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No7 Lift & Luminate Night Cream
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1.6 fl. oz. for $20.99
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

We would be the first to sing from the rooftops if this moisturizer for normal to dry skin really could lift sagging skin, but it cannot do that. See More Info to find out why this isn't possible, despite thousands of claims to the contrary (you have to wonder, though, if any of these lifting creams worked, who'd be concerned about facial sagging or considering cosmetic surgery?).

Although this won't lift skin in the least, it will make it feel smooth, silky-soft, and beautifully hydrated. The formula contains some very good emollients, repairing ingredients, and antioxidants but the latter won't last for long because Lift & Luminate Night Cream is packaged in a jar. See More Info to find out why jar packaging is always the wrong way to go for any anti-aging product.

What about this product's ability to brighten skin? It cannot do that, at least no better than hundreds of other moisturizers that contain a mix of silicones and emollients. If you interpret a smoother surface as having brighter skin, this works—but in our view that's stretching it!

This fragranced moisturizer is a decent option that would be much better if it was packaged to protect the light- and air-sensitive ingredients—and it contained more than a dusting of peptides.

Pros:
  • Moisturizes and leaves skin feeling silky-smooth.
  • Contains several ingredients capable of improving dry skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened.
  • Cannot lift skin.
  • Doesn't contain ingredients that truly brighten skin.
  • Contains more fragrance than anti-aging peptides, but fragrance isn't skin care.
More Info:

Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Products Claiming to Lift Sagging Skin: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Claims

Bright, beautiful & uplifted. Firm, lift and brighten the look of your skin with this multitasking night cream. This rich and easily absorbed cream leaves your skin instantly feeling soft and more moisturized, chasing away the signs of aging and visibly reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It evens skin tone, lifts & firms, for younger looking skin in just 4 weeks.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Steareth-21, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Steareth-2, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Phenoxyethanol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Dimethiconol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Laureth-7, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Ethylparaben, Dipropylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Haematococcus Pluvialis Powder, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Biotin.

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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08.06.2015
Recommend a top quality. Night and day cream

I have been using boot no. 7 lift and luminate night and day cream and it doesn't lift your skin of course but it does vibrate my face and under eyes. What do you recommend for a day and night cream without spending a fortune, instead? I am 55 years old and always feel like my face looks tired. I also have hereditary dark circles. My skin type is normal. I do not have many winkles, thank god!

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Hi there!  Thanks for your feedback.  Here are some links to our highest-rated moisturizers with sunscreen (for daytime use) and without (for night time use) for normal skin.  Once you're there, you can use the navigation bar above all the photos (where it says "sort by") to sort them by price and find one that fits your budget.  :)

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