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I was given his as a present here are my thoughts.
This is in a white plastic tube with a transculent blue cap all the writing on the bottle is in blue and silver, with the ingredients list on the back. The dispensing system isn't particularly sophisticated here just a number nib you would expect from any such bottle. As this is quite thin it does allow you to easily measure the product.
The packaging is nice and compact and fts in any bag easily.
This is a fairly thin day cream that spreads easily across the face. This s something I might out on after I have first come out of the shower to lock some moisture in and it does that. This makes my face very soft and a better base for anti wrinkle cream etc. I also sometimes put this one before bed when I have no night cream.
This smells like Johnson and Johnson baby products and Really fresh.
Does it work?
This does although it is light and not intensely hydrating it does the job of alight day moisturiser like it should and does not cause break outs (which is always a huge issue if mine) and if I have been using it for a number of day and then stop my face is still soft for the next few days. I doesn't dry up in the bottle either and there is about 6 weeks of daily use out of this.
Price and Availability
For a day cream of any sort this is really cheap this sells for £3.99 in Boots and around one pound cheaper in supermarkets. This again is one of those products that is very easy to find in all good chemists and arger stores.
If you are looking for a something that is ultra hydrating this is not for you, but if you just want a nice light day cream is certainly does the job. I would recommend this and will actually be purchasing this myself.
I recently ran out of day cream so popped over to my local Boots to pick up something new. Although I take good care of my skin, making sure that I exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise regularly, I am not particularly loyal to one brand of skin-care product. Not only is this because I like to try out new products that may have appeared on the market but also because I think that using the same product for a continuous period of time makes it less effective as the skin gets too used to it.
Whilst browsing the aisles I spotted that the Nivea skin care range was on special offer and so I took a closer look. The cream that caught my eye was the Daily Essentials light moisturising day cream and it did so for two reasons. The first was due to the fact that it has SPF-15 protection - this is something that I always look out for in a day cream and I tend to avoid those that do not have SPF in it as skin can easily become damaged by UV rays from the sun (even in the UK when it's usually cold and grey!) The second was the fact that this is described as a light cream. Having just finished a bottle of Simple face cream (see review), which I found to be quite thick when initially applied I was looking for something that would be a little less greasy. The low price was also a bonus and I believe I paid around £3.50 for a 50ml tube.
The cream itself comes in a small tube that is housed inside a cardboard box. The tube itself is coloured white and is opaque with blue writing on the front and a light blue lid on which it stands - all in keeping with the Nivea blue and white colour scheme. The lid is one that twists off rather than one that flips open. I actually prefer the latter as it is easier and quicker to use, particularly in the mornings where I am in a rush and often have to struggle a bit with getting the lid back on straight!
According to the back of the tube the cream is enriched with Vitamin E, Lotus extract and Hydra IQ. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant for skin health, lotus extract promotes skin renewal and Hydra IQ supports the skins moisturisation by promoting moisture flow between skin cells. SPF is added to help protect the skin from sunlight and premature aging. This all sounds great, especially in a cream that is so reasonably priced.
Now to the application... The cream itself is coloured white and has a nice consistency - it's not too thick, nor is it too runny. I usually apply this onto skin that has already been washed and cleansed. As I rub this onto my face I immediately notice how light this is and it takes no effort at all to be absorbed into my skin. My skin feels immediately hydrated and soft as well as feeling really fresh. My skin does not feel greasy and I can't feel the thin layer of product sitting on my face that I sometimes get with richer products. I think this is a great cream for the summer months (which finally appear to have arrived!). I am usually quite fussy when it comes to the scents of the products that I use. In this case I am pleased to say that the scent is light and delicate. I would describe it as sweet, but not overly so. The effects of the cream are long-lasting and my skin still feels soft and looks great at the end of the day.
I have been using this cream for around a month now and can't really find fault with it. It moistures well, is light and leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. I will certainly be buying this again, although probably not straight after this finishes as I like to vary the products I put onto my skin. 5 stars from me.
