What to Look For
John Boots started to sell herbal remedies in 1849 for a small shop in Nottingham, England. From that humble beginning, his apothecary skin care company, Boots, has grown into a popular brand that sells affordable, modern beauty products that are not tested on animals. Boots No. 7 wrinkle-reduction creams and serums, such as Protect and Perfect Intense Beauty Serum, combine retinol extract with plants like alfalfa, which clinical trials prove reduce fine lines and wrinkles. The plant and herbal ingredients soothe and offset some of the side effects of retinol, such as peeling and flaking, to produce flawless, glowing skin.
The key factor in Boots No. 7 skin care line is retinol and the key factor in retinol's effectiveness is a substance called tretinoin, the acid form of Vitamin A. Tretinoin does all the work of exfoliating the skin to clear up acne, minimize pore size and smooth over blotches and scars; however, if your skin is very sensitive, the exfoliation may become excessive and lead to peeling. Meanwhile, the acid can also slightly burn your skin making it appear red. Retinol enhances the effects of the sun, so you have to be very careful to avoid the sun or use sunscreen. Because Boots skin care mixes retinol with soothing plant and herbal substances, you may be able to avoid these side effects when using the brand, but you should take a break from the products if peeling and reddening occur.
Where to Buy
The only place to find the Boots No. 7 skin care line in the U.S. is at Target. Target is an affordable, clean and convenient shopping experience and has locations all over the U.S. For those of you not lucky enough to have a Target in your area, you can order Boots No. 7 online at drugstore.com or directly from the Boots website.
Boots No. 7 is an extremely affordable option for keeping your skin looking young. The Protect and Prefect Beauty Serum raved about in Oprah Magazine sells for roughly $18 at Target. Similar products in a department store could cost over $30, but other similar products found at Target like Neutrogena's anti-wrinkle cream with retinol, cost about $14. However, Neutrogena's skin line does not incorporate plants and herbs, which may be the key factor in Boots No. 7's smoothing and soothing skin products.