“ Brand: Boots / Type: Exfoliator / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses, Exfoliates / Product line: Boots No7 „
This is a review of No 7 Radiance Revealed exfoliator which I have just finished a small tube of. I must have received it as part of a set (free gift with purchase?) as I would not have bought a 15ml tube.
Facial exfoliators are not something I often turn to, although I do take care of my skin with cleanser and moisturiser every day. I find this keeps my skin nice and clean and clear of breakouts.
The exfoliator is nice and thick with lots of tiny grains in it. It is quite soft on the skin and not a harsh effect. The grains look blue to me but they don't explode or anything on contact with the skin.
The tube of facial exfoliator promises to wave goodbye to dullness and reveal a brighter more beautiful you. I used the tube twice a week for three weeks before I ran out. It advises once or twice a week as a maximum use which I presume is so you are not scrubbing at your delicate facial skin too often.
I squeeze out a pea sized blob and massage straight into the skin, concentrating on the nose area which is where I have a few pores to focus on. I also sweep it over my forehead, chin and cheeks as it promises to brighten so I don't want these areas to miss out! to remove, as I tend to be in the bath, I just rinse and rinse until I can't feel any more grains on my face.
I was quite pleased with the performance of this product. I found immediately after use my skin felt soft and did not need any moisturiser applying as I often use a night serum formula I would skip this on exfoliation nights so as not to overload my skin.
I found this to be a product which suited my skin and whilst before I was never one for facial exfoliation in particular, I think I may have been converted with this one. I can't say my skin was radiant afterwards but it was nice and soft and felt clean and not tight or taut. I think this is quite an economical product too as one use per week is quite adequate. I will probably invest in the full sized version of this as soon as I can get hold of the next £5 off no7 products voucher from Boots!
I would recommend this product to friends. It is probably not suitable for very young skin but I am in my early thirties and I found it perfectly suited to my skin. It is not a harsh exfoliator and it feels like it is kind on your skin. I love the formula and the cream that houses the grains is nice too with not too much of a fragrance to it. I am a big fan of no7 skincare in general and so should not be so surprised that I found this to be so good.
Boots no 7 radiance revealed exfoliator
I like to exfoliate my face every week or so and when I had a £5 voucher for No 7 products I decided to try this one out. Having never had any problems with this make before, I anticipated no trouble this time.
WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Exfoliator contains a special blend of different sized exfoliating particles, and because it is light and gentle it will deeply cleanse the skin and help to promote cell renewal. This will leave skin soft, smooth, and glowing with health, so basically, it seems its time to wave goodbye to dullness
It can do all of this because it contains natural fruit acids to brighten skin, and conditioning pro-vitamin B5. I don't know anything about the effects of these things but they have me sold on the product.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The product comes in a 75ml plastic tube with a screw on/off lid and all of the information about the products on the back. I can see through the tubing that the product looks white and I can see small blue granules which are presumably the exfoliating particles. I pull off the small foil covering and squeeze a bit of the product out and this first impression remains true- there are definitely small blue particles. I always have a test of different products on my hand and when I rub this in I can feel the exfoliating particles. The product has no smell which I can discern which I prefer for products applied to my face.
HOW TO USE IT...
The product is described as "a little facial every week" and should be used once or twice a week.
A small amount of the exfoliator should be gently massaged into cleansed, damp skin, avoiding the delicate eye area and then washed away thoroughly with warm water. Direct contact with the eyes should be avoided and if it does go into the eyes then the eyes need to be rinsed immediately.
I find that when I use it, I can feel the particles on my skin but they are gentle enough to be non abrasive and my skin shows no redness afterwards.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The exfoliator costs £8 for 75ml and is available instore and also online at www.boots.com
The product leaves my skin feel clean and soft and it does look fresher and brighter. After using it (I do so weekly), I feel that all of the dead cells have been exfoliated away and my skin is always nice and ready for the moisturiser.
It is gentle to the skin and because it is used weekly, lasts for ages, so its good value for money.