My mother in law recently passed this on to me, she had received it for Christmas as part of a gift set but as she tends to use anti aging moisturisers, I got it instead.
Nivea is a well known and trusted brand that I have used before so I was looking forward to using this. The Nivea Visage philosophy is as follows: Nivea Visage uses ingredients inspired by nature to create high performance products that work in perfect harmony with your skin - to help you look and feel your most beautiful. (This is printed on to the products outer packaging).
This is the Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream and it is for normal and combination skin.
== Packaging ==
The tube is inside a white cardboard box. The Nivea Visage logo in Dark Blue and Silver stands out against the white background with a 'water splash' on the front. On the side of the box it lists all of the ingredients and on the back it describes the cream in more detail and lists the benefits it provides.
The tube itself also has a white background colour with the same colour scheme as the outer packaging. It has a pale blue screw top lid. It is the 50ml size.
== The Product Claims ==
This cream is enriched with vitamins and a natural lotus extract, which is meant to give your skin intensive moisture. It provides your skin with intensive moisturiser for 24 hours to leave your skin feeling fresh. It also contains SPF15 and extra UVA filters which protects your skin from environmental influences and premature skin aging.
== How does it work for me? ==
I use moisturiser on a daily basis, I normally apply it twice a day. Once in the morning after cleansing my face and once at night after I have removed my make up and cleansed my face.
I followed the instructions on the box by applying the cream to a cleansed face by gently massaging it in small circles. The cream is white in colour and I found a little of this goes along way so be careful not to squeeze the tube too hard! It absorbed into my skin quickly and has a pleasant 'clean fresh' fragrance which I like.
My skin felt moisturised and soft straight away and I found that it stays that way throughout the day, even under makeup. I was pleased that although this cream absorbed quickly and left my skin feeling moisturised it didn't leave my face looking or feeling oily or shiny.
== Ingredients ==
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylpropanediol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Octocrylene, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Sodium Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonate, Tapioca Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Panthenol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cera Microcristallina, Alcohol Denat., Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Paraffinum Liquidum, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, BHT, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Parfum
== Price and Availability ==
This is available in a wide range of retailers. At the moment is is £3.99 in Boots and on the website www.boots.com
== Overall Summary ==
I like this moisturiser and I love the way my skin feels light but well moisturised. I would recommend it and I will be buying it again once I have finished this tube.
Thanks for reading.
The first moisturiser I ever used many years back was Nivea. As a child, I often used to remove the lid from my mum's tub of Nivea when she wasn't around, peel back the foil covering and smell the cream before putting a little on my fingers and rubbing it into my face. I really loved the smell and so it was hardly surprising that years later when the time came for me to use a facial moisturiser, Nivea was my first choice and is the brand I have used the most ever since.
The only time I have used a cream other than Nivea, is when a different moisturiser has been bought for me as a gift or if I have treated myself to a more expensive moisturiser when it has been on offer.
Although I loved the Clinique moisturiser my daughter bought me a while back, I can't really justify the price to buy it for myself. I have also experienced good results using L'Oreal moisturisers, but I can't help thinking that I have no need to pay more for the expensive high end brands when Nivea moisturisers always seem to work equally as well on my skin at a fraction of the price.
I used the Nivea cream in the blue tub which I loved from my childhood for a long time but then Nivea began to introduce various other moisturisers to their range for specific skin types. One of these is their Daily Essentials Rich Moisturising Day Cream which I love and have purchased many times. However, when I recently ran out of this product and needed to buy some more, I discovered that it was out of stock in my local Asda when I went to buy some.
Needing to buy some that day and not having time to go elsewhere, my attention was drawn to the other Nivea products they did have in stock and this is what led me to purchase their Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream. Of course I knew it would be lighter than the rich cream I had previously used, but I decided to give it a go anyway and priced at just over £3 for a 50ml tube, it wasn't a lot to pay if it wasn't really suitable. Being Nivea, I was confident of the quality but unsure whether this would be really suitable for my skin seeing as how I loved the richer edition so much.
Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream is formulated for normal and combination skin. Now I definitely have combination skin which can be dry in places around my face and sometimes feel sensitive, which is why I like the richer cream so much as it is formulated for dry areas which can be sensitive. However, as this was a 'light' cream and suitable for combination skin, I felt reasonably confident that this may suit my skin too. As I am getting older, I consider myself to be fortunate in that I don't seem to have any major wrinkles appearing yet, however, I am noticing that my skin especially on my face, is becoming dry and at times it can look and feel quite sensitive, especially on a morning.
This day cream contains vitamins and natural Lotus extract and gives your skin the intensive moisture it needs to support its natural balance, providing your skin with intensive moisture for 24hrs to leave a fresh skin feeling.
With the inclusion of SPF 15 and extra UVA filters it helps to protect your skin from environmental influences and premature skin ageing. I won't buy a moisturiser without SPF included and so this was also an important factor in my purchase.
I have been using this cream for a number of weeks and whilst I don't think it is as good for my skin as the richer cream I used previously, it is good enough for me to continue using it until the tube is empty and I am quite happy with the results.
The fragrance reminds me of the original Nivea cream I loved but with an added floral tinge. It isn't particularly a strong-smelling cream but the scent is nice enough and I wouldn't want to use a heavily fragranced cream on my face as my skin can be sensitive. This cream has been dermatologically approved.
You should apply the cream after cleansing/ washing your face, by gently massaging it in small circles around your face and avoiding the eye area.
I use this cream every morning and find my skin instantly loses its dryness upon application and if my skin is looking or feeling sensitive one morning, which I am finding is often the case these days, then it is not long after application that I find I experience relief and the sensitivity disappears.
The cream has quite a thin texture and is nothing like the richer and thicker cream I have used and indeed this is the major difference between the two products I have found.
I only apply a little at a time, massaging it into my face using circular movements with my finger tips and whereas I find the richer cream absorbs easily, this light cream takes longer to absorb. It has a greasier consistency and this is the only thing I don't really like about this cream as it takes longer to absorb and more massaging is required. When it is absorbed, it still feels a little greasy as if the cream is still slightly evident on the surface, but it does provide a good base for make-up.
What I do like is the 'fresh' feeling using this cream provides and I have experienced no sensitivity at all. If the skin on my face is feeling particularly sensitive one morning, it quickly feels much better after I have applied this moisturiser.
Overall, I am reasonably happy using Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream and it does keep my skin feeling moisturised all day long. It is only the following morning when I can feel that I need to use it again and so the 24 hour claim works for me and I have never had to apply this to my skin more than once a day. If I had not previously used the richer cream in this range, then I think I would have been perfectly happy to purchase this again, however, I do personally prefer the richer cream for my skin and so I will continue to purchase that one whenever I can. For those who want a lighter moisturiser however this could be perfect. Because I am experiencing more dryness of the skin on my face, then the richer product is better for me.
The low price when compared with high end products is also a big advantage here and thanks to Nivea it just goes to show that good results can be achieved on a budget.
Looking over the last reviews I have written regarding moisturizers has shown it has been a year and a bit since I have found something that really makes my combination skin appealing without over drying, without the peeling skin and without pain or shininess. First there were the rivals like L'Oreal's so-called skin care for men, which I didn't rate very much (2 stars) followed by Nivea's own oil free moisturizing fluid that was useless (2 stars) and then the ever-so-expensive Clinique Superdefense moisturizer which I loved but not the price. Why is it not possible to find a skin cream that can just stop my face drying out, stop the feeling of tightness in the wind, gives me protection and doesn't cost an earth to buy? Well, help comes in the form of another Nivea product and one I wasn't too sure about until I read fellow Dooyoo member, Alyson29's review about this product. I purchased mine just before the school holidays in October, and just before the winds and weather in Edinburgh became rougher, bought another tube close to Christmas. Wherever I've gone in the city, Nivea has gone with me.
