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Olay Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum

WHY IS TOTAL EFECTS INSTANT SMOOTHING SERUM RIGHT FOR YOU?

For those concerned about accelerating signs of aging, especially uneven tone and texture, this concentrated anti-aging serum boosts your ability to fight these age signs in 7 ways:

1. Smoothing: Visibly improves skin texture
2. Brightening: Improves skin surface dullness
3. Tone Enhancement: Evens skin tone
4. Spot Minimization: Reduces appearance of age spots
5. Redness Reduction: Reduces appearance of blotchiness
6. Gentle Exfoliation: Leaves skin feeling velvety smooth
7. Pore Refinement: Minimizes the appearance of pores


THE RESULT?
Visibly younger-looking skin with smoother, more even tone and texture.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
It provides concentrated anti-aging power of advanced smoothing moisture technology with vitamins and minerals.

DIRECTIONS
Use once or twice daily.
Smooth over your entire cleansed face.
Use alone or before applying moisturizer or foundation makeup.
As with all facial skin products, avoid getting into your eyes.


Total Effects Instant Smoothing Serum

Product Review:

Just wanted to give my thoughts on this product.

I've been using it now for about a week, and I really like it.

I would recommend this product, and it does what it says.

My skin texture is better, clearer, and more evenly toned.

 

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Seems hard to believe that ANY product could have such a strong effect in one week.

By the way, what are the active ingredients on Olay? I think I remember they were using matrixyl at one point...but they may have given it a more mysterious name in order to be "exclusive" suppliers.
 

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Tinatina,
I completely understand your point.

Don't get me wrong, my skin is far from perfect, but it has improved it.
I can see a difference and like it.


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Ingredients:
Cyclopentasiloxane,
Wather,
Glycerin,
Polymethylsilsesquioxane,
Niacinamide,
Dimethicone,
Dimethicone Crosspolymer,
Panthenol,
Butylene Glycol,
Propylene Glycol,
Tocopheryl Acetate,
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract,
Allantoin,
Cetyl Rincinoleate,
Bis-Peg/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone,
PEG-10 Dimethicone,
PEG-10 Dimethicon/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer,
Disodium Edta,
Ethylparaben,
Propylparaben,
Methylparaben,
Benzyl Alcohol,
Fragrance.


 

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Would you mind explaining why the product is good? What it smells like, what it feels like, how you apply it, how often you use it, and any other particular you can think of, even something as simple as cost.

I find that will result in a better review rather than saying "it works for me."

Tell us what improvements you saw. What percentage do you think it got better? Did the product burn, tingle, or make your skin feel cool and relaxed? Please explain.
 

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I apologize, Freddy.
You are right.
I should have been more detailed and specific.
I would request the same thing.

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Would you mind explaining why the product is good? What it smells like, what it feels like, how you apply it, how often you use it, and any other particular you can think of, even something as simple as cost.

I find that will result in a better review rather than saying "it works for me."

Tell us what improvements you saw. What percentage do you think it got better? Did the product burn, tingle, or make your skin feel cool and relaxed? Please explain.


My skin:
Normal to Oily
occasional breakouts
Few sun / acne spots (brown and reddish color)
medium size pores
No wrinkles (yet)

Improvements:
The product is good because I could see improvements in my skin such as the texture (smoother, clearer) and providing a more even skin color (reducing redness/brown spots) - see description listed above.

% of improvment:
20-25%

Smell:
Light smell - hard to explain, but it smells pleasant to me like a face product.

Feeling:
Smooth/thickish and absorbs fast without feeling greasy OR any product is on your skin.
Use very little though

Doesn't tingle or burn, but makes your skin feel smooth/silky and healthy.

Application:
I apply twice a day (am, pm) to face area, but not on nose area.
I did notice that I had a few break outs at my nose area, so I leave this area off.

Cost:
1.7 oz.
$19 Walmart

*I am using it on a scar, and it appears to be fading very slightly, but not enough to say 'I can tell a big difference' yet.

Please let me know if I can explain any further.
I tried to give as much detail (as I can think of) to the best of my ability.
It's hard to explain products now that I think about it.


Again, I apologize for not being more specific and so vague.
I'm sorry.

Please let me know if you have any more questions.
 

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Well the questions weren't for me, personally, but for the benefits of others who might use the product.

Your review is much better now.
 

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Well the questions weren't for me, personally, but for the benefits of others who might use the product.

Your review is much better now.


LOL

Absolutely.
I completely understand your point.

I should have thought about that beforehand, because I'm the world's worst about wanting 'all the details' about something. LOL

I would have wanted to know more information before 'just buying' it because
'it is good.'

Thank you very much for your help.
I will make sure (from now on) that I am more specific and detailed.

I am really bad about leaving out very important details.

Why? I'm not sure.

Guess I get caught up with smaller things that I leave out big things.

 

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Contrary to what I guessed before, I do not see any matrixyl or other peptide on your ingredient list. What it looks like is that this product is loaded with about 10 different types of silicone. Even the first ingredient on the list is a type of silicone, so that means there is ALOT of silicone in this formula...more silicone than water!

According to my ingredient bible (Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients...I bought it at Borders), silicone is normally used a lot in hair conditioners but some facial products also have this ingredient. Basically it smooths the surface of the hair shaft or your skin. It is also supposed to be breathable, so your skin is not suffocated like it gets from oil or vaseline type formulas.

I have used products like this in the past, in particular a product I bought while traveling in Europe called Diadermine. It gave me a really smooth skin feeling (as you would expect from something so filled with very slippery silicone). The negative side of that product was that it tended to "crawl" around my face over time and eventually reached my eyes which made them very uncomfortable (a burning feeling
). No matter how of a gap I would try to leave around my eyes, several hours later I would find the silicone-y slipperiness had reached to the edges of my eyes.
 

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Tinatina,

I noticed that as well.
The matrixyl or other peptide was not included on the ingredient list.

I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to skin/facial products, and I definitely appreciate your help and knowledge.

I do understand that with hair products that silicone is used 'more or less' for a temporary fix for appearance. Silicone for the hair doesn't provide much 'inner - cortex' changes, but only the outer layer. Like you said, it smooths the surface of the hair shaft (cuticle), and makes it appear healthier.

That is interesting to know.
How can silicone temporarily make skin healthier?

I would love to find a great skin care product.
That does sound aggrevating about the product getting into your eyes. ouch!

Thanks again for all your responses.
 

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I had the same "crawling silicone" problem with Neutrogena sunblock before also. It is also something that is loaded with silicone. For a sunblock, I kinda like the silicone-y feel, since it feels drier than oily base products. But the burning eye thing was not good. So I switched to Banana Boat.
 
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