Thanks for reading
I am a terror for being attracted to a free gift, even when it's technically not free. On my latest visit to Boots I saw that they were giving away a free goodie bag worth £35 and all I had to do was buy £22 of No7 products that I hadn't really wanted and definitely didn't need. Nevertheless, I was very happy with my bag of treats and one of those treats was the No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator.
What does the product do?
The product promises to sweep away the top layer of dead and dulling skin cells from the surface of your face to reveal the shiny new layer underneath. As it performs this gentle exfoliating action, the product claims to remove all impurities from the skin and to give it a deep and thorough cleanse. Not only this but it promises to reduce the size of the pores, encourage healthy new skin cells to develop, soften and brighten the face and to leave your skin feeling energised. Not bad going for a 'freebie'.
How does the product work?
The product contains Glycerin which is a humectant. This means that is draws moisture deeply into the skin and allows the skin to retain it which prevents the face from becoming dry, losing its elasticity and developing wrinkles. Jojoba Oil is also present in order to moisturise the skin while helping to regulate the oils produced by the skin. This means fewer blemishes will form and you will remain shine free for longer. It also nourishes the skin and kills any spot causing bacteria.
The exfoliating action of this product is actually performed by Pumice which is a volcanic rock. Tiny pieces of pumice slough off the dead skin and reveal the lovely new skin cells, meaning that your complexion will be brighter and your face will be smoother. Fruit extract is included to nourish your skin with vitamins and minerals while lemon and orange is present in order to tighten and brighten the skin. Panthenol is present because it is an antioxidant so will help to keep your skin looking youthful while Sugar Maple feeds the skin with Zinc which strengthens it and helps to keep blemishes at bay.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to damp skin and massaged into the face gently for a few minutes, taking care to avoid the eye area. After a few minutes you need to rinse away the product thoroughly, pat the face dry and follow up with a good moisturiser. The product should be used no more than twice weekly as it will strip the skin of its natural moisture and end up doing more harm than good.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a frosty plastic tube and you can see the product inside. The plastic is thin enough in order to easily dispense the product and there is a tiny hole in the top which prevents you from dispensing too much if you get squeeze happy. The lid is a screw top one which can be a pain as you need to finish exfoliating your face before you can reapply the lid, which means that if you are as clumsy as I am, you will have misplaced it when that time comes.
My little tube was technically free and I got 15ml of the product for my troubles. The full sized bottle costs around £8 and you will get 75ml of the product. It is available from most Boots stores and it can also be bought from their online website.
The product is fairly thick in its consistency and has a rich creamy white colour. The exfoliating particles look blue in colour and although the product is hardly jam packed with them, there are certainly enough of them in there to do the job properly. The product doesn't really have any scent at all, despite the inclusion of all those fruity ingredients and actually smells faintly of chamomile lotion but you need to breathe in deeply to detect anything at all.
You need to use a fair amount of the product to get the desired results and when you smooth the product onto damp skin, it goes clear. The particles are very hard, just as you would expect volcanic rock to be. Pumice is usually used to remove dry skin on tough skin such as the feet so I was surprised to see it included in a facial product. Needless to say, you don't need to apply much pressure to the face when you use this product or you may end up taking off all of your skin!
The product doesn't foam on the skin which isn't a problem for me because you can still feel that it is doing a good job. When it is on the skin, it doesn't cause any irritation and it isn't painful, as long as you don't go overboard with the pressure. When it is time to remove the product, it can take a while for all the particles to be washed away and it feels a little bit like when you try to get sand off your skin after spending the day on the beach. Even after a good period of rinsing, I still see the little bits on my skin and some of them are on my towel after I've dried my skin.
My face stings quite a bit after use but it doesn't look red or irritated. The sensation dies down after a few minutes and my skin feels comfortable again. All of this becomes irrelevant when I think of the results. After use, my face feels as soft and silky as if I had already applied a moisturiser although there is a little bit of tightness present. There is absolutely no roughness left on my face and all of my dry and flaky skin has been banished. My complexion looked radiant and healthy from the very first use.