Unlike Alyson however, my intention was a much needed facial, neck and all over moisturizer cream and I loved the idea of Jojoba oil (which this product contains amongst a few other additives), since I've used this in other preparations for facial products that have eased shaving nicks and scars. Jojoba on its own is a fairly effective godsend for skin since it controls sebum - the number one danger for acne and overly greasy skin. I already have many hand creams because of constant use with my hands and also with using chemicals when cleaning, but I also work in environments with air conditioners or dry air which often means skin feels too dry to the touch whilst my face dries out with no hope of reprieve unless I have my moisturizer with me. I also consume a lot of water if I don't have my moisturiser with me because the greatest indication I get is immediate dry skin all around my face, a painful neck and a painful forehead. Some may see moisturizer as a "once-a-day" application, but my combination skin means I need to apply some kind of moisture onto the skin to keep it soft and normal feeling without it drying out several hours into the afternoon each day and it is usually the cold weather that brings it on rather than the approaching summer and warmer temperatures.
The 50ml tube costs on average £3 or £4; Superdrug and Sainsbury's for £3-99, ASDA £3-98 and Tesco's have it at £4-05. Regardless of where you may get it, the downside to this product is that it is only available in a 50ml sizing. I'd have appreciated a 100ml to see me through for the next couple of months although it is far from being cheaply priced for the quantity you get here - and if 100ml does exist - I have yet to find it! Largely though it really depends on how you use this cream to extend its longevity. Some members report the cream lasts a month, others a couple of weeks - my secret is to use as little as possible. Like Nivea products for the face or body, it's a white cream to look at but it isn't particularly novel and feels tactile smooth to the touch. In certain circles (possibly those of the marketing departments) the pricing you pay for covers for the box that this tube comes in and there's the obligatory Nivea Visage branding for all to see complete with a silver border all the way round the tube's light blue screw cap to give it a bit more class. Other than that, you could say for all intents and purposes that this is just another one of those Nivea products that looks the business.
In use, Nivea's Light Moisturiser goes on freely but precisely thanks to its light to medium thick consistency that also feels a little micro-powdery between the fingers. It isn't a milk that will roll off your fingers when squeezed out of the tube but a little goes a long way with this product which is a bit of a bonus. Once I apply it to my forehead and cheeks, I can feel my skin come alive a little and the cream dissipates easily without a real need to keep touching my face to ensure it has been absorbed. If anyone tells you this product is fragrance free, then they are lying. It has a fragrance but like the title of the product, it is indeed quite light to the senses and smells of standard Nivea's recognizable flowery overtones with a little Baby cream added in to lift it above the flowers. It does die down however after it has been applied to skin generally and doesn't interfere with aftershave or perfumes (yah, my mum nicked it to see what the fuss was all about!). Nivea claims this product contains Vitamin E as well as Lotus Extract. Previous creams I've used with Vitamin E tend to bring me out in spots, but how much Nivea have put into this cream is an aspect I'm quite happy about - my complexion is still spot free and flawless possibly thanks to the Lotus extract that minimizes dullness to the skin as well as keeping it moisturised.
Unlike a lot of products on the market, this is a great product that has a claim to be able to help out normal and combination skin and I'd say it works - largely. Like their dry skin formula, this cream doesn't stain clothing. For around four hours the cream keeps my face moisturised and there is little need to re-apply when work is finished, during which my skin feels smooth, there's no dryness and there's no white skin flaking off. It isn't as good as Clinique's super expensive Superdefense but for what I've paid, I can afford to put a bit more on of the Nivea if I want to. The painful areas that usually feel dryer by the afternoon are supple, soft and void of cracking although it's a great pity it doesn't eradicate shine, but it does however do some clearing up which minimizes any need to apply anything else. Although Nivea claims that the cream is "intense," I don't think Nivea have chosen the right word here - it isn't magical or full on but it does the job of applying moisture without ever being greasy and it is a product that I wouldn't have known about had I not read a review on Dooyoo.
