BootsDaily Hand Therapy SPF 10
2.3 fl. oz. for $8.99
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Given the nearly constant exposure to daylight that hands get, a hand cream whose SPF rating stops at 10 is inadequate. This version from Boots includes avobenzone for UVA protection, although it isn’t natural despite this product being sold in Boots’ Organics line, but an SPF 10 is a ridiculously low number! Plus a water-resistant product would be better given how often hands are subjected to water. The base formula is below standard containing mostly emollient thickeners and mineral oil, so it isn’t as impressive as it could’ve been.

Last Updated:05.09.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Care for your hands and nails with this light, intensive hand cream that instantly soothes and relieves dry skin. Bilberry extract improves skin microcirculation for brighter skin while equisetum extract and SPF 10 help protect against visible skin aging. Your hands will look and feel softer and more youthful.


Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octinoxate (4%), Other: Water, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Dimethicone, Sorbitan Stearate, C18 36 Acid Glycol Ester, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Equisetum Arvense Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylparaben, Sucrose Cocoate, Dipropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide

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Boots At-A-Glance

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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