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I am quite loyal to the No7 brand these days and I got their Protect & Perfect Moisturising Body Serum in a half price set at Christmas but a 200ml tube costs around £25.
Just like the facial beauty serum, this body moisturiser contains a powerful blend of both protecting and renewing ingredients and as I get older I am more partial to the renewing factor within these protects as time is taking it's toll lol!
The white cream has a pleasant subtle perfume and is very silky to the touch, neither too thick nor too thin and glides onto the skin very easily. This serum absorbs well and quickly and your skin feels immediately refreshed and hydrated. I particularly like the fact that you can get dressed more or less straight away after use.
Over time the claim is that this serum also helps to even out your skin tone and improve the firmness of your skin and it claims that in just for weeks youthful radiance can be restored although I expect you would have to use this religiously every day to get the optimum results. However, even though I don't use this every day I have noticed a sutble difference in how my skin feels and looks and with summer on it's way it gives me a bit more confidence when it comes to baring more flesh.
Special attention should be made to the chest, shoulders, arms and other signs which are particularly prone to showing the signs of ageing. Be aware that this does not appear to contain an SPF factor of any degree so make sure that you apply sunscreen afterwards as we all know that exposure to the sun is one of the main culprits of ageing the skin.
This is quite an expensive serum but it works really well and does make a difference to the look and feel of your skin if used regularly so I can highly recommend using this for your post bath/shower routine.
The serum is hypo-allergenic and has a life of 24 months and comes in an off white soft tube with a flip-top lid at the bottom allowing easy dispensing.
Thanks for reading. x
As a regular user of No7 products I was very excited when the new protect and prefect range came out, it did make bold claims about improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles and the skin in general, but I figured I'd give it a go anyway.
It is quite pricey at £25 for the bottle, but a good tip is wait until boots are giving out the £5 off No7 vouchers as you will get it a little cheaper! A small amount of the serum will go a long way as it is more like a runny liquid, but never the less it was easy to apply and soaked into the skin very well. I have to say the serum did smell very nice which was an advantage. I did use the serum religiously, along with other protect and perfect products, and have to say I did notice a great improvement in my skin it felt much more regenerated and even had people noticing and asking what products I had been using!
So although the product is a little pricey, it definitely is worth every penny and if you are savvy you will get a bargain.
I never was one for bothering with body lotion, but have always moistursied my face and tried the protect and perfect facial serum and loved it. So I tried this one as well, hoping it might improve the appearance of certain areas! Don't get me wrong, its not magic and I don't suddenly have the legs and midriff of a supermodel, but it does have a substantial effect on smoothness and firmness especially if you dry body brush with it too. Its is expensive at 25 pounds ish, but wait for No7 special offers and even if you don't get it cheaper you might get other free gifts which are usually lovely. It is not sticky like some body lotions, is absorbed quickly and I feel like I can put my clothes on immediatley after I apply this without feeling like my trousers are going to rub it all off straight away!
It comes in a 200ml sequeeable tube and costs 25 pounds. This product claims to in just 4 weeks smoothes lines and wrinkles. Which is quite a bold statement for products to make within a time limit.
The product itself is a cross between serum and cream. It is easily absorbed into the skin, which doesn't make it feel greesy or give that post moisturiser feeling. It makes skin feeling soft, supple and smooth after using it. Definately one for the summer, if you feel you cannot afford to use this all year round, as it's so easily absorbed and lightweight it won't make you feel weighed down by your daily moisturiser.
Also you a little of the product goes a long way e.g. walnut size of the product will do one whole leg, and I have quite long legs, whereas other product you have to use more. I'm not sure it works well as an anti wrinkle treatment itself as I haven't many to notice improvements. Although it definately gives skin a young fresh look and feel to it which is what we want from the product.
As a nursing student, I feel the pinch at 25 pounds, but the first time I brought this it was in reduce to clear at 7.50 and thought it was an absoulte bargin as I love the No 7 serum range. As a tip to other students and others who feel 25 is too much for such products I feel its worth going through the discount parts in boots to check whats in there as there are some real good bargins. Also to use those 5 pounds vouchers for products like these cause they are worth the cost.
The Protect and Perfect Body Serum is priced at around £25 for a 200ml tube.
