“ Brand: Boots / Type: Cleansing Lotion / Subcategory: Lotion / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses / Product line: Boots Expert „
I have suffered from eczema ever since I was a child, although I didn't get it on my face until my early 20's. As you can imagine, this is pretty devestating at a time when you want to experiement with makeup and cosmetics. As time has gone on, my skin has become increasingly reactive, and while I used to be able to tolerate soap and water, I find that even plain water tightens my skin. Finding a way to keep my face clean is a bit of a nightmare, because many of the products I have tried, even the ones designed for sensitive skin, irritate me!
There is a BRILLIANT website called Eczemavoice.com, which is basically a forum for people suffering from Eczema. They can vent their frustrations, ask other users for advice, or recommend products that have been effective for them. I have had great success following some of the recommendations from the site. One gem I discovered was Boots Expert Sensitive Cleanser. I find it particularly good, because you usually expect stuff that works to be very expensive, but a 200ml bottle of this product costs less than £3.
It is part of a bigger range, including a toner and moisturiser, but as i am happy with my current moisturisers, I opted for the cleanser. It comes in an opaque plasic bottle with a white lid, and the packaging has a very "pure" look about it! The bottle has a picture of a lady with flawless skin, although in my case this may be too much to ask for!
The product itself is a white cream, which is unpurfumed. It has a rich, creamy texture to it. I sometimes apply it straight onto my skin with fingers and wipe off with a cotton wool pad, or I apply with a pad and use a clean pad to wipe it off. No rinsing is required, so your skin is less prone to irritation. It feels very silky and luxurious as you apply it, and there is no tightness to the skin afterwards. It is very effective at removing makeup, even waterproof mascara, and does not leave any trace of dirt behind.
I usually follow up with moisturiser, but people with normal skin may not need to do this, as the product is naturally moisturising. It contains Aloe Vera, which is a natural ingredient known to soothe infalamed skin.
I would not hesitate to give this product 5 Dooyoo stars. I have tried many products for cleansing, from big name brands, to natural therapies, and nothing has come close to this one for being kind to my skin. It has inspired me to try the other products in the range, too. Boots are currently running a 3 for 2 promotion on this range. Another advantage of this product is that you can earn points if you have a Boots points card!
If this review helps one person who reads it, I will be very happy, because it is only thanks to reading a review about it myself that I discovered it!
If only my partner were this lotion - it's gentle, sensitive, and does what it's supposed to. Dream on!
If you have very dry and sensitive skin like me, no doubt you find it really difficult to buy a face cleansing lotion that will be both effective and gentle.
I bought the Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Cleansing Lotion for the first time a couple of years ago because the Nivea lotion I'd used previously was discontinued. I've never had the need to consider anything else since.
The packaging is minimalist, which reflects the no frills idea of the contents (are we talking about my partner again.....?) Quite why they need to call it Expert *and* Sensitive *and* Gentle I don't know - it feels a bit like the lady protesting too much. But I do find it is gentle on sensitive skin. It is hypoallergenic and contains aloe vera.
There is a wash as well as a lotion but my preference is for the lotion because I find that the hard water we get in our area makes the skin on my face feel tight and dry. I use this lotion morning and evening so the only time I get water on my face is when I wash my hair.
The lotion is white, the consistency of thick double cream and very lightly fragranced. I find that the best way to use it is to take a hazelnut sized blob, smear it across my face working it gently around the eyes to remove eye make-up, then remove with cotton wool balls or pads. One of my daughters uses a damp face cloth to remove it instead.
The range does have an eye make-up remover as well, but I find it way too greasy and the lotion is just as effective at removing mascara and eye liner.
For me, there are two tests for cleansing lotion. Does it appear to work on skin that doesn't have any make-up on it and does it leave the skin on my face feeling pampered rather than scoured.
This works on both fronts. Even if my face has had a day off, with no make-up, when I use the lotion there is a rather icky grey residue on the cotton wool pad which I assume is dead skin, grease and other gunky things that I'd rather not have on my face.
And I have never felt any tightness after using it - instead, my face feels very lightly moisturised (although I always use a moisturiser afterwards as well.)
My 17 year old has extremely sensitive and dry skin. Many supposedly hypoallergenic and gentle cleansing lotions make her face blotchy and itchy but she too is very happy with this one.
Boots are currently selling this 2 for £4 but it's usually £2.89 for 200ml