BootsFace Renewal Cream SPF 15
1.69 fl. oz. for $13.99
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Botanics Face Renewal Cream SPF 15 has a better base formula than the rest of the Boots Botanics sunscreens, but unfortunately, jar packaging won’t keep them stable during use. This fares best for normal to dry skin. Note: Although SPF 15 is good, the latest research suggests that products with higher SPF ratings are more desirable due to the further protection they can provide. Therefore, our recommendation is to look for sunscreens rated SPF 30 or greater, or consider layering SPF products for enhanced anti-aging protection.

Last Updated:02.18.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
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As skin ages it renews itself more slowly. This wonderfully rich cream sinks into the skin to encourage cell renewal and helps to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Hibiscus extract and fruit acids help exfoliate the skin removing dead skin cells to leave a fresh, radiant complexion. Your skin will also be protected from free radical damage by pomegranate extract which works as an anti-oxidant.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octinoxate (6%), Other: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Myristate, C18-36 Acid Glycol Ester, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Punica Granatum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract, Mica, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Fragrance, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Sorbitol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Acer Saccharum Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide

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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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