Advanced Renewal Anti-Ageing Glycolic Peel Kit
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

The Gentle Glycolic Peel part of this kit contains an unspecified amount of the AHA glycolic acid. The company wouldn’t reveal the percentage when we called, but it is likely between 5% and 10%. That’s promising for effective exfoliation, but the bad news is that it also contains alcohol, which is anything but gentle! Alcohol is a major ingredient in this product, and the dryness, irritation, and free-radical damage it causes is not the path to smoother, healthier skin. What a shame, because the pH of the Peel is within range for exfoliation to occur. Part two of this kit is the Soft Neutralizing Pads, which are just water with slip agents and a tiny amount of anti-irritants. A post-peel product like this isn’t needed because you can use plain tap water to neutralize (i.e., stop the action of) an AHA peel. In the end, your skin will be much happier if you use a well-formulated AHA gel or lotion that doesn’t assault your skin with a needless irritant and that doesn’t need to be rinsed off.


After the very first use, 86% of women found their skin felt smoother and 73% said their skin felt more toned. After just 4 applications, 76% said their skin looked clearer and brighter, just like younger looking skin. Beauty Redefined. Take your skin back in time and reveal an instantly younger-looking, radiant you, as our gentle glycolic peel renews and recharges your complexion.


Gentle Glycolic Peel: Water, Alcohol Denat, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA Soft Neutralising Pads: Water, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Panthenol, Methylparaben, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sorbitol, Cetraria Islandica Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben

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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