Because the product removes dead skin cells so effectively and cleanses the pores, I have noticed a reduction in blemishes. My pores are becoming smaller in size and so my skin looks smoother although I'm not binning my Porefession just yet. My skin is also less oily and so my face remains matte for longer on the day that I use this which is always a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good exfoliator that will remove every dead skin cell from the surface of your face. I wouldn't describe the action that it performs as gentle so I think this one would be too harsh on really sensitive skin. Once you eventually get the product off your skin, you will find your face feels super soft and smooth and you will look instantly more awake and healthy. This is a really great product, just remember to go easy on the pressure!!
I bought this as I have poor skin and have been very impressed with other no7 products such as the protect and perfect beauty serum. On application this scrub is intensely soft yet does grit away into your skin. The skin on my face on the day following is far less oily and I find my spots are reduced. There is a down side though, it will temporarily dry your skin out, and this includes your hands from application so I had to begin moisturising my hands after use. It is only meant to be used once to twice a week and so I am sure it is because of these dehydrating effects that this is so but perhaps this is what makes the product work, so it really depends whether you are prepared to dry your skin out on the odd occasion of use. That said I moisturise my face anyway and so this does not leave my face dried out, only my hands which before were not being moisturised. Overall the product does work and will leave your skin clearer, cleaner, fresh and more toned you just have to be willing to put up with it's drying effects or find a way around this.
Boots are well known for the promotion that runs quite regularly offering customer's a £5 voucher to use against the No7 range, and it was during this offer I decided to purchase my new exfoliator from the No7 range as it made the price rather cheap. I'd never tried the Radiance Revealed Exfoliator before, but it sounded quite promising when I read the packaging in the shop, and so armed with my voucher I decided to give it a go. I have oily, blemish prone skin and I find exfoliating regularly really helps as my pores often get clogged up, and the horrible tacky feeling I can often experience from my oily skin is really helped when using a decent exfoliator. I love an exfoliator which is quite grainy, and gives my skin a good scrub. I'm not fussed about fancy fragrances when it comes to my skincare, I'm more focused on the product itself and whether it works or not. Peering through the packaging of this exfoliator I was pleased to see quite a few grains, compared to a Clinique face scrub I had used in the past which didn't have many and was quite disappointing.
No7 claim this exfoliator will make skin appear more radiant and that it contains natural fruit acids to make the skin bright and beautiful. It promises to sweep away skin impurities (as any exfoliator should!) which will leave behind brighter skin, and give a deep cleanse which will refine pores leaving skin soft, smooth and energised. It advises to use this once or twice a week by massaging a small amount into damp skin. I quite often use this exfoliator in the shower, as at the end of a long work day it helps me feel more refreshing as it clears away any clogged up feeling my skin may have. I was quite surprised at the amount of grains in the exfoliator as I was expecting more, and it certainly appears to have more than how it feels when I am using it. This meant that it was as 'grainy' as I would like, and whilst it is a decent scrub it's not as harsh as I would prefer. Despite this however I do feel that it cleanses away any impurities and dirt from my skin, and afterwards my skin feels clean, smooth and more fresh than before. Pores do feel cleaner, however certain parts of my skin feel quite dry such as my cheeks and this is not a feeling I get with other exfoliators. No7 promise this exfoliator will make my pores appear more refined over time however this has not been the case and I haven't noticed any difference in this area. Over time I haven't noticed any big improvements to my skin, it's mostly the feeling of cleanliness immediately after using the product which is positive, but it doesn't help with my skin in the long term.
I have found the Radiance Revealed Exfoliator to be quite average over all and to be honest I did expect more from this product than I achieved. I haven't found it particularly special, it doesn't help in the long term, and there isn't any added bonus purchasing this exfoliator over a cheaper version from another brand. I'm pleased I had a voucher when I purchased this as it would usually cost £8 for a small 75ml tube, but I did get this for £3 with the voucher which I do feel is a reasonable price to pay, rather than the full price.
Having a medium to oily skin, I wanted a 'fresh' feeling and a glowing skin from a facial exfoliator... was this the case? Well, no actually.
Although the product looked ok (nothing special if you like your packaging) I really felt that the grains inside the cream were just not large or effective enough to remove the oil from my pores.
