“ Brand: Boots / Type: Sun Lotion / Subcategory: Moisturiser / UV Protection Factor: SPF 15 / What it does: Moisturizes, „
Over the years I have spent a small fortune on moisturisers, which all seemed to claim amazing skincare benefits but never really delivered. After running out of my very expensive regular moisturiser I nipped into Boots to pick up a cheap moisturiser to tie me over until I could buy my more expensive one. Except, I never bought the more expensive one again because this one is so good.
I bought it mainly because I know Vitamin E is an excellent skincare ingredient and it contains SPF 15, which is important because I have fair skin and burn easily. The cream is a light lotion which is easily absorbed by my skin. I do not get the feeling that I have a greasy film on my skin like I do with other moisturisers. It also leaves a lovely base for putting on makeup afterwards. Since using this product my skin has been moisturised for longer during the day and even looks more illuminated. I really can't brag about this product enough, especially because it only costs £2.85 and is often on offer for 2 for £4. As it's so cheap I can use as much as I like without feeling guilty about wasting product as I did with more expensive moisturisers.
Overall, I'd really recommend this product to people with normal / dry skin. It possibly wouldn't be good for those with oily skin who would want a lighter formula, but for the right skin type this stuff is amazing!
I have used Boots own brand daily moisturiser with SPF15 for ages. The price doesn't seem to have increased very much and a 100ml tube will still cost me only £2.85. This is really cheap when compared to some moisturisers on the market, especially those that can also boast a sun protection factor into the bargain.
I love the packaging of this moisturiser, which again hasn't really changed much in all the time I have been buying this. It's plain and simple and nothing fancy but it's the contents I am interested in more than the outer packaging. The moisturiser comes in a tube, which is easy to squeeze to dispense the contents. It's a flat, matt looking tube which stands on its head so that all the contents run to the bottom and there is therefore no need to have to shake it to get any cream out.
The consistency of this cream is great, neither too thick nor too thin but rather somewhere in the middle. This is a brilliant little moisturiser to wear either on its own or as a base for make up and foundation. It feels really light on the skin and it is absorbed really easily and quickly. Perhaps the only negative thing I could say about it is that it has little to no smell. I always like a bit of a fragrance to face creams and therefore this one came as a slight disappointment in this respect, but the cream itself makes my skin feel wonderfully soft and smooth and not at all greasy or oily.
I only need to use a small amount as it goes a long way and it's great for even my oily t-zone area. I also use this face cream as a hand moisturiser from time to time and I use it on the décolletage area as well as my neck.
It's basically a good all rounder and perfect for wearing during the day under make up as it really helps my foundation to go on my face more smoothly. It's certainly well worth the price and appears to be very popular.
I personally have fairly clear skin, but it's rather dry, especially on my nose! (you know when you put makeup on your nose and the skin breaks?!). I also wanted to start putting SPF on my skin on a daily basis (I am only 20, but so didn't want an anti aging product, just something to look after my skin better). After looking at countless anti- aging moisturizers varying from £5- £50, I came across this little hidden gem! It's fantastic- very subtle clean smell, made my skin feel moisturized, but not greasy, stopped the breaking skin AND has SPF 15. All this for a couple of quid?- more than worth the money. I would advise investing your spare change in this wonder product before splashing out on an expensive one!
I have combination skin on my face - an oily T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry cheeks. Therefore, finding a moisturiser that adequately meets my needs has always been challenging, to say the least. Keen to avoid worsening the oily bits, but still feeling that my skin needs added moisture to help avoid any premature ageing, I need something light that will act as a good base for my make-up and help keep that dreaded shine at bay.
I first learnt about the Boots Vitamin E Moisture Lotion in a Boots magazine (ok, so it was obviously self-promotion of their products!) and there was an article in which Gok Wan talked about his beauty musts and this was one of them - apparently it acts as a great base for make-up. I thought it was worth a go so next time I was in Boots, I purchased myself two bottles of this (100ml). I bought two bottles as there was a promotion on the vitamin E range so you could buy two for £4 - this promotion seems to be ongoing. One bottle is priced at £2.85.
