Product Type: Nivea Bath & Shower
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Nivea Sensitive Balance Shower Gel
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Nivea Sensitive Balance Shower Gel
Advantages: Doesn't irritate the skin
Disadvantages: Doesn't last long
During my pregnancy my skin type constantly changed. Normally I have quite dry skin which can at times be slightly sensitive but throughout the 9 months it changed from dry to normal to oily and the slightest change in shower products or detergent could set my skin off. During a trip to my local supermarket I found on offer Nivea Sensitive Balance Shower Gel as apart from it being on offer it appealed to me as I was suffering with my skin and I wanted to find a shower gel which I could use and not irritate my skin.
** What Nivea Say **
"The caring, soap-free formula with natural chamomile extract is especially developed for sensitive skin. The soothing foam gently cleanses and moisturises leaving your skin feeling calm, soft and beautiful. Relax and rejuvenate with every shower."
** Packaging **
Nivea Sensitive Balance shower gel comes in a slim almost almond shaped clear (easy to see how much you have) plastic bottle which has a white and pale blue flip top lid and the dark blue Nivea logo clearly on the front. The front of the bottle features the item name and a sort of wave logo. All text is in blue and aqua colours, very simple. On the back there is all the usual information you would expect such as contact information and ingredients.
** Use **
The shower gel is clear in colour and has quite a thick consistency which is ideal when you are putting it on a sponge as you will find it lathers up quite easily when you come to wash. However, I have found that this white bubbly lather rapidly disappears without much notice and you do have to use more of the shower gel. It doesn't help that this shower gel seems to dilute too quickly when it is mixed with water. I have found myself using quite a lot of this shower gel for just one shower which meant that I got through one bottle far quicker than any other shower gel which makes it quite an expensive shower gel to use!
I have also used this as a bath foam as well and I find that the once fluffy white bubbles that the shower gel can produce rapidly disappear and you are left sat in a bath surrounded by a few small bubbles that are only too keen to disappear. I know this is a shower gel and not a bath foam but I do expect some staying power both either in the bath or shower.
The shower gel has no real aroma to it whatsoever. If anything there is a very mild fresh scent which again soon disappears and certainly does not linger in the bathroom unlike a lot of shower gels. Then again for a sensitive shower gel I wouldn't expect a fragrance and I am quite happy with no aroma at all.
** Ingredients **
Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Parfum | Glycerin, Glyceryl Glucoside, Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutica Flower Extract, Sodium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-7, PEG-90 Glyceryl Isostearate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Benzophenone-4, Laureth-2, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Limonene.
** Availability **
The shower gel is available at all supermarkets and stores such as Boots etc and costs around £1.30 - £1.50 for a 250ml bottle.
** Overall **
Despite having to use a lot of the shower gel for just one shower which didn't really impress me my skin was however soothed and wasn't irritated in the slightest which was the result I was after. After the shower my skin was left soft, moisturised and best of all it wasn't as dry or irritated as it has been. The shower gel is PH balanced which is great for those who do have sensitive skin. I would recommend it to those who do suffer with sensitive and easily irritated skin but I wouldn't say that this is the best shower gel I have used as it just has no staying power and disappears far too quickly when on the sponge. It is value money but only when it is on offer.
Summary: A sensitive shower gel