Can Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum Really Regenerate The Look of Youthful Skin?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Case in point: Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum. It’s the kind of serum you wouldn’t notice on crowded drugstore shelves.

And yet, once you try it, you can’t help tell your friends all about it. Here’s why:

  • What’s In Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum?
  • Texture
  • Fragrance
  • How To Use It
  • Performance & Personal Opinion
  • Who Is This For?
  • Who Is This Not For?
  • Packaging
  • Does Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum Live Up To Its Claims?
  • Price & Availability
  • Do You Need It?
  • Dupes & Alternatives

What’s In Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum?


Olay was the first brand to put niacinamide on the map. Pretty much all its products have it. Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum is no exception.

But what is it? Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that does everything for your skin:

  • It hydrates skin: It’s more effective than petrolatum at preventing water loss
  • It soothes skin: It alleviates the symptoms of rosacea and irritations
  • It lightens skin: It reduces dark spots, blotchiness (redness) and sallowness (yellowing)
  • It helps treat wrinkles: Preliminary research shows it can boost the production of skin-firming collagen
  • It treats acne: Its effects are similar to those of 1% clindamycin gel


Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum has a silicone base.


You probably know Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 as Matrixyl. It’s a peptide made up of a fatty acid mixed with amino acids.

Studies show it boosts collagen, reduces fine lines, and improves skin’s texture. And at incredibly low concentrations too (the studies were done with only 0.0003%!).


White floral scent. I personally find it “very old lady”.

Performance & Personal Opinion

You can tell Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum has a silicone base. The silky texture gives it away. Plus, it makes a great base for makeup and plays well with my moisturiser and sunscreen.

It has a little airbrushing effect that smooths out large pores and fine lines, so they don’t look so obvious to the naked eye. Granted, the effect is only temporary.

But hey, antiaging actives like retinol take their sweet time to work. Girl gotta look good in the meantime, know what I mean?

Plus, it makes my skin softer to the touch – without clogging my pores or giving me breakouts.

Who Is This For?

Women in their 20s/30s ready to up their antiaging game.

Who Is This Not For?

If you don’t like silicones, this isn’t for you.


Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum comes in a sleek white tube with a pump dispenser that releases just the right amount of product you need.

Price & Availability

$24.93/£19.99 at Feel Unique, Target and Walmart

Do You Need It?

I wouldn’t say need, but if you’re still young and want to up your antiaging game, Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum is well worth a try.


Dupes & Alternatives


Aqua, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dimethiconol, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Laureth-4, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Laureth-7, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Disodium EDTA, PEG-100 Stearate, DMDM Hydantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben, Parfum, Caramel

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