I actually find an oil free soap and a flannel more effective to remove the oil gently, leaving the skin feeling bright and supple. I think as an average-priced mid market exfoliator, for this skin type you could probably get better for the money.
A disappointment I'm afraid. Having said that I do think as a brand, No7 have come a long way and their range of nail polishes are excellent!
If you have skin on the drier side this is a good product for you as its gentle, and will brighten dry/dull skin (it worked for my mom!) however, for a medium to oily skin - you make seek to find a better product elswhere.
All in all for my particular skin type - 4/10.
The No7 Radiance Revealed Exfoliator claims to, erm, reveal radiance. I hadn't tried it until recently when I had to spend X pounds on No7 in order to receive their promotional gift. Wanting for nothing else, I thought I'd give this a whirl.
The exfoliator comes in a squeezy tube, much like other exfoliators I've used. The tube is clear allowing you to see the product inside and I was satisfied that there seemed to be a fair number of scrubby-bits visible within the product - very important! The usual No7 logo and standard, black lettering are visible on the front of the product, as well as the blurb on the back informing you how to use the product and what it's supposed to acheive. The squeezy top stands upside down with the dispenser lowermost. I like this as it means that, at the end of the tube, the last dregs of product will usually make their way to the dispenser via gravity. This makes redundant the whole process of rolling the tube up, vigorously shaking it, cutting the tube open etc to gain access to the last handful of scrub. Very handy.
The scrub dispenses easily with a little squeeze of the tube. It is white in colour and contains, perhaps somewhat scarily, blue scrubby-bits. Now I'm always a little wary of blue things, it's not a natural colour is it? Anyhow I wasn't that put off, just a little suprised as it's fashionable for skin products to be somewhat natural these days. In texture the scrub was very creamy, not too thick though and just the right consistency to hold it's shape well in my palm. The sniff-test revealed no scent whatsoever, something I'm not for or against but helpful for those with particularly sensitive skin.
*Application and Use*
I applied the scrub to my skin with some warm water and the almond sized amount I used spread easily to cover my whole face. The creamy texture felt luxurious on my skin and gave me the impression that it may have moisturising effects. As I massaged the product in I could feel the scrubby-bits were of adequate size to feel like they were having an effect. There were, however, not enough for my liking. I particularly like the St Ives apricot scrub which has millions of scrubby-bits - this is no comparison and could definitely be classed as a gentle exfoliator because of this. Again, very well suited to sensitive skin types. The scrubby bits weren't the gentlest I've ever used (which I like) but nor were they scratchy which I find important - I want a good exfoliation session but I don't want to damage my skin.
The scrub washed off easily and left no residue that I could detect. My skin feels lovely immediately after use but 5-10 minutes later I can feel that tell-tale 'tight' sensation and my skin is crying out for a little moisturiser.
Definitely an exfoliator I'd recommend for more sensitive skins. I use this on a daily basis for my blemish-prone skin and it hasn't made my skin break out which I'm impressed with. I do feel the need to use a more intense exfoliator once or twice a week and turn to my trusted St Ives for this purpose. The creamy texture of the No7 product feels luxurious on the skin and is easy to use and wash off. Just remember to moisturise afterwards. The product costs £8 for 75ml (which lasted me around 4 weeks when used daily).
No7 radiance revealed exfoliator - it costs £7.75 from boots (I thought it was nearer £10 so either the price has come down or I'm confused!).
The packaging is upside down, which for something like this I find to be the right way up so you can get it out. It's a typical squeezy plastic bottle as shown in the picture - simple and elegant.
The product has a nice smell, not very strong but I'd not want it to overpower my body wash anyway so that suits me well.
Texture.. boots suggest using once or twice a week. My skin I suppose is average-dry and slightly sensitive but I think I could actually use this daily if I so desired. The "exfoliating particles" aren't very scratchy (err not sure that's the right term) and there don't really seem many in there. It's nice as a quick gentle exfoliation, but I do keep a grittier one around for when I feel the need for a stronger exfoliator. If you have a lot of dead skin needing removing I'd think this would be a little too vague to be useful, but great if you have sensitive skin.
