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I first tried this out when I had a £5 No 7 voucher to use, and at the time needed a new moisturiser. I was very exicited from the moment I bought it, right up until I got it home and could get it out for the packet. I had never really had an expensive moisturiser so I was very impressed with the packaging, and it smelt amazing. It goes on wonderfully smoothly, and gives my skin a lovely dewy look. I don't wear foundation, so I use this as my base, and then wear concealer on top. Like I said it makes my skin almost glow and really helps with the fry skin I get aroung my nose and eyebrows. I have bought this again and again, even without the voucher, and whilst it is a bit on the expensive side for me, the pot last forever - I use mine everyday, and I have had my current pot for 3 months and its only about half empty.
With it being winter the skin on my face is dry and I struggle to keep it moisturised all day. A few months ago I headed into Boots and whilst picking up some Christmas presents had a quick chat with the No 7 consultant, she pointed out No 7 Advanced Hydration and having plenty of Boots advantage points available I walked out with a free moisturiser! £14.50 for 50ml.
No 7 is a brand I trust and apart from a terrible mascara have never had a bad product, however after only 8 weeks I had finished the pot. I attributed this to the fact that my skin was super dry thanks to exceptionally cold weather and exceptionally hot central heating but I was still surprised it hadn't lasted longer. On average I use the product once a day but if my skin is feeling tight I would apply before bed. The other down side was that I had to wait a good 5 minutes after application because it left a thick, greasy film on my skin which took some time to sink in, not ideal first thing in the morning when So last week whilst perusing the counter for a replacement I was again offered assistance. I explained I thought I needed something lighter and the consultant asked that I show her how much I was applying, I did and she instantly told me it was too much - this was the first moisturiser of its type I had used previously using products like E46 or vitamin E cream which do use a lot for a full coverage. She suggested I half my blob and demonstrated, my faith mildly restored I decided to give it another go...
A significant improvement
== The Tub ==
Is glass and reasonably weighty because of it, the lid is white and the cream, visible through the glazed jar is white also. The gold lettering and frosted glass does make this a nice looking tub and I have no problem displaying it in my bathroom.
== The Marketing Blurb ==
The product is advertised as a "velvety moisturising cream that is rich and intense." As the product is called advanced hydration I was certainly expecting something a little heavier, or richer, than you standard product and when you do take some out to apply it does feel dense. The product contains Ceramide complex and pro-vitamin B5. I really struggled to find what exactly Ceramide complex actually does and the best I could come up with is that it is a natural hydrator which in turn helps strengthen the skin. Pro vitamin B5 has a similar function and is essentially the moisterising element.
Advanced hydration is also SPF 15, a plus point in my book and as you would expect from a No.7 product is hypoallergenic.
== How to Apply ==
Considering my folly with the first tub a pea sized amount is sufficient for my very dry forehead, I find that massaging it in means that although the greasy film is there briefly it absorbs and disappears faster. My cheeks and chin are not as dry and a slightly bigger pea sized amount does the rest of my face.
== The Feel and Fragrance ==
The product is silky and heavy to the touch. It is easy to rub in and is not at all sticky. The consistency does give the impression of a heavier moisturiser but is not unpleasant.
The fragrance is light and non-distinct, although not floral it is instantly recognisable as a cosmetic product and it dies down after about half an hour.
== The effect ==
My skin stays moisturised and once it is absorbed after a minute my skin feels smoother and tightness has gone. However it does not last 24 hours and after about 6 my forehead begins to feel dry. It does create a good base for make up once it has thoroughly dried.
This is definitely a winter product as I don't feel I will need miniaturisation this intense once summer comes around, I would also like more SPF protection if this was a summer product. I like the tub and I like how easy it is to use however I am doing a lot of travelling at the moment and it's a bulky washbag item. I don't feel the 24 hour claims are valid and the fact there is a night version of this cream would seem to support this however it is effective and it does the job I want. If by using a little less I can get a longer life out of a tub I think this will be a product I stick with.
