In today’s golden age of drugstore beauty, where dupes regularly outperform their more-expensive counterparts and cutting-edge skin-care formulations can be picked up on your daily Diet Coke run, we know better than to dismiss any beauty product on the basis of price alone. Indeed, some of our favorite skin-care picks sit just aisles away from toilet paper and cough medicine—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Luckily, Amazon Prime's "Big Deal Days" are giving us a chance to stock up some of our beauty favorites (drugstore and otherwise) at even better prices than usual. And this year’s lineup happens to feature one of our favorite picks for this transitional summer-to-fall season: Olay Plump + Hydrate Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer (originally $36, now $25).
What’s particularly impressive, according to board-certified dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD, is the formula's holy trinity of skin-loving ingredients. A heaping dose of hyaluronic acid acts as a humectant to lock in moisture and plump the skin—which is especially important as we enter these colder months, when the dry air tends to suck the hydration from our skin. Meanwhile, peptides work to boost hyaluronic acid’s effects, increasing collagen production, firming the skin, and improving the skin barrier. Niacinamide rounds out the barrier-boosting trifecta, increasing hydration as well as managing oil production and lightening hyperpigmentation, Dr. Hirsch explains.
- Ranella Hirsch, MD, board-certified dermatologist based in Cambridge, Massachusetts
There’s also the gel texture to consider. While a thicker moisturizer can be great for dry skin, that lighter consistency allows for a mega-boost in hydration and moisture without weighing down oilier skin types, Dr. Hirsch shares. Plus, there’s no need to worry about that dreaded tacky, sticky feel that comes with some gel formulas—this one sinks right in with a quick-dry finish that leaves skin feeling hydrated, not greasy.
The Olay Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer is also fragrance-free, making it a great choice for those with reactive or sensitive skin. “Fragrance is one of the leading causes of reactions to skin care products,” Dr. Hirsch says, “so removing it can help a product be more friendly to sensitive skin.”
Even better? The formula now comes in jumbo-sized, recyclable packaging—and with the Big Deal Days discount, you can get a massive jar for less than the cost of the standard-sized products.
With the dermatologist stamp of approval, a host of five-star reviews, and a budget-friendly price (and a steep discount on top of that!), Olay’s Plump + Hydrate Hyaluronic Gel Moisturizer is a no-brainer—we’re stocking up on tubs for the months ahead.
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