I also find this a little on the runny side - I do seem to lose bits when trying to use it, which considering it's not exactly cheap to begin with, does annoy me slightly. And as said I find it's not very full of exfoliating bits, so ocassionally have had to squeeze out twice as much to get any - I seem to have small pockets of scrubbyness free areas. On the other hand a little does go a long way! It spreads easily, and I find the liquid part works as a very nice cleanser.
On the plus side despite this being only 75ml I've used it on my whole face about once a fortnight - for 9 months. I think it'll make it to about the 12 month mark, so the normal weekly should last you up to around 6 months - which makes the price far more reasonable.
Overall I'll be buying a new bottle, but I will still need a scrubbier one in for ocassional use.
No.7 Radiance Revealed exfoliator, 75ml
£7.75 (which will earn you 28 advantage card points worth 28p).
The Radiance Revealed exfoliator is (obviously!) part of No 7's 'Radiance' range. I love almost all No 7 products but tend to veer towards this range as my skin can look quite dull sometimes - usually down to lack of sleep!
I think that £7.75 can be a bit pricey for an exfoliator so didn't actually buy this; I waited until I got one in with one of the N07 'goody bags' that they regularly give out when you spend £20+ on No 7 items.
I'm glad I waited.
I like my exfoliators to really scrub the skin and help brighten and remove any dry skin, I'm not too keen on the 'gentle' ones that don't really seem to do anything - too much like everyday cleansers for my liking. Unfortunately for me, this exfoliator is the latter of the two.
It is a thick white cream with tiny blue particles. I don't know what the blue particles actually are, but they are quite rough, although not scratchy. There are also smaller white particles that also 'exfoliate'.
To use the Radiance Revealed Exfoliator, you should gently massage a small amount into cleansed, damp skin. The fact that the skin should already be cleansed is another issue I have with the product, most exfoliators I buy will cleanse and exfoliate at the same time, so to have to do it separately is quite annoying and time consuming.
I find that the 'exfoliator' is creamy and soft to use, it does scrub the skin to a certain extent although, in my opinion, not enough to really exfoliate the skin.
After use, my skin is left feeling soft and clean (although I'd certainly expect it to feel clean after washing my face twice!).
The exfoliator claims to 'reveal a brighter, more beautiful you.' I can't say that the exfoliator did this. I gave it a chance though and used it twice a week (as advised) for three weeks; still no difference.
The exfoliator is nice to use, and it does soften skin; however it doesn't exfoliate well and it doesn't brighten skin. As this is what it is intended to do, it's a disappointing product, and one that I won't be using again.
I can't recommend No 7's Radiance Revealed Exfoliator, if you are looking for a good exfoliator then I would suggest No 7's Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator; it is £3 more, but really works and you can see a huge difference with continued use.
If you like the sound of either product then get in quick as boots are giving away a free 'goody bag' when you spend over £22; and don't forget your advantage card as the points you make are the equivalent of a 4% discount.
And, unlike most other beauty/cosmetics companies, if you are at all unhappy with any No7 product you can return it for a full refund, as long as you have your receipt.
I don't know whether this product is new, or whether my comparatively small local branch of Boots has only just started to stock it. But I saw it and liked the sound of it and decided to give it a go. It was £7.75 for the 75 ml tube and as I had a £5 voucher for No.7 - well what an excellent opportunity to give it a go.
Radiance Revealed is an exfoliator containing natural fruit acids to improve your skin quality.
It claimed to wave away dullness and reveal the "beautiful you".
Well unless when I hand the Boots sales assistant my bottle of water to hold while I get my cash out, she hands me back a carafe of wine- I shall not believe it will make me beautiful - £7.75 would be way underpriced for a miracle!
Seriously, it is a lovely product and works by having different sized exfoliating particles, which I find are very gentle on your skin.
Once or twice a week you massage a small portion of the exfoliating cream onto cleansed damp skin, as usual avoiding the delicate eye area.
I usually do it for a couple of minutes and then wash off, thoroughly to ensure I have removed all the particles, with warm water.
I am left with skin that feels very clean, smooth and healthy.
