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I decided to buy this daily serum for myself when I saw it on offer in Boots for just £7.50 last year. Since then the makers have changed the color of the bottle but the product is exactly the same. I had been using a daily moisturizer from the Olay brand, but I've always liked the Boots make and generally find them just as good as the more expensive brands. The bottle is about 5 inches tall and holds 30 ml of cream. It's a sturdy plastic bottle with a pump-action dispenser and one of the few that have never come loose from the pump, making it much longer lasting than it would have been. Another benefit for me is I can just about use it with one hand, which is difficult normally with my arthritis. I'm just getting down to the last third now, so have to decide whether to continue using this since there are so many other products on the market.
This is one of the Boots own make time delay formula and under the banner of anti-ageing wrinkle reducing daily serum. Quite a mouthful, but there are quite a few products in this range so I wanted to make it clear what I was reviewing.
On the reverse of the bottle are these words;
Wrinkle reducing daily Serum.
Supercharge your skin with this powerful blend of protecting and renewing ingredients. Proven to help reduce the appearance of pores and smooth lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks.
Directions are to sweep gently over your skin after cleansing and toning. For best results use in conjunction with other time delay moisturizers. There is also a warning to avoid the area around the eyes.
Since I already owned a similar product for use around the eyes I wasn't too concerned about the different makes. My eye cream was part of a set of Boots No 17, which, in my opinion, is very similar, if not exactly the same. I bought the daily cream for my daughter and it felt the same.
If the product actually did make you look younger day-by-day then I'd have knocked off over half my years by now as I use this almost every day. I do use another cream as well, but that doesn't feature in this review. It just explains why this has lasted so long. However, the combination either works quite well or I'm just naturally lucky with my skin. I do have quite deep laughter lines around my cheeks and eyes, but I don't have deep grooves and my neck is virtually unlined still. Just last week my grandson Jack noticed my dimples for the first time. 'Nanny, why have you got holes in your face?' he said and horrified I checked for a sudden outbreak of the dreaded wrinkles. Thank goodness it was just a sunny day when he noticed them. It just goes to show how paranoid us ladies can be. I really do have a phobia about looking old.
On first using this I cautiously using a small amount, always concerned about adverse effects. I do sometimes get a bit of eczema so I'm very careful. It felt quite rich and creamy but rubbed in easily. There's no perfume in it, so no worries on that score. I did feel a tingling though, so left it a while and wondered if I should wash it off. It was probably just the cream tightening the skin though, so I persevered and it stopped after a minute. Smoothing it across my face from the temple to the hairline and then in smooth sweeps across the cheeks, down across my nose and then firming upwards taking in the skin just underneath the jaw line, I felt sure it was going to work.
After a week I had hoped to see some change, but there wasn't any difference, still, it had said after four weeks. Oh the impatience of an Aries! A little bit of this goes a long way fortunately for me. Another use I found for it was on the rare occasions when I go somewhere special and apply foundation. I don't feel that confident with foundation and rarely buy a special one, so I used the serum to blend the foundation it. It didn't streak but my skin color was quite pale, so I now use a foundation and moisturizer combined.
I've used the serum now for about 7 months so I'm due to buy more soon. It's just within the use-by date now, which is probably why I got it cheaper, most products last longer than you'd expect. I am convinced it has helped to keep my skin firm but there isn't a great deal of difference in my smile lines. I guess I'll have to live with them and call them character spots (I can't call them beauty spots).
So will I continue using this? Yes, I can recommend it. It's still only £13.25 and that's half what I paid for my daughter's cream. Anyway, I'm about to start using night-cream soon, I'm not getting any younger, after all.
Thanks for reading
©Lisa Fuller 2011.
The Time Delay range in Boots is very similar to the more expensive and widely lauded Protect and Perfect Range. This wrinkle reducing serum is a great alternative to the more expensive No7 version. The price of this is almost half of that of the No7 item and the results are just as pleasing.
