boots ingredients hyaluronic acid serum reviews

boots ingredients hyaluronic acid serum reviews

The Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum costs £5 for 30ml.

Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range |BEAUTY

Boots Ingredients is the new skincare range ready to challenge The Ordinary who arguably has the market share of this corner of the market. I’ve always been a big fan of The Ordinary products and I’ve written about them twice (you can read my round one review here and my round two review here).

How does Boots Ingredients stack up against The Ordinary?

Boots are following the principles that worked so well for The Ordinary; great skincare with no fuss branding at value prices. The product sizes are small with simple packaging, keeping costs down making it an affordable range. Unlike The Ordinary, Boots Ingredients doesn’t clarify the exact amounts of ingredients in the range so it’s tricky to do a comparison but I’ve been using the products for the last few weeks and I’m ready to share my thoughts.

  • Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range | BEAUTY | FREYA WILCOX
  • Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range | BEAUTY | FREYA WILCOX
  • Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range | BEAUTY | FREYA WILCOX
  • Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range | BEAUTY | FREYA WILCOX
  • Review: Testing the New Boots Ingredients Range | BEAUTY | FREYA WILCOX

Vitamin C Serum

I’m starting with my favourite product of the range. I’m a big fan of Vitamin C products in general; I love how they make my skin look brighter and more refreshed. There isn’t really an equivalent by The Ordinary; I’ve tried the Vitamin C suspension but I did’t really get on with it. I usually use the Vitamin C Serum as part of my morning routine after toning, before apply my moisturiser. It absorbs into my skin quickly without feeling sticky.

The Boots Ingredients Vitamin C Serum costs £6 for 30ml.

Hyaluronic Acid Serum

It was The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid that first got me obsessed with this type of product in the first place. Hyaluronic acid makes skin feel plumper, more hydrated and glowy. I really like the formula of the Boots Ingredients product, it’s a slightly more viscous and thicker than The Ordinary version which I find easier to apply. There’s nothing worse than a runny serum that runs all over your hands and drips everywhere before you can get it onto your face. The packaging is simple; a plastic container with a pump so not quite as luxurious as The Ordinary equivalent which comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. I apply the Hyaluronic Acid serum after cleansing and toning with a single pump and apply across my face before moisturising.

The Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum costs £5 for 30ml.

Salicylic Acid Serum

I like to use Salicylic acid in my skincare routine when I’m suffering from breakouts because it goes deep into the skin. Again, it’s difficult to understand how effective this product is as the quantity of Salicylic acid is not known. The Ordinary isn’t currently selling their version of Salicylic acid at the moment so this version will do for now. I tend to reach for the Salicylic Acid serum a couple times a month and apply it as part of my evening routine after cleansing and toning with a single pump and apply across my face before moisturising.

The Boots Ingredients Salicylic Acid Serum costs £7 for 30ml.

Glycolic Acid Toner

I’ve tried and tested a lot of different acid based toners and the Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner is average at best. Glycolic acid helps to lift dead skin cells revealing brighter skin underneath but the Boots version doesn’t feel like it’s doing anything at all to my skin. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution works out at much better value for money at £6.80 for 240ml and it’s a better product (much more exfoliating). I apply the Glycolic Acid Toner with a cotton pad and sweep it across my face after cleansing.

The Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner costs £5 for 100ml.

Caffeine Eye Cream

Caffeine is great for reducing dark circles under eyes

The Ordinary doesn’t do a caffeine eye cream – instead their caffeine product is more of a serum with a dropper and I’ve never quite got on board with it. I prefer the Boots Ingredients Caffeine Eye Cream which is easier to apply although it’s not clear how much caffeine is actually in the Boots Ingredients product (caffeine is listed quite far down the ingredients list which isn’t a good sign).

The Boots Ingredients Caffeine Eye Cream costs £6 for 15ml.

The range itself is small, with only eight products so I hope to see it expand to include a retinol product and some face masks. It’s a great entry level range for beginners if you’re trying out different products for the first time and don’t want to spend a fortune.


What’s In Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum?


Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains Sodium Hyaluronate, a form of Hyaluronic Acid that better penetrates your skin.

But what does it do? It’s a moisture magnet that draws water from the environment and binds it into your skin. It’s so powerful, it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water!

Extra moisture = happier skin. The more moisture your skin has, the plumper and brighter it gets.

P.S. Sodium Hyaluronate isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.

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How Does Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum Work?

When our skin experiences depleted hyaluronic acid, we tend to experience dryness, roughness, flaky, and dull skin. The need to use moisturizing products like Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum to rescue your skin is essential to facilitate skin healing. It may hydrate the skin profoundly and lock in moisture, preventing any skin issues like dryness.

This serum’s hyaluronic acid ensures that the skin has enough water content and distributes nutrients. Hyaluronic acid’s moisturizing benefit is bolstered by glycerin’s ability to moisturize the skin.

