I was furious with myself for buying this, because I thought I'd just bought into all the silly hype. But....it's done amazing things! I have sensitive, quite dry skin, with a few annoying pores and lots of flaky patches in winter, and some redness. All of these things have been noticably improved, and to my astonishment some (very fine) lines have also diminished. My skin feels much smoother and softer too.
The serum does leave quite a noticable silicone-like finish (which I don't find offensive, and it doesn't interfere with my moisturiser or makeup), and I have to use quite a bit of it to get full coverage. No scent, which is good. Obviously this doesn't work for everyone, but I am thrilled with the results I've got.
It's still early days though - I really hope that these fabulous effects continue as I continue to use this product - will update if they recede or if I get any problems with further use!
UPDATE: have knocked off a star because I can't use this every day. But I still get pretty good effects from more occasional use. Further cons include the increasingly musty smell (I have noticed this in ALL No7 skin products - sort it out, Boots!) but I don't care too much since it doesn't linger and I have to use so much of this at once it doesn't take me long to get through a tube. I prefer the new (cheaper!) tube packaging.
I have NO IDEA what this is supposed to do. What was the hype about? This did absolutely nothing for me. And I used it for weeks!
I would think I did not even apply this at all except it annoys me after applicaiton. It absorbs quickly and then feels like there is an invisible sheet over your skin. But not one that does something like nourish and give you great skin in the morning. You put it on, then you know you put it on because your skin feels covered and 'pulled' somehwat.. and nothing happens. Doesn't matter if you repeat it for weeks.
Not all 'hype' products are disappointing. This one just makes me baffled. What's it supposed to DO?
On my first trip to London, the ONLY thing on my list of things to buy was this product. Our local news program did a story on this sometime last year. Having caught my attention, I looked around the web and found a lot of good reviews so I just HAD to get it for myself. I must admit, at first I mistook this as a moisturiser. Although it will function fine as a moisturiser for normal skin, it's not that great for a dry skin just on its own. It does leave this thin film on your skin and makes it feel very soft and supple. I quite liked the way my skin felt after it. When I am not having a stressful week and I havent polluted it with alcohol or cigarettes, this works great on its own.. otherwise I need an additional moisturiser. I'm kicking myself because I didnt get the accompanying day and night moisturiser. I will have to get that on my next trip. At the moment, I'm using a very light SKII Aqua Physics moisturiser as an accompaniment.. I think they work pretty well together..
This has made a huge difference to the appearence and texture of my dry skin, bought it becuase of the hype, as I have done with lots of other face creams, however I actually finished a bottle and have since re-purchased. I use this under a paula's choice moisturizer and my skin looks and feels better than it did in my 20's. At last I've found a regime that works well for me. At nearly £17 this isn't cheap but it certainly isn't in the price bracket of many other so called miracle products. My only bug bear is the packaging, the original glass pump dispenser meant you couldn't get the last bits out of the bottle. They have re-designed and it now comes in an ugly plastic tube.
A really good product that makes a visible improvement in the look and texture of my skin. Smooth, and easy to apply, and has clearly made a difference in reducing fine lines. The only downside for me is the slightly 'un-natural' greasy / silicone texture, which I've had to get used to when I first used it.
I've been using it for months now, it's just great, it really is. I really don't see how other more expensive products could add that much extra benefit for them to be worth the extra price.
I have been using this for about a month now. I am really pleased with the results. This product comes in a squeezy tube so you can get the amount you need out, my only gripe is it doesnt stand up on my dressing table. When I first got it I thought the amount was tiny for the price but after 4 weeks I have tons left and I use it morning and night. This product glides on my face and makes my skin feel super smooth. You only need a small amount. I wear it underneath my moisturiser (containing sunscreen) and have no problem with it making me greasy or anything. No breakouts or peeling from the retinol ingredient. Will buy again when I've used it.
Generally a nice product but did not really see any difference in my skin. I bought it due to its claims regarding sun damage as I use sun beds but Dermalogica Shin Hydrating Booster is far better even though a lot more expensive.
A horrible greasy formula that seems to sit on top of my skin rather than being properly absorbed. It's not pleasant to apply, nor does it feel good on my skin. However the main reason why I will not be re-purchasing this product is because it somehow managed to break me out in areas where I never usually get spots (?!)
I really wanted to love this product. I've just turned 31 and have been looking for something to give me "a little help" with my developing fine lines, mainly around the eyes. The hype (BBC no less!) and the fact it's not ridiculously expensive sold it to me. I guess my expectations may have been too high. I've been using it on and off for about 12 weeks and so far I've not seen any improvement in my fine lines or in my skin tone. I've been using it on and off because it breaks me out - tiny whiteheads and little hard bumps under the skin (basically blocked pores), especially around the chin and jawline. I think I must have fairly sensitive skin because a few foundations make my skin react like this too, but I expect more from skincare! I won't be repurchasing because obviously there's something in it that my skin can't tolerate. My step mother likes it though (but again, no obvious improvements and she's been using it religiously for much longer than me).
I couldn't not try this, having read about it so much. I had been trying another retinol product from Skinceuticals, which I had found to have good results - fine lines reduced, overall better skin tone. But the Skinceuticals product cost 3 times as much as No 7 so I thought I'd give Protect and Perfect a go. I don't think the results are as dramatic although I suppose it's difficult to tell now since I had already been using the other product immediately before. I have bought a second one since I believe it is supposed to take a minimum of 4 weeks to take effect. I tend to use this more liberally, as it is cheaper, with moisturizer over the top as instructed. After the first few days I did notice very slight peeling of the skin which was a bit worrying but this soon went. I guess time will tell whether it really is a miracle product or not. I'll probably continue to use it until the next one hits the shelves!