One aspect that I also like about this product is that it is also suitable as a light hand cream and here's where my reprise of thanking Alyson29 comes again! Even though it is marketed as a moisturising cream, it seems to cover both jobs very well. Where the downsides are, it seems to feel greasy on hot, sweaty skin. This means if you have sweaty palms, the cream won't vanish into the skin and won't be able to alleviate or add extra moisture since my hands are already giving out moisture! That for me isn't a downside however - a moisturiser is supposed to replace the water that is lost out of the three layers of your skin - not magically, somehow take out the water that your skin already has! Seldom feeling tacky but smooth, silky and soft, Nivea's Light Moisturising Day Cream is a good winner and just as effective as their dry skin formula, where again, a little goes a long way. Thanks for reading (and thank you Aly!) ©Nar2 2011
Every year between October and February my hands get extremely dry, on my fingers and most annoyingly between the fingers where it can lead to cracking and bleeding sometimes. The product costs £5.14 from amazon for a 50ml tube.
Last year i decided that i was going to take action and purchased this product as its a well respected brand and i know many people who trust in nivea products.
I used the product once everyday in the mornings, starting in Spetember, in anticipation of winter ariving. You only need to use an extremely small amount for it to be effective (a pea size amount) and rub thoroughly in.
When winter came around i continued the routine every morning and i did not get dry hands the entire winter, which was a drastic improvement on flakey, dry and painful hands. For £5.14, i think this is an excellent price to pay for something that can eliminate an annoyance like that so easily. It leaves skin feeling fresh, revitalised and soft. One tube lasted me the whole of winter and there was still a bit left, so you deffinately get good value for money.
Its also excellent for all other areas, for example i use it on my dry elbows and it works just as good as on my hands. I always take it on holiday with me as it's great if your skin starts peeling and within a couple of days solves the problem!
In my opinion a must have and i will be buying some more soon before winter comes round, so no dry hands for me!
I'm not a great lover of handcreams as I really hate the feeling of it on my hands, but unfortunately as I'm ageing my skin is becoming dry and is in need of a little tender loving care.
I experience major problems with my hands particularly in the winter months when my knuckles split and bleed. I have extremely dry skin in between my fingers and at the age of 42 my hands resembled those of someone in their 80's!!!
I purchased Nivea's Soft Intensive Moisturising Cream for £1.99 for a 75ml tube as it had a reasonably low price tag and it had been highly recommended to me by a friend.
It contains Jojoba oil and vitamin E; both of which I understand are great for replacing lost moisture. The tube has a flip top lid that is easy to open and the cream disperses quite easily. Unlike many hand creams, there is no greasiness or stickiness when applied and it soaks in quite easily. It has the light familiar "Nivea scent" that is always fresh and clean smelling.
This product is extremely light and is suitable for everyday use and has been dermatologically tested. Nivea claim this is for use on the face and body aswell as the hands. I cannot comment on this as I've not tried it anywhere other than on my hands.
This most certainly helps moisturise my hands and keeps them smooth, soft and in tip-top condition. Even my husband regularly uses it now! I would highly recommend this product as it is extremely effective and well worth the £1.99 I paid for it hence me awarding it 5 dooyoo stars.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I have tried many face creams over the past six or seven years as I've suffered from dry skin, both in appearance and how it feels for me. I have tried numerous brand names and have found Nivea to be the most suited to my skin, but also a strong brand name that I trust.
This cream has now been my first choice, although I have found that my local shops don't always have it in so I occasionally opt for another Nivea face cream.
The main reason I like this cream is the simple fact that it works, when I use it I notice my skin feeling and looking much better and after prolonged use, I can even forget to use it for a few days without suffering from my normal dry skin. My skin soaks it up quickly to give a natural look which is again a big advantage over rivals and one tube can normally last me a couple of months!
