Where skincare launches are concerned Boots No7 is always guaranteed to gain a certain level of hype. Non quite so much as the No7 Future Renew Range and with good reason. If you want to learn more about this latest skincare innovation that’s rocking the drugstore beauty shelves, read on!
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No7 Future Renew Range
No7 Future Renew Range has been in development for 15 years with the University of Manchester. The results? Products that aim to reverse signs of damage on the skin without irritation. Yes, you read that correctly. Up until now, to truly undo signs of damage, you’d be looking towards a retinol and they are often more tricky to manage and can lead to sensitivity or irritation. The No7 Future Renew range offers 4 products that work to reverse years of stress on the skin in a gentle manner, making them suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.
The new range harnesses the power of peptides, peptides are not new, but the technology and formulation used are. First, let’s recap what peptides are.
Peptides act like messengers. They send signals to your skin cells telling them to act. This can be to boost collagen or elastin for example. Essentially peptides work to repair the skin when any damage has occurred and are great to use when supporting a well ageing routine – especially when you consider that we begin to lose collagen from the age of 25-30 years old.
The technology in the No7 Future Renew range does one better. In fact, it’s pretty darn exciting.
No7 announced “a new ‘super peptide’ blend that is proven to bio-hack the skin’s natural repair process, signalling renewal of over 50 key proteins including collagen and fibrillin in skin cells. The matrix-derived super peptide blend – which represents the biggest cosmetic science innovation in No7’s history – contains two brand-new chemical entities, a patent-pending world-first technology that cannot be found in any other product.”
This new tech spawns from a collaborative effort including science, technology, advanced robotics, mathematical modelling, bioinformatics, machine learning, cell biology and cosmetic science.
What is really clever is that the peptide blend tricks the skin into thinking it has been damaged thus signalling a renewal process, and boosting the appearance of your skin.
The claims are backed by in-depth trials too with 37 studies on over 4,200 people, including two clinical trials and 23 user trials. More than half (51%) of the total testing group had skin of colour. In a blinded split-face controlled trial the appearance of multiple signs of skin damage was proven including: fine lines, wrinkles, lack of luminosity, dryness, uneven skin tone and loss of firmness. 97% had clinically proven improvements in the appearance of multiple (3 or more) visible signs of skin damage. (all stats taken from No7 press release.)
Signs Of Damage
So what are the signs of damage? Well, they can be small things that build up over time from environmental aggressors, such as sunlight, and pollution. Age spots, wrinkles, fine lines. Exposure to harmful free radicals, from stress, nutrition, and weather can cause our skin to show signs of ageing and lack of firmness for example. These are the concerns that the No7 Future Renew range promises to address.
So, we know the science, we understand the hype, let’s get down to the products themselves! The range consists of four skincare products which if bought together create a full routine. Of course, you can buy one, you don’t need them all but it’s nice to know they’re available. We have a day cream, night cream, serum and an eye cream.
No7 Future Renew Damage Reversal Serum 50ml £42.95
First up, is the serum. The No7 Future Renew Serum states that it “is proven to reverse visible signs of skin damage in just four weeks.” We’re talking about visible signs of damage including fine lines and uneven skin tone. It also aims to promote firmer skin in general.
Alongside the new “super peptide blend’ the serum is formulated with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, mulberry and hydrolysed rice proteins. Niacinamide is a wonderful ingredient that helps repair skin barrier function, making it stronger and helping improve the appearance of the skin in general. Vitamin C, a great antioxidant, not only boosts the complexion leaving gorgeous, glowing skin but also protects skin against free radical damage. While hyaluronic acid gives skin the hydration it longs for.
Let’s face it ‘texture’ is everything when it comes to skincare. It is the element that makes us enjoy using a product and can make the difference between purchasing or not.
The consistency of the serum is a lightweight gel. It is slightly cooling and feels hydrating as it smoothes over the skin effortlessly. Being a gel texture it sinks in quickly but also provides that hydration that we’re looking for. I find this such a pleasant texture to use and my skin certainly laps it up.
