Don’t you just love those handy little vouchers Boots gives you for £5 off its No7 range? I’m pretty sure I’ve only ever tried No7 when I’ve used those vouchers. I think you get them when you spend £5 or more on beauty/skincare, so I tend to have a lot of them floating around at any given time. That’s how I ended up buying No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream.
I was recommended the version for Dry/Very Dry skin. It’s a heavy, cream-type moisturiser – which is understandable, given that it’s designed for dry/very dry skin – and it boasts an SPF of 15. Not much, but probably enough for everyday wear in standard British weather (i.e mostly cloudy and mild). It also claims to be hypoallergenic, which is something I’m a little skeptical of, especially considering it lists fragrance as an ingredient.
I really wanted to love this product because I like the idea of Boots’ No7 range, and I like the look of their skincare. The packaging, I find, is classy and understated, and looks very pretty on my dresser. I also like that the skincare range is quite “basic” in the sense that it’s all categorised into skin type (Dry/Very Dry; Normal/Dry; Normal/Oily) and there’s about 5-10 products in each range, including a day cream, night cream, and a cleanser. This makes it simple, no-nonsense, and easy to understand. Brands like La Roche Posay or Avene, for example, are so complicated, it’s hard to remember which product is which, and whether it’s good for my skin etc.
So it’s a shame that I didn’t get on with this. I found it was too heavy for day use under makeup – although please bear in mind this was during summer, in humid, muggy weather, so I might actually find it best suited to the rest of the year. I also found it felt a little greasy, and I’m pretty sure it broke me out.
I guess you could put those issues down to the weather though, so if you have your eye on this and want to try it, go for it – especially with the Boots gift vouchers. You might find it works really well for your skin, and goes nicely under makeup during the colder months.
On the plus side, it didn’t upset my sensitive skin. I’d recommend this moisturiser because it feels quite nice, I just don’t think it was suited to my skin. Perhaps I should have tried the Normal/Dry version instead.
Have you tried Boots’ No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream for Dry/Very Dry Skin?
Consistency: Very thick and quite heavy. Almost like Nivea Creme in the blue tin. Great for dry skin.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 4/5. It didn’t upset me, but I worry about that fragrance.
Price: £12.50, but I bought it with a £5 off voucher.
Overall Rating: 5/10. Although I didn’t get on with No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream, I want to be fair and say that 1. I tried it in summer, when I should have been using a lighter moisturiser; 2. I think it broke me out, but it could have easily been something else; and 3. It might not be the right product for my skin. If you want to try it, don’t let my experience put you off.
The thing about skin care is that it’s such a personal thing. With makeup, products can be universally shit, but skincare is different in that what works for one person may not work for the next person.