Quite frankly, I have never been one to religiously follow the 'cleanse, tone, moisturise' regime that a rather orange-faced make-up consultant once tried to impose on me in Boots. That being said, I am a big fan of moisturising, mainly because I have been using a variety of No7 facial moisturisers over the last three years which work well.
At £14.50 for a jar of 50ml, the Advanced Hydration Day Cream is the cheapest of the No7 moisturiser range. The compact glass jar is packaged in a small box bearing the No7 logo and brief product description. It looks smart and is not fussy; it's just the sort of quality product that is suitable for everyday use.
I have used this product on my face and neck throughout the seasons and subsequent changes to my skin. In the summer, the SPF15 has helped to protect my skin from sun damage without making it greasy or shiny. In the winter when my skin is prone to dryness, this cream has protected and moisturised even the driest areas. When I have had colds and subjected my nose to frequent tissue-contact, this cream has helped prevent the soreness and dryness around my nose I have had I the past.
The Advanced Hydration Day Cream is absorbed quickly by the skin, but not without being effective. It is a light cream that can be reapplied if necessary. It smells clean and fresh without being overpowering, and has restored my confidence in being able to find a moisturiser that works well for changeable skin.
Despite this being the cheapest moisturiser in the No7 range, it is still with a gulp that I buy it for £14.50. I do however think it is well worth the money, and despite its size it lasts for around 3 months (with 1 or 2 applications most days). If you keep an eye out, there are plenty of Advantage card offers on the No7 range which can ease the guilt of buying this little product. Sometimes there are '£5 off' promotions so try and coincide your purchase with one of these for the best deal.
I have rather oily skin and can usually get away with using a light moisturiser. The very cold weather that we've been having lately has really dried out my skin though and I've been noticing some definite dry and flaky areas. Seeing as my usual moisturiser obviously isn't intense enough in cold weather, I set about looking for an alternative. Having read good things about the Boots No 7 range and having some Advantage points available to spend, I opted for this intensive day cream.
The cream itself is a whitish kind of shade with a pleasant light floral smell. It is also quite thick looking, which worried me as my skin is predominantly oily and I was concerned that this cream would turn out to be too heavy. As I'm prone to spots and blackheads anyway, I didn't want to use anything that would make them even more likely to occur!
Although the cream is quite thick, it was easy to apply to my skin and rub in. After around ten minutes it felt like it had been fully absorbed but a quick look in the mirror told me that it had left my skin very shiny and by that I mean VERY shiny! I was loathe to put any blusher on in case my new-found shine meant that it as good as slipped off but I gave it a go anyway. If it had been a cream blusher, the effects probably would have been ok but for using a powder blusher it didn't seem to give a very good base for make-up.
In addition to this, it seemed to clog my pores more than usual so I'm guessing that it's just too intensive for skin that is more oily than dry. In future, I think I'll stick to using it solely on the day areas as the rest of my face clearly doesn't need as much hydration as this cream provides! On the dry and flaky areas, I'm pleased to report that the results were much better and those areas are neither dry nor flaky while using it.
I have been using No 7 Advanced Hydration Day Cream for around 6 months, as part of a skin care regime prescribed to me by a No 7 beauty expert in my local Boots. The product comes in an ivory frosted glass jar with a screw top lid, adorned with the gold lettering of the No 7 brand. It costs £14.50 for a 50ml Jar and is widely available from Boots stores, or online.
