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Review: Boots Laboratories Optiva Skincare Range

Boots Laboratories Optiva skincare range promises to hydrate your skin for up to 24 hours, strengthening and hydrating the skin and revitalising it leaving your skin smooth and glowing.

Boots Laboratories Optiva

Boots Laboratories Optiva

Skin Balancing Cleanser $14/150ml

This isn’t your typical cleanser and the first of it’s kind for me. What you do is either pour some onto a cotton pad, or into your hands, then apply all over your face. Instead of using water to wash off, you gently wipe it off with a tissue or (new) cotton pad.

I get a slight sense of satisfaction seeing the day’s dirt and grime come off on the cotton pad. Consistency-wise, it’s thicker than a normal liquid cleanser. I’d classify it as a cream cleanser. After wiping off the cleanser, I follow up with a gentle exfoliator and as a result, I get skin that’s refreshed and hydrated.

I have tried using it also as the traditional cleanser and washing it off with water – I don’t recommend this. It doesn’t wash off very well with water.

Also, I would use an additional cleanser if I were removing a full heavy face of makeup. This works well when it’s a light makeup day (some blush and eye makeup) but I don’t think it is as effective in removing a full face (foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick etc).

Quick mention of the packaging – LOVE. It has a flip-top lid and makes it easy to control the amount of product you dispense.

Radiance Refresh Tonic $14/150ml

This toner has to be my favourite out of the four products. The packaging is exactly like the cleanser mentioned above. I love the scent which is a very very light floral. The Radiance Refresh Tonic dries quick and doesn’t leave any trace on your skin. It’s refreshing and helps prepare my skin for a dose of moisture.

Daily Protecting Cream $22/40ml

Suitable for oily and combination skin, this is the lighter version of the daily facial moisturiser. I used this during Autumn and it made for a great base for my makeup. I also like the fact that it included SPF15 so I didn’t have to apply additional sunscreen on most days.

Comforting Day Cream $22/40ml

The Comforting Day Cream is a richer formula of the daily facial moisturise and is better suited to dry skin. Despite being a richer formula, I found that it did not leave an ‘oily’ looking residue on my face. It was absorbed easily and quickly and left my skin looking radiant and hydrated. Like the Daily Protecting Cream, this also includes SPF15 and UVA filters.

Overall, the products worked at providing my skin with hydration and left it looking more radiant and softer. The reasonable price points of the range is also a big plus and

You can check out the range at Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies. Prices range from $14-$24.

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