Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Boots No 7 - Calm Skin - Redness Relief Gel/Balm

Until recently I'd never really looked at Boots No 7 skincare, as to be honest I tend to stick with what I know works for my skin (mainly Clarins, although recently Liz Earle).  I have combination skin, that can be very sensitive.  I find that if there is any excuse for my skin to go red then it will, leaving me walking around looking rosy/flushed the majority of the time!

To be honest I can't remember what lead me to this product, all I remember is finding it on the Boots website, and reading almost all of the reviews on it.  That sums me up quite well - I like researching things before I buy them, to make sure I'm not wasting my money!

Boots No. 7 Calm Skin Redness Relief Balm

Boots No 7 Calm Skin Redness Relief Gel (mine says Balm) gets glowing reviews on the website, so I decided that I would pop into store and get one for myself!

Pump Bottle

The bottle itself is glass, with a gold and white plastic pump.  I started off using 3 pumps of the gel, but found that I was getting through it way too fast, so decided to use two instead - but this is still plenty.  I wouldn't really describe this as a gel, its more like a lotion.  It's light and is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving the skin feeling soft without blocking my pores.  As it's a gel, it also has a nice cooling effect, which feels soothing on irritated skin.  

The box and the bottle both say: "With ceramides and liquorice to help strengthen and soothe easily irritated skin".  Having used this morning and night, not exactly religiously, I would definitely say I have seen an improvement in my skin.   I apply it before my moisturiser, and have already noticed that I have a more even skin tone, and the pigmentation is a lot less red.  I don't look as flushed any more, which is great, and some days my skin feels so good I can get away with wearing any foundation without worry of looking too red.

At £18 for a 30ml bottle it is a little bit expensive, but has so far lasted me three weeks, and I'm about half way through the bottle.  So maybe it's not something I would buy all the time, but I reckon in winter this will be a saviour, so worth maybe spending my Boots Advantage card points on!

I did a quick bit of research on the ingredients list, just to see what they were and why they were there!  
So the following is a very brief summary of what the ingredients do, and why they're there.  I hope it's of some help to some of you?
  • Octydodecanol - emulsifier, prevent foaming, lubricant on skin surface
  • Squalene - component of oil, lubricant
  • Butylene glycol - solvent - reduce viscosity
  • Dimethicone - anti-foaming, protects skin from harmful stimuli, may provide relief, slows the water loss from skin
  • Cyclopentasiloxane - delivers other silicones, anti-foaming, evaporates
  • Phenoxyethanol - prevents product spoilage
  • Butyrospermum parkii butter - shea butter - soft smooth appearance, slows loss of water
  • Dimethiconol - smoothing, anti foaming agent
  • Ammonium glycyrrhizate (liquorice root) - reduces flakiness, improves suppleness
  • Polysorbate 20 - helps other chemicals that would not normally dissolve
  • Castanea sativa extract - sweet chestnut extract - anti-oxidants
  • Acrylates/vinyl isodecanoate crosspolymer - forms a film on skin
  • Methylparaben - preservative
  • Sodium lauroyl lactylate - moisturiser - delivers active ingredients
  • Butylparaben - preservative
  • Ethylparaben - preservative
  • Potassium hydroxide - control pH
  • Propylparaben - preservative
  • Tetrasodium EDTA - prevents product from going rancid
  • Isobutylparaben - preservative
  • Lupinus albus extract - antioxidant
  • Cholesterol - skin conditioning - also prevents separation of oil and water components
  • Ceramide 6 ii - restore skin's barrier system
  • Phytosphingosine - anti-inflammatory
  • Carbomer - emulsifier
  • Xanthan gum - skin conditioning agent
  • Ceramide 3 and 1 - skin hydration
Has anyone else tried anti-redness creams and serums and had good results? Let me know!


  1. I purchased one from sk:n clinics for £25 and it made no difference to my skin at all, I would be interested in purchasing this one though just to compare the two.

  2. I hate it when stuff doesn't work!!!! Let me know how you get on if you try the Boots one!

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  4. Silly blogger posting the same thing twice!


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