Tuesday 5 October 2010

No7 Protect and Perfect Day Cream

Boots have relaunched their successful Protect and Perfect Day Cream to now include SPF15 with 5* UVA rated protection. This was after research showed that it was one of the major causes of  skin ageing and that if we protected our skin year round and not just on our annual holiday it could significantly reduce and prevent wrinkles*.

On paper this would appear to be the perfect moisturiser for me. It sounds great, so I was eager to try it.

It comes in a glass container in the classic Boots No7 packaging. However, having now tried a pump action moisturiser, I prefer this to dipping my fingers into a pot. It is lightly scented with rose and pleasant enough (I love all things rose, as regular readers will know!), but it just smelt a little old fashioned for me personally. And the texture, again was very much "traditional".

Close up showing the traditional consistency of the cream
Day One - Well it absorbed nicely, felt nice and the scent faded - so far so good.

Unfortunately by Day Two I had the most and biggest spots I think I have ever had!! So I am afraid to say I won't be using it again - I just couldn't risk it. I have returned to my usual cream and my skin has settled.

I must admit I am surprised. I have used No7 skincare products in the past and they have been fine for my skin type. In fact, over the years I have used and tried many different creams and I haven't had a reaction like this one before.

I think it may just be too rich for me, which is a pity as the research and concept behind it is fabulous.

What do you think? Will you be trying this, or do you already use it?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Available for £20.50 for 50 mls at Boots Counters and www.boots.com

*More information on this research is available on the Boots website.


  1. hmm thats interesting i was going to try that one i may need to ask for a sample first

  2. As a regular block user, I just don't 15 is enough, to be honest. That said, I like the concept of this product. I use Korres Factor 50, which is about the best sunblock to use as a facial cream, but it's still greasy and heavy. I'd really like a decent facial moisturiser that would contain a decent spf (star rated) block. So far, I have yet to come across one. At least Boots is heading in the right direction but I probably won't try it as the SPF is so low.

  3. The same thing happened to me. I have dry skin so on on the face of it this would have been the perfect skin cream for me. However I found it way, way too rich and really hard to absorb.

    I think No7 has lost direction a little way actually.

  4. Catherine, thanks for your comment - UVA factor is the big ageing factor and SPF protects against burn. I must admit I use SPF 30-50 in the summer but this research evidence is quite compelling on the UVA

  5. i use the day cream, night cream and the intense lotion and have no problem although you do have to use sparingly as it is pretty thick in texture.


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