Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer
1.6 fl. oz. for $4.99
Last Updated:02.18.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

There isn’t anything “expert” about this moisturizer except the name. It’s a gentle, fragrance-free formula that’s suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin but doesn’t offer skin any beneficial extras such as antioxidants or cell-communicating ingredients. This is only recommended if you have dry, sensitive skin that does better with less. The choice of jar packaging is not of great concern for this moisturizer due to its basic formula (though there's still the hygiene issue from dipping your finger in a jar each day).


Sensitive skin needs extra care. This hypoallergenic moisturizer with aloe vera and mineral water is specially formulated to soothe as it hydrates. Fragrance and lanolin free, it works gently to help achieve soft, smooth and healthy-looking skin. Dermatologically tested.


Water, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, PEG-20 Stearate, Mineral Water, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Potassium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract

Brand Overview

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots’ sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, you’ll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots’ line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn’t be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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"It’s a gentle, fragrance-free formula that’s suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin but doesn’t offer skin any beneficial extras such as antioxidants or cell-communicating ingredients." Those "beneficial" extras are not so beneficial to rosacea affected skin. I would know. Almost everything causes burning redness that can last for days after a single application. This is the first moisturizer, other than emu oil, that does not cause a rosacea flare. I will take it :)

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