No7 Dark Spot Correcting Booster Serum
Boots No7 Dark Spot Correcting Booster Serum is a good option for tackling skin discolorations, though with a few formulary tweaks, it could have been great.
First up, the packaging: this comes in an opaque squeeze tube with a needle-nose applicator, meaning its beneficial ingredients are protected from light and air. The serum itself is lightweight and sinks in quickly, without residual stickiness left behind.
The star ingredient here is a form of vitamin C called 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has years of research showing its effectiveness for brightening skin and helping diminish the appearance of dark spots. 3-0-ethyl ascorbic acid is a newer version of vitamin C that doesn’t have quite the studies backing up its effectiveness as other forms (particularly l-ascorbic acid), but it is remarkably stable and can offer many of the same benefits as pure vitamin C.
This fragrance-free serum also contains a form of licorice extract (ammonium glycyrrhizate) that can fade brown spots, as well as a couple of skin-soothing, non-fragrant plant extracts.
It’s a good mix, though it falls short of matching the more potent mixes of brightening ingredients you’ll find in today’s best dark spot treatments (we’d like to see a greater complement of antioxidants, replenishing and restoring ingredients). Still, it’s a product worthy of consideration.
- Contains vitamin C and licorice extract, which can help fade dark spots.
- Includes non-fragrant antioxidant plant extracts.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Formula would be more impressive with additional beneficial ingredients.
This targeted booster serum has been designed to be applied to dark spots and areas of uneven pigmentation, improving their appearance to deliver fast visible results where you want them most.
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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