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Only the top 1% of ingredients screened in Olay labs make it into our skincare products.
Nothing But The Best For Your Skin
After ingredients are selected, our team of engineers formulate unique products that ensure each ingredient is working to its maximum potential for lasting results on your skin.
Vitamin B3 / Niacinamide
Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3 and nicotinamide, is one of the most revered and hardest-working ingredients in skincare. Niacinamide delivers 5 main benefits including: improved moisture barrier, reduced appearance of large pores, fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and regenerated surface skin.
Olay’s Niacinamide has a 99% purity rating and is actually better than USP food grade.
Olay has been researching niacinamide for over 20 years and was one of the first to market.
(Aka Tocopheryl Acetate)
Vitamin E is an oil based anti-oxidant that helps protect the skin from surface free radicals in our environment. Essentially, Vitamin E helps prevent the effects of air pollution which would otherwise accelerate signs of skin aging. Make sure to also look for water based antioxidants for more complete protection.
Olay’s Vitamin E is food grade, meeting the USP, EP and FCC standards. Tocopheryl Acetate is also unique in that it is a form of Vitamin E that is stable even while it is exposed to oxygen.
Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it holds or seals moisture into the skin. It naturally occurs in your skin’s lipid layer. Glycerin will significantly improve moisture levels throughout the day when added onto your skin.
Olay’s Glycerin comes from plants that are biodegradable. Our Glycerin is 99% pure and meets the Pharmacopeia standards for safety and efficacy.
Vitamin A / Retinol
Vitamin A is the most potent wrinkle fighting ingredient in anti-aging skincare. It helps to maintain collagen. Vitamin A is the number one wrinkle fighting ingredient recommended by dermatologists.
Olay’s Vitamin A derivative is actually a variant called Pro-Retinol (also Retinyl Propionate) that is a topical retinoid. Our ingredient is actually made as a unique ester that protects the potency of the ingredient while it is absorbing into the skin’s surface. Olay’s Pro-Retinol products are protected by a nitrogen filled double walled environment to maintain a stable oxygen barrier to ensure highest potency.
Peptides are naturally occurring small proteins in the skin composed of a small number of amino acids linked together. They are essentially the triggers that help skin replenish collagen levels. Skincare peptides found in facial moisturizers penetrate into the skin’s surface and are clinically shown to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Only three very specific peptides are used in Olay products: Carnosine, Pal KT (aka palmitoyl di-peptide-7), and PalKTTKS (aka palmitoyl pentapeptide-4). In fact, we co-developed Pal-KT and it has been used exclusively by our scientists. It’s known for a unique hydrating ability that helps increase the levels of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid in the skin’s surface.
Hyaluronic acid is a tried and true hydrator that is naturally found in the body and can decrease with age. It is a “super moisture sponge”, meaning that when applied to skin, water attaches to the molecule and plumps it up. It can hold more than one thousand times its weight in water.
Olay uses sodium Hyaluronate, which is a form of hyaluronic acid that dissolves effectively into skincare formulas.
We have used hyaluronic acid in our formulas for over 10 years.
Propylene Glycol helps ingredients penetrate into the skin’s surface – making sure the right ingredients get to where they need to go. It also is considered a humectant that helps hold moisture in the skin.
Olay’s Propylene Glycol is sourced from the labs to meet the USP, EP and FCC standards.
This is the foundation of great skincare. Water is used as a carrier in facial moisturizers to help make active ingredients more effective. Our water is purified with a proprietary 6 stage filtering process to meet USP standards.
Titanium Dioxide is a mineral used to cover and blur skin imperfections. This ingredient helps to immediately improve the appearance of skin tone and texture.
Olay’s Titanium Dioxide is specially coated and sized to optimize both feel and visual benefits.