21 April 2016

Brand Focus: Boots Laboratories Optiva

L-R: Skin Balancing Cleanser, Radiance Refresh Tonic, Aqua-Capture Serum, Radiance Boosting Eye Balm, Daily Protection Cream, Nourishing Night Cream
I recently took the Optiva two week challenge to combat winter skincare woes (i.e. dry skin).

Optiva is a range by Boots Laboratories from the UK, which claims to provide healthier skin in just two weeks by strengthening the skin's moisture barrier, thereby preventing dehydration, discomfort and dullness.

Optiva is also meant to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, thanks to its hypoallergenic and paraben free formula.

Before I continue on with this review, I'd like to disclose that I did not manage to use this range for a whole two weeks because it was far too hydrating for my skin.

L-R: Skin Balancing Cleanser; Radiance Refresh Tonic
Skin Balancing Cleanser (RRP: $14 for 150ml)
The skin balancing cleanser is a wipe off cleansing lotion to clean, comfort and hydrate. It is meant to remove makeup and impurities, leaving the skin soft and clean.

To use this, you smooth this lotion all over your face and wipe away with cotton wool. Being a makeup wipe remover person, I was uncomfortable smearing lotion all over my made up face. It's probably a psychological thing. I probably used this about 3-4 times before giving up, as it was too weird a process for me to continue using. 

However, the (few) times that I used it, I found the lotion to be soothing and great at removing makeup. I do use it sometimes (after using a makeup removing wipe), and it removes any leftover traces of makeup. 

I'm not the biggest fan of the way the cleanser is packaged with the semi-push open top. I find that when you close it, a little bit of product gets released around the edge, which is a bit annoying. I think it would have been better if it was packaged in a bottle with a pump.

Radiance Refresh Tonic (RRP: $14 for 150ml)
The Radiance Refresh Tonic comforts and hydrates the skin, sweeping away any last traces of cleanser and preps the skin for moisture. It also temporarily closes your pores, resulting in radiant skin.

If I could describe this toner in one word, I would say it is refreshing. It definitely leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft, and I really enjoyed using this.

L-R: Aqua-Capture Serum; Radiance Boosting Eye Balm; Daily Protection Cream; Nourishing Night Cream
Aqua-Capture Serum (RRP: $24 for 30ml)
This is a concentrated skin hydrating serum with a light formula that is easy to apply and penetrates the skin, strengthening the skin barrier in two weeks. It is meant to offer an immediate comforting and calming effect.

I would agree with the claims. It's a lightweight formula that gets rapidly absorbed into the skin. Skin immediately feels hydrated and soothed.

Radiance Boosting Eye Balm (RRP: $22 for 15ml)
A soothing and brightening balm, which contains Althaea Officinalis extract that helps restore radiance and leaves the skin looking more supply, soft and healthy.

This eye balm is soothing, but other than that I haven't really experienced any brightening. However, this may be due to my under eye area being fairly "healthy" - I currently don't have any issues.

Daily Protection Cream (RRP: $22 for 40ml)
A lightweight formula suitable for oily and combination skin. It provides SPF15 protection, hydration and keeps skin balanced throughout the day.

I really like that this contains SPF15, as I do get lazy with applying sunscreen everyday. It is fairly lightweight and feels really hydrating. It also doesn't feel tacky (none of the products in this range feels tacky). 

Nourishing Night Cream (RRP: $22 for 40ml)
A rich moisturising cream that absorbs easily to help restore skin overnight, leaving it feeling refreshed, soft and smooth. The Night Cream contains the Althaea Officialis extract together with other moisturising ingredients to strengthen and nourish while you sleep.

This night cream feels so refreshing and soothing. It is a lightweight cream that is easily absorbed into the skin.

Overall, I enjoyed using the Boots Laboraties Optiva range. Almost (if not all) the products were really soothing and hydrating, which is absolutely fantastic for those with dry and/or sensitive skin. All the products mentioned are fragrance free, which is perfect for those with sensitive skin (I personally prefer my skincare products with a bit of fragrance).

Unfortunately, these products were far too hydrating for my skin, as I found my skin getting shiny/oily really quickly. However, if you have dry skin, I'd highly recommend the Optiva range. They also are pretty affordable too!

The Optiva range can be purchased from Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian pharmacies.

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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