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You would think that eventually you would out grow spots but apparently this happy theory is a myth and they stay with us for ever. I have the classic T zone problem, oily nose and chin and the rest of my face fairly dry. Even though I cleanse my face well at night, the next morning I often have some pesky little spots. Not a big problem in the whole scheme of things but apart from getting up in the middle of the night and washing my face I am struggling for a solution. It was in an attempt to rid myself of the phantom night spots that I have been trying a tube of Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel to see if it made any difference.
Appearance and Packaging
The wash gel is contained in a fairly fat, clear plastic tube which is light blue in colour through which you can see the clear gel . On the front is the dark blue and white Nivea logo with the product name underneath. There is also a depiction of a wave to reinforce the idea that this is a refreshing gel. The size, which is 150ml lies just above the information that this is for normal and combination skins and that it cleanses and invigorates for a fresh skin feeling. We are also told that it contains Vitamin E and Hydra IQ.
On the reverse this information is repeated but it doesn't tell us what the mysterious Hydra IQ is but we are assured that that the skin will cleansed and refreshed looking healthy and beautiful and hopefully in my case spot free. Your skin will also be invigorated due to it's mild and refreshing formula that contained Vitamin E and that the product is dermatologically approved.
How to Use.
First wet your face and neck and then put a very small blob, (I used far too much the first time), of translucent, pale blue gel into the palm off your hands. Rub them together and then gently spread the gel over your face and neck rubbing in small circles. The gel has a pleasant smell, a bit soapy and reminiscent of sun tan cream. It spreads easily and foams ever so slightly as it mixes with the water on your face. Next it's time to rinse it off with luke warm water and this can be a bit difficult. it seems to take a lot of water to rinse it off but eventually your face and neck is left product free. Nivea suggest that you use this product with others in their range for complete skin care.
I am not totally convinced. it does leave my skin feeling very, very, clean but also a bit tight and not very refreshed at all. The gel is economical as you need such a small amount but I have not noticed that my face is less spotty than before. I tried washing my face more carefully with my Dove cleanser and really cannot say that the Nivea gel is any better. It is very pleasant to use but I think that I need something more effective for my oily nose and chin area. Maybe I am expecting too much from it and I can only say to try it and see if it works for you. It is available in supermarkets and chemists at around 3.50 pounds for 150ml and has a 12month life after opening. I'll be trying a different product when this runs out.
4 out of 5 stars from me.
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I'm a huge fan of facial washes although I cannot admit to seeking out any brand in particular, as I tend to purchase those that are on offer at any given time. A few months ago when browsing in the beauty aisle in Tesco I was attracted to the Nivea range and whilst I've had considerable experience with their body products, I was unfamiliar with those belonging to the facial skin care range. It was the refreshing vivid blue packaging that caught my eager eye, which resulted in me purchasing two products with this review discussing their Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel, which is suitable for normal and combination skin.
We are presented with 150 ml of gel, which is contained within a sturdy blue plastic bottle; the colour of which emphasises the wash gel. In addition to the clean and fresh image that the bottle portrays, the other deciding factor for my purchase was the marketing blurb displayed on the front of the bottle where we are informed that the gel purifies and invigorates the skin.
The gel was easily dispensed onto my finger tips where it offered a very delicate clean and fresh aroma although I'm undecided whether it's Nivea's familiar fragrance. On the first occasion I squirted out approximately one centimetre in length, which is the amount I generally use with other brands of face washes. Unfortunately, it proved to be too much, which resulted in a mass of lather that I struggled to rinse away from my skin. As a result, for my next use I dispensed half the amount, which was easily applied and massaged into my skin where a sufficient creamy lather was created. I found that rinsing away with warm water still proved to be an issue, as it took a considerable time to be totally removed due to the fact that the product seemed to have adhered itself to my skin.
Whilst there was no sticky residue or any tackiness remaining, I cannot admit to feeling confident that my skin was thoroughly cleansed and that any dirt and impurities were removed despite the gel containing vitamins and natural lotus extract, which is known for its antioxidant properties. I'm not sure why I feel this way although it may be due to the fact that other brands offer freshness and sometimes a pleasant tingling sensation, but in my opinion, the gel resembled that of something I would use on my body in the bath or shower. Consequently, I would argue with Nivea's claims that this product is both invigorating and hydrating, as although I did not experience any dryness or tightness, which can often be the case with face products, I cannot admit to my skin feeling hydrated due to the lack of smoothness on its surface.
It seems that I am being very negative about this product, but it did not live up to my expectations as I expected more from such a long standing and trusted brand. Due to the small amount of gel needed for each application, the bottle will last a considerable time although I ended up using the remainder on my body in the shower. For the reasons discussed above, I am unable to recommend Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel and it receives only two stars from me.
The gel, which has been dermatologically tested, should be used within 12 months of opening and the packaging can be recycled once empty. The gel normally retails at around £3, but at the time of writing and until 28 August 2012 you can make a half price purchase from Tesco for £1.49.
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A good deal
I picked this Nivea facewash up in Boots recently, taking advantage of a three for two deal on products. Bought on its own, this costs £3.49 for a 150ml bottle, which also gets you 12 points if you use your Boots Advantage Card.
The cleansing gel promises to cleanse and purify, and is for daily use. I was really after something to use in the shower, so this sounded just what I needed.
Nice and simple
The packaging is pretty simple, a flat, slightly oval-shaped bottle with a white flip top lid. Inside the contents are a nice blue colour, and gel has small visible air bubbles in it.
The gel simply squeezes out of the bottle, and it has a very thick consistency. Applying it to my face, it is quite heavy and has an almost sticky texture, and feels as though it is sitting on the surface of the skin rather than deep cleansing. It doesn't really foam up or lather, and at first it is a bit strange to use as it is unlike other cleansers I've tried out. It does have that lovely fresh Nivea fragrance we are all familiar with - but it is quite subtle and not at all overpowering - it is just right for this type of product. I tend to massage this into my skin and then leave this on my face for a minute or two to let it get to work.
Washing this gel off is a bit tricky as it does have such a rich, thick texture, and it doesn't simply wash away - it takes a little more work. However, once you've got rid of the gunk, it does leave skin feeling very soft and clean.
Overall this is a decent enough cleanser, but to me, because it sort of 'sits' on the surface of the skin, it doesn't feel like its really giving a good, thorough clean to my face. It's pleasant enough to use and I think it does clean my skin, I prefer something that foams or lathers and really gets to work on any grime - this one feels like it's giving more of a surface cleanse than a deep clean. So it's okay, and I will certainly carry on using it until the bottle is empty - but I doubt I'd be buying it again.