The product is hypo-allergenic, dermatologically tested and contains SPF15 UV protection. The product boasts a ceramide complex and contains Pro Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid). When I am writing reviews I always try to research any active ingredients - Pantothenic Acid is added to many beauty products and advertised by companies as specifically important in the formula - however, in clinical trials, mice showed hair loss and skin problems when a severe Pantothenic Acid deficiency was present (showing the need for this type of acid to be added to haircare and skincare products), however, when the same tests were repeated in humans, they did not show any skin or hair problems. I was surprised to read this! Ceramide on the other hand is a family of lipid molecules which contain fatty acid. The fatty acid plumps, nourishes and moisturises skin and is essential in getting the right amount of moisture to your skin. SPF15 is the absolute minimum sunscreen you should look for in a day time moisturiser; to protect your skin against the sun (even just in daylight winter time, not necessarily summer) as exposure to the elements is a major cause of aging. The product claims to moisturise your skin for 24 hours a day (which is annoying as I was sold the night cream too!). The moisturiser is white and has a faint non offensive perfumy fragrance.
I have been applying the moisturiser on my combination skin daily (I try to sound saintly, there are some days I skip) and my skin has never felt better, it's soft and supple and looks well. The terrible harsh weather we have experienced of late hasn't effected my skin as it has a constant moisture barrier; but wonderfully, my teenage breakouts that I still get now as an adult have largely kept at bay, with the presence of only one or two noticeable spots in the last 6 months. My neck also gets moisturised now, which is something I never did before, but to be honest I have considered using it all over my body - if it didn't cost so much I would! I think the product's longevity represents good value for money, as with most premium skin care products, it seems like such a lot to out lay at once, but it does last ages, and I got it when No 7 products were 3 for 2 - which they are now.
Try to remember when using it, a little goes a long way and the cream is very thick and rich, so a quick dip of your index finger and then pat it into your skin using your finger tips; it is quickly and easily absorbed by the skin and it is non greasy. It really feels light on your skin and is perfect for any age. What is perfect about this cream is it delivers moisture where you need it, and balances the greasy bits of your skin. I would definitely recommend this moisturiser, its effective, good value for money, ideal for combination skin, doesn't feel greasy, is absorbed quickly and compliments the other No 7 skincare products perfectly.
Feel free to read this in conjunction with my other No 7 reviews to read about my complete skin care regime xx
I have always thought of myself as having quite oily skin and so never bothered spending very much on moisturiser. However recently I had a facial as part of a birthday pampering treat and the therapist commented that my skin was very dry and was absorbing products as quickly as she could apply them! Of course she recommended some of the moisturisers on sale in the spa but I decided to see if I could find something suitable on the high street (and spend a bit less on it!)
So I headed to a big branch of Boots where there were many skincare brands to choose from, remembering the good press the No 7 Protect and Perfect serum had received I ended up at the No 7 counter. I was looking for a product for dry skin so picked up this cream from the Advanced Hydration range which is packaged in a pale pink box with No 7 in gold and the rest of the information in dark print. The jar inside is heavy glass with a twist off lid so you need to put your fingers in the pot rather than squeeze it out. Although it is labelled as a day cream it promises 24 hour moisturising, has SPF 15 protection, is hypoallergenic and has been tested on people with sensitive skin. It also contains ceramides and pro vitamin B5 which are supposed to be good for the skin and help with aging - but doesn't offer an explanation about what these are and on reading the ingredients they appear right at the end of the list so I'm not sure how much is actually in there.
The cream itself is nice and thick, it has a mild flowery smell which is quite pleasant. It is applied after cleansing and toning the skin and should be rubbed in small circles to aid absorption. Although it is a thick cream it doesn't feel greasy at all and absorbs really well. My skin feels lovely and soft when I have used it although I do have to apply it twice a day despite the claim that it moisturises for 24 hours. I have been using this moisturiser (and other products from the range) for about a month now and have definitely noticed an improvement in the condition of my skin and have had fewer spots and breakouts.
Boots website lists this moisturiser at £14.50 for a 50ml tub which is a reasonable price as I have had it for a month now and it is only around a quarter empty. I will definitely be buying this again.
Description of product:
This product is Boots No.7 Advanced Hydration Day Cream. It comes in a 50ml white jar packaging with a pink outer box. This is used as a moisturizing cream after cleansing and toning skin. It also has SPF 15 which will provide some protection from the sun rays.
