The £17 Product That Promises Good Skin Every Day

Today Boots has launched Your Good Skin, a new skincare line that was co-created by a community of thousands of women. It has been 20 years since Boots launched a skincare brand and a decade since the store's iconic Protect & Perfect serum landed, and the team is confident that the Balancing Skin Concentrate (£17) is set to rival P&P's success.

So what exactly is Your Good Skin? It's a range of 23 skincare products, there are eight types of cleansers from wipes to washes (because cleansing should be the cornerstone of every good skin routine), and there are toners, scrubs and a mask. The hero concentrate is designed to be used after cleansing and toning (if needed) and the day and night creams. The brand also has three ingenious products—Immediate Shine Relief (£10), Instant Dryness Rescue (£10) and Rapid Rescue Treatment (£8)—that can be used over makeup to tackle excess shine, emerging spots or that dry, tight feeling you sometimes get. Essentially, it's your one-stop shop for products designed to ensure you have good skin every day. So what exactly constitutes good skin? Good skin should have a smooth texture, even tone and radiance—not too oily and not too dry. So what causes good skin to turn bad? Our fast-paced lives play a big part, leaving skin looking vulnerable, stressed and unhealthy.

Mike Bell, DPhil, a skincare scientific adviser for Boots who led the development of YourGoodSkin, says, “Our research shows that women want consistently healthy-looking skin, but achieving this can be difficult when everyday life factors such as air pollution, temperature change, hormone change, stress or tiredness can cause the skin to become unbalanced.”

Want to find out more about the new hero concentrate? Keep scrolling to find out how it works and what the Byrdie verdict is.

In a world where products are designed for Instagram, this gold-and-white bottle isn’t exactly iPhone fodder, but when it comes to skincare, you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.

This concentrate is a little like a lightweight lotion; it’s not overly scented, but it does have a fresh, clean, green aroma. It smooths across the skin with ease and soaks in fast. You use it after cleanser but before moisturiser. I don’t use moisturiser; instead, I use this before my serum and SPF.

Bell explains that this hero product “restores and maintains skin’s natural balance and is clinically proven to deliver visibly healthier skin in five different ways—skin texture, skin tone, radiance, oiliness and moisture levels.”

While the range is affordable (starting at just £4), the concentrate is so lightweight you could slip it into your existing routine without issue if you’re not in the market for a new cleanser or moisturiser. It contains a skin-protecting antioxidant complex with green tea, vitamin C, vitamin E and lipochrome known to help fight oxidative stress
. Japanese lily turf root helps to improve the skin’s overall appearance while sphinganine, a naturally occurring oil that is bio-identical to our skin’s own lipids, helps to combat excess shine.

I’m a total skincare snob, I’ll happily admit that. If it doesn’t come from a doctor’s office, then it takes a lot to impress me, but I’ve been using this concentrate for a few weeks now, and it’s been a great addition to my routine. My skin looks glowing and clear, and I’m now less reliant on my foundation than I have been in years. I can’t say it’s 100% down to this concentrate, but I’m not about to give it up and find out.

Next up: how to get rid of your spots.