Skin care comes in all shapes and sizes—and price points. Even here, on W+G, we’ve raved about high-end moisturizers totally worth every penny. But we’ve also dedicated a massive spotlight to budget-friendly, drugstore finds, because often times, you don’t have to pay a quarter of your rent to get products that’ll do the extra legwork for your complexion. In fact, a lot of these less-expensive brands are just as good (*whispers* if not better) than their high-end counterparts. And that includes one of our all-time favorites, Olay.
The brand behind the shopper-beloved vitamin C moisturizers and peptide-infused eye creams also recently launched a moisturizer that has racked up quite the fan base already. With nearly 1,000 five-star reviews and more than 200 jars selling like hot cakes every 24 hours, Olay’s Hyaluronic and Peptide 24 Moisturizer ($30) is a clear best-seller (and it’s wallet-friendly!).
Infused with peptides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide, Olay’s Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Moisturizer hydrates parched skin, amps up collagen production, protects your skin from harmful free radicals. You can also purchase on Amazon for $35 (but free shipping if you have Prime).
What makes this moisturizer so beloved by shoppers is the derma-approved formula.
Infused with peptides and powerful humectants like glycerin, Olay’s moisturizer draws water to the skin’s barrier and stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that keeps our skin firm. It’s also formulated with hyaluronic acid, which Kristina Collins, MD, FAAD, a Harvard-trained and double board-certified dermatologist based in Austin, Texas, says is one of the main active ingredients in the moisturizer.
Additionally, “it includes one of my all-time favorite skin-care ingredients, niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3), which is an antioxidant that helps neutralize the free radicals that form in response to triggers like UV light, heat, pollution, or aging,” says Dr. Collins. Even more, the moisturizer was created sans fragrance, so it’s unlikely to irritate skin.
It already has over a thousand raving reviews.
If you hop on over to Olay’s review page, you’ll find a plethora of five-star ones. “I just love the Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide gel face moisturizer,” says one Olay shopper. “It absorbs into skin and doesn’t feel greasy! My skin feels so soft! I feel like my fine lines and wrinkles weren’t as visible, almost immediately!”
The moisturizer has even become a new favorite in people’s skin-care regimens. Another reviewer wrote: “I have tried Olay products before, but Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 Gel Face Moisturizer Fragrance free is beyond the best option for me. I love the fact that it’s fragrance free and the gel factor makes it soothing and adds extra moisture.”
Our own senior commerce editor, Gina Vaynshteyn, is a huge fan (she’s been testing it for several months before its launch date). “The whole Hyaluronic + Peptide 24 line is just fantastic, and has been really setting up my skin for success this fall. I’ve yet to experience dry, flaky, irritated skin—and that’s thanks to this silky, ultra-moisturizing formula that doesn’t feel heavy, yet makes my complexion look more hydrated and visibly dewy. Olay has honestly never failed me,” Vaynshteyn says.
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