No7 Radiant Results Purifying Clay Cleanser
Boots' No7 Radiant Results Purifying Clay Cleanser is designed to help reduce shine and minimize the appearance of pores, but some misguided ingredient choices mean it could increase the same problems it's designed to tackle!
This creamy cleanser comes in a tube. It smooths onto skin easily and does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris while rinsing cleanly.
As claimed, it contains a high amount of kaolin, a type of clay that is effective in absorbing oil (though it's more effective in a product that's left on the face slightly longer, such as a mask).
Also present are skin-conditioning ingredients including shea butter and panthenol, plus a few antioxidants.
Unfortunately, denatured alcohol (the drying kind) is present in a greater amount than any of these in the ingredient list. While it's true this is a rinse-off product, alcohol still has the potential to cause all kinds of issues for skin, including drying it out to the point where it increases oil production. It doesn't take long for alcohol to sabotage skin!
There's also the matter of fragrance here: this cleanser has a strong scent that lingers, and fragrance of any kind has the potential to irritate skin (particularly sensitive skin, which this product is marketed to). There are far better, less problematic cleansers out there, including ones that actually do help absorb oil, so leave this one at the store!
- Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris.
- Contains skin conditioning ingredients and a couple of antioxidants.
- Contains drying alcohol that can increase oil production.
- Has a strong scent that lingers, and fragrance can cause irritation.
Cleanse your way to radiant & healthier looking skin in 1 week. A soft, creamy clay cleanser that gently and thoroughly removed make-up, impurities, pollutants, and excess oil. Contains 10% clay to absorb oil and impurities, reduce the appearance of pores, and help mattify and deeply cleanse the skin. Leaves skin looking clearer and shine free, and feeling fresh and clean.
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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