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The NIVEA Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub is available for GBP 3.99.
The scrub is described as follows. "NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub contains ultra-fine particles that gently remove impurities and dead skin cells for radiant smooth glowing skin. During cleansing it is important to respect skin''s moisture balance to keep skin fresh and hydrated all day long. This is why NIVEA has introduced revolutionary Hydra IQ moisture technology. Enriched with Vitamin E and Hydra IQ the Gentle Exfoliating Scrub: Exfoliates thoroughly while removing dead skin cells. Smoothes the skin''s surface for an even complexion. The formula with Vitamin E is especially mild to the skin. The skin is thoroughly exfoliated and refined, looking healthy and beautiful."
I bought this on realising that my face kept getting incredibly dry, but also getting spots and impurities, so I decided to try exfoliating dirt and dead skin off!
The Nivea Daily Essentials Exfoliating scrub comes in a blue bottle - opaque in colour and with relatively simple design - the brand and product name on the front and ingredients on the back, nothing flashy. It costs about £4 (though I got mine in a Superdrug 3 for 2 deal). To use, you simply get your face wet (I use mine just after a shower), rub in the exfoliating scrub to your face (avoiding the eyes) and then rinse it off.
I would rate this product highly - after just the first use my face felt much cleaner and smoother than it had done before! It's so easy to use - takes less then 5 minutes to fully cleanse your face. Only use this a couple of times a week, if you use it too much it harms your face and natural oils which are good for your skin (thus making it REALLY dry).
It smells relatively nice, though not intrusive so don't worry about being overly perfumed, though I still might be wary of it if you have sensitive skin just because it is messing with your skin in a relatively rough way.
I did find that it sometimes makes your face feel a little dry (presumably because you have just
scrubbed it completely clean) so I also use a moisturiser just after having exfoliated and I think it helps the moisturiser actually take to your face which in turn made it even softer than I had expected. So I would say that this product is definitely worth it, but I would think about teaming it with your favourite facial moisturiser too.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who feels they are having problems with their skin being spotty/greasy as this truly removes some imperfections and dead skin, lighting up the face more than you would think. Just be wary that it is a "scrub" so it may feel a bit rough.
I feel that my facial skin always benefits from the use of a scrub, so I work one into my routine on a regular basis. I like to try new products when I see them but the one I use most often is the St Ives Gentle Apricot Scrub. Most recently I have been using the Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Exfoliating Scrub and I thought now was a good time to review it as it is on a half price offer in Superdrug. [Full price is £3.99 for 150ml.] I first bought it myself just because it was new and I liked the sound of a gentle product. The most common reason for my abandoning other exfoliatoting scrubs has been the fact that they are too harsh on the dry areas of my face, even if they deal well with the oily ones. As you can tell from that, I have combination facial skin. The scrub is recommended for my skin type as well as "normal" skin.
WHAT THE SCRUB IS SUPPOSED TO DO
The scrub is part of Nivea's Daily Essentials range which covers various skin care products such as cleansers, face wash and skin care wipes. I have only used one other item in the range - the Hydration primer, which I have been using mainly as a moisturiser. Nivea say that for optimum results I should be using this scrub with the whole range of their Daily Essentials products, but given the number of items available, I am going to stick to the primer and this! The scrub is supposed to "exfoliate thoroughly" , "smooth the skins surface for an even complexion" and it's also intended to support the skin's own moisture balance. It contains Vitamin E and a "hydra IQ effect" to this end. The finished result should be refined, healthy and beautiful skin. This and the fact it is advertised as gentle made it sound perfect for my skin.
The scrub comes in a standard squeezy tube with a flip top lid. This makes it easy to use as it is always easy to get the scrub out and when I reach the very bottom of the tube I will be able to cut the top off and scrap the last bits out. Waste not, want not! The packet also has the handy feature of being almost see through, so I can tell exactly how much I have still to use. So the packaging is practical but I wouldn't call it fancy. It is pale blue and features a simple design with just a little image of what I think is supposed to be a splash of water. It looks fresh anyway, and appropriate for a scrub.
The product itself is a milky white colour except for the exfoliating agents which are bright blue. I suppose this is to give you a positive first impression as the grains are small and would be easy to miss in the cloudy scrub, at least until you applied it to your face. Once wet, the grains actually loose their colour. Thankfully it doesn't transfer to your skin, it just fades. The other noticeable thing about the scrub is the lack of scent. The ingredients do list "parfum" and if I put my nose directly to the scrub I can detect the feintist whiff of something that reminds me pleasantly of sun lotion. When I am actually using it, I don't notice the smell at all. I like lightly scented products myself although I have also used some lovely grapefruit scented ones that made me feel very awake in the morning. I wouldn't recommend this if you want something that will smell similar to those.
When I read the back of the packet, I was surprised to find the scrub is actually supposed to be used 2-3 times a week. The name "Daily Essentials" had led me to expect I would be using it every morning. This actually suits me perfectly becase I find that my skin responds best to scrubs used at this sort of frequency, even when they are ones recommended for daily use. Apart from that, it is used in the same way as any other product - you massage it into damp skin and then rinse off.
The exfoliating grains feel small and numerous - a bit like you are rubbing sand into your face. I find them comfortable to apply to the skin and crucially, they are evenly distributed throughout the scrub. This means you can confidently apply a small blob and massage it all over your face without loosing all the exfoliating grains where you first apply it. The scrub is relatively runny compared to some products I have used but this just makes it easier to move over your skiin and it isn't actually messy. It rinses away easily at the end too.
My first feeling when I have rinsed the scrub off is how refreshed and cleansed my skin feels. My cheeks are the dry parts of my face and if any area of my skin will look red or rough after using a scrub, it will be them. They look and feel fine after using this Nivea product. Actually, "fine" doesn't really do justice to how my skin feels afterwards - it is really soft to the touch. It definitely looks both smoother and clearer. There is also thankfully no added shine which is something I notice occasionally if a scrub has been too harsh. The only down side to me is the fact the scrub doesn't quite manage to give my skin the same radiant finish I am used to from using the St Ives scrub. It isn't that my skin doesn't look glowing for a while after using the Nivea one, but the result doesn't seem to last very long. I would need to use the product more than the stated 2-3 times a week to maintain that, which I don't have to with other scrubs. The other problem is I have large pores around my nose, and after using this scrub for a couple of weeks I began to notice that they didn't look as clear as usual which in turn makes them more obvious. I know that not everyone with my skin type has these pores, and secondly the scrub isn't labelled as deep cleansing so I think the problem is more to do with my skin than the product. I have been using it alternately with another scrub and this works well.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SCRUB?
The scrub left my skin looking and feeling very soft and refreshed. It felt gentle and pleasant to use, and it did not dry out my skin. I think it is not quite as good at delivering long term radiance and clear looking skin as St Ives Apricot Scrub when uased at the same frequency, but it is still a prefectly reasonable product. I think that if you have parts of your face that need a deeper clean, as I do with my troublesome nose pores, then this scrub may not be deep cleansing enough. That is the reason I won't buy it again, but if you don't have this problem it is well worth a try. I think it would be especially good for those who find nomal combination skin scrubs drying as this definitely wasn't that. Do bear in mind that I don't have sensitive skin though. It is available in Boots , Superdrug and similar places should you wish to give it a try.
[This review will also appear under my user name on Ciao.]