The Drugstore Cream That Saved My Sensitive Skin

Until a few days ago, I hadn’t put a moisturizer on my face regularly for almost a year. During a particularly terrible flare-up of perioral dermatitis, my dermatologist instructed me to stop using my go-to rich moisturizing cream (and face creams altogether), to give my highly sensitive and inflamed skin a break. It was a cease and desist order, and I obeyed.

As the intensity of that particular flare-up died down, I began to dabble with getting back into the moisturizer game. My dermatologist said to keep it simple (no harsh ingredients like exfoliating acids or retinol), and see how it went (i.e. if my skin freaked out, to stop using it again).

My skin is very reactive, so if an ingredient that it doesn’t like touches it, I know immediately, because it immediately stings, burns, itches, turns red, etc. When the reaction stops, I wake up with visibly worse skin. And that’s basically how every attempt at finding a non-irritating, functional daily moisturizer had gone until this week.

Needless to say I was overjoyed (and relieved) when I applied Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream ($25) before bed, and my skin felt nothing but soothed, nourished, and good. I absolutely loved the silky finish that felt hydrating but lightweight, with no oily or greasy residue. When I woke up, my skin looked fresh and calm, and my trouble-spots were significantly less red. My skin's texture was also smoother and more taut looking. 

For someone with such sensitive skin, it felt like a miracle to apply a moisturizing cream that didn’t instantly aggravate, and that actually made my skin look and feel better. In the morning, I used it before my CC Cream and foundation, and it created the perfect canvas for the makeup. 

The product is supposed to lift and sculpt sagging skin, in addition to smoothing the skin’s surface and regenerating volume with an amino-peptide complex and marine proteins. It is a drugstore favorite and cult classic that people love for its moisturizing, tone-improving qualities. What's more, it's half the cost of higher-end creams. But if I had to pick one word to describe the product, it would be “calming," which, for someone with sensitive skin, is basically the elusive be-all, end-all.

Have you tried Olay’s Regenerist cream before? Do you have sensitive skin? If so, what do you use to moisturize? Tell me below!