“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Oil / What it does: Moisturizes / Product line: Boots Botanics „
I tried the Botanics serum on a whim. I've always used the Boots Protect and Perfect range as I know this suits my skin. But as I had come to the end of my serum, and my spots were bad at the time, I was told by a friend to try and oil free mosituriser to see if that helped my spots. As I was in Boots looking for a cheap one to try a shop assistant came over to help. I told her what I was looking for and she showed me a few options. There was a freederm, botanics and an Aveeno. As the Botanics was the cheapest and on a 3 for 2 promotion I decided to try that as I didn't want to spend a fortune to then find our that it didn't suit my skin. I picked out the Sensitive Oil Free Moisturiser, a foaming face wash and a face spritz. They were all priced between £4.89 and £5.75 with the Oil Free Moisturiser at £5.10.
The moisturiser comes in a pump action tube. The tube is clear with a botanics label. The label spans 90% of the length and width of tube and informs us of the product, directions for use and ingredients. The tube is simple and natural in appearance which highlight the Botanics ranges ethos. This ethos is to provide "carefully balanced formulations" made from plant extracts.
The Oil Free Moisturiser contains Sweet Gale' which is and antibacterial essential oil which is supposed to purify the skin and fight bacteria. I was surprised to see that this so called oil free mosituriser has Sweet Gale essential oil as its main focal point! Odd! But I suppose it is natural oil so you can make an exception.
The mosituriser is a light translucent cream, it has an odd smell to it that I can't quite place, I am guessing this is the Sweet Gale but I cannot be sure. I need around a blob about the size of 2 peas to really put a nice layer over my face. You could probably get away with less, but as I have both greasy and very dry patches, I like to sweep on a lot over the dry patches. The cream smoothes over the face easily and quickly without any drag like the more heavy creams I have used, and it absorbs in nearly immediately. When you first apply, you skin feels soft and moisturised.
Although it claims to be for sensitive skin, I still find it tingles a little, which for anyone with highly sensitive skin can be a concerning effect. I find if products tingle, my skin normally doesn't take to them well and I can get inflammation and a burning sensation.
As I wasn't sure how the cream would affect me, even with the tingling I left the mosituriser on my face. When I woke up the next morning I was pleased to see that my skin hadn't been adversely affected, and my pores didn't feel clogged etc as normal. I applied some more before work, and off I went. About 2 hours later my forehead felt dry and tight so I splashed on a little more to help. But ever few hours I found I was getting the same problem. Although your skin feels lovely when you apply it, it doesn't seem to have a lasting effect and I quite regularly have to apply more 3-4 times a day.
The cream does seem to have helped my spots, so an oil free moisturiser seems to be the way forward for me, but this particular product is just not moisturising enough for me.
I like the Boots Botanic range, and purchased this moisturiser as part of a 3 for 2 offer that was on in my local store. The cleansing balm is fantastic, and as I have oily, sensitive skin that can sometimes become dry and flaky I thought that this product should fit the bill nicely.
The moisturiser itself comes in an attractive plastic bottle, (as shown above) and is dispensed via a pump which works well and I find that two pumps are enough to cover my face and neck adequately. The product is derived from natural plant ingredients being Botanics, and the extracts are authenticated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The main ingredient from a selling point of view is Sweet Gale, which is an antibacterial essential oil, and therefore helps to purify the skin and prevent further breakouts. It's oil free, which is a bonus if like me you already have oily skin, and is also dermatologically tested and won't block pores! Wa hey.
Personally I find that using this after cleansing with the organic balm from the same range, my skin is left really soft and smooth with a velvet like texture. It's a great base for makeup, and does seem to have helped in soothing and clarifying my skin. In no way shape of form has it irritated or aggrevated my skin and made it worse and it is quite sensitive. I'm not a big fan of the smell though, It's a bit too Tea-Tree for me, but it's not offensive in any way. I would say that it does help to stop my skin becoming as oily as quickly and does work as a moisturiser too, but I'm not sure if it will be enough in the winter months as it is light for a moisturiser. I'll have to update my review and let you know.
Overall aother great little product from the people at Boots Botanics. It is only £5.10 for 45ml, which has lasted me nearly six months, (using it mornings only though) and can be found in Boots stores nationwide and online.
I recently decided to try out the boots botanics face range and this was the moisturiser I selected, mostly because it doesn't contain oil which is great for me as I have combination skin. In actuality this is more like a serum and I find that it moisturisers really well and makes my skin look and feel smooth. It provides a great base for makeup as well.
The Botanics range claims to utilise active plant extracts, in the case of this product it includes sweet gale which is antibacterial and therefore fights against spots. The product is authenticated by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew and it costs £4.99 from Boots. The moisturiser comes in a pump action clear bottle, which is great because it means that you can control the amount you use each day; I use one pump for my entire face and am only half way through the bottle and have been using it for two months. Furthermore because the bottle is clear it means that you can see how much product you have left.
I think this moisturiser is great value for money considering how long it is lasting me and would therefore thoroughly recommend it. It hasn't given me any spots and it really moisturises well. One thing to be aware of is that this does have a slightly strange smell, it takes some getting used to but I don't find it to be a bad smell.
As I have sensitive, acne-prone, oily skin which can also be dry, I was on the hunt for a moisturiser which would be moisturising enough, without breaking me out. It also needed to provide a good base for make-up. I've been a fan of the Boots Botanic range for a while now, they are skin care products which contain active plant extracts authenticated by the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, in this instance it is Sweet Gale an 'antibacterial essential oil to purify the skin and fight bacteria associated with spots and blemishes'. They are extremely gentle, yet effective products, have never had any adverse effects on my skin and have always delivered what they promise to.
I've tried many, many moisturisers over the years, ranging from stores own brands, to the more high end products, to completely natural organic moisturisers. None of these have proved as successful as Boots Botanics Sensitive Oil Free Moisturiser.
The product itself is different from most moisturisers in that is is an almost clear gel, rather than a cream. It comes in a pump action bottle which is a plus, being far more hygenic than a tub, it also makes it easier to measure out how much product you want to use. As you get through the bottle it cleverly pushes the remaining moisturiser to the top, so that nothing goes to waste.
This moisturiser glides on and dries smoothly into my skin within seconds, providing a perfectly even and moisturised base for make-up. It is non greasy and leaves behind no residue. I was concerned that after a week or so of use, my skin would begin to become dry without the natural oils other moisturisers often contain, but this didn't happen. My skin is 100% smooth and flake free, my blemishes are also reduced.
At £4.88 this moisturiser is much cheaper than many others on the market, and is far superior to all of those I've tried. It would be even better if it contained an SPF, but it's still my all time favourite, and I won't be trying anything else anytime soon!
'Plant extracts at levels that really work, combined and formulated for unbeatable product performance. Naturally.
This silky smooth moisturising gel helps to soothe and calm delicate sensitive skin whilst working to clear and prevent skin blemishes. Leaves skin clear, healthy and shine free. Oil free. Non pore blocking'
Aqua, Butylene glycol, Polysorbate 20, PEG-7, glyceryl cocoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl polymethacrylate, Sodium polyacrylate, myrica gale leaf oil, phenoxyethanol, dimethiconol, methylparaben, tetrasodium, edta, propylene glycol, limonene, propylparaben, ascorbyl palmitate, lecithin, tocopherol, hydrogenated palm glycerides citrate
Helps to sooth and calm delicate sensitive skin whilst working to clear and prevent skin blemishes /