It is said to promote cell renewal, refine pores and leave your skin energised. I have no reason to doubt no.7 in those claims as they have a proven track record, but I can only say my skin is left feeling - dare I say it "radiant".
Boots advise that they have created this hypo-allergenic skin product using tried, tested and trusted ingredients. Boots have tested this product on customers with the most sensitive skin.
So if you want bright, fresh skin I suggest you try this product out. My recommendation would be to use twice a week for the first month and then go to just once a week
I bought this product in Boots a few weeks ago, it cost £7.75 which I though was quite a good price.
The packaging of this product is fairly plain, a transparent tube with black and gold writing and a transparent plastic lid.
Like most Boots No7 products, this product is hypoallergenic and scent free. The exfoliator is white in colour with blue and red grains in it. It has a thick creamy texture.
I was very surprised at how grainy the exfoliator was and how big the grains were, I had been expecting something quite gentle, but this was quite a tough product, although nothing like a micro-dermabrasive exfoliator, it was still a stronger product than most exfoliators I have used in the past.
I didn't need to use a lot of the product, it spread easily over my face and I could feel that my face was getting a really good clean. It washed off my face easily and after drying my face felt really smooth.
I was impressed by how smooth and soft my face felt, although it was quite a tough exfoliator, my face didn't feel dry or tight at all afterwards and is left feeling lovely and smooth for a couple of days after use.
I would definitely recommend this product, but don't expect it to give a gentle wash, it might be too harsh for some people.
I always use a face wash in the bath or shower and wouldn't dream of using soap or anything. However of late I have noticed that my skin in places (particularly around my jawline) has been quite dry and flaky and I've had a few more spots than normal due to being under the weather and the weather lol.
I knew I needed something a bit abrasive to give my skin a deep down clean once or twice a week that wasn't too harsh to help polish my skin up and clean out deeply some of my pores. I very much have combination skin on my face. I have an oily t-zone, spots, blackheads, whiteheads and generally congested, large pores as well faint wrinkles and crows feet that start to creep up on the majority of us when we hit out mid 30's! lol.
I am a huge fan of Boots and I adore trying out No7 products. I find they are very classy and usually work brilliantly at excellent prices for what they are. I took the advice of a shop assistant with this product after discussing products available I felt this was most suited to my needs.
75ml white, slightly frosted tube with flip top opening lid concealing a small hole at the bottom of the tube. On the front I'm told it is No7, Radiance Revealed, Exfoliator suitable for all skin types for 'bright beautiful skin' and at the bottom of the tube I'm told it is Hypo-Allergenic. On the back of the tube I'm told a bit about the product, directions for use are given, ingredients are listed, contact details for Boots are stated, size and the recycle symbol are displayed. Finally there is a bar-code on there. This is a very simple, neat, fuss free and fairly classy but basic looking tube. It's functional and sturdy and low key and I love the fact I can see the exfoliator through the tube so I can see when it needs replacing (if desired).
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Tube....
Sweep away impurities, wave goodbye to dullness and reveal a brighter, more beautiful you. This light and gentle exfoliator deeply cleanses, helps promotes cell renewal and refines pores, leaving skin soft, smooth, energised and glowing with health.
Fragrance free, with purifying grapefruit and watercress, plus hydrating pro vitamin B5.
Directions For Use....
Once or twice a week, gently massage a small amount into cleansed, damp skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. Wash away thoroughly with warm water.
My Experience Using It....
This is such a simple product to use and it's up to you really how often you use it or whether you use it on it's own or after a face wash or something. It's low abrasive and I use this every day after using a No7 face wash and have found it to not harm my skin but keep me radiant and with blemish free skin! Of course if you want to you can use it one or twice a week or when you feel you need it but me I prefer to use it every day as it really is mild and gentle and makes my skin feel clean so if I don't use it I actually miss it!
All you need is about the size of a penny piece of this very light green, creamy lotion to rub over a damp or wet face and/or neck. It feels like a lotion, it isn't greasy although it is slightly glossy in appearance and it has body to it meaning it isn't drippy or runny so it's easy to handle. It has lots and lots of tiny, slightly rough feeling particles you can feel on say dry fingertips and that's the exfoliating particles, though it doesn't feel rough on the face and/or neck.
