|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|
Radiance Boosting Eye Balm (RRP: $22 for 15ml)
Daily Protection Cream (RRP: $22 for 40ml)
Nourishing Night Cream (RRP: $22 for 40ml)