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It’s the ultimate lazy-girl skincare hack.
Building a skincare routine oftentimes feels overwhelming. Most skincare experts recommend a variety of products, including retinoids for anti-aging, vitamin E for skin-brightening, and collagen for improving elasticity. However, buying all the right products can get expensive — and applying multiple products every morning and night can definitely get exhausting. So when I happened upon a viral TikTok video majorly talking up Olay’s latest Super Serum, five-in-one product that tackles almost every anti-aging woe, I decided to put it to the test.
“You need this all-in-one super serum in your life,” Jill Lansky (@theaugustdiaries) said in her TikTok review of the product, which has been viewed more than 4.4 million times. She claims that it gives you “better skin texture,” “more even looking skin tone,” “firmer feeling skin,” “smoother visible lines” and “long-lasting hydration” with the help of five science-backed ingredients: niacinamide, vitamin C, collagen peptides, vitamin E, and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).
As a longtime beauty writer and editor, I am very well versed on the benefits each of the ingredients boasts. Vitamin C brightens the skin, reduces redness, and fades hyperpigmentation, while niacinamide (vitamin B3) helps fade dark spots and reduces fine lines. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant that helps nourish the skin and prevents cell and oxidative damage, while alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) is a chemical exfoliant that evens out skin texture and stimulates collagen growth. Finally, collagen peptides encourage moisture and strengthen skin cells, promoting regrowth.
Olay recommends using the serum both morning and night; I apply directly after washing my face and follow it up with a moisturizer and some eye cream. And then… well, that’s it. It’s seriously the ultimate lazy-girl skincare hack I have been waiting for. I’m a sucker for a pretty product, and this serum does not disappoint. It comes in a pinkish-purplish iridescent round bottle with an included dropper. The product itself matches the bottle, and even my daughter was mesmerized by its glow. The serum is sweetly — but lightly — scented, and tends to dissipate shortly after the product absorbs into the skin, which it does quite quickly. My skin immediately felt hydrated, but not greasy or sticky, shortly after application. It also sort of left behind this gorgeous glass skin-like sheen, making it a great product to start with in the morning.
I’m always a little nervous when trying a serum for the first time, as my skin is prone to breakouts. However, when I woke up the next morning there were no eruptions and my skin really felt smoother, brighter, and tighter. I continued using the serum twice daily for two weeks and continued to reap the benefits of the stellar formulation. My skin tone and texture improved after just a week, and was even more obvious after two. Another thing that is great about the product is that Olay clinically tested it on a variety of skin types and tones, meaning that pretty much anyone can reap the benefits.
The best thing about Olay Super Serum? Because the multi-tasking product retails for just $35 (currently just $30 on Amazon) — less than a single serum from most beauty brands — it’s a great option for anyone on a budget.
Shop more skin-brightening and plumping products from Olay, below.
Olay Vitamin E Oil Serum
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
Olay Bright & Even Vitamin C with Lactic Acid Face Moisturizer
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