This is an older post that I was going to put up earlier, but was a bit sidetracked by personal issues. My feelings about the product haven’t changed, however, and I still feel that it’s relevant, so I decided to go ahead and post it. — 5FG

Winter weather has returned to wreak havoc on our skin. Life at this time of year (the holidays) can be hectic enough without also having to deal with tight, dry or even flaky skin on our faces. While making a recent drugstore run, I came across a couple of new cleansers from Olay. I picked one up to give it a try and see if I would add it to my regular winter skin routine. 

Of course it isn’t just the weather that gets to my skin. I’m also on a number of medications that contribute to dehydration. And while I slather on the creams and serums, I sometimes feel like I’m fighting a losing battle with dryness. So I was interested to see if the Olay cleanser would live up to its claims.

It goes without saying that Olay has been a consumer favorite for years, and they have cleansers for every type of skin (and skin concern) you could possibly want. The one that I chose, the Hydrating Glow cleanser with Sea Kelp and Aloe, was released in conjunction with a counterpart, the Hydrating Glow with Ginger, designed to help brighten the complexion. I picked the Sea Kelp formula because I try to use products that won’t react to my sensitive skin. Why make my already dry skin worse?

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’m working on a cleaner, more natural skin care routine, and I am sticking to that as much as possible. But I like to review a variety of products on the blog, as I see myself as having a readership with a variety of tastes and budgets.

But on to the cleanser. I applied a couple of pumps to damp skin and massaged it in. The first thing you notice is the scent. I can’t really describe it any other way than clean on steroids. It’s like someone dropped a day spa in a can of cleanser. It may be a bit too much if you’re sensitive to fragrance, but I enjoy it. It did a great job of removing my makeup, rinsed off easily and after the first couple of uses I was pleased. However, it’s worth noting that if you have very sensitive skin, I would probably avoid using this everyday.

The Hydrating Glow Cleanser is available for about $10 (depending on location and sales) for a 5 oz. can. It is basically everywhere, and you can also find it on their website, www.olay.com.

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