Product Type: Nivea body care
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The smell of childhood
Member Name: historywitch
Advantages: Multi-purpose, effective, lasts a long time
For me the smell of Nivea is the smell of my childhood. A tub of this cream and a bottle of TCP were used by my mother to treat almost every minor injury and childhood complaint that my brother and I presented her with. TCP dealt with the open wounds/sore spots and Nivea was applied liberally to sunburn, dry skin, mild excema, scabs to reduce scarring, shaving rashes and anything else that she felt would benefit from a blob of Nivea including her own face as a night cream. So of course as a parent myself I have fully equipped my medicine cupboard with these two essentials!
This moisturiser comes in round blue plastic or metal tubs. I prefer the plastic tub as it is warmer and 'friendlier' feeling, plus it's the type that my mother used to use-ah the power of childhood memory. Under the plastic lid is a piece of thin metal which covers and protects the moisturiser when not in use. The product itself is white, thick and gloopy and is applied using a finger tip. It has a light, fresh, pleasant smell which lingers on the skin after application.
Nivea Crème is an intensive moisturiser and should be used in moderation as it can be hard to rub in and can leave normal skin feeling quite greasy. As a teenager eager to use a moisturiser on my combination skin I made the mistake of using the Nivea, cue a nasty breakout of spots and a slick of oil which didn't wash off properly for a few days. However on sunburn and dry skin it works extremely well and is something I reach for to reduce skin peel (alas I have very pale white skin) and redness after over exposure to the sun. I also use it on my daughter who has dry skin which is not always severe enough to use an anti-excema product, but is itchy enough to cause her discomfort. One thing a dab of Nivea is very good for is to use on scabs; regular massage of scabs can reduce the amount of scarring by breaking down the scar tissue, it can also relieve the itching and pulling sensation which stops me wanting to touch the sore area.
As I have got older I have experimented with Nivea on my face, especially as it dried out during my recent pregnancy and hasn't quite recovered yet. Both my mother and grandmother used it as a night cream and they both look much much younger than their real ages, my mother looks 45 as she approaches 60 and my grandmother looks 70 although she is approaching 92! I don't know how much of this is due to the Nivea but for me its not worth taking the risk! It certainly makes my skin feel tauter and softer and now the teenage spots are well behind me I feel it makes my skin 'glow' a little. I cannot comment on its effectiveness under makeup personally, but my grandmother has always worn makeup and Nivea has always been an essential part of her beauty regime.
Nivea Crème is a product I am happy to use on the whole family, even my little baby because it contains no preservatives and is very soft and gentle on the skin. It is a good basic moisturiser with many uses and takes up much less space in a suitcase than after sun, intensive moisturiser, E45 and a night cream so is an ideal travel product. Because it is so thick a little goes a long way and a tub can last us for a year at least. I do remember a particularly bad year for my mum where we went through one in 6 months but generally they last 12 months +.
There are some negatives however. The oiliness means that it can make your skin greasy and can be hard to wash off fingers afterwards. When my daughter was very little she got into the tub and spread handfulls of it all over herself and the area and that was extremely difficult to clean up! I also had a bit of a fright when I put it on the hard skin on my heels (oddly this is one area where it doesn't work so well) and skidded my way out of the bathroom on the tiled floor, eventually having to crawl on my hands and knees back across the tiles to my bedroom, something that would have been easier had I not done the dry skin on my knees with Nivea too!
Nivea comes in 30 ml tins, 50 ml and 200ml pots. The 200ml pot I have cost £4.95 from Boots but has lasted us more than 14 months now.
Summary: very useful