Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum (review)

Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum
Luminosity – The intrinsic brightness of a celestial object

Luminosity is what Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum hopes to boost in just two weeks. It's another one of those words that's thrown around in the beauty industry because it sounds good but is actually jargon.

Obviously, Botanics aren't referring to the amount of energy emitted by a star (unless that's a strange metaphor for your face) but refer instead to the luminous quality of your skin after using this serum.

In a fortnight this serum with “radiance-boosting active flavonoids” is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles with its protective gingko extract and anti-ageing complex. It tackles free-radicals and degrading collagen to help you look more youthful.

The plant extracts are approved by Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (the whole product is manufactured here in the U.K.) but it's not as natural as you might expect. It contains three types of silicones, a derivative of propylene glycol and parfum. It is, however, free of all parabens and the box is made from FSC certified card. Everything is recyclable.

Sharp gouge on Botanics pump
It's a pity none of it looks desirable. I really don't like Botanics latest design (it reeks of cheap) and the quality is questionable – my dispenser must have been mangled by the factory machine, it had a very sharp gouge near the pump. The white design of the tube is basic, but the box is an improvement but surplus to requirements and therefore wasteful of paper.

Back to the serum: the silicones do give it a very silky smooth texture so it's a pleasure to apply (and smells nice in a fruity-flowery way, too). There's no extensive massaging in required, as it sinks into skin well and leaves no residue – even on oily skin like mine. Applying moisturiser and make-up on top isn't a problem.

Immediately after application my face looked smoother and healthy. After continued use I haven't noticed any change in surface lines but the healthy look has only been enhanced. People have complimented me on my complexion so it must be doing something right, and it's the only product I've changed!

It's under ten pounds, too, and as it's available in Boots most people should be able to get a hold of it. (Unlike some of my more obscure foreign purchases!) I think it's good value, not just because it's well-priced but also because it works. It's not a miracle worker – very few products are! – but it's a worthy addition to your daily skincare regime.

Sinks in quickly; leaves no greasy residue
Not as natural as Botanics-brand implies
Affordable & widely available
Packaging looks & feels cheap
Face looks and feels smooth & healthy

Lots of real plant extracts


Brand: Botanics

Size: 30 ml
Price: £9.99 (£33.30/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus (Sweet Almond Oil), Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sodium Polyacrylate, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Cetyl Phopshate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Rethinyl Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Parfum (Fragrance), Ethylhexylglycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Cupressus Funebris Wood Oil, Hexyl Cinamal, Linalool, Citral, Simethicone, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Tagetes Minuta Flower Oil

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