Olay Pro-X Professional Advanced Cleansing System – Review
I tweeted this a while ago, but around the end of March I purchased Olay’s Pro-X Professional Advanced Cleansing system from drugstore.com. It’s been two months and I thought i’d do a quick write-up on my opinion.
Sorry – I am not nearly consistent enough to have taken before and after pictures, but uh…just take my word for it?
The suggested retail price of the system, which includes the brush body, one head, two batteries and a sample of Olay’s cleanser is $29.99 USD. I’ve seen it from between $20-$40 (on eBay, naturally).
When I bought mine at drugstore.com they had a non-advertised coupon (you had to check a box prior to adding the item to cart) that brought the $29.99 price down to 19.99 USD!) That coupon’s gone now – but another one that brings their price down from $29.99 to $23.99 USD is in its place – still a bargain.
There are two speed settings, one that’s medium-fast (not slow by any means) and one that’s fast. The brush is not too soft and not too firm. I’ve been able to use it to exfoliate my lips with no severe irritation. Did it cause redness? Yes. The first few times I used this brush (with my St. Ives Apricot Scrub, btw) my face did get red. It’s still a bit pinkish now (two months later) but it goes down fairly quickly.
The brush is replaceable and Olay suggests replacing it every 3 months. I’m on month 2 and I still don’t think i’m a month away from having to replace it. Oh, the replacement brush heads are about $9 USD for a 2-pack. Suuuuuuuuper affordable.
One thing i’ve read consistently is that there are no instructions for inserting the batteries. Now, i’m not sure if this is the old packaging or if they’re just missing the teensy instructions on the side of the box – but they are included and read as follows:
Gently rock the battery compartment side to side while pulling to release battery cover. Insert 2 AA batteries, aligning the +/- Symbols. Replace battery cover. Replace batteries as needed.
The brush head is super easy to install as well, just pop it in. But, in case that’s all too much for you guys – I went ahead and did a quick video demo.
Sorry, no video of me using this! No one wants to see me in the morning or super-late at night. I use this, like I said, twice a day: Morning and Night. I dampen my face and apply some of my Cleanser/Exfoliant of choice on my face. I then dampen the brush head and run it all along my face for 1-2 minutes. The brush head can then just be rinsed (along with your face). Oh! It’s water-resistant so you can use this in the shower as well.
I’m not a fan of Olay’s cleanser. The grit is too fine for my tastes (I like thick, chunky exfoliants.) But it does in a pinch.
The cleansing system has managed to help my dry, patchy skin become a little more even. I definitely feel like my moisturizer penetrates more – with my skin freshly exfoliated every time. I dread not having the time to use the brush because I can totally feel the difference in my skin when I just use my hands or a washcloth. I’ve also noticed a severe improvement on my acne – and worsening after not using it for a few days. The skin gets addicted I tell you! Now, I have really bad, dark blackheads on my nose. And the brush hasn’t really done much for them. But that’s really pore-strip territory.
Woo! Quickest review ever (from me, at least) or what?
Especially with the coupon!
A good, not-too-soft-not-too-firm brush that is sturdy and cheap to replace. It might be too much for delicate skin and not enough for those that like a super harsh scrub – but for me it’s just right.
Convenient, two speed settings and water resistance means you can use this however you like!
This is worlds above and beyond manual (with hands, brush or washcloth) cleansing.
Overall: 91.4% (A-)
This is one of the cheaper options in the world of Clarisonic knock offs and for this girl? It’s all I need. Sorry Clarisonic! I’ll just keep the extra $200USD for myself.