Although this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen has some merit, it absolutely cannot lift sagging skin as it claims (see More Info for details on why "lifting" products don't work as claimed).
Where this does excel is in providing broad-spectrum sun protection that includes stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA (think anti-aging) screening. The emollient texture is suitable for normal to dry skin, and shea butter (one of the main ingredients) is a good antioxidant.
The brightening effect of this cream is from the high amount of the mineral pigment mica. Although it can be an attractive look, the effect is strictly cosmetic—it isn't skin care. If you're struggling with a dull, uneven skin tone, make sure your skin-care routine includes a well-formulated AHA or BHA Exfoliant—that will make a striking difference in skin tone and promote a smoother texture!
Where this falls down is that it contains more fragrance than state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients—fragrance isn't skin care, it's a problem for skin (see More Info for why fragrance is a problem). The sun protection definitely counts as anti-aging, which makes it a shame this formula contains such tiny amounts of peptides and similar youth-enhancing ingredients.
Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's a combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.
Firm, lift and brighten your skin with this multitasking day cream. Formulated to give your skin an instant brightening boost and healthy glow, it then works day by day to chase away the signs of aging. Visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and lifts and firms for younger more luminous looking skin in 4 weeks.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Octinoxate 5%, Octocrylene 1%, Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Glucoside, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Dimethicone, Mica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ammonium Acrylodimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dimethiconol, Parfum, Ethylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, T-Butyl Alcohol, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Haematococcus Plurillis Powder, BHT, Polygluconic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Biotin, Titanium Dioxide
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, you’ll 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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