree Dias

    I have been using Olay Regenerist for a week now.got red itchy skin with red rash on my face and neck. I am throwing it in a bin.

  • 65

    candace garcia

    My mother used oil of play so I grewup with it!

  • 66


    Awesome stuff use it all the time

  • 67


    I love olay but it makes my skin oily. I would recommend this product to a person with a different skin type

  • 68


    I searched for feedbacks on this product. Sadly after i bought olay regenerist serum and day cream. 3 days after using it, my face feels like its skin are being ripped off my face. I had some serious analgesic for the pain.
    I love the smell of the cream.
    The serum felt light on the skin .. But felt like a film of oil too..
    I cant use the day cream anymore because it stings my skin now ( it was not during the 1st day & 2nd)
    I tried applying moisturisers (other brands which are hypoallergenic!) but it feels like my face is burning.
    A red face for a week. Then comes the peeling of my skin.
    Gosh! The embarassment! I scrub my face from all the peeling dried skin. Its awfull!
    Few days after, a friend taught me to rub vaseline and olive oil on my face to relieve it from dryness and the burning pain.

  • 69

    Pamela Green

    After starting to use Olay Regenerist a few days ago, my forehead has swollen, gone red and then wept and finally peeled. I have itchy eyelids and red bags under my eyes.
    I look as if I have been in a fight. After reading all these comments, this product range should be banned.

  • 70


    Facing same problem here..
    Googled about Olay,,found all these feedbacks..confirmed & decided not to use it again

  • 71


    I used olay regenerist cream cleanser and I have same reactions talked about above. Itchy red, swollen eyelids!

  • 72


    After one use came down with a bad case of hives throughout my body, red patches on my face, and swollen lips and cheeks. What a waste of money!!!

  • 73


    There is something really odd about all these reviews. Were they all chosen for their negative response? I have been using Olay Regenerist for years, no problems at all. Having read reviews elsewhere, I have never, ever seen any reviews like this. Most peculiar! I have great skin for my age, don’t know if it’s the Olay or just good luck. Can’t help feeling that whoever chose the above reviews is pretty biased.Be interesting to see if my lone good review actually makes it onto this page.

  • 74


    I used the regenerist overnight cream last night and woke up this morning with huge puffy eye bags. It looked like I had been crying all night long. In the garbage!!!

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