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Product Review: Boots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum

Posted Jul 01 2008 11:06am

According to some sources, like the July 2008 issue ofOprahmagazine, for instance, women can’t get enough ofBoots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum($21.99,Amazon.com).  Previously only available in Great Britain, Americans are loving the hydrating and smoothing texture of this serum.

Unfortunately, there is good news and bad news.  The good news is thatBoots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serumisincredibly hydrating - the very high concentration of silicones (cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, and cyclohexasiloxane) will hydrate the skin, fill in fine lines and wrinkles, and give the skin a smoother appearance overall.  That’s the good part.

The bad part is thatBoots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serumis not really an effective anti-aging product in the long run.  Whileit is true that almost any hydrating moisturizer will provide some benefitin the long run, there aren’t really any restoring or renewing ingredients in proven concentrations inBoots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum, or any new or exciting technology, for that matter.  Thereisa small unknown concentration of vitamin C as sodium ascorbyl palmitate, which willbrighten the skin and act as an antioxidant, as well as retinyl palmitate, which willincrease cell turnover, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and smooth the skin.

Overall, I love h ofBoots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serumas a cosmetic primer, but the key word here iscosmetic.  For your best skin in the long run, use it in conjunction with agood retinol/retinyl palmitate, antioxidant(s), niacinamide, and, of course, sunscreen. Product rating: 6/10(High concentration of well-established ingredients: 1.5/3.  New technology: 1.5/3.  Value for the money: 3/3.  Sunscreen: 0/1).

Ingredients in Boots No. 7 Restore and Renew Serum

Cyclopentasiloxane; Aqua (Water, Eau); Butylene Glycol; Dimethicone Crosspolymer; Cyclohexasiloxane; Glycerin; Dimethicone Copolyol; Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate; Polysorbate 20; Magnesium sulfate; Phenoxyethanol; Sodium PCA; Retinyl Palmitate; Methylparaben; Propylene Glycol; Lupinus Albus Seed Extract; Carbomer; Butylparaben; Ethylparaben; Propylparaben; Isobutylparaben; Panax Ginseng Root Extract; Morus Alba Leaf Extract; Tocopherol; Palmitoyl oligopeptide; Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3

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