Its part of the No7 range of widely used skin care products which claims to be able to turn back time and leave your skin looking and feeling regenerated.
The serum has been dermalogically tested and is also hypo-allergenic, but even though it says that on the product, its worth trying the tester in store rather than just buying blindly, as its really not a cheap item to purchase.
It has been voted product of the year too and whilst its a nice product thats easy to use I wouldn't rate it quite so highly, not because its lacking in terms of results, as its great to use, but mainly due to its price.
There are after all lots of cheaper brands on the market that moisturise the body for far less cash, whilst still giving good/ similar results.
It does leave your skin nice and smooth but I didn't see the results as quickly as I did with the hand or facial skin care items in this range. I would also say that its a cross between a serum and a cream, which is easy to apply, dries quickly and has a pleasant and not too over powering smell.
Would I use it again? Well lets just say that I would rather buy a cheaper body cream and then buy the facial care serum instead, as these could be had for a similar price for the 2 items. However if I was given this as a gift I would be very pleased as it is a good product, that gives nice results.
I was given a No 7 Protect & Perfect gift set at Christmas, which included a tube of this Moisturising Body Serum. The tube promises it will "help to perfect my skin's surface, even out skin tone, and give a firmer appearance and restoring its youthful radiance in just four weeks". I felt these were very bold claims for a body serum, so I was very excited and couldn't wait to start using the product.
It has a very runny texture, which means a little goes a long way. As a result the tube has lasted me over two months of almost daily use. It has a very mild scent, which to me smells similar to baby powder- a very soft, warm, calming type of scent. The smell is not at all offensive, and it is a shame that the scent doesn't linger on my skin after applying the product.
The product is fairly easy to apply, as it seems to be absorbed fairly quickly. However I've found it can leave my skin feeling a little bit sticky and applying, so I've found it easier to use this product in the evenings before bed rather than during the day when it would cause clothing to stick to the skin, and generally feel a little uncomfortable.
As for the performance of the serum, I have to say I'm extremely disappointed. My skin looks exactly the same as it did before I began using this serum. My skin is no more toned or firm looking, and is certainly not more radiant. The serum is not particularly moisturising either- I have tried so many body lotions before, such as Nivea, L'Oreal, Soap & Glory, Lush etc, and they have all left my skin feeling much more soft and smooth than this serum has.
If I saw this in a bargain bin for a couple of pounds then I might consider buying it again, but it certainly wouldn't be my first choice.
I have used several other body creams from the No 7 range before- I bought their anti-cellulite cream which was a similar size, and cost £5 (I got it for free with one of Boots's infamous £5 off no 7 vouchers!). I was expecting this Protect & Perfect body serum to retail for a similar price. Imagine my horror when I checked on the website and found this actually retails at £25! That is an absolutely ridiculous price for a product that has failed to live up to any of it's claims, and hasn't even moisturised my skin well. Of course the No 7 range is always on some kind of promotion- 3 for 2, free gifts, half price, bonus points, and the previously mentioned £5 off No 7 vouchers, but given the huge price to start with I feel even if you get a cracking deal you will still be paying far too much.
This product is extremely disappointing and for anyone considering purchasing this, I would thoroughly recommend asking to try a little sample of the product before committing to buying a whole tube of it. It failed to live up to any of it's promises and I feel it is massively overpriced. There are other firming lotions out there which perform much better than this (Lovely Jubblies from Lush, Dove firming body lotion etc) for a fraction of the price.
I love this moisturising serum as it leaves my skin feeling so soft. The only downside is the price for me as a student as it is currently and mainly always priced at £25 a bottle. There are always various offers on including 3 for 2 and the £5 no7 voucher, which is when I would purchase the serum. It applies on the skin very well and I dont have to use much as the amount goes a long way. I used it when I came home from holiday last year and it kept the dry peeling skin away and seemed to maintain my tan longer than after sun usually does. I apply a small amount after my shower and dont have to wait for it to dry before putting on my clothes which is good as some take ages to dry! Its in good packaging as you can ensure you get every last bit out with it being a squeezy bottle and sits upside down. It smells very lovely, a lot like the other no7 creams and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I have very dry skin on my legs and find that it works a treat.
