No7 Advanced 1.5% Retinol Complex Night Concentrate
Boots’ No7 Advanced 1.5% Retinol Complex Night Concentrate is a straightforward, but very good, retinol product for all skin types.
Packaged in an opaque silver tube with a pump dispenser (which protects its ingredients from light and air), this fragrance-free retinol treatment has a remarkably light lotion texture. It spreads easily and sinks in quickly with no residue.
As advertised, this contains retinol, the gold star anti-aging ingredient with more than 40 years of research proving its effectiveness in reducing multiple signs of aging. One note: while the labeling of this product might make it seem as though this contain 1.5% retinol, it’s actually 1.5% of the brand’s retinol complex, which includes retinol, skin soothing bisabolol, and encapsulation technology that time releases the retinol overnight. The amount of pure retinol here is 0.3% - still considered a high amount and certainly capable of producing visible results, but the product name as worded is a bit misleading.
This also contains three skin-restoring peptides (among them palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, whose trade name is Matrixyl, which is referenced on this product’s packaging) that can shore up skin’s defenses and aid retinol in fighting signs of aging.
Aside from that, there isn’t much else present (this would be an even stronger product with additional skin-soothing ingredients and some antioxidants for environmental defense), but it’s a good mix of ingredients that will produce visible results, just as Boots claims.
As with all higher-strength retinol products, we recommend first-time users apply this only one to three times per week, then gradually increasing the frequency of use to see how your skin tolerates it.
- Lightweight lotion texture is suitable for all skin types.
- Contains 0.3% pure retinol, an amount which will visibly improve fine lines and wrinkles.
- Contains skin-replenishing peptides to boost its anti-aging benefits.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional soothing ingredients.
No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate is our first ever night concentrate created with a combination of two of the most powerful age-defying technologies in skincare in one expert formula. This supercharged concentrate actively targets the visible sign of ageing and dullness to kick start surface skin renewal from the very first application, working night after night to deliver visibly younger looking skin. Our next generation 1.5% Retinol complex has been expertly formulated to harness the power of retinol, giving great results whilst being gentle on the skin.
Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.
Boots sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, youll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.
Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.
You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn't be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).
For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.
Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.
Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.
Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.
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