“ Brand: Boots / Type: Facial Serum / What it does: Protects / Product line: Boots Expert „
I have suffered from Rosacea for years. For people who do not know Rosacea is an unsightly skin condition that is characterised by redness of the facial skin. My Rosacea tends to flare up now and again. Some weeks my skin can look fine with only a slight rosy glow to it and other weeks it can flare up and look red and angry.
It is not just the fact that my skin goes red but when it is flaring up it becomes really sensitive and quite painful as well as swelling. It is not a nice condition and I have spent a small fortune over the years trying to find products that will help.
Loads of big name brands have come out with redness treatments over the last few years and me being gullible and desperate have tried them all but none of them have ever really lived up to the claims to help reduce the redness. Because the company's know people like me are desperate for a treatment that will work they seem to charge exorbitant prices for these creams so I was pleased when I found out that Boot's had come out with a redness product.
I bought the serum not expecting miracles but willing to try anything and relieved that at least this time it wasn't going to be costing me upwards of £20.
Unfortunately like the majority of other anti-redness products out there this wasn't particularly any good and in fact had really very little going for it.
The serum has a really oily feel to it and when you apply it to the skin it takes ages to be absorbed. Even though it feels greasy when you first put it on it doesn't really do all that much to moisturise so you also need to use a moisturiser on top of it.
Obviously I didn't expect this to work straight away so I wasn't surprised when it made no noticeable difference to my skin even after a few days. I continued to use this for a couple of months but still at the end of it when I finished my bottle there was absolutely no difference at all in the redness or the condition of my skin.
At least with some of the other anti-redness products out there they might do nothing for the redness but some of them make nice moisturisers but this didn't even make my skin feel or look any nicer and in fact I actually felt it dried out my skin as it looked a little more weathered while using this which stopped when I finished the bottle and started using something else.
I really wouldn't recommend this product. It did absolutely nothing for my red skin and didn't calm it down or even make it feel soft. To me this serum was utterly rubbish and not something that I would ever be willing to use again.
I am almost at the end of my bottle of this product now (been using it just over a month) and....I look the same! Oh well.
I have sensitive skin which will occasionally go mad for what seems like no reason and become very red, sore and irritated. I am also pale with a few small broken veins in some places (due to sun damage, kids - use sunscreen!). I sometimes use green tinted base or concealer but I was really hoping to get a more even-toned skin without having to rely on make-up, hence trying this serum.
The serum itself is in a pump and the packaging does seem a bit excessive (boxed bottle) although oddly basic-looking. It is a thin, white liquid which goes on easily enough and does leave my skin feeling nice and smooth. I think the idea of this is to create a barrier to stop irritants getting to your skin, so I suppose it is not going to do much for pre-existing redness. I used this first during a time when my skin was going through a weird patch and I can't say it helped do much to calm it down, but I have persisted with it for any longer term benefit.
I would say it is an okay serum at a cheap price that maybe helps protect your skin against the elements but I don't see it being as effective for redness as you would expect from the name. I wouldn't buy it again!
I bought a bottle of Boots Expert Anti-Redness Serum earlier this year. I developed some red patches on my face when I was pregnant, and though it had calmed down quite a bit, there were still some noticable red areas, that I felt self-conscious about. I had tried a green tinted concealer stick, which helped to calm it down, and also a few courses of antibiotics from my GP, who thought it was rosacea. I used the serum once or twice daily for at least a month, and did not see a noticable reduction in the redness. It actually got worse after finishing the antibiotics, and I am now on them again, and investigating other products that may be able to help. This serum may help other people with facial redness, but in my case it has not helped. The serum felt quite thin and runny when applied, and took a while to absorb in to the skin. I think that it is better at the moment to try and avoid getting too stressed and excessive heat, and continue using the green tinted concealer, in the hope that the situation will improve with antibiotics.
I have very pale skin and suffer from redness on my face - mainly my cheeks. I'm not sure quite what causes it, it could be broken capillaries or perhaps it's a mild form of rosacea. I have used various products to try and calm the redness down, such as creams and various green coloured make-up, that is supposed to counteract the red in your skin, but nothing so far has worked. When I spotted a new product in Boots that I hadn't yet tried - their Expert Anti-Redness serum -I decided I would give it a go.
The serum comes in a box, which I think is another example of unnecessary packaging, as all the instructions are on the back of the bottle. The bottle itself is made of white plastic, meaning you can't see how much of the product you have left, which I find quite annoying. It has a pump action dispenser.
As with most of the Expert range, the design of the bottle is fairly boring, being plain white and only having the name of the product on the label -nothing else. If I was Boots I would scrap the box and use the money I saved to design a nicer bottle.
The serum should be massaged into clean dry skin, morning and night. The serum itself is white in colour and quite a thin consistency. Pressing the pump down once dispenses enough of the serum to cover my whole face. I find that it feels quite greasy when it is first applied and it takes about 5 minutes to actually sink into my skin. As you still need to use moisturiser with this product, I find that quite inconvenient, as I have to wait around for the serum to dry before I can moisturise.
The bottle promises that used daily this will help improve the skins protective barrier, leaving skin soft, smooth and comforted. I have been using this now for probably 2 months. I must admit that I don't always remember to use it every day, but I use it most days, and I am disappointed- but not completely surprised - that it seems to have made no difference to my skin at all. I still have the same redness I had when I started using it, and as for smoothness, that also hasn't changed.
This costs £4.99 for a 30ml bottle, from Boots.
Like I said, I wasn't surprised that it didn't work, as I'm yet to find a product that does. I don't like the greasy feeling it gives straight after application either. I will continue to use it until the bottle runs out, just because I don't like wasting things, but I will not buy it again, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone else either.
This fragrance-free soothing serum is formulated to instantly calm irritable, red and sensitive skin / Can be used daily to improve your skins protective barrier and leave it feeling soft and looking even /