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The NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash is available for GBP 3.59.
The facial wash is described as follows. "NIVEA Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash has been formulated specially for dry & sensitive skin to provide a soft & soothing effect to the skin's surface. Dry to sensitive skin needs to be especially well hydrated, nourished and protected, because it usually lacks moisturising elements and resistance against external factors. During cleansing is it essential to maintain skin's natural moisture balance to prevent skin from drying out. This is why NIVEA has introduced revolutionary Hydra IQ moisture technology so skin if not left feeling dry and irritated. Enriched with natural Almond Oil & Hydra IQ the Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash: Gently cleanses and removes daily impurities. Soothes and moisturises the skin due to its mild formula that contains Almond oil suitable for dry and sensitive skin. The skin is gently cleansed and soothed, looking healthy and beautiful."
*** Please note: The packaging of this product has now changed so my review is for the new-look version of this cleanser. ***
Chop and change
I recently purchased a Nivea cleansing gel in Boots and, at the same time, to take advantage of a three for two offer on products, I picked this cleanser up too. I don't like to use the same products every day so I thought I could chop and change between the two Nivea cleansers!
This costs £3.59 for 150ml in Boots, which will also get you 12 Boots Advantage Card points. It promises to purify and smoothe, and contains almond oil and calendula extract.
This cleanser comes in nice, simple packaging - a simple bottle with a fliptop lid. Inside the cleanser is a pretty pale pink with darker pink dots just visible inside.
Is it really a cleanser?!
This product has a very thick, creamy texture and it is quite unusual for a cleanser that you wash off - in fact I have double-checked a few times that this isn't actually a cleanser I should be applying with cotton wool, rather than using in the shower. It really does feel like adding a lotion to your face rather than a cleansing product. Having said this, it is not unpleasant to use - it is easy enough to rub in, although I have to say that the scrubby bits may as well not be there as you can't really feel them, and I'm not convinced they do anything! The cream also has a nice, light fragrance, as you would expect from a Nivea product. It isn't a strong fragrance and it's just right for a cleanser really.
Washing this off, it leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth - but it doesn't feel like it's given my skin a good clean. I think this is because of the texture of the product - as I say it is like applying a lotion rather than something that gets under the surface to give a good scrub. However the plus side of this creamy texture is my skin feels moisturised before I've moisturised!
I really like this product but as a cleanser I can only really give it three stars. Although it does leave my skin feeling fresh and clean, it just doesn't work for me as a cleanser - it doesn't give that nice squeaky clean feeling and it really feels like it's only sitting on the surface of the skin rather than getting underneath and getting rid of all the grime! It's not one I would use everyday for this reason or - if I am honest - one I would buy again. I think I prefer a nice foamy or lathery gel to wash my mush!
Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cream Wash
I picked this product up whilst shopping in Asda last week, It was on special offer for only £1.00 and I needed a new facial wash. I usually use Clean and clear collection but am up for trying something new once in a while.
It comes in a 150ml plastic container and the plastic is clear so you can see the pink wash inside. The wash looks to have little bits in it which makes you think that it will be a good exfoliator. The Nivea logo is on the front and it also states that it is for Dry and sensitive skin. Although I don't have sensitive skin I do suffer from dry skin in the winter. I have seen this product come in different styles of bottle. It also states that it contains "Natural Almond oil and Calendula extract.
Aqua, Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, PEG-20 Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Methylpropanediol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Decyl Oleate, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glycine Soja Oil, Decyl Glucoside, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Parfum, CI 73360
How to use:
"Apply to a wet face, neck and décolleté by gentle massaging in small upward circles, avoiding your eye area. Rinse off with lukewarm water."
This sounds very easy but as you will see not so.
After using the product for a week now, I am thinking that shopping this week means buying my old familiar brand of facial wash. This is because of;
1- Ease of use
It comes in a squirtey bottle but is almost impossible to squirt any of the product out. For the past week I have been having a fight with the bottle, I thought that maybe the cold had something to do with the ease of use. Maybe the product had gone hard so yesterday I tried warming it up by placing next to the radiator, nothing, still my daily fight with getting the product out of the packaging. I do not suffer from any weakness in my hands but if you do I will advise to stay well clear.
