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I'm trying to make sure my legs are not all dry and scaly like they usually are in the summer. I thought I would make an effort to get into a strict routine of applying body lotion every day, in the morning after I've had my shower. I was therefore pleased when I saw the Nivea Sensitive Body Lotion on special offer in Sainsburys. I paid £2.03 for a 250ml bottle whereas it usually sells at £4.07 so I got it for half price. I thought for this price it seemed like a good buy. The lotion is also available to buy from Boots, priced at £3.99.
Generally, I don't really find myself buying Nivea products all that often. I'm not sure why as I think overall they are good and pretty reliable to use. I think it's probably because in the past their products have been quite discreet looking so they have never jumped off the shelf at me. Nivea makes me feel reminiscent though as my Mum always used the thick white cream in the blue Nivea pot when I was younger.
Like a lot of Nivea body lotions, this one now comes in an unusual but attractive curved shaped bottle as opposed to the original square looking bottle which is shown in the dooyoo picture. I think Nivea have done the right thing by replacing the square type bottles. I like the newer style a lot more as I think it makes the product stand out from the rest of the body lotions as it is appealing to look at as well as being more modern looking. It is also easier to hold in the hand due to its curve. The bottle is a pale lavender colour and has a handy flip top lid, so no scrabbling to get a lid on and off with creamy hands. The lid is also good as it is easy to close with one hand after use and stays firmly shut whilst not in use, so avoids any messy accidents from happening.
This body lotion is meant specifically for sensitive skin. I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin, more like it's a bit temperamental. I find that so many body lotions that are meant to be kind on the skin either sting my legs or bring me out in unsightly red bumps and I'm always looking for a lotion that doesn't sting my skin when applied after shaving. For that reason, I quite often buy the body lotions and butters designed for sensitive skin. Nivea state the lotion has a skin kind formulation, it's dermatologically approved and is colourant free. It contains Chamomile Extract which is often used for its skin calming properties so helps relieve any stress on the skin. I'm not actually sure how good the lotion would be for sensitive skin though as it does contain quite a lot of ingredients, including parfum and paraben preservatives which can irritate sensitive skin or people with skin allergies.
The information on the back of the bottle states that with daily use the lotion helps maintain the balance of moisture within the skin, leaving it noticeably softer and smoother. The lotion is white and has a good consistency, it's not runny at all but is not overly thick either. Yet it still has a fairly rich feeling. It does have the familiar fresh distinctive Nivea smell to it along with a hint of chamomile, the smell reminds me of summer holidays spent on the beach. It's easy to squeeze the right amount from the bottle and the lotion feels slightly cooling when applied to the skin. It does take a bit of rubbing in as it doesn't sink into the skin immediately, though this is easy enough and doesn't require much time or effort. It's not greasy or tacky though so there isn't any problem with getting dressed one or two minutes after application.
I use this cream after I've had a shower and shaved my legs in the morning. I've been really pleased to find that I can apply the lotion straight after I've shaved my legs as it doesn't sting or irritate them at all. Once it has sunk in it does leaves my skin feeling nicely soft and gives it a looked after feeling. The softness does remain throughout the day as my skin still feels moisturised and hydrated by the evening, which I like. The Nivea smell remains on the skin for quite a while after application which is nice as it leaves the skin smelling clean and fresh.
I think this body lotion was a good buy as only a small dollop of lotion is needed to moisturise the skin, so I've still got plenty left in my bottle still. Though I think I may stock up on a couple of bottles now whilst its half price and then I will have no excuse for scaly legs this summer.
Thanks for reading.
After the recent spell of hot weather and due to stupidly getting my shoulders sunburnt, I have been suffering from dry skin on my legs, arms and shoulders so needed to top up on moisturiser and picked this one up earlier this week in my local home and bargain store.
I bought a 250ml bottle of this in Home and Bargain for £2.99 but it is also available in Boots for £4.18, I have searched the internet but as far as I can see it is not available in any other size bottle. It comes in a tall white bottle which is almost rectangular in shape but with rounded corners, with a flip top lilac lid.
The moisturiser contains natural plant extracts from marigold, chamomile and mint balm and is PH-neutral and colourant free and the information on the back of the bottle claims that Nivea body sensitive is a 'gentle daily moisturiser specially formulated for sensitive skin.' The full ingredients can be found listed on www.NIVEA.com.
I have always liked Nivea body moisturisers and always used the original version in the blue bottle, but for some reason my skin seems to be more sensitive lately and has started feeling tingly or itchy afterwards so I was glad to stick to a brand I knew well with a good reputation.
The first thing I noticed was that like with the original version the bottle fits nicely into my hand, great for gripping onto it if your hands are slippy with cream, and the flip top lid can be easily opened with one hand if necessary by holding the bottle in your fingers and flipping it up or down with your thumb.
The cream itself is white and I noticed that for me it is just the right consistency, not too thick so that it is difficult to squeeze out and no too runny so that you end up squeezing out much more than intended. The consistency also makes it really easy to rub in, I seem to have bought moisturisers before that go to both extremes, ones that are really thick making them hard to rub in and it ends up taking so long that my arm is aching or that are so runny that they almost seem to just disappear when I have rubbed them in leaving my skin feeling no different.
One thing I really hat is when a moisturiser leaves my skin feeling greasy after I have rubbed it in and while this left my skin feeling silky and smooth it did not make it feel greasy or sticky. There is a light smell to the cream but not in a perfumed kind of way, similar to the Nivea that I'm used to but a little milder, it has a fresh smell that reminds me of summer holidays. It smells, in my opinion just right for a product designed for sensitive skin.
The directions do say, 'apply to face, hands, body, arms or legs as often as required,' however I will only use products on my face that are specifically designed for face only so I have only used it on my body, my partner however who is a construction worked has been suffering this week with sore skin on his face as the wind has been blowing lots of dry dust around. He has been putting this product on his face after a shower every night and said, 'it feels cool and soothing and my face feels really soft afterwards.'
All in all I am really happy with this moisturiser and wit will be the one I buy from now on, I have been using it for a little under a week now and all my dry skin has gone.