No7 Future Renew Damage Reversal SPF 40 Day Cream 50ml £34.95
No7 Future Renew Range has a Day Cream with additional SPF 40 protection. Whilst I don’t like to rely solely on my moisturiser for my SPF protection (I like to ensure I’ve applied enough with my regular SPF on top) I like that it is there as an added benefit and damage prevention.
Ingredients are similar to the serum here with the addition of Morus alba leaf extract, also known as White Mulberry, a powerful antioxidant which helps protect skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. Glyercin, panthenol and shea butter help create a nourishing but non-heavy daytime moisturiser.
Like the serum, the cream contains No7’s new super peptide blend, an antioxidant blend, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and rice proteins.
The ‘heaviest’ of the 4 products in the range, this cream feels more weighty at first swipe. In fact, I think I would have avoided it if I saw the pot open – my oily skin historically cares for lightweight textures. However, this cream is interesting. I hope you can see in my pictures that while a swipe of cream looks quite thick, it blends away easily, leaving the most beautiful glow (and I mean ‘I’ve just got back from a 5* spa glow’!)! It certainly doesn’t feel greasy either and has been the daytime cream I have reached for the most of late – I guess it shows we really can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a cream by its pot.
No7 Future Renew Damage Reversal Night Cream 50ml £34.95
No7 Future Renew Night Cream works to support skin during the repair process that happens while we sleep. The Night Cream helps to reverse lost elasticity, uneven tone and dry skin revealing a more nourished and supple complexion.
No7 Future Renew Night Cream utilises Lindera strychnifolia root extract and White Mulberry to reduce oxidative stress allowing the skin to repair. We see shea butter, panthenol and glycerin in this cream also, alongside the Lindera strychnifolia root extract.
The Night Cream is a gel cream. This is comforting without being greasy. It also has the same cooling effect that I find in the serum. Interestingly, if I had blind-tested these, I may have guessed the creams to be the other way around! I tend to find night creams the heavier ones in a routine, this gel, is certainly the lighter one of the two. Of course, it is packed with moisturising and hydrating ingredients so your skin is getting plenty of care.
I have been waking up to juicy, plump skin after using this on an evening. I do wonder if drier skins may crave a richer texture come winter months, however, I can’t truly say for sure since I’m an oily/combination type.
No7 Future Renew Damage Reversal Eye Serum 15ml £24.95
No7 Future Renew Eye Serum claims to reverse visible signs of skin damage in 8 weeks. Sign me up!
With the skin around the eyes being thinner than elsewhere it is no surprise that we see signs of stress here. This lightweight serum aims to plump skin reducing the fine lines immediately, while the super peptide blend gets into the action, like a workforce beneath the surface.
The eye serum harnesses No7’s super peptide blend, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C, an antioxidant blend and rice proteins. It promises a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness is reduced, and skin tone looks more even.
I absolutely adore this eye serum! It is a serum, not a cream. So think lightweight, none greasy and hydrating. Perfect if you tend to wake up to puffiness as this provides moisture without being too heavy. My tired eyes certainly appear more plump and awake using this.
While each product is available to purchase individually, you can pick up the whole regime at a reduced price:
No7 Future Renew range full regime £85.00 (save £44.80)
I understand why there is such a buzz around the No7 Future Renew Range. The super peptide blend really is like a workforce working just for you and your skin as your go about your daily life. From the science, one product will boast results. If you’re feeling spendy, you could of course buy the whole regime and have the treatment working around the clock – but I don’t believe that is entirely necessary.
I think this is an exciting launch and an exciting advancement science-wise. This range will suit all but is particularly fantastic for anyone with sensitive skin and anyone who hasn’t been able to tolerate retinol products but is still looking to get ‘more’ out of their skincare.
My favourite of the bunch? That’s tricky but I’d have to say the eye cream and the serum, I just adore those textures. I’d absolutely love to see a lip balm as part of this range too!
The No7 Future Renew range is available now, let me know if you try them!