No7 CICA-Rescue Skin Paste
Boots No7 CICA-Rescue Skin Paste is a good moisturizer for sensitive skin, though with a few tweaks, it could be even better.
This fragrance-free moisturizer comes in an opaque squeeze tube that protects its light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. Though labeled a paste, it has a thick, almost syrupy, lotion texture. You’d think this texture would make it difficult to apply, but a thin layer sinks into skin rather quickly and leaves it feeling softer, not greasy or tacky.
Boots includes a silicone mini-spatula to aid in application, but it’s not necessary since the tube dispenses it well enough on its own, and you need to use your fingers to rub this in regardless.
CICA-Rescue Skin Paste feels soothing, which is great for skin that’s prone to redness. The ingredients that support this claim are bisabolol and Centella asiatica extract, which gives this product its name (“cica” is an abbreviation for Centella asiatica). We should note though, that there are more preservatives in this product that the namesake extract.
Supporting these skin soothers are tried-and-true moisturizing ingredients, among them glycerin, petrolatum, a silicone, and cocoa butter. There’s also Ophiopogon Japonicus root extract, which is a good anti-inflammatory ingredient.
Though the formula is good, it could be even better with some additional skin-soothing ingredients such as licorice, allantoin, or green tea to really target redness. With any of these, this would really be an impressive solution for targeting bothersome redness.
Still, it feels soothing and protective, which counts for quite a bit if your skin is irritated.
- Contains skin-soothing bisabolol and Centella asiatica extract.
- Includes proven moisturizing ingredients.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional soothing ingredients.
Clinically proven to reveal healthier looking skin & reduce the appearance of redness. This nourishing formula creates a skin perfecting veil to help boost overnight recovery & deliver results from the very first morning.
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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