Glycerin is also water-binding, drawing water from the air so the skin may retain its moisture content. The bonus is this serum is vegan and not tested on animals.

All in all, it’s a near miss. It’s good that there’s no fragrance or alcohol but we really need to know how much active there is in these things otherwise you can hardly call it “ingredient led skincare” if there is hardly any of the ingredient in the skincare. Out of the bunch I would get the Hyaluronic Acid Serum and the Salicylic Acid. Definitely not the Hyaluronic Moisturiser or the (not) Hemp Oil.

Boots Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner Review

Ingredients Glycolic Acid Toner is £5 for 100ml from Boots (Nearly twice as expensive as The Ordinary’s Glycolic, which is £2.83 per 100ml) 4/10.

This is one I bought myself to try. First thoughts- I like the packaging design. The simple typography and light pink of the box, it’s very pleasing. The bottle looks minuscule. It’s very small for a toner. Let’s take a look at the ingredients-

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Peg-40, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate.

I see hydration from glycerin and sodium hyaluronate, but there is less than 1% glycolic acid in this. There is 7% glycolic in The Ordinary, as well as many lovely soothing anti inflammatory ingredients. I also checked the pH. Since the words “This Glycolic Acid toner promotes a clear and even skin tone, which helps skin look renewed” appear on the Boots website, they are making out like this is an exfoliating toner. It really isn’t going to do any exfoliating.

On the skin it feels hydrating but there is absolutely no sting. Not a hint of a tingle that you would generally expect from an acid toner.

Acid fact- For an acid exfoliator to do it’s thing and actively break apart the bonds between skin cells, it needs a pH of around 3-4. I have a pH meter and the pH of Boots Ingredients Glycolic is 5.3. It isn’t going to exfoliate anything.

pH of Boots Ingredients Glycolic Toner- ph probe

pH of Boots Ingredients Glycolic Toner

I’m going to treat this as the hydrating toner that it actually is and slap it on after cleansing to get rid of it and I certainly won’t be repurchasing. I urge you not to purchase in the first place, by The Ordinary one, it will actually exfoliate and brighten.

In a nutshell– Glycolic Toner by Boots is nothing but a hydrating toner with a little tiny bit of glycolic acid.

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Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid – The Bottom Line

There does not appear to be anything about Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid that makes it stand out from other hydration serums on the market. It contains a standard blend of natural anti-aging ingredients but there are no clinical studies cited as proof of just how well it really works. Customer reviews for Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid are mixed and, as with any kind of topical anti-aging product, results will vary from person to person. It would be helpful if more details were provided about the formula ingredients, such as their exact function and concentrated amounts, so consumers could have a better understanding of the product in relation to its anti-aging benefits.

Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid isn’t overly expensive when compared to other hydration serums and is so cheap that it makes one question its quality. Given the fact that there are no free samples available, the manufacturer needs to provide unconditional money back guarantee. Consumers will feel more confident in buying a product with the knowledge that they can get a refund if it doesn’t live up to their expectations. With their refund term, it is likely that all sales are final for Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid.

Unlike Inkey and The Ordinary, Boots don’t list the concentrations of actives in this range, so it’s unclear what percentage of vitamin C, for example, you are getting. As consumers become ever more ingredient-savvy this becomes increasingly important.

Boots’ new ingredient-led skincare brand is here to take The Ordinary’s crown


Boots is really pulling it out of the bag recently; not only has the high street hero announced it’ll be stocking Huda Beauty from 28 January, it’s also just launched an ingredient-led budget skincare range set to rival The Ordinary and The Inkey List.

Boots Ingredients comprises eight products, with none costing more than £7.50. The collection of minimalist products includes a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £5, a Caffeine Eye Cream, £5.50 and a Vitamin C Serum, £7.

Last week saw the launch of Q+A, another back-to-basics ingredient-led skincare brand, so it’s definitely not a market that’s slowing down. So what sets Boots Ingredients apart? Like Inkey and The Ordinary, which are also stocked in Boots, these products are housed in no-nonsense packaging to keep costs down and the pack sizes are small (generally 15-30 mls). But it’s able to keep prices even cheaper than its counterparts by being both manufactured and retailed in Boots, so there’s not extra retailer’s cut to factor in and the saving can be passed on to the consumer.

What you do get with Inkey (incidentally founded by two ex-Boots staffers) however, are added supporting actives. The Inkey List’s same-size £8.99 Caffeine Serum, for example also contains the anti-ageing peptide Matrixyl 3000, which may sway some consumers, but might not be worth the extra spend for a younger demographic.

Unlike Inkey and The Ordinary, Boots don’t list the concentrations of actives in this range, so it’s unclear what percentage of vitamin C, for example, you are getting. As consumers become ever more ingredient-savvy this becomes increasingly important.

That aside, with this range Boots have made ingredient-led skincare even more democratic opening it up to a new consumer price point. Here’s what to expect from the Boots Ingredients offerings.