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Olay 28 Day Skincare Challenge (Results)
If you follow me on Instagram, you probably remember that I decided to participate in #Olay28Day Challenge throughout the month of November. You guys know me, I love skincare, but sometimes too much is too much. To stay sane during this busy season, I had to step away from my extensive beauty routine and boil it down to products that address my skin’s immediate needs – dehydration, puffiness, fine lines, and dull complexion. For 28 days, I replaced my regular skin care products with Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream and Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream, and today I wanted to share my results as well as before & after photos.
My challenge began on a day when I was feeling unwell and simply didn’t feel like going through my usual mega complicated beauty routine. Instead, I washed my face, took Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream out of the drawer and opened a fresh jar of Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream.
My eyes always give away how I’m feeling, which is why I was happy to see them looking much brighter and more awake after the first application. As you can see, the eye cream is tinted, so it also provides mild color correcting properties, along with other benefits. I am not getting rid of my concealer anytime soon, but I was definitely much happier looking at my image in the mirror.
I also enjoyed the immediate boost of moisture from Micro Sculpting Cream. It’s one of my long-time favorites, and the one I often recommend when my friends ask for budget-friendly options. The formula contains Niacinamide to brighten and help maintain skin’s moisture barrier, Amino-peptide to address the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Panthenol to soothe, and proven moisturizers Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid to restore plump, youthful appearance.
About two weeks through the challenge, I started noticing some first results. My skin looked visibly brighter, it felt sufficiently hydrated, the pores looked smaller, and the puffiness around my eyes was slowly fading. Micro Sculpting Cream was definitely helping with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which persisted after a series of hormonal breakouts that I was dealing with a couple weeks prior to the challenge. It’s always nice to watch those pesky acne scars fade away!
Minimizing my beauty routine freed up a lot of time, so I was able to dedicate an extra 30 minutes every day to declutter areas that needed it most, including my pantry, medicine cabinets, and skincare drawer. I tossed a lot of products that simply didn’t work anymore, and those that didn’t perform as well as Micro Sculpting Cream and Ultimate Eye Cream. Why keep them if they don’t work, am I right?
Just a few days before the challenge ended, I snapped a quick “after” pic, because I wanted to compare it with my day one photo. I took this selfie on Black Friday morning, right after Thanksgiving, so my face was still a little puffy from the holiday feast the night before. However, my skin was looking a lot better than on day one, that’s for sure. Looking back at the improvements over the past 28 days, I can see why so many women around the world choose Olay products. They are effective, affordable, and often outperform their much more expensive department store counterparts. For instance, in clinical trials Micro Sculpting Cream was proven to be more effective than a $400 high end moisturizer!
Day 1: Dull complexion, enlarged pores, a couple breakouts, fine lines more pronounced. // Day 24: The skin looks brighter, smoother, more even-toned.
Day 28: Skin is radiant and glowing. Olay 28 Day Challenge made me feel pretty even without makeup!
In the end, I am glad that I took the challenge. My skin is looking great, and I feel good about using products that are effective and affordable. I can definitely recommend both Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream and Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream to those of you who have the same skin type as I: combination, dehydrated, with slightly enlarged pores, puffy eyelids, fine lines, and post-acne hyperpigmentation.
I encourage you to also take the 28 Day Challenge, so you can see for yourself that achieving great skin doesn’t have to be a million-step process, nor does it require super expensive products. To find out which Olay products are best suited for your skin type, visit the skin advisor at olay.com. Olay also graciously provided a discount code for my readers. The first 15 people to use coupon code 28DAYS6100 at checkout will get $40 off their purchase.
Have you tried Olay skincare products before? Would you take the Olay 28 Day Challenge? Let me know in the comments below!