Spa treatment while we sleep? Now that’s what we’re talking about! Olay’s Pro X range claims to combine the knowledge of 12 dermatologists to care for and pamper your skin. We’re concentrating on the Nightly Purifying Micro-peel to see if the Science behind the Bottle holds up to the world-class standard of the dermatologists who created it. Can Olay really peel back the years?

The Claims
Micro-peels are one the less abrasive chemical treatments to remove the top layer of dead skin from your face and by doing so can reduce spots, hyperpigmentation and can soften acne scarring. Micro-peels are safe to use on normal skin types because they do not penetrate into the lower sections of the skin. This does mean that the peel cannot fix wrinkles or acne scars, and may only slightly reduce the appearance of fine lines.  When done by a healthcare professional at your doctors, treatment takes two weeks to begin to see the full impact of the micro-peel whereas Olay claim they can bring the transformation down to only 5 days by using a triple combo of acids and vitamin B to exfoliate and renew skin while you sleep. So how does this work and what’s in this potion?

Alpha-hydroxy acids (or as we like to call them, AHAs) are common in the beauty world, often found in toners, exfoliators and facial peels. They work by breaking down connections between cells on dead top layer of skin to easily be removed without lots of scrubbing. Olay’s Pro X team opted for three potent AHAs for the purifying micro-peel to help lose the dullness of the top layer and bring back some of those wonder years. The triple combo glycolic, lactic and citric acid are the three to thank and really do as Olay say! Exfoliation while you sleep.

AHAs have more hidden secrets as they are involved in skin lightening to combat hyperpigmentation. Glycolic acid and lactic acid prevent the production of melanin (the colour pigment in your skin) by inhibiting tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that is needed to produce melanin, the skin’s natural pigment. By inhibiting this enzyme, these acids help lighten the skin and work against hyperpigmentation!

Vitamin B5
Panthenol is the alcohol of pantothenic acid which is the most common form of vitamin B5. Because of this relationship, panthenol is often known as provitamin B5, and it has been the focus of a lot of cosmetic research (where do you think Pantene got their name from?!). These studies looking directly at panthenol show that it improves skin barrier function and helps to retain moisture. It’s a well-known and well-used humectant, exactly what we’re looking for to boost skin hydration.

Aloe Barbadensis
Aloe barbadensis Leaf is better known by its popular name, Aloe Vera. Aloe Vera is an anti-inflammatory known to help soothe your skin. This is great for alleviating puffiness or irritation from skin stresses, and is a great ingredient for formulations that contain exfoliating acids. Even though this anti-inflammatory actions is contained within the product, we still recommend patch testing  before using it on a large area of your skin, particularly the face. Aloe vera can’t do all the work after all! This way you can see how your skin will respond to these exfoliating products.

Escaping glory by being missed out of their marketing is Calendula officinalis, otherwise known as Marigold, which has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s known that cellular stress contributes to visible ageing of the skin. This damage can be caused by over exposure to sun, pollution and even just everyday life. It is inescapable (eek!). Marigold is an antioxidant, which means it helps mops up free radicals that cause oxidative stress to minimise damage and try to slow down visible skin ageing.

The Skin barrier
Olay didn’t forget about protecting the skin barrier.They have included glyercin to help lock in moisture by filling in any gaps in the outer barrier. This stops dryness and leaves your skin looking more hydrated. Glycols have had a bit of bad press over the years, but they really are safe to use!

The Purifying Micro Peel also contains propylene and butylene glycol which are humectants. In simple terms, they are moisturisers. They help keep your skin plump, soft and youthful.

The Verdict
As always, it is a delight when products really do live up to their claims. Olay’s Pro X Night Purifying Micro-Peel definitely has The Geeks’ seal of approval. Exfoliation, skin lightening and renewal of skin cells, all while we sleep? What a dream! There is no information about how often you are meant to use this product for it to work in the 5 days its site claims, but because of the acids in the Purifying Micro-Peel, we recommend that you do not use it every night. With some solid science behind the claims, we’re happy to recommend this one!

You can find Olay Pro X Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel HERE

If you have already tried the Olay Pro X Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel, let us know what you thought in the comments!

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