Product Type: Nivea body care
Newest Review: ... The peel back label on the bottom of the pot tells me that the cream is preservative free and dermatologically approved. The texture ... more
Member Name: jasmine6
Advantages: very moisturising
Disadvantages: hard to rub in
Despite being such a well-established brand, I've never been particularly blown-away by Nivea products. However, I think I must have some buried memory of the cream being quite a good moisturiser because I found myself compelled to buy a tub last time I went skin-care shopping. I picked up a 200ml tub, which I think cost around £3. There are also little handy-sized 50 ml tins that are good for carrying around in your bag.
My buried memory was right - this stuff does moisturise pretty well. I use it on my hands twice a day, and they feel very moisturised afterwards. I've also noticed they seem generally softer during the day, which is a big result. It's not often I'm aware of moisturisers giving me better-condition skin on any kind of long-term basis.
The smell is also one of the cream's best qualities - there's something clean, comforting and familiar about it (more repressed memories?!).
The biggest negative about the cream is how thick it is and how long it takes to rub in. You really do need to give it a good massage, and I find this a bit time consuming. Additionally, I'm a bit of a wuss, and actually find that sometimes I have bruised- feeling hands afterwards! I'm sure this won't be a problem for normal people.
In fairness I suppose the thickness of the stuff is what makes it so moisturising. A lot of thin lotions and lighter creams are absorbed before having much time to work on the skin's surface. The Nivea crème is still present on your skin after you've been rubbing it in, to the point where you could call it greasy. It's not too bad in this respect though, and as long as you can wipe your hands on a towel shouldn't cause any problems.
I'm really surprised by how many people say they use this stuff on their face, apparently with good results. I think it's intended as a body and/or hand cream, although it doesn't actually say this anywhere on the packaging. Personally I couldn't bear to use it on my face - it's so thick and heavy, and I know it's not good to pull the skin around here, which would be unavoidable. Not too mention how pore-blocking the stuff would be.
I can't decide whether I like the packaging or not - on the one hand it's simple, clean and recognisable - on the other, there's not much information provided. On the 200ml tub there's a peel back label on the bottom, which is a bit irritating. You go to the trouble of peeling it back, expecting to find the meaning of life, or at least, skin-care, and all you get is a list of ingredients and the manufacturer's address in Germany. But that doesn't really matter, and most of the text given on products is not particularly informative or useful anyway.
All in all a very good moisturiser that I'll use on my hands if I'm not in a hurry, but never on my face.
Summary: decent cream for dry skin