No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask
The concept behind No7 Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask is novel, but the wafting fragrance complicates matters, as we’ll explain in a minute.
First things first, the design of this particular sheet mask is interesting, as it covers both the face and the upper portion of the neck and comes with built-in ear hooks to help keep it adequately attached. It’s important to note that even the neck portion has ear hooks. (The first time we tried it, we didn’t see the hooks there and ended up being frustrated by it constantly slipping off of our neck—rookie mistake!)
Restore & Renew Sheet Mask contains a solid deck of ingredients including vitamins A, B and C, as well as sodium hyaluronate and peptides—all of which are beneficial for keeping the skin on your face and neck looking healthy. Once removed, you’re supposed to gently massage the residual serum into skin. We found it left a hydrated-looking sheen with a somewhat tacky finish. As for the brand's claims that this delivers up to a week's worth of age-defying ingredients, that's pure marketing hype (especially if you wash your face daily).
What’s more concerning is that the strongly scented formula lingers on skin, exposing it to potential irritation. (See More Info for a detailed explanation of how fragrance can impair skin.) In fact, the aroma was potent enough to give one of our testers a headache.
All things considered, you’re better off spending your money and time on our best-rated face masks instead.
- Contains beneficial vitamins A, B and C, as well as sodium hyaluronate and peptides.
- Gives skin a hydrated-looking sheen.
- Ear hooks help the sheet mask stay in place.
- Strongly fragranced formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- Cannot deliver a week's worth of ingredients in one mask as claimed.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
1 week's worth of age-defying serum ingredients, No7's Restore & Renew Multi Action Serum Boost Sheet Mask provides a 7 x concentration to the skin in just 20 minutes. Powered by their advanced anti-wrinkle technology with their brightening complex, plus their complex of calcium and amino acids. The Mask is designed to adhere seamlessly to facial contours for improved delivery of ingredients.
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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