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I am steadily working my way through the samples I received from my Race for Life run way, way back in early summer.
~ What is Nivea Visage? ~
This is a range of products from Nivea, specifically designed for facial skincare.
There are a wide variety of products in this range by Nivea which can be divided in to three categories:
Dry / Sensitive Skin
Normal / Combinatin Skin
~ Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash / Lotion ~
This falls in to the category set aside for dry / sensitive skin. Nivea state that it's hydro-balance system effectively removes make up and daily impurities without stripping precious moisture from your skin.
It contains aloe vera which soothes dry, sensitive and easily irritated skin.
It is also enriched with micro-encapsulated moisturisers and the chamomile extract leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth and rehydrated.
~ My Experience ~
The cream feels almost like a moisturiser and reminded me of the Nivea intensive body cream moisturiser which I have always been pleased with so I had high hopes of this wash. It's a lovely rich, fresh smell.
As directed I applied the cream wash to my moistened face and massaged it in, expecting a rich lather but no such luck.
It was easy to massage in but there was certainly no lather as suggested by the packaging.
I then rinsed my face which was easy to do and waited a while to see what the effect on my skin would be. It certainly did feel very clean but after about 30 minutes my skin did feel slightly tight, particularly around the corners of my nostrils which is perhaps the most sensitive area of my face.
Nivea actually suggest that you follow this treatment with their Rich Daily Moisture Cream. I didn't have this but fortunately had an alternative moisturiser which helped appease the tight, slight tingling sensation.
~ Price ~
As of October 2007, a 150ml tube is £4.99 from Boots.
~ My Verdict ~
As with most of the other Nivea Visage products that I have tried, I wasn't terribly impressed and at the price I feel that it should do exactly what it promises.
All I can say is that I won't be buying the full bottle and I would hate to see the effect on skin that is very dry, since if anything my skin is only the normal side! It certainly did not make my skin feel rehydrated.
Unfortunately I have annoying skin. It's prone to dryness and eczema and I am allergic to almost all skincare products and makeup, especially those with added fragrance or too many weird ingredients. I honestly can't count the times where I've had to take days off of college/work/whatever because my eyes have swollen practically shut and my skin is raw with red itchiness from using a particular product. And not always the cheap products either! However, when I moisturise to alleviate the dryness or inflammation I end up with spots coming up on my face! I just can't win! So, I was extremely surprised to find that Nivea's skincare products suit my skin down to the ground! In particular the Gentle Cleansing Milk. I was especially surprised that I didn't end up with an allergic reaction since it does have a mild added fragrance.
It's perfect for removing eye makeup, but be careful around the eyes as it does sting a little and cause some involuntary tears if it actually gets *into* the eye. I find that after I use this product my skin is genuinely very silky and bright looking. Whilst I still have occasional periods where my skin is just awful no matter what I do to it (e.g. during that time of the month, during cold weather, during hot weather, during windy weather... well, during MOST weather that's not just right), I've noticed a definate improvement in the quality of my skin. It also really does smell nice. It's not an overpowering fragrance, but it's very mild and fresh and warm and adds to that clean feeling. A little goes quite a long way, but I use it two or three times a day (in the morning when I get up, to take off makeup, before I go to bed) so I use quite a lot of it up. I'd quite like a huge tub of it, but I suppose I can't have everything!
I would recommend that others use this product as it definately works for me. However, I'll always tell people to test new skincare products on your face somewhere that's not too obvious (under your chin for example) to check for allergic reactions. And don't try new products just before a night out or a wedding! You won't feel very pretty when you're all puffy :o)