Thursday, 16 August 2012

Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Protecting Day Cream SPF15

RRP: £5.33/50ml

--What does the promo say?--
"This youth-defending moisturiser instantly hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks with advanced protection from the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays. The unique anti-ageing complex includes provitamin A and targeted hyaluronic acid technology to help boost collagen production and effectively fight the visible signs of ageing. Innovative plant stem cell technology works to enhance skin's radiance to reveal its youthful glow. Ginkgo is one of nature's most trusted protectors. Environmental stresses can cause free radicals that degrade collagen and elastin, which give skin its youthful structure. Ginkgo leaves are packed with antioxidants that work to protect from this damage, helping skin look younger for longer. Our beauty scientists use active plant extracts approved by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to bring you beautiful skincare that's proven to work. 5* UVA Protection (***** Ultra)."

This day cream carries Botanics' trademark new green, white and purple colour scheme, and makes for an attractive sight. It comes in a screw-top pot, which would be OK were it not for the fact that the cream is quite runny. Be careful when opening to avoid spillage! Cream also collects in the lid easily as a result of the combination of design and cream consistency.

 Apply over face and neck after cleansing, morning and night. Simples :)

Does not have quite the same orange sheen as the serum, but still leans that way in its off-white, slightly translucent appearance. Absorbs into skin invisibly.

Some reviewers have complained about this, but I don't find the scent overbearing. Flowery, fruity, and slightly sugary - yes; but overpowering? Not at all.

--Texture and consistency--
Too runny for my taste, but this doesn't impede application. Arguably needs to be slightly heavier (even though it is a day cream) just to retain structural integrity - or, failing this, it should come in a pump dispenser like the serum.

--Effects on the skin--
As with the serum, I noticed a small increase in radiance. In addition, skin seemed calmer with redness being reduced. However, I will be passing this product to another tester who is in the product's target age range.

--Value for money--
Super value - doesn't even break the £6 barrier and uses high-quality ingredients. Would be interested to use their oily skin range on the back of what I've experienced.

 perfect partners
Radiant Youth Microdermabrasion Polish, £5.33
Radiant Youth Replenishing Night Cream, £5.33
Radiant Youth Super Serum, £6.66
Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream, £5.99 

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