Sunday, January 30, 2011

Boots+Expert=skincare, How's that for math, Ms. Teacher?

Everyone is asleep in the house, and now I am scrambling to type out what I had journaled several days ago. First off, life has been good and busy. I am working full-time again, and enjoying it. Going back to work has jump-started me back into wearing makeup regularly. So, things are changing and beauty is coming back into my routine full force.

Now, let's get to a review that I have been excited to share. As many of your know I have a penchant for buying skincare products that help fade hyperpigmentation. Several months ago, while walking the target aisles, I cam across a very plainly packaged product from Boots Expert. The product is called "Boots Expert Scar Care Serum." Next to the last bottle was a discounted price of $7. I grabbed it on a whim, and I am super glad I did. Before seeing the Boots serum, I considered buying Mederma because my skin was not feeling smooth, my acne scar were prominent, and my foundation wasn't going on quite well. The only thing is that I really didn't want to pay for Mederma.

Truly, my acne scars aren't bad. They aren't deep nor big. However, they are still noticeable, and I do have to use a nice amount of concealer because they are dark red and brown in hue, and they appear to be little indentations in the skin.

After purchasing the product, I used it continuously twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. I applied a very little only to the areas necessary (cheeks, chin and forehead). The serum is cloudy-white, light, and has no fragrance. It glides on the skin and leaves a matte finish. There is no stickiness or slick feeling. As a matter of fact, it feels like a light makeup primer. At the beginning of using it, I noticed that my skin was peeling a little in the areas that I applied the serum. With exfoliation, the problem ceased, and after two weeks the dryness didn't come back. After three weeks, I started to notice that my skin felt softer, looked smoother, brighter, and the marks were fading ever so slightly. The fresher hyperpigmentation marks vanished after one and a half months, and the older marks--we are talking really old marks--faded enough to notice. I don't think the old, old marks will ever fade with over the counter products, but my face looks a heck of a lot brighter. My makeup glides on better, and I don't need as much concealer. I still use concealer, but I don't feel inclined to layer it on.

I have been really impressed with the results of using this product. Since my problem areas are so small, I have barely started to make a dent in the bottle. I have used the product for more than four months, and I am in love.

Actually, before I wrote this review, I took a break from using it to see if the marks would reappear more heavily, and they have not after a three-week break. I am back to using it for some blemishes that popped up. I think the quicker to attack the marks the more effective the serum.

This serum has not make me break out at all. Oh, and one day, Queen Fierce even commented on the evenness of my skin. I wasn't wearing makeup, and she was amazed at how my problem areas had improved.

Let me be clear, my face isn't 100% flawless, but the red and brown hue has fades significantly and my face feels smoother. I think this serum played a huge role in the improvement. I have also continued to exfoliate regularly, and I still use the Garnier moisturizer.

Rating:
5 out of 5 happy wallets. Reasonable price and I got excellent results! The 1.3 oz bottle comes with a pump, very hygienic and portable. I cannot rave about it enough.

Price: $8-$9 at Target, target.com (I got mine on sale for $7)
Where: Target

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The scars on my cheek have been there for quite some time. They were noticeable and difficult to cover. It doesn't appear like it, but they were also very red.


See, not flawless, but the difference is noticeable. The two larger scars have faded and look less red. Some other scars have softened. I wanted to point on the new blemish because I haven't put on any serum on that as of yet.