Product Type: Nivea body care
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Nivea Soft Intensive Moisturising Creme
Member Name: Ayesha-`
Nivea Soft Intensive Moisturising Creme
Advantages: Pleasant to apply, nice convenient tube
Disadvantages: Short lasting effects
I sort of hesitated to post my review here (already can be seen on Ciao) because the name is slightly different, but as there seemed no way to suggest the other named prodcut, the photo shown is the same as the product I reviewed and I suspect the actual name of the product had changed rather than the product itself I believe this to be the correct one (it was previously termed 'intensive' and I think this is what has changed).
I'll admit that in review terms, this is not really my area but I've been motivated to give it a go. I don't regard myself as a regular moisturiser user, although over my childhood years I was subjected to a wide variety in desperate hope of curing a range of skin problems. When I moved into my Halls of Residence last year, I realised that no longer having the softened water of home and a healthy diet (it was near impossible to make decent food in a shared tiny kitchen for 8), my skin was starting to suffer. If I am healthy, I don't generally believe in using moisturisers or most other cosmetic products unless there is a problem or it is a special occasion (guess I'm not much of a looker then!). However, I had tried a sample of this cream some time ago and found it hard to refuse when my boyfriend offered to give me one of the tubes he had bought. At the time the 75ml tube was on offer at £1 a tube, however normally I think it is around twice this.
You can also get tubs, which look appealing but I'm never keen on this because it's easy for bits to fall into them. I like the tube because it keeps your cream nice and clean and I find it easy to squeeze out how much I want - I don't often find that annoying problem where too much squirts out all at once and part of me wants to try and get it back in! I suppose this would be a downside to having tubes, though. It has a good snap lid (unless it snaps of but I'm sure we can be gentle with it) and this seals the cream in nicely. I much prefer this to those screw on lids that fill up with cream that dries and blocks them. I do find a tiny bit of residue around the tiny mouth of the tube but not near as much is wasted with this design. The small tube is light and fits nicely in my bag so if I start to feel dry while out and about it comes in very handy for quick relief.
The Nivea cover is simple, subtle and appealing. The ingredients are listed (so I won't list them here) and the product is advertised as "Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream" among other things.
Does it live up to expectations?
Anyone I know that has used this cream claims it has made a difference to their skin and has a lovely feeling. The consistency is smooth and it spreads well, but once applied it feels like a thicker layer has been added, so you feel really well moisturised. It leaves a slight shine, but I would not say it is greasy.
Sadly my dry skin had developed into eczema and it was probably not fair to expect a cosmetic cream to touch these problems. So for me, whilst application felt nice, it made very little difference to the condition of my skin, only offering a brief break from the soreness and itching. On the other hand, when my skin was not so bad, I found it useful for just taking the dryness out of my hands and lips. I find the sensation lasts half an hour or so and the smoothing effect for a couple of hours longer when I only apply a small amount.I prefer to use this cream in cooler weather and would not recommend it in hot, humid conditions as it would probably just serve to heat you up even more and leave you with even drier skin.
Does it last?
You can apply this cream to face, hands and body so it is good as a multipurpose. However I would think that if you were using it as an all over cream, it would probably get used up a lot faster and work out a little more expensive. For me I just use it as a luxury cream to touch up on any drier spots when going out. It has therefore lasted my a long time, whilst my mum took a few months to get through a tube, using it as a regular face cream. It would make sense for me to pass mine on before it passes it's use-by and get another! (From opening it is meant to keep up to 12 months but I ignore these things)
For someone who rarely buys creams I was pleased with this purchase. I still stand by my belief that if your skin is already healthy there would be no need to be putting all this stuff on it, however I had been swayed by the luxury pampered feeling that this cream offers and I do not look out for it on offer. I would probably not buy it at full price, because money is tight anyway and it is only a luxury product for me. I do like to make sure I have some kind of cream in my bag while out and about and this one is a very good candidate.
Summary: A nice little tube of luxury