Review: Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion

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When I’m not using a gel cleanser, I usually have a liquid based cleanser for those mornings when getting excess cleanser in my hair is not something I am prepared to put up with. For the past few months that has been the Boots own-brand cleanser pictured above. As you can see I’ve used nearly all of it, and if you know me well enough, I am all for products that don’t break the bank to buy. Normally this costs £3.59, so great for students like myself.

As my skin is quite oily (fun times…) this appealed to me a lot as tea tree is well known for fighting spot causing bacteria and for toning the skin, including those over-sized pores. As well as witch hazel which is meant to soothe the skin so even slightly sensitives individuals like myself can use this without worrying about itchiness, redness and discomfort. What’s not to like about that?

Using the lotion is simple, just pour some on a cotton pad and gently wipe over the skin. Perfectly simple for those mornings when you sleep through your alarm or if getting out of bed felt like it was impossible. Trust me, I know those days too well.

How did my skin respond to it? Well nothing extremely bad, let’s rule that out. However it did cause some minor irritation when my skin was feeling overly-sensitive, like when my allergies act up or when I’m under the weather. If I’m having a normal day, at worst it causes a slight tingly/stinging sensation. If my skin behaved like it does on overly sensitive days on a regular basis I would have stopped using this immediately. But I’m stubborn and hate to waste things, so I persevered. I think the reason my skin has acted up in because of the alcohol in it, so if you’re sensitive to alcohol (like I can be) then this may not be worth trying. If however, your skin can handle almost anything, you should be fine.

I can’t say it made my pores look smaller, however my oiliness doesn’t set in quite as quickly as it normally does (roughly 2 hours if I’m lucky) which is a positive point in my books. However because of the minor irritation I have I won’t pick this up again, although I will finish it. I certainly can’t fault this for the price, so if you are budget-conscious, you may find this appealing to pick up.

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