I am a regular user of the boots no.7 protect and perfect beauty products, and for me personally I think they are great. The Moisturising Body Serum is for very good, it is pricey for a moisturiser, but a little does go a long way so it does last, I think 1 tube lasts approx 3 months which works out at about £6.00 a month. The serum glides on smoothly and does not take an awful lot of rubbing in, the smell is very pleasant and it is easily absorbed, therefore you are not having to wait around to get dressed. I like the way it is packaged as an upside down tube with the lid as the base, because you know that you are getting nearly all the serum out of the tube when it is neary empty, not like some other products where it is hard to get the last bits out.
Just to inform you, this product is currently available at Boots stores at around the £18 mark at the time of writing this review (January 2009) please correct me if I am wrong as this came to me as part of a gift set and I did not pay for it!
Well I was given this product as part of a gift set from a well meaning mother- I actually have more then a life times supply of freebie creams and body lotions, so when I was given this set, in fact I took a while to paste on a grin instead of a "but the Mac make-up...- you could have got me the Mac make-up..."! (For the past few years my mum has given me Mac make-up for Christmas, not this year however).
So I began using this already disappointed, which is not the correct way to approach anything in life. But I figured, it was non-returnable now- I would only get 50% of the products cost back (it was in the Boots Sale). I decided to use it as it was basically huge compared to what I am used to: its 200mls, I am used to 50 or 100mls, (or samples). It comes in a creamy white squeezable upside down type bottle- where the lid is at the base, the bottle itself has a matt finish so feels quite nice to hold.
I tend to use things where a little goes a long way and usually the bigger the bottle, the more you need to use.... I was having a dry skin moment- on my back- I think I had the heating on too high as my back was itching and felt like very dry, so I began with a small blob, rubbed it in, and was pleased to find it actually did go quite a distance! It would seem a little can also go a long-ish way with this product too. Its not a dense heavy cream though- its definitely got its fare share or serum in it- which is probably why it spreads over skin so easily, and also sinks in remarkably quickly too. I had a dry back, normally on applying any cream, I have to wait a good 5 to 10 minutes for it to sink in, but with this product? It took way less time, in fact I could pretty much get dressed straight away (well, maybe 2 minutes waiting).
It also left my skin with the same matt sort of finish that the bottle has, very smooth and definitely no longer dry- I didn't think a serum would do that, but it did. It didn't rub itself off on my clothes, it didn't need reapplying and it even smells quite nice too- very sweet, with a touch of the scent of vitamin E lotion.
Now, I have heard the stories about Boots Protect and Perfect- it was on a Horizon programme by the BBC a few years ago, they claimed it "worked", it what they basically said was it did actually reduce the signs of ageing. Well, I watched the programme and was then in a lot of doubt, they had tested one lady with the cream, and asked for her opinion. Hmm, so much for rigorous testing! So for me, the jury's out on that one. They only tested about 4 or so different creams and there was little difference in the results from what I could understand of the show anyway. But I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, and if this stuff is promising to help me stay looking young - or younger then my 27 years, I'm all for it. This product also promises this: "day by day, it helps perfect your skin's surface, evening out skin tone, giving a firmer appearance and restoring its youthful radiance in just 4 weeks" Hmm mm, cleverly worded marketing me things- no real promises there aside from the 4 weeks, its not actually saying it will be doing anything that a normal moisturiser doesn't already do. So though I will still use this, personally I do not expect any real difference, I am not the sort of person who uses a body moisturiser unless my skin gets too dry, which happens maybe twice a week? so cannot myself comment on this.
The good thing with this is that its just one cream- unlike the face creams where you need a separate serum and cream, with the body range, its just one product and your done. Very much easier (I wish they would do this with the facial care stuff too!).
I like this stuff- and despite all the vague promises, I may well buy this again. Its not for me gym friendly as its not easy for me to carry around in my very small gym bag, but it would be very useful for me at home. (I don't want to decanter it into a smaller bottle as I worry about the hygiene by the way) it would be excellent if Boots made smaller travel portions of this larger then the 10mls they give away in the gift with purchase sets- then I could actually give this 4.5 stars. Why not 5? well its still pricey, £18 is a lot of money, though I can understand why, its still a lot of money.
For firmer, more radiant looking skin /