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Last year for Christmas I received a Boots No7 skin care set which contained the range of protect and perfect serums and creams. One of the creams which was in the set was the protect and perfect night cream.
This cream currently sells for £23.00 for a 50ml pot and is exclusive to Boots to purchase in store or online. As my cream came in a gift set it was packaged in a tube instead of a pot and contained 25ml. This cream is very expensive but it is always worth looking for offers such as 3for2 or the £5 No7 vouchers which are often given out in store.
When the protect and perfect range of skincare was introduced by Boots it caused quite a stir as people claimed to have seen dramatic results with the reduction of lines and wrinkles. This night cream states that it 'protects young skin to delay first signs of aging, boost radiance and visibly reduce lines'. It also contains a pro-retinol complex to help boost the skins elasticity and is hypo-allergenic. To me it sounded just perfect as I have now reached my 30s and am slowly starting to see my skin change with the first few fine lines appearing.
It states to use this cream at night after cleansing and for better results to use the protect and perfect serum before the cream. I luckily did receive a tube of the serum in my gift set too so was able to follow this routine as I wanted to see if I really did notice a difference after all of the hype.
The cream itself is white in colour and has a lovely light, fresh fragrance, it is really easy to dispense from the tube and personally I think this is a much better way of packaging the cream than in a pot as it is more hygienic. The cream was really easy to apply onto my skin and a little does go a long way. After applying I loved the way my skin feels as it is instantly absorbed leaving my skin feeling soft and smooth and the cream does not feel in anyway sticky or gloopy as I find some night creams can. Since using the cream my skin looks more radiant and feels smoother to touch, the dry patches that I am prone to around my nose also seem to have improved and I think the slight fine lines around my eyes have become less noticeable.
Overall I have been really impressed with this night cream, it is a little on the expensive side but my tube has lasted over a month so far and I think results are worth the extra cost.
I enjoy using Boot's own range of skincare products and for approximately the last two years or so I have been using a night cream called No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream. This comes in a jar with a twist off lid and the jar contains 50ml of face cream with a shelf life of one year. I have used a lot of these jars and whilst I can vouch for the fact that they each last a long time, they do run out before the year is up - quite a bit before, actually.
I like this night cream a lot, primarily due to the fact that it not only improves the tone and texture of my skin and helps me to look fresh when I wake every morning, but also due to it's really excellent absorption qualities. With a lot of night creams, I personally find that they can be very thick and heavy and feel quite greasy on my skin and consequently, they can take absolutely ages to sink in. I hate to go to bed with my face feeling like I have rubbed a pack of lard all over it, but I am happy to report that No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream sinks in beautifully, with no greasiness or tackiness left o the skin afterwards.
It seems to tone and lift my skin and I am sure that during he past two years I have been using this product, it's actually eliminated the finer lines which have been forming around my eyes. It also has a gorgeous light and fresh fragrance, but it isn't too heavily perfumed.
There is really nothing negative I could say about this night cream. It costs a fair bit at £24 a jar but I usually buy mine whenever I have a £5 off coupon for a No7 product. If you are looking for a night cream which won't make you feel weighed down and which won't clog your pores, then I would definitely recommend this one.
I think its extremely important to look after your skin at night. I always make sure I remove my make up and I always apply a night cream so it can work its magic whilst I am sleeping. I remember a television advertisement years ago that said, "nighttime is a magical time for your skin," and that has stuck with me ever since. During the night is the time when the skin can really look after itself so a night cream definitely makes sense.
I have been using Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream for quite a few years now. There was quite a buzz about it a few years ago and it became the IT cream and so I jumped on the bandwagon too and began using it but it just goes to show how good it is because I am still using it all these years on and so are other people too.
Boots say that this cream, "visibly improves deep lines, wrinkles and boosts radiance for younger looking skin in 4 weeks." I really like the way my skin looks in the morning when I wake up, my face does look fairly fresh and I don't have too many wrinkles yet so hopefully it's working.
The cream is easy to apply and fairly thick but not too heavy and greasy which would put me off if I had to sleep in it with my face like that. A few minutes after application I feel the cream has sinked in and that it's doing its job. My face is nice and soft in the morning too and not dry in any way.
According to Boots, they've, "blended their patent pending antioxidant complex with skin firming pro-retinol complex containing Lipopeptides and Alfalfa Extract to help restore skin's structure and maintain elasticity.Also contains Matrixyl."
A 50ml costs £24 which I think is a really good price in the world of fancy night creams and a pot does last for a long time. All in all, a cream I will be using for quite a few more years to come.
I recently reviewed the Protect and Perfect Serum that is in the same range as this night cream so I will now review the actual night cream.
This Night cream from Boots No 7 range costs £22 and there are 50ml in the pot. The pot itself is originally packaged in a neat, square cardboard box but this can be discarded once you start using the cream. The pot is quite pleasing to the eye, it is more oval than round and has a very thick clouded glass bottom to it and a plastic top. The only drawback is the weight of it. It feels very heavy so it's not great for travelling with. I left this one at home when I went away recently as I just feel it's too heavy to take. You could decant some for a holiday but that sounds like too much effort to me, I just take smaller tubes with me for breaks away!