Cost and availability:
This product can only be brought from Boots the Chemist or perhaps places like Ebay if people are selling it on. As it is a Boots No.7 brand it will be available from all Boots branches. The 50ml cream costs £12 last time I bought it, but Boots are often offering £5 off vouchers on No.7 products when you buy a certain amount and I tend to use that when purchasing this cream.
Advantages of product:
It is a very good day cream. I have sensitive skin and my skin dries out quickly but then again some products makes my face too oily. This is the perfect balance for me, it hydrates my skin effectively while it does not look oily or greasy. It also contains SPF 15 which means I have some protection from the sun even if I don't apply sun block. It is hypo allergenic and it feels like a very mild but useful cream. One more benefit is that a small amount does the job and I do not need to keep reapplying.
Disadvantages of product:
I cannot think of many. Perhaps it is slightly expensive but it is worth the money as it is a good cream and many other brands are much more expensive.
After spending a lot of time, effort and money on different day creams trying to find one that suited me, I am pleased to have experimented with Boots Hydration Day Cream and it is a cream I use daily and will continue to use until I come across something better.
Boots day cream
I was loitering round the Boots no 7 counter a few weeks ago, and, having bought some of the products, the assistant gave me some samples of the day and night cream. I did like them, so bought the full tubs!
Great stuff!! This cream is going to work 24 hours a day this does then beg the question as to why I should use the night cream, but I won't ask that one.
It has Vitamin B5 and ceramide complex (again they don't tell me what this is), which will leave my skin looking healthy and radiant.
The good news, and the thing I understand is that it is SPF 15 and hypo allergenic, so I can go out in all of this glorious winter sunshine and let the rays do their worst. Actually, I do sort of know that there are still rays in the winter, so it is probably a good idea to have some SPF in there.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
The day cream comes in a 50ml tub with a screw off white lid. The colour is important because the night cream has a pink lid, so no reading necessary, because it's all colour coded.
As I have said before, I like tubs of cream because I can get right down to the last bit- no second guessing as to whether you have got to the end of the product.
The cream itself is quite a thick white cream which feels really moisturising, and when I rub it into my skin, it is easily absorbed, leaving no sticky or greasy residue. There is also no discernible smell, so it doesn't clash with any other lotions and potions I may add to my body.
HOW TO USE IT
Cleanse and tone your face and then apply as you would any other cream, avoiding that delicate little eye area.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
This costs £12 for 50 ml from Boots stores and online at www.boots.com.
Look out for buy 2 get 1 free offers, which always seem to abound at Boots.
WHAT I THOUGHT
I have used this for some time now, and have to admit that I like it. It seems to be a good winter cream when the elements often have a very drying effect on my skin- more so than the sunshine.
The tub lasts quite a long time, so it's good value, and it does leave my skin very moisturised. I have done as the manufacturers suggest, and used it in conjunction with the night cream (which also works for 24 hours), so I do believe the combination of these two creams and my other products have had a beneficial effect on what was becoming quite dry skin.
The cream is easy to apply and leaves me with no horrible greasy feeling but rather is instantly absorbed, and makes a good base for applying make up.
Even the tub is quite pleasant to look at, and at the moment, I am enjoying positioning all my potions to best effect (I need a life!).
As with the night cream, I did ask himself to give it a go, although he was a bit dubious about using two different creams depending on the time of day. I did insist he got it right! Whilst I have got completely normal skin which doesn't seem to be allergic to anything, he does have quite sensitive skin (bless!) This was a winner, as he pronounced it to be completely non greasy and non irritating. Good news for people with more delicate skin.
Overall, a good all round moisturising cream, but one which I don't know if I could recommend if you have very oily skin because it is really moisturising.
Thanks for reading
No7 Advanced Hydration Day Cream softens, smoothes and protects your skin from the elements / This velvety moisture cream is deliciously rich and intensive and works deep down to replenish your skin's natural moisture content, 24 hours a day /