In keeping with the frugal January feels, I’ve been testing out some affordable skincare over recent weeks, and within that two new launches from the Boots Botanics range. Product Number One being their Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser (€8.29 for 125mls), and Product Number Two being their Hydration Burst Hydrating Day Cream (€10.99 for 50ml). As far as budget skincare goes, the Botanics range is playing a blinder – anything I’ve tried I’ve enjoyed using, with many products being repurchased. (Check out a very recent Botanics haul and review here!)… It’s a v. wholesome/ organic-where-possible/ no nasties brand, but without the feeling spendy £RRP. Howiya.
Starting with the Dual Action Hydration Burst Cleanser…
I’ve been using this at night as part of a double cleanse regime. This is a gel-to-oil cleanser for dehydrated and/or sensitive skin-types, which claims to remove makeup and impurites without leaving the skin dry or tight. It’s both paraben and SLS free, and contains clary sage (an essential oil baring anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits).
Consistency wise, it’s a (very) thick gel, which when massaged on the skin transforms into oil. Direction wise, the gel is to be massaged onto dry skin, before dampening the product. This in turn converts the cleansing oil into a milk, which I then remove with a wet muslin cloth.
As a cleanser, it does what it intends – removing makeup without drying out the skin. It’s perfect for sensitive skin and dry skin types (aka me). The gel to oil consistency reminds me of this wonderful Guinot mask, and is right up my street (Bring on le grease!). However, personally the gel-oil-milk formulation is a tad too OTT for a morning cleanse, and therefore I’ve been using this only as an evening makeup remover before cleansing my skin (as in, part one of a double cleanse).
My current collection of cleansing oils all remove eye makeup quick smart, but alas this pales in comparison, resulting in me generally having to use a micellar water/eye makeup remover separately. However it will remove all else with zero fuss – sunscreen, waterproof makeup etc. It’s quite soothing on the skin, and definitely hydrating (the Jojoba oil takes care of that). Price wise, it’s fantastic – I can see it being referrred to as an Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel dupe, but for a fraction of the cost. Well worth picking up.
Now for the Botanics Hydration Burst Day Cream…
This is a current staple in my work/gym makeup bag. As with the gel cleanser, it contains Clary Sage and is targeted for dehydrated and sensitive skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid and glycerin (all y’all dehydrated ladies can rejoice!). There are no particularly groundbreaking active ingredients in there at the same time, BUT there’s also no mineral oil which is often the case with affordable moisturisers.
What I like about this day cream is how lightweight it feels on the skin, without losing it’s rehydrating capabilities. It sinks into the skin relatively quickly, without leaving a greasy residue. Hence it being perfect pre makeup-on-the-go. It claims to leave skin soft and smooth for 48 hours, a claim I’ve yet to test out – but if it keeps my morning skin happy ’til evening I’m impressed. Which it does – this has replaced a day cream five times the price for the last fortnight and I haven’t noticed any deterioration to my skin… (Hmmm, makes ya think!)
It’s advertised as a day cream, but there’s nothing to stop you using it come bed-time as well I suppose; no SPFs or the likes. Personally I’ve been sticking with my richer overnight masks (Glamglow Thirstymud, Guinot Eclat Lifting, Dermalogica MV Power Recovery etc), but if you don’t like being a bedtime greaseball and are on a budget, then the Botanics Day Cream should do the job.
There are no major anti-aging ingredients listed in the moisturiser, and subsequently it’s not something I’d use exclusively for too long, but as a budget buy for dry skin ’tis fab for the price. Only change I’d make would be to throw in an aul SPF in there too – then you’re really getting said bang for your buck!