Sunday, 26 January 2014

Testing Botanics Ultra Calm range...

As the winter weather is playing havoc with my skin this season, I thought it would be an ideal time to try out some products that aim to calm and sooth sensitive skin, as well as replenish lost moisture in the cold and bitter winds that we are being dealt with (fingers crossed for some spring sunshine soon!).

For the last four weeks I have been using the Boots Botanics; Ultra Calm range, which all include natural marshmallow extract to calm and sooth sensitive skin.

What does it claim to do?
This comforting moisturiser immediately calms irritable skin, with continued use reducing sensitivity.
The unique formula instantly boosts the moisture levels of delicate skin, providing all day hydration and advanced protection from the damaging effects of UVA/UVB rays.

Marshmallow is nature’s soothing star. The roots are packed with natural sugars and polyphenols that work together to help leave skin less reactive and altogether calmer.

Our beauty scientists use active plant extracts approved by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to bring you beautiful skincare that's proven to work. 

What items are in the range?
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Calming Day Cream SPF15 50ml £6.99
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Relief Serum 30ml £7.99
Botanics Ultra Calm Skin Calming Night Cream 50ml £6.99

What did I think of it?
I have to say when I first used the day moisturiser and the serum together after cleansing my face, I did have a slight reaction to the cream and my skin went very red and hot for a few hours -  so not a great start.

Since then I have tried again with the combination of the moisturiser and the serum and the same thing happened. Not sure if I have extra sensitive skin or just the combination of both products reacted to my skin.

However in the last three weeks I have used the day mosturiser in the morning on its own and the night cream as the last phase of my cleansing routine before bed, leaving out the serum and I can say my skin does seem less red and dry then it was over the Christmas period.

For under £10 the two creams are a good pick for those looking for a budget beauty bargin -  though I think I might try out some other serums to get one that my skin gets on with!

For more information or to view the full range by Botanics go to

'til next time xx