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Everything Under $9! Our Unbiased Review of Boots Ingredients Skincare Line

CEO Tinh Phung
It’s not every day that a PHARMACY drops a skincare collection… But that’s exactly what Boots, the UK-based drugstore, has done. Recognizing the need for affordable skincare products that focus on hero ingredients, Boots Ingredients...


It’s not every day that a PHARMACY drops a skincare collection… But that’s exactly what Boots, the UK-based drugstore, has done. Recognizing the need for affordable skincare products that focus on hero ingredients, Boots Ingredients developed their first-ever vegan skincare line. Although they have been on the shelves for a while, we recently put four of their tiny bottles to the test - and ended up adding seven more to our shopping carts. So, here are our honest thoughts.

1. The Exfoliating Serum: Boots Ingredients Alpha Hydroxy Acid Serum, $9


What it is: An AHA-fueled exfoliating serum that buffs away dead skin cells for a brighter, firmer complexion.

How it works: This water-based serum uses a combination of glycolic and lactic acid to gently dissolve dirt and debris, leaving your skin smoother and brighter. The vegan formula also contains glycerin and grape seed extract to provide moisture and plumpness to the skin.

What we thought: We must admit, we made a rookie mistake by applying more than one pump of this AHA serum initially, which caused a slight tingle. However, once we figured out the right amount to use, our skin felt noticeably smoother, brighter, and softer within a week.

2. The Do-It-All Retinol: Boots Ingredients Retinol Serum, $9


What it is: A water-based serum powered by retinol that improves skin elasticity, tone, and texture.

How it works: This retinol serum penetrates deep into the skin, stimulating collagen production and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Infused with soothing aloe and nourishing sunflower seed oil, it keeps your skin hydrated and healthy.

What we thought: We were genuinely impressed with this retinol serum. After just three weeks of consistent use, it transformed our skin's texture, leaving it bouncy and rejuvenated. The lightweight formula absorbs instantly, and a little goes a long way, making it a great investment for long-term skincare goals.

Pro tip: Remember, retinol is a potent ingredient, so introduce it gradually into your routine. Start with twice a week usage and gradually increase based on your skin's tolerance. For a complete guide on retinol, check out our comprehensive article.

3. The Brightening Serum: Boots Ingredients Vitamin C Serum, $9


What it is: A brightening serum enriched with antioxidant-rich vitamin C to protect and even out skin tone.

How it works: Packed with antioxidants, this serum brightens the skin while aloe provides hydration and castor oil locks in moisture, giving you a radiant complexion.

What we thought: The fragrance-free formula of this serum feels amazing on the skin. Its thin, clear texture absorbs quickly, leaving a dewy finish. After using it for a month along with the other Boots Ingredients products, we noticed an improvement in hyperpigmentation around our mouth and hairline. We can confidently say that we loved it!

4. The Hydrating Sleep Mask: Boots Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Sleep Mask, $6

Everything Under $9! Our Honest Review On This Drugstore Skincare Brand

What it is: A plant-powered sleep mask formulated with hyaluronic acid for intense hydration.

How it works: This water-based mask contains glycerin and plant-based hyaluronic acid, which attract and retain moisture while you sleep. Additionally, castor oil plumps and replenishes the skin, leaving it refreshed in the morning.

What we thought: We can't get enough of this nourishing sleep mask! It's the perfect nighttime treat and pairs well with any potent formula. Its gentle formula leaves our skin feeling incredibly soft and refreshed every morning.

The Final Review

It's no secret that we love affordable skincare brands, and Boots Ingredients exceeded our expectations. Coming from a pharmacy background, they have truly impressed us with their effective formulas. The vitamin C serum and nighttime mask are our favorites so far, and we are excited to explore the rest of their skincare line. Boots Ingredients is undoubtedly a drugstore winner!

Speaking of affordable brands, have you read our review of The Ordinary’s hyperpigmentation bundle?