I might be wrong but I’m pretty sure Botanics face creams with sunscreen weren’t formulated with five-star UVA and UVB protection before the revamp, that appears to be a new addition, and a very welcome addition it is, too! Ultraviolet A is arguably the most damaging sun ray for our skin, as its long waves penetrate deeper; it’s one of the biggest causes of skin ageing. Ultraviolet B’s medium waves are famed for burning the skin – or ‘tanning’, but tanning IS burning, which is why I’ve never understood the fuss about sunbathing. Either way, the better you can protect yourself from the sun (as essential to life as it is) the better.
So, here we have Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream from Boots with the aforementioned protection built in, making it an ideal moisturiser for day-to-day use. This one is part of the All Bright collection (which includesBotanics All Bright Cleansing Face Wipes) designed for normal/dry skin, and even though I’m more normal/oily I do use richer formulations in winter. It promises to brighten and protect your face, hydrating for up to twenty four hours. Hyaluronic Acid is included to improve skin’s moisture levels and boost its softness and like the Clinique Turnaround Overnight Radiance Moisturiserthat Richard tested, it has a mild exfoliating action thanks to the natural AHA from hibiscus. (This makes the SPF all the more important.)
The cream is a very pale pinky-taupe colour, and comes in a simple (read: basic) white screw-lid pot. I much preferred the glass pots with metal lids of old. The cream’s consistency is lovely; it’s rich-feeling and ultra-smooth and it sinks in very quickly – very little massaging in is required. After application I did notice that my face had a mildly oily look about it. It’s not horrible, and is easily disguised with make-up, but I suspect it’s probably too rich for my skin – even in winter. This means that it should be ideal for drier skin types as it’s certainly moisturising and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.
From an ecological point of view it’s natural but not organic, there are a couple of ingredients I’m not over the moon about but generally speaking it’s OK. As you would expect the product is not tested on animals and the carbon footprint is small if you’re in the United Kingdom, as this is where it’s manufactured. The outer packaging is made from FSC certified sources.
What will attract a lot of people is the price. It’s under five pounds for 50 ml of cream. Even if the performance was below par (it isn’t!) it would still be outstanding value for money. It’s the cheapest day cream we’ve tested yet, but it delivers on all it’s promises, which is very encouraging – if only it was packaged in nicer materials. If any product can prove that you don’t have to spend a lot to get top quality skincare, then this is it.