I have noticed other reviews mentioning the smell/scent of the cream and whilst I appreciate that if you stuck your nose over the top of the tube you would smell it, once it has been rubbed into your skin you will not be able to smell it at all, which is good if you ask me.
I am going to continue using this cream as long as I can get it in the shops (I don't like ordering face cream on the internet), but as mentioned earlier there seems to be a problem with availability, or it's just really popular by me. Either way, I recommend this cream and hope to buy some more later today.
This product is really great and 'does what it says on the packet'. The cream is light and non greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving your face feeling fresh and hydrated, particularly if you have areas of dry skin. As a teenager, in the past I have found it challenging to find a face cream that is effective for my skin, yet I find that in this product it is perfect in leaving a fresh feeling that is long-lasting, while enhancing the hydration and appearance of my face. I have not used the night-cream, yet i expect this to be as efficient as the day cream. Just using the day cream is enough for my skin and so maybe the night-cream is not necessarily needed, which is a nice save of money! You also do not need to use much of the day cream in each application, so I still have the same tube that i got for christmas 2008! I strongly recommend the use of this cream!
I've been using this cream as my day to day moisturiser for about four years now and I wouldn't be without this product! I used to use a Boots No. 7 moisturiser, but they changed their formula and their new products didn't suit my skin at all. So I ventured away from No. 7 and picked up this moisturiser to give it a go.
I have combination skin with oily bits and dry bits. Added to that, my skin is also very sensitive and prone to flair ups. This moisturiser is fragrance free, so it doesn't irritate my skin, light enough not to add to my oily skin, whilst providing enough moisturising for my drier areas.
I find that this works well in the summer on its own, and is an excellent base for applying make up. It is very easily absorbed, however, I usually leave it to sink in for about 5 minutes before applying my foundation. In the winter I use it as a base with a richer cream on top to protect my skin from the cold. Applying this beforehand makes the second cream go further.
The packaging is a simple tube that squeezes most of the cream out. However, I always snip the end of the tube off and usually manage to get about another 5 days worth, which is always a bonus!
Another benefit of the cream is that it has SPF with UVA and UVB filters, which I'm all for, as it helps to prevent aging!
The product itself is at the cheaper end of the spectrum, usually around £3-£4 mark. I think this is good value for money for such as useful product. This cream is also widely available - you don't need to make a special trip to Boots to get it as it's usually available in the supermarket so you can just sling it in the trolley.
All in all, this is a very good moisturising day cream that is great value for money. I would highly recommend it
I have to use a face moisturiser every day otherwise despite being a little oily the skin can feel dry and tight and look a little blotchy. I have to be careful with the type of face cream I use, if I use something too heavy it makes my spots and oilyness worse but if I use something not rich enough I have to apply it again later in the day, lately I've been feeling like I cant win, and I'm not a teenager anymore, I'm 30 and starting to see lines around my eyes!
I used to use a face gel but now I'm getting on a bit I thought I need something a bit more grown up and nourishing, Nivea is a brand I know and trust so I chose one of the lighter face creams. It's sold in 50ml tubes which may not sound like much but you dont need more than a small blob each morning on your face.
When applying this I need only a small dab on my fingers which spreads easily over my face, it sinks in quickly and doesnt leave any stickiness or rich feeling on my skin. It's a good base for make up too which I have to wear every day otherwise I would scare people :)
This cream claims to be refreshing, well I wouldnt go that far but it's not claggy or too rich so they can be forgiven. I've noticed I havent had too many breakouts since I started to use this too which I'm really pleased with.
I think this cream smells a little like baby powder which irritates me a little, strange I know but I've never liked the smell of the stuff, bad luck if I ever have a kid then! the smell doesnt linger for long though and once I've drenched myself in body spray and deodorant any fragrance has long been overpowered.
Unless I find a cheaper alternative I'm going to stick with this cream, it's only around £5 for a tube which is lasting me ages, I bought it about 3 weeks ago and I've barely used any of it. It's a bargain and tonnes better than the rubbish I once bought from Clinique that cost 5 times the price and gave me the worst case of spots since my teens, never again.
