“ Brand: Boots / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisture Cream / Subcategory: Moisturiser / What it does: Moisturizes, Protects / Product line: Boots Expert „
I bought this moisturizer because I was looking for one with SPF protection which wasn't overly pricey (I found most of the other SPF ones tended to be special 'anti aging' ones and had some crazy prices attached!).
The bottle has a pump and a lid and comes inside a cardboard box, which I felt was a bit uncesscary. The box is recyclable but it would have been fine to do without and seems a bit silly when we're all supposed to be more concious of creating unnescary waste. Another gripe is that it is a clear bottle, containing white cream, with pale lilac writing on it... which means of course that trying to read lilac small print on a white background can be a bit annoying, particularly so if you have poor eyesight.
Anyway, as to the product itself, my main issue was with the pump. If you simply push down on it (and you do have to apply some force here) it will put out *far* too much. The product spreads on easily so really you need a lot less than you would think and it just ends up wasted with the amount it puts out. There is a technique to sort of pushing the pump halfway down so as to get a suitable amount but it's a bit fiddly and annoying.
The moisturiser is not entirely fragrance free as they claim but it is subtle enough not to be noticeable or to clash with any perfumes or whatever you have on. I found it applied on easily and was easy to spread about without dragging at the skin, it has quite a light consistency. I also liked that, provided I didn't use too much (ie. only depressed the pump halfway down) it didn't make my face incredibly shiny like a lot of thicker moisturizers do, it seemed to be absorbed very quickly. However I would say that for very dry skin you would need a different, thicker moisturiser as simply applying more of this stuff to deal with a problem area just results in your skin looking greasy!
I do have sensitive skin and this product caused no reaction so I would say it succeeds on that account.
As for the SPF an important thing to note is that this is only SPF 12, it is generally recommended that for sun exposure you use at *least* an SPF15. Certainly, in the summer, especially if you have pale skin you should be using SPF-30 and above. An SPF12 simply will not provide enough protection against the sun rays and the subsequent skin damage, premature aging, burning and skin cancer risk, if you're thinking of using this alone on a summer holiday I would strongly suggest buying a different product. However, if you're looking to prevent aging (most of which is caused by the sun rays) and are looking for a daily moisturiser to use when there's not exactly loads of sun out, then this should do the job nicely.
Overall I think this is good value for money since it is much cheaper than most of the other daily SPF moisturizers on the market.
At 100 ml this moisture cream from Boots is a handy size. It's large enough to last 5 to 6 months approximately, but small enough to fit in a small weekend bag. It's pump dispenser is ideal for producing just enough for one application whilst protecting the rest of the contents from the environment. The bottle itself is slightly transparent which gives an idea of how much is left therefore helping determine when it needs replacing.
The cream itself is fragrance free so it won't clash with any perfume you might be wearing. It's colourless as well which means you don't have to worry about hiding it under make-up if you don't want to. As it produces no shiny face like some moisturisers do and it is easy to rub in it's ideal for those on the go. It also has a sun protection factor 12 which can fight the sun, but obviously is not sufficient in the hot summer months on its own.
To be honest this moisture cream is not the best on the market for sensitive skin. It is however the best sensitive moisture cream I have so far found in its price range.
Pah! I just found this bottle of nastiness that I thought I had thrown out months ago. I thought I would share my experience of this muck with you all in case you ever consider buying it. The reason I bought this in the first place was due to my terrible ability to burn even in the tiniest amount of sun. I'm naturally very fair skinned. This does not bother me, I have no desire to try to fry myself now only to become a wrinkly raisin face when I hit my 30's and for what? The sake of looking brown? Why would I want to look brown? I'm obviously meant to be white so why change it? I also have no desire to do the whole fake tan thing and go around looking like a tangerine either but that is irrelevant. I do not however appreciate turning into a beetroot after being outside for ten minutes. Seriously, it is that bad. I think I should have been ginger or albino or something but my genetics messed up lol. I don't however like feeling smothered (which is why I avoid foundation like the plague). Yes if I am likely to be outside all day then I will wear sunscreen but if I am sort of in-and-out it is a bit heavy just to be sitting around in. It also is a bit more time consuming, having to wash my face, moisturise AND apply sunscreen. I know I know, lazy aren't I? Just wanting to wash and go. To be honest it's more because I'm late for EVERYTHING so I need to save as much time as possible in the morning. This LOOKED ideal. A moisturiser with such a high SPF. Well, not that high, I wouldn't have put it on had I been likely to spend the whole day outside, but high enough to protect me if I got "caught out". Sadly it wasn't ideal. Not for me anyway.
