I’m on a bit of a mission at the moment. I’m trying to be frugal, after a few years of ‘reckless’ (by my standards) spending, partly driven by blogging and the need to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ who get PR samples because they’re good bloggers, unlike me…
So, I’m trying desperately to grab bargains once again, instead of throwing myself into the endless cycle of splurging on things that other bloggers convince me sound impressive and then feeling guilty because I’m not rich enough to live beyond my means like that for much longer.
Enter this £1.50 Boots moisturiser.
If you’re a long-time reader, you’ll know I love the toner from this range, but it’s a long time since I was thrifty enough to opt for such an affordable moisturiser too. Let’s face it, we don’t all have hundreds spare to splash out on a pot of La Mer Cream, do we?
It’s cheap, but is it any good?
Boots Cucumber Moisturising Cream: My First Impressions
I tried this on Friday night, amid one of the worst cystic acne flare-ups I’ve had in a long time. For a (long) week nothing’s been calming my skin down: changing moisturisers, slimming my skincare routine right down so that it’s incredibly simple, steaming my face, chugging back water – Nothing seemed to stop the tide of spots from popping up on my face. So I thought when I smeared this all over my face before bed that I’d got little else to lose.
I applied it quite liberally, not just because I was feeling in need of the moisture, but also because that £1.50 gets you 100ml, so you can definitely afford to be liberal with it.
It’s quite heavily scented, but it didn’t irritate my fairly sensitive skin all that much. I’ve been blowing my nose a fair bit lately, so it did sting ever so slightly around my nostrils, but other than that, it went on like a dream. I did avoid my eye area, though, because I didn’t want to risk aggravating my eczema in that area.
When I looked in the mirror, my skin looked better. And I went to bed, crossing my fingers that I might wake up to less angry skin. (And no more gianormous zits erupting all over my face.)
When I woke up, my skin looked SO much better than it had done in days. It looked plump and hydrated, and most importantly, my huge spots had gone right down!
Now I’m not saying that this Boots Cucumber Moisturising Cream is some kind of miracle worker for acne, but I am saying that it’s brilliant for keeping thirsty skin quenched. And if your acne is down to seriously unquenchable dryness, as mine sometimes is, then this might well be a revelation to you.
Ingredients of Boots Cucumber Moisturising Cream:
Aqua (Water), Paraffinum liquidum (Mineral oil), Cetearyl alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Ethylparaben, Tocopheryl acetate, Propylene glycol, Dipropylene glycol, Potassium hydroxide, Retinyl palmitate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Hexyl cinnamal, Sorbitol, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) fruit extract, Denatonium benzoate, Tocopherol, Benzoic acid, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 42090 (Blue 1)
With ingredients like glycerin, it really does pack a moisturising punch. For the price, it’s pretty impressive. I’d recommend you give it a try. At such a low price tag, what’ve you got to lose? Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean nasty.
If you want to find out more, you can find it on the Boots website here.
Have you tried this moisturiser before? What do you think?