This is a sponsored blog post with Olay, but all opinions are my own.
I’ve been using Olay products since I was very young. My mother used them before me, and I always used to sneak into her bathroom to slather myself in that gorgeous pink liquid that made my face feel like a movie star’s.
As a young child, I involved myself in everything that would get me attention. I started out as a beauty queen on the pageant circuit, but as I got older, I decided that joining the local amateur dramatic societies was more my speed. I was cast in dozens of plays, and I loved changing my makeup to suit each character. Between the greasy stage makeup and the constant harsh cleansers I needed to remove them, my face needed constant loving care, which I found in Olay.
Throughout the years, Olay has created a myriad of new products that are made for specific skin issues, and I’ve tried a great many of them, finding them useful for my own sensitive face. I always have at least a couple of Olay products on my vanity, ready to rock when I’m feeling a bit dull. But the truth is that I’ve never been one for a real beauty routine.
Being pregnant this year has played havoc with my skin, alternating between dry and dull to blotchy and annoying. The pregnancy “glow” I was hoping for just didn’t emerge. I knew I needed an easy-to-use, straightforward beauty routine that would deliver results quickly and without a lot of effort. With soon-to-be four kids running around, I don’t have time for an in-depth skin regime.
Thankfully, that’s when I was approached about trying the Olay 28 Day Challenge. Basically, this involved using two new Olay products – Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel. The moisturizer was to be used every morning, while the eye gel was applied morning and night. It seemed pretty simple to me, and I was already a believer in the brand, so I was only too happy to give it a go.
The first stage of the challenge was to visit Olay Skin Advisor, an online app which will help you to decide which products are right for your needs. After answering some simple questions, you take a photo, and it will give you your skin age. Imagine my shock and embarrassment when my 35-year old face showed up with a skin age of 50!
I went straight into the routine, making sure I followed the challenge instructions to a T. Each morning, I applied the Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 and Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel, a process which only took a couple of minutes.
The Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a creamy, fragrance-free, vitamin-rich moisturizer that deeply hydrates to nourish while replenishing the skin’s moisture barrier. It protects the skin from the sun, which is the #1 cause of visible skin aging. It is available nationwide where Olay products are sold and has a suggested retail price of $10.49 – $22.99
Benefits include healthier looking skin in 28 days, with a noticeable difference in just one day.
It also includes 7 key benefits in 1:
- Replenishes moisture
- Evens skin tone and appearance
- Enhances brightness
- Visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizes the look of pores
- Restores firmness
- Visibly reduces dark spots
The Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel is also available nationwide wherever Olay products are sold and has a suggested retail price of $27.49.
It’s benefits include hydrating tired eyes and plumping delicate skin. It has a hyaluronic acid formula that instantly hydrates tired eyes to make you look wide-awake and refreshed. It absorbs quickly, and with its peptides, pro-vitamin B5 and cucumber extract, it quenches skin for long-lasting hydration. Its cooling formula helps to fight visible signs of fatigue and under eye dehydration lines.
I’ll admit, having never used an eye gel before, I wasn’t totally sure how to use it. But after reading up, I learned that you only need to use a small amount around the eye area – under eyes, outer corners, and eyelids – smoothing in until absorbed.
So how did the products actually do? To be honest, I was blown away by my results. They weren’t lying when they claimed you would see results in as little as one day. After my first 24 hours, my skin definitely felt smoother and plumper. I generally suffer from extremely dry, flaky skin, and I require extra hydration throughout the day. Pregnancy has exacerbated this, and I actually go in every week for two liters of IV fluids to keep myself hydrated. But as soon as I started to use these products, I could feel a huge difference in my skin. My doctor even commented on it at my next appointment! She said my pregnancy glow was finally here!
After only 2-3 days, I tried the Olay Skin Advisor once again. This time, I was happy to report that my skin had the age of only 34 years!
A sixteen year difference is not to be disregarded, and the improvement in my score definitely gave me the extra incentive to stick to the challenge. After a week, my skin felt soft and supple, and I was getting compliments from friends and family on how happy and alive I looked.
Another visit to the Skin Advisor reaffirmed that I was going in the right direction.
I think the initial improvement was the most amazing of all. Since those first few days/weeks, my skin has continued to look fantastic, but it’s not like I will continue to lose years. Especially in these days of late pregnancy when I am getting less sleep and have to deal with winter skin. But the fact that the products continue to work for me day in and day out is more than I can say about any other products I’ve used in the past.
In fact, two things recently stuck out to me. The first was that my husband took a candid photo of me as I was sitting and enjoying a movie one afternoon. I had on no makeup and hadn’t had a great sleep the night before. I was tired and a little cranky, and I’ll admit that my first thought was, “Why on EARTH would you take a picture of me right now?” But then he showed it to me and said, “I just think you look really beautiful, and I wanted to capture it.”
After seeing it, I understood. Sure, I’m not going to claim super model good looks, but my face really did look younger and sweeter than it normally does. My fine lines have lessened, there were no dark circles under my eyes, and the crease between my eyebrows was barely there! I actually felt sort of confident.
The second thing that stood out to me was so amazing that I couldn’t help but brag about it on Facebook. We were headed to a family dinner, and I wanted to look nice, so I decided to put on makeup for the first time in months. My normal makeup routine requires a TON of moisturizer followed by several layers of foundation. My skin has always been blotchy and dry, so if I don’t wear foundation, the makeup looks terrible and often flakes off. But the downside is that foundation also has a habit of drying out my skin more than usual, so after an hour or so, I begin to see cracks and lines in my face. As a result, I almost never wear makeup, as it ends up bringing my confidence down.
On the day in question, though, I decided makeup might be okay given that my face was so much more hydrated these days. I grabbed my usual foundation and then looked in the mirror. I realized that I didn’t need it. My face wasn’t blotchy or dry or lined or dull. It just looked dewy and nice. So I did something I’ve never done in my entire makeup-wearing life. I put on a full face of makeup WITHOUT foundation. And it looked GOOD.
The makeup stayed put all day without coming off. I was amazed.
Now I’m in the last few days of my 28 Day Challenge, and I can’t help but brag about my results. I have truly embraced my new beauty routine, and I am absolutely going to stick with it going forward. I am so glad that Olay picked me to partner with because the introduction to these products has changed my life for the better! I can’t imagine going back to how things were before.
What I really and truly love is that it is such an easy beauty regimen. Even though our new baby will be here within the next couple of weeks, I know I’ll still be able to stick with it because it takes hardly any time at all.
I invite you to take your own Olay 28 Day Challenge by visiting Olay Skin Advisor, the most precise skin diagnosis available to the public, so that you too can experience the easy, time-saving, no-brainer way to make a decision about what regimen is right for you. I promise it works! After using Skin Advisor, 95% of women agreed that product recommendations felt “right for her!” Be sure to let me know your results! For $40 off your purchase on olay.com, use code: 28DAYS4820 (limited quantity).