I wet my face and massage this in as hard or gentle as I want to. As I have said it has no smell to it, it doesn't lather up and it's actually very soft and gently on and to the skin. You can feel the exfoliation going on but it's not uncomfortable or harsh and I feel happy to use this on all of my face including my lips and around my eyes. It really doesn't hurt or give me any irritation in any way shape or form either when using it or afterwards.
It rinses off simply leaving no tell tale signs it's been used at all (like redness or faint scratches or anything) and it doesn't leave skin feeling tight or too dry or greasy after either. It simply but effectively removes grease and grime, gives pores a gentle clean and leaves face and neck looking clean, awakened, soft and smooth.
This to me is more of an every day exfoliator. If you have fairly good, well behaved skin in the first place then use this once or twice a week (as directed). If like me you have naughty skin then use it more often till skin starts behaving then lower the amount of times you use it or simply use something stronger than this. Personally I like the ease of use and the fact that it does a gentle job and speaks up for itself in a quiet way. It works without a song and a dance!
Since using this product my dry skin has gone, my skin is clear of blemishes and my skin appears smoother and to the touch it definitely feels smoother. I really like it and think it's worth it's £4.00 price tag and it does last ages.
Only available from Boots and recommended from me for any person of any age particularly to young people to start off with or for people with sensitive skin!
As some of you already know I received a big box of No 7 goodies at Xmas and have been trying them all out. This exfoliator was one of the first things I wanted to try.
At 35 (rapidly hurtling to 36) I often feel my complexion could do with some refreshing. I find exfoliating is a quick and easy way to accomplish this and have a variety of different types in the bathroom. Usually I end up with the ones with the large gritty bits in them but this No 7 Radiance Revealed is very different.
Firstly mine is a 15ml tube as it's part of a gift set. Normally it's sold in 75ml size tubes for £7.59 from Boots but as usual you could probably pick it up cheaper on ebay. The tube is clear so I can see the light blue cream inside and mine has a nozzle like a serum covered by a plastic screw cap but I don't know about the full size version.
The exfoliating cream is quite thick, fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. I thought it had a slight fragrance to be honest, even though I'm told it's fragrance free I can smell a kind of hand cream scent coming from it. The exfoliating particles are extremely fine, they feel like salt grains but are very gentle.
The base is, as I said before, light blue and quite thick and suprisingly very moisturising. I often find the bases of exfoliators don't do anything except carry the grit but in this case it really helps.
So onto the test. With the versions that have large particles in them I find you have use plenty so initially I squeezed out a 50p size blob of this and got to work. The skin needs to be clean and damp and the exfoliator is applied by using circular motions to take off all those dead skin cells. I soon realised the particles in this were very fine and that was too much to use so on subsequent occasions I have reduced it to a 20p size blob which is sufficient.
As I rubbed it over my skin I could feel the fine exfoliating particles but they are not sharp and it's very gentle. I then rinsed it off, this took several splashes with warm water as the particles tend to stick to the skin, and had a look in the mirror.
My skin looked very fresh and noticeably brighter. My pores aren't really open anyway but this did refine them further and when I felt my skin after drying it was soft too. This seems to moisturise at the same time.
Very impressed I left it in the bathroom so I could use it again later in the week. I exfoliate my face about 2-3 times a week depending on how my skin looks and feels. I've used it this amount for the last few weeks and still have plenty left so I imagine the full size version would last a few months.
I also have dry skin that's prone to troublesome flaky patches and redness and this didn't irritate at all, it's very mild but effective so suitable for all skin types.
Overall I'm very impressed, it leaves skin soft and fresh and free of flaky bits but without any harshness. I'll definitely be buying more of this when the time comes and recommend it to anyone who likes to exfoliate regularly but doesn't like their skin drying out.
