Product Review: Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer

Skin Care

Avril Lavigne has perfect skin – and is a fan of Olay Definity, according to the June 2, 2008 issue of OK! Magazine. Photo source:

Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer ($11.69, claims to “penetrate 10 surface layers of skin” to treat “discoloration, dullness, brown spots, and wrinkles for luminous skin.” Sounds great…and affordable too!

Unfortunately, this is an instance of a great product with a claim that frustrates me. The statement “penetrating 10 surface layers deep” is actually an impossibility. The epidermis, the surface layer of the skin, only has five layers: stratum corneum, stratum lucidum, stratum granulosum, stratum spinosum and stratum granulosum. To imply “10 surface layers” indicates that the company is employing its own skin layer-numbering system, and really, who knows how deep each of these 10 new layers even goes?!

Which is unfortunate, really, because Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer is actually a great product. It contains a fairly high concentration of niacinamide and glucosamine, two ingredients that have been proven in numerous studies to reduce the appearance of age spots and increase skin’s brightness with regular use over time. Niacinamide has also been shown by Bissett et. al (amongst others) to increase skin’s hydration levels and reduce the appearance of fine lines wrinkles over time. The moisturizer further rises to greatness with the inclusion of aloe and vitamin E, both of which have been proven to soothe and hydrate the skin.

After using Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer the first time, dry skin flaked off like crazy, which I thought was especially great, considering that I keep my skin very well-moisturized! It was a nice, completely unexpected effect! The texture of the foam is very light, which I also liked a lot, making the foam perfect for applying before sunscreen each morning and a heavier moisturizer at night. In fact, the moisturizer is designed before morning use with Olay Definity Deep Penetrating UV Moisturizer SPF 15, which has a thicker texture and offers some sun protection. Personally, because I like a higher SPF, I use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 85 after [Skinceuticals CE Ferulic and] Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer, but Olay Definity Deep Penetrating UV Moisturizer SPF 15 works well too.

Overall, although the “10 layers of skin” claim initially bothered me, when I realized that the product has effective, scientifically-proven ingredients, hydrates, and works very well under sunscreen, I was willing to give Olay Definity Deep Penetrating Foaming Moisturizer a break — and a permanent place on my bathroom shelf! Definitely a winner, and a must-have for skin care fanatics. Product rating: 8.5/10 (High concentration of proven ingredients: 3/3. New technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 3/3. Sunscreen: 0/1. And a -0.5, just because, let’s face it, I had to do something about the “layers of skin”!! 😉 )

Active Ingredients: Octisalate (3.8%), Avobenzone (1.9%), Ensulizole (0.95%), Octocrylene (0.95%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Isopropyl Isostearate, Isobutane, Propane, Acetyl Glucosamine, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Panthenol, Polysorbate 20, Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylparaben, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 100 Stearate, Propylparaben, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Methylparaben, Pentadecalactone, Carthamus Tinctoria (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, Plankton Extract, Phosphoric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

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  • angel

    that’s so cool i want to be her haha i like her song too one of them is happy ending and the other one is the best damn thing i lke her voice.really she looks like pixielot

  • nita

    you are beautifule

  • Joyce

    Nice one. I laughed at the 10 layers. It’s my first time to read about a foaming moisturizer. Good thing it has sunscreen too.

  • Marc79

    I’ve been wanting to try the foam moisturizer/serum since it was introduced, but have always wondered if the isopropyl isostearate was comedogenic… Any idea if this is the case? I like the niacinamide/glucosamine combo. Thanks

  • Denise

    hmm… good to know that this product worked out well for you. Unfortuntaely, for some reason-I experiences some pilling ( like old swaters:( ). have you tried the regenerist line? I heard really good things about it, but haven’t gotten around to trying them.

  • sofi76

    I started using their night cream and I totally broke out- but I do love their other moisturizers. I have heard that they test on animals still, no?

  • naom

    I used to use Olay regenerist serum and have loved olay products– but up until recently, I have stopped using them because I have read that olay products have one of the highest levels of toxic chemicals in cosmetics– have you heard of this?

  • sofi76

    So you are really using two moisturizers? Sounds nice and the niacinimide is a great ingredient- maybe I’ll try the thicker stuff with a sunblock. Thanks for the heads up- I just ran out of my daily stuff and didn’t want to splurge.

  • No octinoxate? I have to try this!!!

    Does it feel heavy?

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