Created in partnership with Olay.
I’m really excited to team up with Olay on another post; this time about their Wrinkle Correction Serum with Vitamin B3 + Peptides. In case you missed it, this past Fall I worked with them on a post about their Retinol24 collection; which I love and still use – I’m on my second bottle of the retinol serum and use it 1-2x a week. I love working with Olay… I know a lot of the products I feature here can be very pricey but Olay makes products that are both high-tech AND accessible. I’m always so impressed by their level of innovation and science-backed products.
As background: I started using this serum on February 24th; when I first received the package (and shot the first round of social media posts!). I’ve had just over a month to play with the product.
Today I am going to share my review BUT I want to talk a little bit about something important, first. According to a recent study, 40% of women say beauty advertisements impart an unrealistic expectation, making it unclear what is actually achievable.
To help put an end that, Olay is making a promise for zero skin retouching across all advertising materials, including sponsored content from influencers. I love that they are doing this, and while I don’t ever retouch my photos (Carter just brightens them up in Lightroom), these photos are not retouched.
Olay Wrinkle Correction Serum Review
The Olay Wrinkle Correction Serum with Vitamin B3 + Peptides is an ultra-concentrated anti-aging serum to penetrate your skin’s surface and treat wrinkles at the source. It uses niacinamide (also known as Vitamin B3 – a powerful anti-aging ingredient) to rejuvenate, and dual peptides to replenish collagen.
Let’s start with the basics as I know skincare can be a little confusing! Serums are the (in my opinion) most important, but least understood skincare product. They’re not quite a liquid, but not quite a solid. So…
Wait: What is a serum!?
As I mentioned above, serums are in between a liquid and a solid. More viscous than a moisturizer or oil, but not watery, either. Serums are packed with active ingredients, and that liquidy format is designed to deliver these ingredients deep into your skin’s surface
Olay just launched three powerful new serums (all free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes) which can help with all sorts of skin issues from dryness to dullness to droopiness!
How do serums fit into your skincare routine?
Serum goes after cleansing/toning, after essence if you choose to use it, before moisturizer. A helpful trick to remember is that you apply your skin care products from thinnest to thickest. As serums are packed with your active ingredients. you want it to be closest to your skin!
After cleansing, use the dropper to apply several drops of serum. Follow with moisturizer to seal in your treatment!
My take… and some of the science behind this!
As always, a little background on my own skin (this feels redundant, but I think it’s important to share just in case you are new!!!) I am 38 years old. My skin is pretty dry and my biggest concerns right now are dehydration, texture, a bit of dullness + (always!) fine lines around my eyes. And of course, preventing aging as best I can. I have never tried Botox or done fillers; but I have a pretty aggressive skincare lineup. I do retinol 1-2x a week, I love a glycolic peel, and I am a total mask junkie.
I started testing this on February 24th and finished my review on March 25th. During the testing process, this was the only serum I used at night. I would wash my face, apply several drops of this serum, let it sink in, and top off with moisturizer and sometimes face oil.
Let’s talk Ingredients!
What is Niacinamide?
Niacinamide is also known as Vitamin B3. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that works with your skin to help minimize enlarged pores, tighten + firm the skin, improve uneven skin tone, soften lines and wrinkles, diminish dullness, and strengthen the skin’s barrier. It’s been called the fountain of youth!
What are peptides, and what do they do?
Peptides are one of the most talked about ingredients in anti-aging skincare. They are short chains of amino acids that building blocks of proteins such as collagen, elastin and keratin. They’re responsible for skin’s texture and strength. Without them, skin can lose firmness and be more prone to wrinkles.
Peptides are pretty amazing as they are little messengers. When you apply them directly to your skin, they trigger skin cells to build more collagen. This helps with firmness and wrinkles; helping to give skin that youthful, plumped up look we are all chasing.
My final thoughts!
This serum is up there with some of the more expensive serums I’ve tested. I was really impressed. It felt like a luxury skincare product – something that would cost at least double or triple the price.
The thing I noticed most is that my skin was much smoother, with a lifted look; especially at my jaw. (I will add that it definitely helps to do a little facial massage with the serum if you have time – I like to really work it into the areas that I want to look more lifted, using upward strokes!)
I like that (as with the Retinol collection), the product has no fragrance. The formula itself is incredibly gentle and would be great for sensitive types too. I experienced zero redness and irritation.
I also want to talk about integrating this in with the Retinol24 serum. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss retinol while testing this! I think that these two serums combined (NOT on the same night though) make for the perfect combination.
My recommendation would be to use this every night except 1-2 nights where you’ll do retinol instead. Don’t use both on the same night – one serum at a time!!!!
Photography by Carter Fish.