This lightweight yet substantial moisturizer for dry skin contains some good emollients along with a high amount of the mineral pigment mica, which merely adds shine. Radiance from shine isn’t skin care, it’s more of a makeup effect, and you may not care for the amount of shine this leaves behind.
Despite a few good ingredients, on balance this is a dated formula that adds shine via cosmetic pigments rather than ingredients that repair damage and allow skin to strengthen itself. The amount of fragrance is also cause for concern.
Considering this product becomes more of an iffy proposition due to the amount of fragrance and fragrance ingredients it contains. None of these will help skin lacking radiance look more youthful or renewed. Please see More Info for further details on why so much fragrance isn’t the way to go.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)
Perfect for when your skin feels tired, dull and in need of a pick-me-up. This silky moisturizer contains light diffusing pearls to help to disguise fine lines and wrinkles and give the skin an instant radiance boost.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mica, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Steareth-21, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Paraffin, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Propylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Citric Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, BHT, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexenecarboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, 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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