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Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin

Review: Olay Foaming Face Wash

About.com Rating 4 Star Rating


Olay Foaming Face Wash
Here is my greatest beauty confession: I hate Cetaphil.

Those of you who are not avid followers of beauty blogs will probably greet this with a shrug. Take my word for it, though: saying you don't like Cetaphil on a style site is like saying you don't like chocolate in a Cathy cartoon. It just never happens.

But when it comes to picking a cleanser for my sensitive skin, I'll skip the Cetaphil and go with Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin any day of the week, and here's why.

Does It Work?

Anyone who has even walked through the cleanser aisle at the drugstore knows that there are different types of skin. Generally, you see it divided up this way: dry, oily, and combination. You might also see designations like acne-prone, or mature. All of this is an attempt to steer people toward skin care products that will cleanse and tone their skin without over-drying it or aggravating other existing conditions. (The more cynical among you might also feel that it's part of the beauty industry's attempt to make us think we have a disease and then sell us a cure, but that's a whole 'nother article.)

All this is a very long, drawn-out way of explaining that what works for me, might not work for you. But for my combination, allergy-prone skin, this is the perfect budget skin cleanser.

Texture, Feel, and Smell:

My major issue with most sensitive skin cleansers is that they don't feel like they actually clean. I know the goal isn't to hear a squeaking sound when you rub your skin, but I do want to feel like my face is less greasy than when I started my facial cleansing routine.

On the other side of the coin, cleansers for other skin types can feel awfully harsh, especially if you're one of those lucky folks who develops allergies as a hobby. Olay Foaming Face Wash is scent-free, so it's easy on sensitive skin.

How to Use:

Wet your face and hands and work a few drops of cleanser into a lather. Then massage the foam into your face for a minute or so, and rinse off thoroughly. Seriously, don't just splash your face once and call it good. Even though this is a soap-free cleanser, you still want to make sure you're getting rid of all the residue before you dry your face.

If you want more exfoliation (and who doesn't) use a cloth or puff.


Because this is a product specifically for people who have issues with other cleansers, I'm including the ingredient list. If you have allergies to one or more of the following ingredients, obviously try a different cleanser:

water, glycerin, sodium myristoyl sarcosinate, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, sodium lauroamphoacetate, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, polyquaternium-10, peg-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, glycol distearate, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide mea, laureth-10, disodium lauroamphodiacetate, sodium trideceth sulfate, citric acid, disodium edta, phenoxyethanol, dmdm hydantoin

Bang for Your Buck:

As much as I love cheap beauty and skin care products, I have to admit that most of the under-$5 range are useful more for novelty and inexpensive treats. Olay Foaming Face Wash is an exception. This is a product I'd use even if I became a bazillionaire -- at least until science perfects the product that puts your skin into a time machine and brings it back to its 20-year-old state, minus the leftover adolescent acne.

Price: $5 or under.

Is It Worth It? It's definitely worth it. If you have sensitive skin and need a good, cheap cleanser, this is the product for you.

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