As with nearly ever other No 7 product I own I got this because I got a £5 No 7 voucher. I hadn't seen a lot I wanted but wanted to use the voucher so I just went for on of the cheapest things in the skincare range which was this exfoliator. At full price it isn't exactly cheap though, it was £7.50, but that meant I only paid £2.50 for it which was a good bargain! It is a 75ml bottle which is average size for a face scrub.
It is in a squeezy bottle which sits upside down with the bit where the scrub comes out at the bottom, so it is always easy to get it out of the bottle. The bottle is kind of clear so you can see what is inside a bit, but it is a bit frosted which actually makes it look nice and better quality than if it were a clear bottle. It has a gold 'No7 at the top and 'Radiance Revealed' written in bold black beneath this. Overall I really like the packaging, it looks minimalist, clean and modern, which is what you would expect from something expensive.
When it comes out of the bottle it is a pale blue colour which looks really nice and fresh. If you look at it, it doesn't even look like an exfoliator. It doesn't really have much of a smell which I find quite a good quality as it makes it seem gentler on the skin. The only smell it does smell is a faint soapy smell, but it is very faint.
There are no bits visible, unlike some others where you can literally see the bits in it, which are often another colour. But I could feel straight away that it was grittier than it looks. The bits in it are really tiny, but it is really concentrated and there are loads of the bits in each squirt of the exfoliator. Despite this it isn't too rough on the skin, I still had to be careful as I have quite sensitive skin but it didn't hurt my skin at all. The exfoliator is in a nice balm like stuff that leaves whatever it touches feeling moisturised. I think this is the reason it doesn't feel to rough on the skin, because the balm in it kind of protects you from the grit.
I've learnt that you don't have to use much of it at all each time, because it is so concentrated a little bit goes a long way. I tend to dab a little bit on both cheeks and my forehead and that way I don't end up using too much or focussing it all in one place. As soon as I have used it I can feel the difference in my skin, it always feels really smooth but soothed as well. Because of the moisturising effect my skin has never felt dry after using it. I still always use moisturiser afterwards though.
I've had it for about 3months now and use it usually 2-3 times a week and I've still got about a quarter of the bottle left, so it lasts really well. This kind of justifies the price a bit because a cheaper one might not last as long as this.
It says on the bottle that it is suitable for all skin types and I have to agree with this. It would be fine for people with normal skin and I have found it fine with my sensitive skin. Although I would imagine, as with any exfoliator, it wouldn't be suitable for anyone with a bad skin condition or any open wounds on the face.
I'm giving it 5 stars because despite it being quite expensive I thought it was very good quality and has really good results on my skin. It lives up to what it claims that it will renew skin cells and smooth the skin without irritating.
The first thing that appealed to me about this product was the pretty pale green colour which looks perfectly at home on my bathroom shelf. The bottle is see-through which obviously means you can see how much you have left in the bottle, meaning with a little perseverance you can sqeeze every last drop out of the tube (as I did this morning).
The product does not have an overpowering smell, I was always convinced it smelled slightly of cucumber but the Boots website informs me that the product in fact contains grapefruit and watercress so perhaps my sense of smell is defective! Either way it is a pleasant 'fresh' smell which is very subtle.
As with most No. 7 products I find that a little of this product goes a long way when applied to damp skin. The grains are very small and do not feel rough on your skin, but you can feel them working. My skin always feels smoother and fresher afterwards and my moisturiser seems to sink in better. I like this compared to other exfoliators because I think the texture works very well and is just rough enough to feel effective without feeling as though they are scratching your skin. The product is quick and easy to use and has, in my opinion, a noticeable effect. I use this once a week which I find is just enough to keep my skin feeling smooth.
I first got this product free in one of the No.7 promotions and to be honest, it sat on my shelf for a long time as I have never been overly impressed with exfoliators in the past. However I will definitely be purchasing this again as even the tiny tube I had has lasted me for a few months. At the time of writing, Boots No.7 products are on 3 for 2 so if you are wondering what to treat yourself with for free and have not yet tried this, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Sweep away impurities, wave goodbye to dullness and reveal a brighter, more beautiful you / This light and gentle facial exfoliator deeply cleanses, removes dead skin cells and refines pores, leaving skin soft, smooth and glowing with health /