Packaging was petty basic. A white box with simple writing on it and a picture of half a womans face. Inside the box was a...err...container? One of those pump action bottles. Very large with a massive lid. The whole thing reminded me of some laboratory experiment. I didn't like it. It is supposed to be fragrance free but I felt it had some sort of smell to it, and it wasn't pleasant.
So anyway, I used it for about a week. No real problems with it, it went on smoothly and I was impressed by the sun protection as I definitely didn't get burned whilst I was using it. I did however develop a little rash on my cheeks out of nowhere which didn't disappear until I stopped using it, and when I did stop using it, it disappeared overnight so I know it was the cream. I know not everyone may have that experience but the reason it pissed me off was that the lab-style bottle was clearly marked "sensitive" meaning it shouldn't have that effect, even on my sensitive skin. Maybe it was to do with the SPF? But then again why don't I get a rash from any other sunscreen? Expert Sensitive my bum!
I won't be buying this again. I want to just sling it out but I hate wasting anything so I'll probably pass it on to someone with less sensitive skin than me or something. It gets two stars only because I didn't get burned while using it.
A few weeks ago I went on holiday with my sister, and it was scorching hot. I am very pale and prone to burning. I have already been sunburnt on my face quite badly twice before, which not only increases my chances of skin cancer, but also has left my skin with some horrible sun damage even though I am only 23.
I realised that although I had taken a bottle of sunscreen away with me, I hadn't taken anything for my face, so I ended up putting my regular sunscreen on my face, and considering it is one that is designed especially to firm your body, I was a bit worried that my face would react badly to it, so the first thing I did when I returned to the UK was buy a moisturiser with an SPF.
There were two reasons I went with this one. It clearly stated on the box that it was SPF12 - I found a lot of others didn't state it clearly on their packaging, which meant I was having to check the back of each bottle. Secondly, it was on sale, and I love a bargain!
~About the product~
This moisturiser is especially for sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, lanolin-free, colour-free and dermatologically tested as well as protecting from the sun. The SPF (or sun protection factor to you and me) means that it will keep you safe from the sun's rays and the damage they can do to your skin - after all, sun damage is said to be one of the biggest causes of ageing.
The moisturiser itself comes in a plastic bottle, and the bottle comes packaged in a cardboard box. Now, I'm no eco-warrior, but it really annoys me when companies use excess packaging for no apparent reason, as is the case here. This is an issue that has bugged the hell out of me for years, not just since it became fashionable to be 'green'! I have looked at all the information on the box, and I have looked at the back of the bottle, and I can see no extra information on the box - in fact, what is printed on the back of the box, is exactly word for word, what is on the bottle. So why do we need the box? OK, so it's easily recycled, but why have it in the first place - grrrrr! Rant over.....
Yes, so, as I was saying. The bottle itself is white and has lilac writing as well as showing a picture of someone's eye, bizarrely.
OK, so I've finished one rant and on to another! The pump. When you press it down, it dispenses far more product than is actually required. This means you have to either only press it about half way, which is not necessarily as easy as it sounds, because you have to exert quite a bit of pressure to press it down in the first place. I don't know about you, but I apply my moisturiser in my bedroom at my dressing table before I put my make-up on. It's only a minor inconvenience, but I don't like having to get up and trek to the bathroom (well, trek might be a slight exaggeration as it's only next door), and wash the excess product off my hands. Not to mention it's a waste.
The moisturiser is white in colour and has quite a thin texture. I wouldn't go as far as saying it is watery, but it is not as thick as my Nivea moisturiser. When you apply this to the skin, you will notice that it has quite a greasy feel to it, but it glides over the skin smoothly, without pulling at the skin.
I find that this moisturiser takes quite a while to soak into my skin, which is a little bit inconvenient, but not a huge problem, I just straighten my hair whilst waiting for it to dry.
