In this corner: Boots Botanics Intensive Wrinkle Reduction Serum
In the other corner: Dr. Brandt Collagen Booster
Both of these serums, meant to be worn every day under regular moisturizer, purport to boost collagen production, firm skin, and reduce wrinkles.
I’ll be using three criteria to declare a winner.
The winner will be the serum that 1) Feels best on the skin. 2) Produces a noticeable difference in skin appearance, anywhere from reduction in fine lines to plain old “healthier looking.” This, of course, is highly subjective. 3) Value for the money.
First up we have Boots Botanics. In the beginning of this blog, I was surprised by a bunch of Boots No. 7 love that was being thrown out there by readers. Impressed with the praise but unfamiliar with the brand, it wasn’t until I got back home from the store that I realized I had bought the Botanics line and not the No. 7 line, but I was too lazy to take it back.
Both products were used for three weeks, with a two week “breather” period in between to make sure that I wasn’t attributing the effects of the first serum onto the second.
So, on to the fight!
The Boots Botanic serum felt lovely on my skin. It has a very velvety texture that I liked a lot. It seemed to absorb well into the skin, although I certainly wouldn’t use it in place of a moisturizer.
Dr. Brandt Collagen Booster has a more gel-like texture, but it also absorbed well. To be honest, it seemed like I could feel it on my skin during the day, as opposed to the Boots, which does a nice disappearing act once applied. It also felt a bit tingly the first few applications, but that wore off after about two days.
Point to Boots!
Boots Botanic has somewhat reduced the two fairly prominent (to me, anyway) vertical frown lines on my forehead that I am using as a performance barometer. It seemed like they went away to a point, and then the serum just sort of threw its hands up in defeat. My skin doesn’t look very bright, but I would have to say it looks better than before I began using it.
Dr. Brandt’s Collagen Booster made a rather shocking impact on those stubborn wrinkles. They all but disappeared. I had to really get close to the mirror to see them. It was this short of amazing.
It also seemed like my skin was brighter and younger looking.
Point to Dr. Brandt’s!
Now, value for the money.
This is where the opponents are both getting dizzy and it looks like they are both ready to pass out from sheer exhuastion.
Because although the Boots Botanics did not perform as well overall in affecting the actual look of my skin, it only costs about fourteen bucks for one fluid ounce.
The Dr. Brandt Collagen Booster costs $75.00 for one fluid ounce.
Is the Dr. Brandt really worth $61.oo more a pop?
Even though I have say that the Dr. Brandt is a better product than the Boots Botanics, (as well it should be for that much money!) I have a truly hard time heartily recommending a product that is so very pricey. At this stage in my personal wrinkle game, I am loathe to spend that amount. I can’t say that at some point a few years down the road that I won’t change my tune, though.
Ding, ding, ding…