Nivea – Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream & In Shower Skin Conditioner
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I recently received a couple of samples of Nivea body products – Soft Moisturising Cream and new In Shower Skin Conditioner – and having been trying them out.
Nivea is one of those ‘take-for-granted’ brands that is always there but I don’t generally think about buying unless I’m looking for suncream, so I was interested to see how these products fared.
Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream is a rich white cream with a very traditional smell. It reminds me a bit of Astral cream – anyone else (or their granny) remember that? This Nivea cream is a multipurpose moisturiser for use on face, body and hands and although it is a bit too rich for my combination-skin face I found it was great for the body. I had a few dry patches around my ankles from wearing socks and after a couple of applications of this multi-tasking moisturiser it was all sorted out. Overall a great little product – not particularly fancy but gives great results and perfect if you want to save money or space and want one product for your whole body.
I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about Nivea’s new In Shower Skin Conditioner for dry skin when I received it. It’s basically a wash-off moisturiser that you apply in the shower then rinse off, removing the need to apply body lotion afterwards. Now I don’t mind applying body lotion after a shower or bath and I sort of feel that this product has been invented to solve a problem that doesn’t exist. I suppose it might be a bit quicker to apply Nivea Skin Conditioner in the shower rather than apply a body lotion after the shower so it would be OK if you are in a rush, but other than that I don’t really see the benefit. There is also a warning on the packet that you need to thoroughly rinse the shower tray after use as this product could make it slippy, so surely that would use up any time that you did save (although I would like to think that most people rinse their shower after use anyway!). Plus it could prove dangerous if you use it in communal showers (at the gym, etc) and leave a slippy floor for the next person.
I applied Nivea Skin Conditioner on the right hand side of my body, and applied a body lotion on the left hand side of my body, so that I could adequately compare the two. I have to say that the new Nivea product did a fairly good job – my skin did feel well moisturised and supple (although maybe not QUITE as much as the side that received the body lotion) and I was quite impressed with the results. I don’t think I will be going out to buy Nivea Skin Conditioner though as I do like the pampering ritual of applying body lotion after a shower, but this might be for you if you lead a very hectic active lifestyle and want to save a few minutes (and have someone who cleans your shower for you!).
Nivea products are great value for money. Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner is priced at £5.29 for 400ml, and Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream is priced at £4.29 for a 200ml pot, both from Boots.
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