Although I am quite experimental when it comes to perfume, make up and hair care products Nivea is the only brand I seem to be able to use on my face without any problems. Even brands such as simple that are specifically for sensitive skin have left my face tight, red or blotchy. So for me this really is a must have.
The packaging is not over complicated with a lot of useless information it is quite simple and at 50ml it is convenient for travel, weekends away and fits easily into my make up bag although I rarely feel the need to use again it during the day. The price is reasonable too for such a well known brand.
I find it easy to blend in and never usually feel like there is any sort of residue left. It feels so soft when I put it on and I dont feel like my skin is sticky. I would not say that I particularly noticed it being light but it certainly is not as clumpy as others I have tried and I do not notice I am wearing it. My forehead tends to get quite dry but I have not had much problems with this since I have started using nivea and this moisturiser.
Easily found in the usual shops like superdrug, boots and the supermarkets etc so shop around a bit for a bargain and offers.
When it comes to face creams, I have a problem. My skin is dry but I've been told that I also have a very thin dermis (the top layer of the skin). This means that anything that is thick will only absorb so much and then start pooling up on my face. Not using a cream doesn't bother me for the most part, but when the weather gets cold, sometimes my face feels tight. So with the onset of winter, I thought I would try a light moisturising day cream to see if this was still the case, and this Nivea Visage was my experiment. I chose this because Nivea is a name brand I trust, and I believe their products have always been of a consistently high quality, at reasonable prices.
This comes in a small 50ml tube, which seems like very little product. However I paid only £3 for this and knowing I would only use a little made it seem reasonably priced next to some of the fancier fashion creams I've seen. When I applied it I only used a tiny dab squeezed out onto my index finger and this spread over my face easily. The texture is certainly light, as the label says, and is only slightly scented with the same famous Nivea smell which I find slightly flowery combined with a touch of baby powder. This dissipates quite quickly so you won't feel like you've perfumed your face. By the way, I've always liked tubes more than pots of cream, because I feel sticking your finger into a jar would eventually contaminate the contents, so this I believe, is well packaged.
I did feel that this was absorbed by my skin quite quickly, and that was certainly in its favour from the start. Running around outside in the cold (while on vacation), I didn't feel my face tightening up like I sometimes feel, and I was about ready to give this a full five stars. The problem came later when I continued to use this after the temperatures began to rise and I was spending more time indoors back in my heated offices at work. That was when I started to feel the same thing every other face cream had afforded me. What happened was I found myself feeling like my nose and chin area were suddenly oily and I had to wipe the oil away. So Nivea's claim that this will leave you with a "long lasting fresh skin feeling" didn't come through totally for me. Still, I have to admit that I've felt this worse with many other creams I've tried, as some of them made my face feel greasy even in freezing weather when I was outside a lot. Still, I can't seem to get away from that slick feeling with any face cream, and while this one is better than most, I don't think I've found my solution to my dry but apparently unusually thin skin.
On the other hand, because I'm obviously in the minority with my particular problems, I do believe that this is still quite a good cream. The scent is unobtrusive, it spreads easily over your face, absorbs quickly into your skin and I did feel that it made my face seem softer in general. Moreover, it is very reasonably priced, you only need to use a little bit, so it will last a long while, and I like the tube it comes in. I'd say that this might be a good product for someone who doesn't like heavy creams and perhaps has less dry and thicker skin than I do. For this reason, I think I'll still recommend this and give it four stars.
Thanks for reading!
Davida Chazan © December 2008
As noted, Boots sells this for £3 for a 50ml tube (and you can collect 12 points for the purchase). You can find this product on their page at http://tinyurl.com/7xscf2 and the Nivea site can be found at http://www.nivea.co.uk/home and this product can be found there at http://tinyurl.com/9en2gx where you can find the full product information.
A light, fast absorbing moisturiser /