My Honest Thoughts on Retinol

Olay Retinol eye cream review featured by top US beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

Have you ever tried skincare products with retinol in them?

I’ve heard a lot of hype about retinol over the last few years: it is the #1 most searched skincare ingredient on Google at the moment, and it is highly recommended by dermatologists. Despite all of the buzz, I still was a bit wary of trying out retinol for myself. I heard mixed reviews on it, and the price tag of most retinol products scared me away.

My friends over at Olay asked if I wanted to try out their new Retinol24 collection, and I knew this was the perfect time to try a retinoid. I’ve used Olay products for years, and I’ve always loved my results. Plus, these products are all incredibly affordable! 
 
Olay Retinol eye cream review featured by top US beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

OLAY RETINOL EYE CREAM REVIEW:

Over the last four weeks, I tried out Olay’s Retinol24 Night Eye Cream, Night Moisturizer, and Night Serum. I’ve been traveling nonstop over the past month, so I knew it would be a great time to try these products out. My skin needed a little extra TLC after all of the plane rides and being in different climates! I even brought this trio of products to Spain with me a couple of weeks ago, so they’ve already traveled across the pond with me as well.

I thought all of the products were fantastic, but you don’t have to use all three as a regimen. In my opinion, if you only were able to try one of the products from this line, I’d go with the Olay Retinol24 Eye Cream.

Olay Retinol eye cream review featured by top US beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

OLAY Retinol Eye Cream: Why The Hype?

Why is everyone buzzing about retinol, you ask?

Retinol is incredibly potent, and it can be a complete game-changer for you. Whether you’re looking to boost hydration, reduce the appearance of fine lines and/or wrinkles, or smooth out your skin, it can work wonders for you.

Being a blogger who’s in her late 20’s, I get a lot of anti-aging products sent my way. This is fine, but honestly? Anti-aging isn’t my only skincare concern. Since I travel a lot, I want products that can give me a boost of hydration when I need it. I still get occasional breakouts/a bit of hormonal acne, and I want products that will also help keep my skin clear. I was pretty intrigued by the idea of retinol since it can address several skincare concerns. 

OLAY Retinol Eye Cream: How to Use

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: retinol is pretty potent, and a little bit of it goes a long way.

I apply the Olay Retinol24 Eye Cream right after I cleanse in the evenings only. You only need to use this once a day: I’ll apply an eye cream without retinol in the mornings!

I feel like this eye cream goes on a bit thick, so you only need to apply a small drop on your fingertips. I like to use my ring or middle finger to apply the cream very gently.  

Olay Retinol eye cream review featured by top US beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

OLAY Retinol Eye Cream: The Results

October was a super heavy travel month for me. I had a cross country flight, a transatlantic flight, and a whole bunch of road trips in between.

With all of that travel, I wasn’t getting the best quality of sleep. After all, can anyone really sleep on a long flight? Even though I was a bit sleep-deprived last month, I wanted to make sure my eyes looked as awake and refreshed as possible.

I was thrilled with my results using the Olay Retinol24 Eye Cream. My eye area appeared brighter, smoother, and felt firmer, despite all of the traveling. I made sure to use this product religiously, no matter how jet-lagged I was. And yes, I even used it on our flight to Europe a few weeks ago! While it is potent, I didn’t find it to be greasy, and I also loved that it was fragrance-free.

All in all, this OLAY retinol eye cream is a game-changer. I’m thankful that I have it now that we’re going into the busiest season of the year: the holidays!

Olay Retinol eye cream review featured by top US beauty blogger, Alicia Tenise

Have you used a retinoid before? Let me know in the comments!

Photos by Tom McGovern

Thank you to Olay for partnering with me on today’s post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.