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With thanks to The Beauty Hype for this review of No7 Youthful Replenishing Oil.
At this time of year when cold winds and endless days of central heating have left my skin with a texture somewhere between parchment and flaky pastry, I dream of the kind of glowing, dewy, youthful skin that spring and summer bring.
Apparently I’m not the only one, as the scientists at Boots No7 have created an oil that aims to do just that- keep skin smooth, nourished and radiant throughout the year whilst suiting all skin types- no mean feat. Enter No7 Youthful Replenishing Oil, a new addition to the Boots No 7 range that will be in stores and online from March, and which promises to be a huge seller for spring.
First impressions are great. The bottle is a solid and expensive feeling glass, which has a real weight in the hand and looks good enough to display in the chicest of minimalist bathrooms. The oil itself is dispensed via a dropper that works well to limit mess and exactly measure the two to three drops recommended to smooth on the skin after cleansing or to mix with your usual night cream.
No7 Youthful Replenishing Oil Formula
The oil, a mixture of rosehip seed oil, jojoba oil and skin identical lipids (fats) also contains vitamins C, E and A to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This is welcome news to those of us that need not only moisture but also something to help halt the slow but steady march of fine lines criss crossing our faces. According to Boots’ studies, it works too. After 4 weeks use 80% of testers reported that their skin looked and felt more youthful.
I haven’t had time to test those claims for the full four weeks myself, but after a shorter test I can report that already my skin looks immeasurably more moisturised than before I started.
Whilst several oils I have tried bring even my dry and mature skin out in a rash of spots, a liberal application of this oil before bed and in the morning has so far resulted in nothing other than plump, hydrated looking skin. Even after the first application my skin looked better; less fragile, less dehydrated, less flaky, and, dare I say it, more youthful.
One thing I like about this oil compared to many of the others that I have tested is that it is almost scent free. Many facial oils are quite heavily fragranced with a woody, earthy, kind of smell. By contrast this oil has only the very, very lightest hint of scent meaning that you really can mix it with your normal moisturiser to supercharge its moisturising powers.
Although my skin is dry and (ahem) mature and so the perfect candidate for an oil like this, I genuinely think that it will also work well for younger skin as a nourishing moisture boost and as a means to prevent fine lines and wrinkles developing in the first place.
No7 Youthful Radiance Oil will be available from March at Boots costing £23.
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