The shelf price is around £11.99, however Boots do have regular offers and promotions and you can often get yourself some of this for just £6.99 when some of the money off skin care promotions are running. Plus there are sometimes 3 4 2 offers which you can combine with other items in the range.
Now it has been said that this product is almost identical in its content to the No7 serum and if you check out the list of ingredients they are really similar.
Thats what made me want to give this a try as having used the other product and liked it I then started thinking that there may be other products like it at a cheaper price.
The serum is light and easy to apply and as its cheaper then the other product, you could use it both morning and evening and not worry about it being used up too quickly. I would use it in the mornings mostly after a moisturiser and under make up if you wear it.
It dries easily and is not greasy, but does make the skin look and feel improved. Once again it contains retinyl which is used in many much pricer skin care ranges.
I would say that if you are thinking of trying a serum but don't want to spend too much then this is a great buy. You should notice an improvement in the general tone and texture of your skin within a matter of just a few weeks.
I am a face serum convert and use one twice a day as part of my skin care regime. Although I like the feel of serums, I awas never sure whether they were actually doing anything for my skin. However, one day I had one of those facial skin analysis scans. You know, where you put your face inside a machine, it takes a photo of your face and you're presented with probably the most shocking photo of your face that you'll ever see. These photos show the layers of skin beneath the outer layer so you can see the effects of sun damage undergone throughout your life.
The reason I mention the facial scan is that when discussing possible treatments for my skin, the skin analyst told me that I have quite thin skin and should avoid harsh treatments such as facial scrubs. She told me that the best treatments for my skin include regular use of serums as these apparently nourish the skin as well as providing more protection. It should always be used underneath a moisturiser.
After finishing off the last of my Boots No. 7 Protect & Perfect serum, I needed to restock. I've been happy with Protect & Perfect but when I arrived back in Boots, I noticed the price had risen by around £1.50. That's not a huge amount I suppose, but I thought I'd take a look at what else was on offer in the facial serum department.
I've tried a few different serums in the last couple of years, but one I hadn't seen before was this Anti-Ageing Wrinkle Reduction Daily Serum from Time Delay. I love the products from the Time Delay range and I have wondered whether their ingredients are similar to the No. 7 range since they are both Boots own brands.
This product is apparently proven to help reduce the appearance of pores and smooth lines and wrinkles in just 4 weeks. I contains antioxidants and a specialist skin-firming lipopeptide complex. It says it 'allows skin to help itself repair from within, boosting elasticity and reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Immediately skin feels softened and smoothed.'
This is all very convincing and along with its extremely low offer price, down from its usual price of £11.75 to £6.75 and the fact that I've used and liked many of their products over the years, I purchased a bottle. Additionally, the serum itself looks very similar to the Protect & Perfect being a pale creamy colour.
I've been using this serum for a couple of months now and one of the best points about this product is the bottle it's contained in. It's a small, 30ml plastic cylinder shaped bottle and very lightweight. It's clear so you can see how much serum is left. Because it's so narrow, you can easily hold it in one hand while pressing down on the dispenser button on top. What's even better is that each time you use it, the bottom of the dispenser squeezes the contents upwards and the entire bottom half of the bottle and contents move up. This way, every drop of the serum is squeezed out, so none is wasted. The entire bottle has lasted me two months of using twice a day.
On applying the serum, I find a couple of presses of the dispenser provides enough coverage for my entire face. The consistency is lightly creamy and thick enough to sit on my fingers without dripping off and has a very pleasant, mild fragrance. It glides smoothly over my skin and leaves a satiny sheen on my skin. After around 20 seconds it's absorbed completely, leaving a perfect base ready for applying moisturiser on top.
When comparing this serum to others I've tried, it's probably my favourite.
Although I feel somewhat influenced by the positive press given to the No. 7 Protect & Perfect, I cant say I've noticed any benefits of this over the Time Delay product. It's a lovely serum to use at a very good price. Although it claims it's wrinkle reducing, I honestly can't say that this has happened. But nearly all creams and serums have promises to that effect and I just take them all with a pinch of salt now!
Helps reduce the signs of wrinkles and lines /