“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Balm / Type: Face Balm / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: regenerates / Product line: Boots Botanics „
I have tried a botanics facial mask which i was pretty impressed with, so i thought i would try my luck with this 'super balm'. I can honestly say that it made my face so smooth and almost 'silky'! It is definitely worth buying this product, not only is it made from organic products but it is a lot cheaper than other products which boast the same results. I actually got this when there was a 3 for 2 offer on the botanics range so i ended up paying nothing for this! I will definitely be buying this again, it is a MUST for your daily skin care routine.
I can't believe there aren't more reviews on this, it's my one and only 'must have' skin care product!
I've been using it for about 2 years now, not every night mind you (as I can't use it with my lilash) but whenever my skin feels a bit rubbish or dehydrated. I ONLY wear it at night as theres no way I can use it in the day without looking like I've spread Vaseline all over my face.
Before going to bed put your moisteriser/serum on first like you normally would, wait for it to sink in then spread a layer of the super balm on top. It sandwiches the moisteriser onto your skin forcing it it do it's work while you do nothing! I used to do this with Vaseline but it suffocated my skin and made me break out. With this balm you get the added benefit of the ingredents once the moisteriser has sunk in too! It contains shea butter and Argan oil, both of which are mostly used in high end products that sell for an absolute fortune so this, at £5 is a bargain.
Also, In the very cold weather my kids get really sore mouths, not just on the lips but around their whole mouth area, like they've gone mad with the ketchup, so I pop a bit of this on and it does it's thing whilst also acting as a barrier against the cold wind.
When I bought it the first time it was smooth in consistency but the next 2 pots I bought had hard little lumps in it. Not sure why this was but to even it out I put it in a bowl of hot water for a couple of minutes till it melted and stirred the lumps out. It solidifies smooth within a couple of hours at room temprature.
I really can't say enough good things about this little pot, to be honest I don't really care about the 'organic' or 'natural' properties but I do care if a product works, which this does.
I like to think I'm a fairly unimpressionable shopper, getting what I need without being swayed by clever marketing to buy things which I had no intention of getting. But I was proved wrong in Boots the other week. My downfall was an innocent looking pot in the skincare section which happened to catch my eye as I passed it. One glimpse of the name, 'Face Super Balm', and I was making my way to the checkout, clasping it tightly.
I didn't even really know what its purpose was, but with a name like that, it had to be...well...super. And to add to its superness, it boasted a 'certified 95% organic' logo on its lid. I was impressed- impressed enough to part with £4.99 for this tiny (15g) pot. Small it may be, but I knew that super things come in small packages, so its proportions only reinforced my need to have it in my life.
Getting it home, I realised I had no idea what it actually did (other than being generally super). A quick glance at the label told me it would smooth, soften and intensely hydrate my skin, if I smoothed it on 'as needed'. And, waking up the very next morning to find a patch of dry, flaky skin above my eyebrow, I knew the time had come. The Super Balm could now come into its own, and prove itself worthy.
Unscrewing the tin lid from the small glass jar, a solid, waxy looking, off white substance met my eyes. It had very little scent to it, except for a slight sweetness which seemed familiar, but I couldn't place it. The jar has no ingredients on it (it's too tiny to fit them on!), but a quick look at the Boots website revealed the sweetness to be shea butter, renowned for its intense moisturising properties.
The consistency of the balm was pretty hard, and reminded me of solidified honey. It took a few swipes with my finger to soften it up enough to extract any, but once it had softened, it was much easier to get out the next time I used it. Applying it to the offending dry patch, I felt like hardly any was going on, and was sure it wouldn't be enough to hydrate my skin. How wrong I was. I suppose I'm used to slicking on heaps of sloppy moisturiser, but the waxy consistency of this balm means that although you can't really feel it on your skin, a tiny amount provides a generous covering. Unlike less solid moisturisers, this isn't quickly absorbed, and using any more than a small slick will leave you looking very greasy indeed, as I learnt from my first application. Having smothered my forehead with the balm, I was left looking pretty greasy and oily for a good few hours!
Once I got the hang of using this, I learnt that you really do need only a tiny amount to make a big difference on dry skin. At the first sign of flakiness or dehydration, I whip this out, rub it in, and its effects are so potent that my skin remains smooth and soft for at least 24 hours. It really is a great result, and feels somehow healthier than smothering your face in moisturiser several times a day. I'm glad to say that, despite looking greasy at first, this hasn't made my skin oily or blocked- just smooth and hydrated. With this, you can target specific dry areas and instantly bring them under control. My only advice would be to apply this half an hour or so before you leave the house in the morning (or put it on at night) so that the initial greasiness has time to subside.
Despite its small size, this is great value, as you need very little to make a huge difference. The pot is also small enough to carry around in your handbag in case you need a quick fix. After using it for just a few weeks, it's already becoming a skincare staple for me, and now I've discovered it, I wouldn't be without my trusty super balm. It's certainly worthy of its name!