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January 18, 2012

The Best of Boots

Even though Boots has been around for over 160 years, I’ve only recently given this popular British brand a deep-dive. My overall impression? There are some fantastic values—if you know what to look for. Lest you get paralyzed in the Target aisle, I’ve rounded up the best of the best.  –Meghan
Best cleanser:
Boots Expert Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam ($5) – Light as a feather, this foam clears blackheads and blemishes without leeching moisture from my dry skin. I rotate this cleanser in weekly, alternating with my favorite cold cream and CVS scrub.
Best toner:
Boots Botanics Rosewater Toner ($8) – Proof that skin care doesn’t have to be complicated (or expensive) to be delightfully luxurious—and organic, as certified by the Kew Royal Botanics Garden. I transferred mine to a spray bottle and use it often to refresh my moisturizer.
Best day cream:
Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Day Cream ($19) – I’m a Goldilocks when it comes to my day cream—they’re either too light, too heavy, too greasy, too smelly. This one is just right, providing rich, long-lasting moisture while absorbing quickly and completely. Now that chilly temps have arrived, this creams makes for a great foundation prep.
Best night cream:
Boots No7 Advanced Hydration Night Cream ($16) – I love products that work while you sleep, and this rich, shea-infused night cream does just that. It’s likely I’ll retire it come summer time, but right now I’m slathering it on every evening to keep flakes and parched-ness at bay.
Best serum:
Boots Botanics Intensive Wrinkle Reduction Serum ($15) – If you’re mourning the loss of By Elizabeth Dehn’s serum (RIP), I encourage you to give this product a try. While nothing will ever compare to BED’s juicy, nourishing facial oil, Boots Botanic’s version delivers a hearty dose of vitamin A and wrinkle-fighting plant extracts without being greasy. I’ve been using it under my night cream and have noticed significant softening of my skin and the fine lines I’m fighting on my forehead.
Best masque:
Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask ($9) – There’s something so cathartic about doing a clay mask. Boots’ version boasts oceanic clay, which attaches to buried impurities and toxins and then sucks ’em right out, tightening the skin as it cleanses. To avoid over-drying, apply to your T-zone only (unless you have extremely oily skin) and moisturize immediately after removing.
Best bath product:
Boots Botanics Luxurious Bath Elixir ($10) – I’m sort of a snoot when it comes to bath products. Overly perfumed salts make me swoon, but their price tags do not. This thick gel smells—in a word—expensive. Think fancy spa up in the north woods. Just a little dollop and the dub will be brimming with bubbles.

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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