The moisture cream comes in a peach colour squeezy tube, which you stand on it's head. It's a simple design, but I don't think it needs to be fancy, it makes you think of it more as a natural product. Obviously, the cream contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant which helps to protect the skin against environmental damage. It is akso SPF 15, so gives your skin daily protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. It also contains naturally derived wheatgerm oils (hence the background image of a wheat sheaf on the bottle) which condition, moisturise and nourish the skin. It is also dermatologically tested.
I squeeze a little of the product onto my finger tips and apply to my neck and face in upward strokes. This can be easier said than done, particularly when applying from a new bottle, as the product tends to come out quite quick. This can lead to some product wastage as the design of the bottle is not open to replacing any product easily once removed. The cream is a decent consistency - not too watery but not as thick as a night moisturiser either. This is good for me as I was looking for something light for daywear. The cream is absorbed quickly into the skin, so application does not take long at all, and make-up can be applied on top almost immediately. It doesn't appear to have a scent - which is a good point for me as I generally don't like applying scented products to my face.
The lotion is really quickly absorbed and feels light on the skin - not at all oily. With this in mind, I was a little concerned regarding the actual moisturising properties, but it did leave the skin on my cheeks feeling much softer than normal. It also provided an excellent base for make-up application - my foundation glided on really easily. With other moisturisers, my skin has had a greasy residue causing any make-up to not take hold and seem to 'slip off', so this gets a big thumbs up from me.
So, the next big question is durability. Does my skin feel better in the evening when make-up is removed, hours after the moisturiser is applied? Well, yes it does. It feels soft and cared for, but happily the grease and oil is also kept well at bay.
I still use a slightly heavier moisturiser overnight to really care for my skin, as I don't think that this cream would really be enough on it's own for full-time use, but it is exactly what I was looking for for a day cream - light, protective and moisturising. There are also other products in the Boots Vitamin E range that may be more intensive and suitable for overnight, so I'm tempted to give these a go!
Background to why I bought this cream
I have previously used No7 moisturiser from boots for years now and have to say its been great. A couple of weeks ago though while visiting a friend for the weekend I realised I had forgot my moisturiser (eek!!).
I quickly ran to the local boots to pick up my moisturiser only to find they had sold out (double eek!!!!). As my friend was waiting in the car for me I quickly picked up Boots Vitamin E moisture lotion, it was a bit of a pressure buy. Also the price may have swayed me at £2.79 for 100ml!!!
The lotion comes in a tube in either 50ml or 100ml. I went for the 100ml at £2.79 as I can use quite a lot of moisturiser (damn my dry skin). The packaging is quite simple looking not as stylish as some more expensive creams but then it is a lot cheaper (they had to save some money somewhere!). The lotion comes with SPF15 which is great for protecting the skin in the British sun (!) and saves having to buy a separate SPF lotion.
The recommended directions for use
They suggest to apply to a cleansed face and neck in gentle upwards movements using the fingertips. Nothing new there, pretty standard.
When I first opened this tube I could smell a light wheat-like scent (due to the wheatgerm oil present in the product). It is quite a pleasant smell and reminds me slightly of holidays (not sure why exactly). If you are looking for a scent free lotion though stay away from this one.
The lotion is a light cream colour and the consistency is half way between a standard thicker cream and a lighter lotion. I tend to use a lotion rather than a heavy cream as my skin is quite dry. This was perfect for my skin but I could see people with normal or oily skin finding it way too greasy for them.
The lotion is quite nice to apply to the skin. It does feel slightly greasy when first applied but the lotion quickly soaks into the skin within seconds. It left my skin feeling very soft and well moisturised which is all I can really ask for from a cheap lotion like this.
I would recommend this lotion as it does what it is intended to do at a cheap price. Also for a cheap lotion it is great that it includes the SPF which most don't. In conclusion I will continue to use this lotion as it seems to work for my skin (and the price!!!). Although I should add I only use this as a day cream and I still use a No7 cream at night.