This post is sponsored by Olay. All thoughts and options are my own. 

Skin care can be as hard or as simple as you make it out to be. My skin care regimen has been predominately the same since I was 13 years old. I wash, tone, and moisturize. And overall that is the basis of a good beginner skin care regimen. You’re hitting the major keys and pressing forward like a pro.

However, as I aged I realized a few things were happening to my skin. Particularly the skin around my eyes, my mouth and my forehead. I noticed more lines in places that they never have been. Now, I don’t have any grey hair sprouting in yet.. thank God (we’ll cross that bridge when we get there) but skin care has to change up just like your hair care regimen has to change with weather conditions.

As I’ve become an older millennial with more sense, I know that decreasing your alcohol consumption and increasing your water intake are two major keys! But there’s one more key I’ve been avoiding because of my aversion to expensive things. Proper skin care as you get older becomes costly. It seems that every time I find a product that has great reviews, or that I would be interested in trying the price tag is well over what I’m comfortable paying continuously.

I know that our skin is the biggest organ we’ve got and we have to take care of it… but I also need to watch my pockets. So even though I don’t want to skimp on giving my skin the very best, bills must be paid! So what is the middle ground?

 

Best Inexpensive Moisturizer for Millennials In Their 20s

1. What The Product Is Good For: When purchasing skin care products you need to read the label for several reasons. First, you need to know what to expect. What are the results that are being promised? Second, you also need to know that different people have different skin. So if you have oily skin, combination skin, dry skin, or “normal skin” you need to be aware of how the skin care product you’re purchasing will help you be your best self. Olay Regenerist Micro- Sculpting Cream comes to the millennial rescue with anti-aging and moisturizing properties. A 2 for 1 deal in one product.

I have sensitive combination skin. So because I know that, I try to avoid heavy products that will sit on the surface of my face. That, however, isn’t the case with Olay Regenerist Micro- Sculpting Cream. The light weight formula is perfect for year round, but specifically in the summer when we don’t want our faces melting off on our long work days, or hot date night.

The moisturizing properties in the cream itself help to alleviate visible wrinkles and lines from one day of use. I don’t have many lines or wrinkles on my face (thank the Lord) so what I do look for are products that promote hydration and brightness. The Olay Regenerist Micro- Sculpting Cream also promotes a boost in hydration and brightness after 1 day. What I really am interested in (and I promise to report back on) are the claims of reducing the look of wrinkles and noticeably firmer skin in a 2-4 week time period. Why? Because honestly… I’m trying to look 18 for the rest of my life, duh!

2. Know Your Ingredients: When choosing products for your skin as a millennial you need to check more than just the label. You also need to check the ingredients. There are two ingredients that are a must have for my skin care routine in my older…/seasoned age.  The first ingredient that is a must have is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid may just be the very key to the fountain of youth. It occurs naturally in our skin’s structure but when used as a moisturizer it retains moisture on your skin. Which means… as we age and lose that natural moisture, hyaluronic acid is our back up plan that prevents that dreadful skin sag. The second major ingredient to look for is Vitamin E!

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Vitamin E is a nutrient for our skin just as Hyaluronic Acid is. Vitamin E helps get rid of scarring and is an antioxidant. The Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream has BOTH, among other pretty dope ingredients as well.

  • Carob Seed Extract aids in skin repair and regeneration according to in vitro and in vivo testing
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) boosts cell turnover and maintains skin’s moisture barrier
  • Amino-peptide (pal-KTKKS) helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5) soothes and moisturizes the skin
  • Vitamin E is an oil-soluble anti-oxidant which protects against free radical damage

3. Compare Pricing: You ever go to a major department store or makeup store and see these teeny tiny jars for your skin that promise 1-3 oz of skin care glory? You head to the counter and the total comes up: 45.00 dollars. Or you see a slightly bigger 5-8oz jar run to the counter and see that the total is 300.00 dollars. No? Just me? Well… I don’t know about you but as a millennial in debt I can’t afford to save my skin at that price point. So there has to be an alternative, right?

The final major key to choosing effective skin care products in your 20s is to compare the prices. I’m always about quality over quantity because that’s just what makes sense. You can’t just shell out 400 dollars for a miracle skin care product because it is 400 dollars. Ehhh.. no! You should check for ingredients (just like I mentioned above) and then compare prices. The Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream will cost you 26 bucks! With the amount of quality ingredients that are on par to do what I need/want them to do for my skin, I’m much more comfortable and confident in spending 26.00 dollars every few months rather than 400.00 dollars.

This year, GHK tested the latest Micro-Sculpting Cream formula, a Good Housekeeping Institute seal holder, against 10 other high end skin creams found in most department stores. The Olay Micro Sculpting Cream held its own against the competition and through 10,000 hydration measurements. Like I said… quality over quantity. The independent test by the Good Housekeeping Institute also showed that Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream outperforms 10 top prestige creams, including one with a $440 price tag

 

Have you tried this Olay skin care product yet? What’s your skin care regimen of choice for your older/wiser skin? Share below. I’m always looking for new tips and tricks!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.

Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.