How Does Oil of Olay Work to Reduce Wrinkles?



  • Keeping skin moisturized is of the most important aspects in maintaining the youthful aspects of this organ of the human body. Oil of Olay, which in 1999 began to be officially called "Olay," reduces the appearance of wrinkles, rather than actually reducing wrinkles in the skin. It does this through the moisturizing and exfoliating properties of its multifaceted line of skin cream.


  • The main active ingredient of Olay is lanolin. There is no Olay plant, nor oil that comes from it. Rather, the brand name is a play on the term lanolin. Lanolin is refined grease from sheep's wool that easily penetrates the skin. Its emollient and moisturizing capabilities make it ideal for use in skin cream.

The Top Layers of Skin

  • Olay works on the top, outer layers of the skin, which consists of dying or dead cells getting ready to shed. Exfoliation, a term that is often used to market skin cream products such as Olay, simply means getting rid of the dead cells of skin. Olay is an exfoliating product that does not moisturize or nourish anything below the first few layers of skin.

Vitamin B

  • Olay touts its "Aquacurrent Science" that helps "reverse the look of lines and wrinkles," in its advertising. Note that even the company doesn't claim it's product reduces wrinkles. There is no skin cream that can cause actual cellular regeneration. What this marketing jargon is referring to is the use of a vitamin B formulation that increases the concentration of water molecules in the outer layers of skin, that the lanolin helps the vitamin to penetrate.

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