Sunday, 6 September 2015

Beauty - Review of Boots Botanic Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution (All Bright)

Forgive me father, for I have sinned...

I'm cheating on my Garnier Micellar cleansing water with this Boots Botanic Micellar 3-in-1 Cleansing Solution (All Bright). I know I know, how could I do such a thing, especially after all we've been through... However, I promise it's not what you think!
I've mentioned in passing before that I'm moving to England in just over a week for university (eeep!) and as everyone knows you can't bring liquids on the plane (well not as much as this 250ml bottle). So instead of having things go to waste my sister gave me this Boots Botanic stuff to use up before we head off and since I've been using it the last week, I decided I may as well do a quick review on it.

Much like the Garnier micellar water (see review of that product HERE), this cleansing solution dissolves your makeup, unclogs pores and acts as a toner (hence the 3-in-1). This is alcohol and soap free, which is great for anyone that has sensitive skin like myself. This cleansing solution, along with the other products in the Boots Botanics range, is created by Boots scientists working with experts in plant science at Royal Botanic Gardens in the UK. I haven't tried out the rest of the products in the range, because when I find a skincare routine that works for me I tend to stick with it for years (for example I've been using the Simple Kind to Skin Light hydrating moisturiser for about five years), although I hear from other bloggers that the radiance balm is well worth picking up, so I may try that out sometime.

Anyways, back to this micellar cleansing solution. It differs from the Garnier Micellar Water in that it contains plant hibiscus which is "nature's brightening booster". Natural alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA's), from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter. Don't get put off by the word alpha whateveritis, because they're naturally occurring in most plants and have actually been found to play a big role in anti-aging treatments (which is a story for another day). However, because this product contains this, it may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so if you're going out in the sun (on the off chance that it may reappear in Ireland before the year is out), use a sunscreen while using this product and limit sun exposure during and even for a week after use of the product has stopped. This product claims to be "fragrance free", but when I first smelled it, I felt like there was a slight smell to it - it's definitely not as natural as the Garnier micellar water.

I applied some to my skin on a make-up pad after a day of wearing makeup. It got rid of my makeup quickly and easily, and while it stung slightly around the eye area, it quickly stopped. However, I was surprised by how my skin felt after. Usually after applying the Garnier micellar water to my face, my skin feels re-freshed so much so that I even feel like I don't have to apply any moisturiser to contouract any dryness. While my skin did feel refreshed and toned to a point, it did feel slightly tight in areas indicating dryness. For that reason, I felt like it wasn't as kind to my skin as the Garnier micellar water, and I just didn't really like the smell of it either, so for that reason, I wouldn't purchase this product for myself as part of my cleansing regime once I arrive in the UK. I did hear afterwards that there is a version of this product available for sensitive skin, so maybe I'll try out that.

It costs €3.49 in Boots.

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  1. nothing can beat thr ganier micellar tbh... welcome to England and hope your studies go well!

    1. I know that's what I'm thinking, It's amazing! :) awh thank you so much! :)