Because why not?

Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System.

16 August 2013
Beauty bloggers around the globe raved about the Clarisonic and now they are raving about the Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System. With 1 sold every 3 minutes in the US they are a very popular addition to the market.

If you're looking for the update it is at the end of this post.

Since Clarisonic's hit the market I've wanted one and I'm the type of person who would splurge on one, I don't have a problem in the world when it comes to spending money on products that work even if it meant going without something else but as life would have it, other things got in the way of me having one.. Bills, car problems, study equipment, family needing help, etc, etc, there was always something that stopped me from finally getting my hands on one. You can imagine how frustrating this was when this pattern continued (and is still continuing) to this day. Then Olay released this cleansing system in Australia and Priceline had a 40% off sale, I also had a Priceline rewards voucher and the kit cost me only $11.25. It was meant to be don't you think? I do and I'm extremely happy that it played out this way.

So I'm going to offer my 2 cents worth on this product. It's not a glowing review but it's not really bad either, it's reflective of my experience using this product over the last 2 weeks. This is a long post, if you are interested in reading it I suggest grabbing a cuppa first.

I wanted so badly to publish this review quite soon after I started using this product, I wanted to be super up-to-date because I envy those Beauty Bloggers who are able to post about stuff while people are going mad about it but after using it I had a little voice telling me to 'wait, try it properly first' so I did. Twice a day, morning and night, in and out of the shower with and without the cleansing solution that it comes with, for exactly 14 days.

So for less than $40 you can get your hands on this little beauty tool, inside the box you'll find the cleansing system and a deluxe sample of the Olay Skin Renewal Cleanser plus a pair of batteries.
Dear Olay,
Having those batteries in there is just plain brilliance, simple yet completely necessary and I commend you for enclosing these.
Kind regards, Every Person Who Purchased This Product. 
This system is supposed to deliver superior cleansing and exfoliating results right in the comfort of your own home. Olay claims that the brush head revolves 350 times a minute and touches the skins contours where fingers can not reach.
Stop it, that is a silly claim. Unless you have no fingers they are going to be able to get in to the contours of your face. Yes you will get a nicer clean around your nose but paying a little extra attention during a normal clean will also help.

Olay also claim that this product helps to prep the skin for 'more active anti-aging ingredient penetration'. I'm not sure why they slipped the anti-aging part in there, I think it's a moot point, their Regenerist range is targeted at an older demographic so that is probably why but really this cleaning system is good for young and old so regardless of being 18 or 80 you can use this. It will help your products to work better but do you actually know why? It's not magic or sorcery or miracles. It's exfoliation.
When you remove dead skin other products are absorbed easier in to the fresh skin cells. That's all.

As for how this preforms as an exfoliator it's not bad. It's not the best either, personally I think it's adequate but there are daily exfoliating washes out there that provide what I think is a better result but that's just personal preference.
I also found after about 12 days of use this system has the ability to hurt my skin, the cheek areas particularly, even when used on the slowest speed with a gentle touch, it's too much. This can be used morning and night but I think after a while you may find that it's not necessary, once a day or even a few times a week will be enough. The brush head has little groupings of fibers, when you turn the system on the head revolves and the fibers in the very center band together when pressure is applied to them, this makes a rough and quite firm area in the center of the brush head, at first I didn't notice it but when I have the system on and I'm trying to rinse product out of the head with my hand I can feel it very clearly and after about the 12 day mark I could feel it on my face. This was the moment that I decided this wasn't going to be an everyday part of my routine. I've tried to point it out best I can in the photo below. I feel like this area of the brush head is scratching my face, I don't like it and I wonder if the Clarisonic does this also.

The very center circle of bristle groupings form together as one large scrubbing demon when pressure is applied. I don't like the pain it has recently been producing. You can keep it scrubby demon area.
The clincher about the exfoliating issue is this: My skin doesn't feel softer and smoother using this system compared to how it does when I use my usual daily exfoliator, it does feel nice but it's not up to par with what I'm use to. Even with using the cleanser provided (which is nothing to write home about, it's a pretty standard cleanser with tiny little micro particles to help exfoliation) I wasn't really impressed.

This system is supposed to be good for removing makeup as well, I've tried this and unless you don't have a problem cleaning your face with a mixture of face wash and makeup then I would recommend removing it first. I have a huge problem with this claim. Let me start by saying yes, it does remove stubborn makeup and it offers a beautiful deep clean, that is not a farce but when you wet your face and the brush head and dollop some face wash on your skin and start smoothing it around you are also smoothing around a face full of makeup.
Would you put a dollop of foundation in your face wash normally? No, because that would be stupid.
If you wash your face with a full face of makeup you should be double cleansing, if you aren't your skin isn't getting the clean it needs. So please, remove excess makeup first with makeup remover. Besides this you also can't use this over your eyes, so your mascara needs to be removed anyway so why not do your skin a favor and get that crap off first.

The Cleanser!
I've read concerns about breakouts occurring when using a system like this for the first time, I can confidently say that I had absolutely no issues whatsoever with either the brush or the enclosed cleanser, both of which have been used together and separately of each other. I have also used other face washes and scrubs (very gentle scrubs! You really don't need anything drastically abrasive) with the brush and have also had no issues with this. I was hoping so badly that this would help to clear the congestion in my chin area (black heads and tiny little bumps) and possibly it has but not to any extent that I can confidently declare that I have seen a change.