The plastic lid screws off and reveals the lovely smooth, glossy white cream inside. The design of having the cream in a pot is great as it means you can scrape out every last bit of it with your finger and you don't feel like you're wasting any. I just dip my finger in and smooth the cream onto my face. It retains its shape in the pot but is loose enough to rub all over my face very easily. You don't need too much to cover your face and neck. It does not feel greasy at all but it does look quite shiny on my face afterwards when I look in the mirror.
It has a lovely fresh smell to the cream. It's always hard to describe the smell of a cream but it is very pleasant, I like it a lot. Once on,my skin feels soft and nourished and cared for and I do like the way my skin feels with it on. I also use the day cream which I feel complements the use of this one.
It is fairly expensive but I have found that this one has lasted me several months now and I've still got quite a bit left in the pot. I'd definitely recommend the use of this cream to others looking for a nice night cream.
It's a sad fact that as men and women grow older, not only does gravity take over but our skin develops faint lines which with the passage of time develop into deeper, more permanent wrinkles. Now for men, the deep lines seem to make them more attractive, garnering such descriptions as rugged or craggy. With one or two rare exceptions, once women develop wrinkles they tend to lose their beauty and their powers of attraction becoming practically invisible or, even worse, described as being not like a crag but more of a hag! For those of us women who don't fancy going down the route of botox or surgery we have to start the fight against wrinkles as soon as possible and beginning a skincare regime before lines appear could help to ward off the inevitable for a few extra years. This means cleansing skin regularly, using a good moisturiser and an equally good night cream.
Although night cream, as such, is a twentieth century product, the history of night preparations is a long one and women have been applying lotions and potions to their faces at bedtime for millennia. There are even records of women in Ancient Rome going to bed with fine olive oil applied to their faces to help moisturise their skin and reduce the possibility of wrinkles and as time progressed, more refined and perfumed lotions were developed until the present day where these creams now take into consideration age and skin type and contain ingredients to nourish, replenish and protect the complexion.
What is a night cream?
These creams tends to be a much heavier moisturiser often containing a higher level of oils, which makes it too greasy to wear during the day, especially under normal make up. Because of this higher oil content, the cream is absorbed into the skin over a longer period of time and as skin cells are renewed during periods of sleep, this is the time when applying cream has most effect.
No. 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream is currently retailing in Boots for £22 for a 50ml jar. This product is very occasionally included as part of Boots' 3 for 2 promotions, so if you shop cannily this price can be reduced.
I've been a fan of Boots No. 7 range for many years and now use their Protect & Perfect products for both daytime moisturising and at night. Over the years, I've used several other night creams from various manufacturers previously but have always found them so greasy that they actually feel unpleasant on the skin. Not only that but because of the higher level of grease which remains on the surface of the skin, there is the risk of it transferring onto the bed linen. No. 7, however, seem to have developed a cream which, although containing higher levels of oil doesn't retain any greasiness on the skin.
The cream is sold in the Protect & Perfect livery of an aqua blue box with gold and black lettering. The jar itself is a pearly white coloured, slightly opaque glass with an aqua blue lid. The cream is hypo allergenic so is suitable for even the most sensitive skin with an ingredients list that is, of course, full of long chemical names which mean absolutely nothing unless you're a chemist. Boots' claim this is "A rich formulation which contains our patent pending next generation antioxidant complex, to protect against damaging effects of free radicals. Includes skin-firming pro-retinol complex containing lipo-peptides to boost and maintain elasticity." I've found nothing about this product which disputes their claim.
Once opened, the first thing to note is the perfume which is light, floral and pleasant, with a fragrance reminiscent of lily-of-the-valley. This cream is only slightly thicker in consistency that the Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum, which I use as a daily moisturiser, and when rubbed between the fingers it has a silky rather than greasy feel to it. The cream is extremely easy to apply, going on very smoothly because of the higher oil content and a little of this product goes a long way.
The main difference I've found with this night cream as opposed to others I've used, however, is the speed of absorption. It sinks into the skin very quickly so that there isn't any greasy residue remaining on the surface of the skin at all and yet it leaves the complexion feeling moisturised and soft. It's almost as if the cream is just lying beneath the top layer of skin. In the morning the complexion feels soft and smooth and is, hopefully, replenished and ready to face the day ahead. Boots sometimes claim it leaves skin radiant but I'm not sure about that one. It will be a cold day in Hell before I wake up on a work day morning feeling radiant!
With regard to negatives, it's very hard to think of any other than that the cream has a shelf-life of 24 months and in my experience a 50ml jar will last longer than that time. I'm not sure what ingredients in the cream are likely to degenerate after the two years is up, but I shall continue to use this cream until the jar is empty!
I know we all age at separate rates and some of us have been luckier with regard to the gene pool from which we've come, but I really do feel that over the couple of years I've been using this cream it's helped me keep my skin smooth, supple and relatively line-free. It won't give you the complexion of a twenty-something (unless you actually are one) but it does seem to reduce that coarseness of the complexion which develops as skin matures.
To my mind, this is an excellent mid-priced night cream which does the job for which it's intended and definitely deserves 5 stars.