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On Boxing Day 2015, No7 launched their new Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Moisturising Body Serum. The winter months can be particularly harsh on your skin and indoor heating can really dry it out, so having a good skincare routine is essential.
The anti-aging formula contains Matrixyl 3000 (which sounds like a Keanu Reeves movie), and is said to encourage your body to produce more collagen and elastin. It also includes the moisturising ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Argan Oil. Like No 7’s other moisturisers, it comes in a 200ml sized package.
Promising “firmer feeling and younger looking skin in just 2 weeks”, I was keen to try it out. The first thing I noticed is how effortlessly the cream glides onto the skin. It not only disappears without a trace of residue, but also immediately left my skin feeling noticeably silky smooth. A little goes a long way too, so while it retails at a premium £24.95, I still feel like you will ultimately get your money’s worth. It’ll go further too if you use it in the areas that need it most, rather than covering every square inch of your body.
The packaging advises to pay particular attention to the chest, shoulders and other areas prone to showing signs of aging. These are of course all areas faced with the most sun exposure. The ultimate test for me was how the Body serum performs on problem areas. Like many, I have drier skin on my knees, elbows and heels. I applied it directly after showering and exfoliating. By the third day of use I started to notice a promising difference.
16th January sees the launch of Boots new No 7 Airbrush Away Primers. Available in three varieties, each contains vitamin E for healthier skin. They also promise to give an airbrushed look and even-toned base for foundation. Primers are best used after moisturising, so I tried each after applying No7’s Protect & Perfect Intense Day Cream, which is currently my daily go-to anyway.
All three Primers and the Body Serum are Hypo-allergenic, so less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Ideal you aren’t a fan of those!
With a naturally reddish complexion, I was most keen to try out the Colour Balancing Primer. As expected, the cream is green in colour and softly mutes redness to even your skin tone. The effect is subtler than Clinique’s Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base. However, the consistency is more lightweight and not at all sticky, making it easier to blend in.
Conversely, there’s also a Radiance Boosting Primer with reflecting red particles that create the appearance of radiant skin. The cream appears white on first glance, but reveals a pinkish tint when you start to rub it in. If your skin is pale and you long for more of a glow, then this is the one for you.
Finally there’s the Pore Minimising Primer. This one is for people with oily skin who want to reduce visibly open pores. It’s also mattifying and oil-free so you won’t have to do as many powder touch-ups throughout the day. They recommend partnering it with No7’s Beautifully Matte Foundation, though I could still appreciate the effectiveness with a different brand (Bobbi Brown).
I separately tried out all three primers and found that foundation does go on evenly after application, and my skin tone was nicely balanced.
No7 is off to a strong start in 2016 with its Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Moisturising Body Serum and Airbrush Away Primers. With advanced ingredients in each, they are like liquid Photoshop in a bottle!
By Sarah O'Connell on 10th January 2016