My skin is actually quite dry, but even so, I have found that this makes my skin look very greasy. The first time I went to work having applied this moisturiser, someone said to me 'You're looking very shiny today' and someone else passing by and overhearing this added 'You mean greasy'. Aren't my colleagues lovely? I would take offence, but they were right!
The greasy feeling never totally disappears either which is quite annoying. When I put foundation over the top of this, it seemed to almost slide off my skin, and don't get me started on wearing this stuff in the heat. It makes it look like I'm melting - pretty pathetic really when this stuff contains protection against the sun - you would think they would have bothered to have tested it in a hot environment.
This costs £4.49 for a 100ml bottle, and obviously as it is a Boots product, it is only available from Boots.
Well, needless to say I will not be buying this again. On the plus side, at least my skin doesn't look dry any more! I have gone from one extreme to the other since using this. I can't really think of any positives when it comes to this - fair enough it contains SPF which is what I wanted, however it makes me look so greasy and horrible that I will be looking for another brand.
I actually managed to get something free from Boots, and I mean entirely free! It's happened to me on a few occasions of late but this was my biggest freebie lol
I'd gone to the advantage point (to me known as Henry my best friend) let him nibble my card and he spat out a printed offer that was for any of the new Boots Experts I wanted, (at the time it was a new range) for free. So I trotted off knowing I'd get the most expensive freebie on the shelf and it was this product.
Boots Expert - Sensitive Daily Defence Moisture Cream SPF 12.
Comes in a white cardboard recyclable box and clear recyclable pump action bottle. Both tell us clearly what the product is and who it is by and both have a picture of a woman's eye on them. Very basic packaging and not that appealing really, just very basic.
What The Product Has To Say About Itself....
Sensitive skin needs extra care, which is why this hypoallergenic moisturiser with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and SPF 12 protects from sun and environmental damage as it hydrates. Fragrance-free.
Directions For Use....
After cleansing and toning apply in small upward circles over face and neck.
Firstly I have to whinge. I always read all the information on new products that is supplied as I like to know exactly what I'm using and what to expect, on the bottles or written on the box or whatever. The writing on the bottle is in a light lilac colour and I can barely read it as A) it is small letters and B) the cream is white and behind the writing. I don't have bad eyesight myself but I don't half have to squint to read it! Gr.
Using it is a pain. I pump some out and although it isn't that runny and in fairness is a good consistency far too much comes out so I'd advise you to only use half a pump and see how you get on. It says it is fragrance free but it does smell I just cant work out what the smell is but it isn't awful or anything I'm just disputing the claim lol
Once out of the bottle it applies easy and the skin drinks it in easy enough. It melts in well. I think skin feels a bit softer though not miraculously so. The problem I have with this is although it dries into my skin I feel throughout the day that my skin gets greasier as the hours tick by, more than when I'm not using it. Used on its own my skin feels hydrated but uncomfortably so, so I've been using it under make up and found that my make up struggled to stay put so that in itself proves to me it is too greasy for my skin but saying that it doesn't block my pores and cause spots which is a selling point.
Being a Boots product I expected more from it and being called 'Expert' your led to believe for a fraction of the price your going to get some kind of genial product. I'm not saying this is an awful product but it's certainly not suited to my skin and with all the good moisturisers out there around this price mark I couldn't justify recommending it.
To me there are no visual results whether it be after one application or over a prolonged period. It hasn't helped with lines or wrinkles and in the short term hasn't made my skin feel nice when its been on. This is just a bog standard 'cheap' moisturiser with little imagination and no frills promises. It's for someone who knows nothing about moisturisers and doesn't really appreciate the benefits of a good one and they buy anything just to use something.
Not impressed Boots and I did think of boycotting the range, however have bought some more stuff to try and I'm sure future reviews will be appearing some time soon.
Only use if you really cant find anything else 'sensitive' enough for your skin and don't expect results you can see and be careful if you have oily skin or an oily T Zone.
£4.49 only in Boot's.
A hypoallergenic moisturiser with aloe vera, Vitamin E and SPF12 that protects your skin from sun and environmental damage as it hydrates /