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    Save Face...and Money

    Being a generally stingy individual, it takes a lot of convincing for me to spend a vast amount of money at once.

    One thing I refuse to scrimp on is facial cleansers and lotions because I figure your face is your face! Everyone sees it, they don’t quite preserve well over time, and pimples are no longer cute and endearing in your 20s. I originally used the Clarins line, which worked well but didn’t come cheap! When I heard that Target had a new cleansing line that worked as well as expensive products I was hesitant. Target? Sure, they have cute dog beds, house décor and even some clothes, but my experiences with drugstore cleansers, in the past, aren’t pleasant. Well, I went to Target anyway and looked for the new Boots NO 7 products in the cosmetics area.

    I was surprised to find out that Boots NO 7 is pretty new to the U.S., however, has been used for over 70 years by women in England. It is their number one brand for skin care, and women have waited hours in line to buy the product. I was excited after hearing this and after browsing through their self-tanners, bath products, anti-aging products and firming lotions, I grabbed the Advanced Hydration Day Fluid, the daily cleansing wipes, and the Pamper and Peel Mask. Immediately upon returning home, I tore open the packages and tried everything. Here’s what I found:

    The Advanced Hydration Day Fluid ($14.99) worked well because it went on light and didn’t clog my pores. It managed to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day and on the package it claims to correct the skin’s natural ability to keep itself hydrated. With my sensitive skin, I found this to be an excellent moisturizer!

    I was disappointed by the daily cleansing wipes. I wanted to use them to take off makeup quickly before bed when I was too tired to scrub, rinse, etc by hand. I wouldn’t recommend them for people with sensitive skin because they made my face burn for a few seconds and turn an interesting crimson color. I don’t want to completely knock the product because my mother used them every day while she was traveling and liked them a lot, so I guess it just depends on how sensitive your skin is to the ingredients in the product.

    I really liked the Pamper and Peel Mask, which is used to revitalize tired, dull skin. I applied the mask with a brush that’s included with the product and relaxed for about 20 to 30 minutes. Afterwards, I peeled it off. Immediately, my skin was softer and healthier looking which made the awkwardness of peeling material off my face well worth it.

    The anti-aging and firming formulas are the company’s best sellers. After a documentary about the effectiveness of anti-aging products aired in England, it was found that Boots NO 7’s anti-aging products were by far the best and actually worked to help restore the skin instead of just hiding the problem. Their formulas have been proven to defeat signs of aging in the same way expensive prescription strength formulas do. The Instant Line Filler costs about $17.99. The Restore And Renew formula is highly sought after and can be difficult to obtain in the UK ($21.99.) My mother has tried pretty much all of these products and raves about them.

    Boots No 7 products are sold at all Target Stores nationwide and for more information, visit their website at www.boots.com/no7/