The Botanics range of products by Boots is pretty amazing. It covers everything from organic, brightening, early age, hydrating to mature skin products. For this purpose, we will look at and review the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Firming Day Cream. After reading some positive reviews on this product I decided to try it for myself. An added bonus is that the cream comes with spf. This means you won’t have to buy an additional sunscreen (obviously if you are out in the sun for long duration, you will need something stronger than sfp15).
The product comes in 50ml in a small white tub. The packaging is very simple and has a ‘clean’ feel to it. Would be an ideal gift idea. The retail price is £10.59 at the time of writing this review.
The cream claims to have anti-ageing benefits. “It helps to nourish the skin and is infused with purple orchid extracts. These help to plump and hydrate the skin while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles“.
It is meant to have “superior UVA/UVB protection and contains vitamins A, C and E. These work to maintain and restore skin elasticity and give smoother, younger looking skin”.
Ingredients – Aqua (Water), C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl salicylate, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil, Cetearyl glucoside, Tribehenin, Sodium polyacrylate, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter, Bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, Astrocaryum murumuru butter, Potassium cetyl phosphate, Cetearyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone crosspolymer, Caprylyl glycol, Ascorbyl glucoside, Xanthan gum, Citric acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl acetate, Sodium benzoate, Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Retinyl palmitate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Orchis mascula extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, Dipropylene glycol, Simethicone, Glycine soja (Soybean) protein, Citronellol, Tocopherol.
A lot of ingredients! Generally I’m not a fan of products having so many. However, the moisturiser does have sweet almond oil, shea butter, citric acid and soy bean. I know these are good for the skin.
Texture – I would describe this as a medium to thick spread. In my view, if your skin is a little dry, you may need to go over a few times before it sits and penetrates into the skin. However, if you have normal or combination skin, then it really glides over the surface very nicely and you can instantly feel it. The colour is a creamy white.
Smell – The cream has a very mild and pleasant smell. I would describe it as a light, organic, ‘planty smell’. It is the presence of purple orchards in my view that gives off this fragrance. The smell is not overpowering, but just enough to linger on and is noticeable to others if they are in close proximity.
I have used the cream now for over 6 weeks. I normally apply in the morning after using a cleanser.
Good moisturiser – The cream looks ‘heavy’, but it’s actually light and gentle. I found it moisturised my skin pretty well. It definitely gave a cool matt finish and kept my skin hydrated throughout the day. I have normal to combination skin and it was very easy to apply. It wasn’t too dry or oily. I tend to get dry skin around my mouth area and this cream certainly helped to hydrate and remove the dryness. Also those with sensitive skin will really find this moisturiser effective, it won’t cause a bad reaction.
Good base – If you’re looking for a cream that you can use under your make-up, then this is really good. It doesn’t make the skin oily and layers well under foundation. It doesn’t interfere or give that ‘cakey’ look that some of the heavier creams tend to do.
SP15 – Buying a moisturising cream with sfp is certainly an added bonus. You’re actually getting two things for the price of one. One of the major contributors of premature ageing is constant exposure to the sun. This ruins the skin as the ultraviolet rays damage the fibres and make skin appear saggy and wrinkly. The Botanics Triple Age Renewal Firming Day Cream has spf. This means not only does it moisturise the skin but it also gives it protection.
There are a few downsides to the product though.
Wrinkles – The product is promoted as an anti ageing cream. The claim is ‘it will reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles in 4 weeks’. I’m afraid I haven’t noticed this. I’ve been applying the cream for 6 weeks and there isn’t anything noticeable when it comes to this. If you do buy this product, do not expect it to be a miracle cure for your wrinkles. It’s not going to happen.
Radiance – I expected the cream to at least brighten my skin. However, it didn’t do this. Nor did it make my complexion radiant. With some creams I have used, it did give a youthful glow. Not here I’m afraid.
Price – I did mention above the fact it helps to moisturise the skin and has spf. However, at £10.49 for 50ml I think it is a bit pricey. If it had anti ageing benefits I could’ve justified the price tag. However, without seeing results, it’s a thumbs down in the price department.
In terms of how long does the Botanics Triple Age Renewal Firming Day Cream last? I bought the cream from my local Boots store about 3 months ago. Though I do not apply every day, I do use it frequently and so far a third is still left.