The One-Two Skincare Combo

If we talk about skincare, I’d often turn and put importance to the essentials. Cleansing is a vital part of taking care of one’s skin. Then I’d move on to moisture balance and exfoliation. The latter is important since in order to maintain the skin’s smoothness and elasticity, we have to regularly hydrate. As for the latter, it’s maintaining a healthy layer of skin to achieve suppleness and, yes, smoothness.

This brings us to the basic one-two skincare combo I currently use: The Cream Cleanser and Regenerating Serum, both under the Regenerist line of OLAY.

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OLAY Regenerist Cream Cleanser
Your first step to revitalised, younger-looking skin. Gently cleans and exfoliates for revitalised, younger-looking skin. OLAY Regenerist Cream Cleanser contains an oxygenated derma-bead formula to gently remove oil, dirt and makeup along with its exclusive aminopeptide complex to leave the skin hydrated and younger looking.

True to its word, this cleanser comes in cream form, sprinkled with beads which aid in the exfoliation process. For the past few weeks of usage, skin was treated to a luxurious cleansing and exfoliating that produces soft and supple skin. It gives me the confidence that it won’t dry my skin (and it hasn’t). I also find that it’s effective in exfoliating my skin. The beads actually performs their duty unlike other facial scrubs I’ve used (save Neutrogena).

I do have to note that in cases wherein I need it to help me remove makeup, forgiving that eye makeup can be such a pain to remove, traces of foundation are still left behind. This is when I had heavy makeup on. It’s one bit about it that I’m particularly not happy about. I reckon it’s not an effective tool in removing makeup (this is to warn those who simply rely on facial wash and toner for removing makeup). But on regular days, cleansing is okay.

Regenerating Serum (Micro-Sculpting Serum)
The laser-less way to reveal younger-looking skin. With its exclusive amino-peptide complex, it regenerates your skin’s appearance at the cellular level to reveal dramatically younger-looking skin, reducing the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, increasing firmness and minimizing the appearance of pores.

From the moment I started using this skincare product, last quarter of 2008, I marveled in its benefits. As a 31-year old, I do have to take better care of my skin. It has given me the confidence that my skin will be protected underneath all the potential gunk I may put on my face — from makeup or incompatible skincare product — and the other harmful elements we normally would expose our skin to.

More thoughts can be found here: A Night with Olay Regenerist.

This one-two skincare combo had earned my trust esp because of the time when I’ve subjected my skin to climate change. Yes, I was able to try it out when I had stayed in Australia between December 2008 and January 2009. The cold had caused my skin to break out and these two had particularly helped in regulating my skin. I had used the cream cleaser in the morning and the regenerating serum, religiously at night. It doesn’t hurt that these two feed on the notion that I’m doing something to keep the lines and sagging at bay.

Of course, on top of these two, I presently still use other skincare products (ones up for review) like the OLAY White Radiance Night Whitening Cream and the OLAY Total Effects 7-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cream for days when I plan to put on makeup and step out of the house.

Anyway, if you’re wondering if I plan to repurchase any of the two products, well, I might (note: might!) consider the Cream Cleanser but if we’re talking about the cleansing and exfoliating benefits from a facial wash, my choice leans toward Neutrogena which addresses these two things more effectively and at a lower price. The Cream Cleanser cost Php 299.00. As for the Regenerating Serum, consider me smitten. I may not understand the need for a serum on top of moisturisers, I’ve seen and benefited from what it can do for the skin. It can be a bit expensive esp if you consider the need to buy a moisturiser on top of it, but I still would definitely want to keep one in stock.

How about you folks? What’s your one-two skincare combo? Have you tried these two, Cream Cleanser and Regenerating Serum, from OLAY Regenerist? How was your experience? I’d appreciate it if you can share them.

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  1. Hi Sasha, I want to give the Regenerating Serum but I’m a little confused on how it should go, should it be toner > serum > moisturizer? And what’s the target age market for the serum? (just in case u know^^)


    ps. I just finished reading on you Elseve Nutri-Gloss write-up and definitely going out to buy it^^

  2. You got it right. As for the target age, folks say it targets the range where wrinkles are already present or have started showing but if you want to start early, like if you’re in your mid-twenties for example, and want to preempt things, I reckon there’s no harm in it.

    Regarding the gloss, let me know how it had fared. I know it’s a year late but I hope it’s not too late. :)

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