Product Review: Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator

A few months ago I ran out of my trusty Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator and although it’s a product near and dear to my heart, I have largely replaced manual exfoliators (those with physical particles that essentially sand the skin) with acids.  It continued to fall off my online basket radar.  I got it back in and realized just why this product is so fantastic and I had to apologize to Boots for leaving it behind like the old toy on Christmas.  Read on!

Physical exfoliators are not all created equal and should be taken seriously.  When looking for one, do your research to see what types of particles they use.  Those like St. Ives Apricot Scrub which was all the rage, use things like pieces of shells that are jagged and can tear the skin.  Please, if you use this product, time to toss it.

Boots No7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator is a Certified ReadHead Best.  With a drugstore price, it is in my opinion, the best bang for your buck out there today.  Fine particles gently scrub your skin, and it’s hypoallergenic formulation is both gentle and effective.

Texture: is like a mixture of a lotion and gel.  Gritty particles feel a bit like sand and are evenly distributed in the lotion.  It has no smell and no other ingredients to cleanse so there’s no foaming or tingling.  It’s a basic formula designed to do all it says it will do. And it does it well.

Application: is easy.  Using it on dry skin will give you more friction and a deeper exfoliation.  Putting water on your skin first will soften the skin and is likely a better option for those with sensitive skin. A dime-sized amount of the white gritty product is all you need.  I squirt it on my two fingertips, rub them together, then distribute some on my forehead, cheeks, nose, chin and neck. I then gently use my fingertips in circles across my face, bringing the little dollops of product together.  Then rinse!

Packaging: is a white, no frills squeezable tube (yay!) with a flip top lid.  The hole in the top is large enough to not gunk up, but small enough that you can easily control the amount you distribute.

Overall: this product is excellent.  It won’t replace a professional microdermabrasion session, but it’s pretty darn effective.  At less than $18 for a tube that can last you a long time, it’s safe for most skin types and is also incredibly economical.  Just be careful to not overuse the product.  Those with acne can benefit from this, if your acne is caused by clogged pores and slow skin turnover.  Hormonal acne will likely not see much difference.  You also must be careful when using this or any physical exfoliator on active acne as scrubbing and breaking open the comedones will distribute all the icky stuff to your skin (which could cause more bumps) and irritate it.

Overall Rating: 5/5

*Certified ReadHead Best

Price: $$$$$

Packaging: 5/5

Have you tried this exfoliator? Drop us a line in the comments!


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