2- The product itself
The product has that familiar Nivea smell that you expect from all their products and is not pink like I first thought, The beads inside are pink though and I think this gives the cream the colouring you see from the outside. The cream itself is very creamy, creamier then what I was expecting. Slimy almost. Also when you rub it on your face you cannot feel the little exfoliating beads. I put a small amount between finger and thumb and could still not feel the beads. This left we feeling glum, I was expecting a gentle wash yes but I was also expecting to feel the beads working against my skin.
When applying the cream I'm finding it almost impossible to rub in the cream in a small upward circle, the cream is so smooth that your hand slides across your face too much. It was not at all an enjoyable experience.
Although I have found this product nearly impossible to open, use and apply, I have seen the benefits of the product. My skin does look and feel clean and smooth after use but the hassle of using the product far out ways the effects. Come on Nivea, you're a brand that I use to love and trust now I'm finding myself doubting that.
Since I'm getting older I thought it would be a good idea to switch from using bar soaps to a softer liquid wash so as to be kinder to my facial skin. I do tend to try a lot of brands and have favourites in the Simple and Johnsons brands. This Nivea Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash was recommended to me by a friend who said it left her skin feeling very soft.
The product comes in a slim, translucent 150ml sized bottle which is shaped to be fat in one length and slim on another - making it easy to grip. It has a flip lid upon which it stands on. It is easy to open and secure. I should point out that my product does not match the Dooyoo illustration. The product is recognisable from it's baby pink coloured plastic. The product is labelled as being especially for dry and sensitive skin. The back label provides much information including directions for use, ingredients and the product benefits.
The cream wash contains almond and calendula oil. Almond oil is common in many beauty products as it is high in health boosting omega 3. It also helps condition and soften. Calendula oil is derived from a flowering plant and helps soothe sore skin.
The liquid wash is a white colour, has a creamy, blancmange consistency and is infused with cerise dots. There is no explanation as to what these soft, chalky dots are or what they do. When I rub the cream wash into my skin I can feel the little beads rubbing and eventually dissolving. I wouldn't have thought they are particularly exfoliating, given their fluffy texture, but perhaps they are infused with the added oils. Anyway, the beads actually feel nice to be able to work into the skin and they make you concentrate on rubbing in the cream wash until the balls have dissolved.
The cream wash is quite thick and I find that it stands up in peaks on my hand. It is very easy to handle and rub in. I find that I don't need as much as I dispense. The cream tends to lather up and a little water makes the solution quite effusive. It feels incredibly soft on the skin - almost like a moisturiser. I use the wash all over my face. I have not had any problem with it affecting my eyes, although instructions for use advise avoiding this area. I work the wash into my face as the instructions advise: using 'small, upward circluar strokes'. This tends to make application feel quite special and important. It also helps the wash to cleanse every part of the skin, removing dirt and oil from pores.
When I have dried my skin it feels very soft and fluffy. I say fluffy because it reminds me of having applied talcum powder to the skin - my skin has that similar fineness and smoothness. The cream wash does not dry out the skin but it does initially remove all the natural oils from the skin. Skin feels soft and springy and non-sweaty or greasy. My skin can be sensitive and can sometimes have dry spots. The cream wash is great as it doesn't irritate my skin in any way. I like the way any dry areas feel just as soft as the rest of the skin after use.
The fragrance of the cream wash is a little too mild for my liking. It has a sweet, flowery aroma but one that is barely noticable. I would say that it is so mild that both men and women could use this.
I do enjoy using this product and find it's particularly useful when my skin is a little bit tender or sunburned. It is excellent at calming and soothing skin. Cleansing wise it does a good job but I've found that blackheads and problem areas still occur whilst using so I tend to use another exfoliating product alongside this. I would recommend this to both men and women and in particular those with sensitive skin. I would also say this is a lovely mild product for young girls and teens to start using as part of their skincare routines.