When a product offers a "4 times better clean than face wash alone" I expect to see some pretty dramatic results, but to be frank, I didn't. Everyone is raving about how soft their skin felt after using this. I just don't get it, what are these Beauty Bloggers using as a face scrub usually and how are they using it? This system is nice but it's not the second coming of Jesus and from what I've read and watched that's kind of what I was expecting.

I feel like I'm the Black Sheep of the Beauty Blogging community right now, some of my recent posts have been about very popular new additions to the market which I purchased directly as a result of reading other blogs and I've given these items pretty average reviews. I'm not sure why these items just aren't doing it for me when so many others are falling head over heels for these products. I'll be truthful and tell you that I considered not posting this review at all, but then I thought about the blogger I want to be and that is someone who will give their honest opinion above all else. So there you have it. Everyone is raving, I'm saying it's nice but it's not the bees knees, people are comparing it to the Clarisonic and one thing I can say that I love about this product is that it saved me spending close to $200 on a beauty tool that I suspect I wouldn't have loved with all my heart.

Update: Just thought I would give a little update on my Olay Cleansing System.. Mine stayed in the shower most of the time, in a little mounted metal basket which wasn't capable of holding any water. I used it one morning and noticed that it wouldn't stay on unless I held the button down. I kind of wasn't surprised considering that it was a relatively inexpensive tool and it was around water a lot. Later that night I could hear a strange noise, it took me 15 minutes of searching the house to finally work out that the brush had decided to magically fix the button and start working as it should. I removed it from the shower and turned it off.

After taking it in to my room I thought I would check the batteries to see how waterproof it was.. It wasn't waterproof! The batteries had got wet, rusted and leaked some of their fluid. So for anyone who keeps theirs in a wet area please go check your batteries (and wear gloves). I know the brush should probably not have been kept in the shower but I'm glad I did and I'm glad it had a spaz attack because now I can inform my lovely readers of what could possibly happen (if you're like me, a little lazy and enjoy the convenience of having this in the shower then best to be aware!)

Do you love, love, love your Olay Cleansing System or Clarisonic? I'd really like to hear what your thoughts are on them and best of all if you can compare them, feel free to link to your blog posts on these items in the comments section because I'm very keen to read more thoughts!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying.

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7 comments on "Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System."
  1. I am totally with you on this review! I have written a blog post but am waiting to film a review to go with it. I have the Clarisonic and love it so thought I would purchase this system to compare the two.

    I need a new head for my Clarisonic and realized it was cheaper to buy this system than buy a new head so thought I would give it a go. I have given this to my husband to use and it is back to the Clarisonic. I have been sent the Skin Physics Derma Sonic today so am looking forward to comparing this with them aswell.

  2. Thankyou for this review-I think sometimes bloggers don't want to appear negative as they are worried companies or other bloggers won't read their blogs. I bought this system and the batteries ended up leaking on the first day. I did some research on reviews and found many people had to return theirs as they just stop working. I ended up returning it for a refund. I definitely want to hear everyone's reviews-positive, negative and the in between.

  3. Thanks so much ladies for your positive comments. I think sometimes beauty bloggers get caught up in the excitement and hype of a product, that paired with the pressure to review items sent for consideration in a timely manner often ends up in a glowing review, after a few weeks you start to see the downsides to products and by then its too late unless you are willing to recant your original post. It has taught me to research even more and not be in such a rush to review everything as quickly as possible.

  4. I raced out to buy this to compare to my Clarisonic, then realised I was an idiot lemming and returned it. I'm not surprised it's not up to par, thank you for your honest and entertaining review - I hope you can exorcise the scrubby demon from your bathroom :P

    1. I was an idiot lemming too. I think I still want to try the Clarisonic, I just wish I could trial it first without being stuck with the price tag. I would seriously lose the plot if I spent almost $200 on a product I didn't like. I think I will sleep on it for another year or so hahaha.

      I think I might use the scrubby demon to clean the grout between the shower tiles.. Waste not!

  5. I absolutely adore the Olay one and think it's better than my Clarisonic. I guess skincare is so subjective since everyone's skin is different. I've been using it for a few weeks now and use it once a day (in the morning as I use an oil cleanser at night to cleanse off my make up). It makes my skin feel soft without being harsh and I've been really happy with the results.

    It's such a shame that you weren't as happy with it. But I understand what you mean, since so many girls think that the Clarisonic is overrated and it doesn't work for their skin (while others can't live without theirs). If only everyone had the same type of skin and what works for you worked for me!! Life would be so much easier :)

    1. I agree, how great would it be if we were all the same, beauty products wouldn't be a big deal! (Ohh wait, I kinda like that they are a big deal ;P)

      I didn't use my Olay for a couple days and have had a break out, I don't know if it's because I stopped or my skin was planning it anyway or what but I used it again last night and it didn't hurt my face like it has been recently so I think I might see how it goes just using it at night or every second night.

      I don't like giving up on products but I just don't know about this one, The jury is still out but I will continue to try to incorporate it in to my routine until I know for sure how I feel about it.. or until the batteries run out hahaha.