* Prices may differ from that shown
I picked up this face wash when I was at a total loss about what to use on my skin. None of my usual products seemed to be working effectively and looking across the skincare shelf in my local (and very small) superdrug it seemed I'd already tried just about everything. I finally spotted this Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Gel for £3.59 and decided to give it a go. The packaging has been updated since the above picture but it's still similar, a semi-transparent blue plastic tube with a flip top lid that it stands on. The flip lid makes it easy to use and because it stands on the lid it comes out of the tube easily. The cleanser has a thick gel texture which forms a rich lather when applied to wet skin. It feels nice to use, massages well and does indeed feel very refreshing on the skin, as well as having a lovely fresh scent. Often products like this feel like they're stripping the skin but this feels very comfortable. It rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling freas and very clean but without feeling dry or tight. It isn't a 'deep' cleansing product so I don't find it effectively unblocks my pores, but the products that I do feel do this have been leaving my skin quite dry lately, so it's a bit of a trade off really but I'd rather gave a few blocked pores than dry, flaky, itchy skin so I'll continue to use this for now. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh all day and I find it also helps to keep the shine at bay. Overall I would definitely recommend this gel cleanser as a great value product that cleanses and refreshes without upsetting the skin.
(Firstly I'd just like to point out that the picture Dooyoo have above for this product is either in old packaging or is the wrong picture and this review matches the product name given: Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel). I tend to use a regular face wash most days but use a more "abrasive" exfoliating one once or twice a week (or every day in the summer). Because I like the smell of the Johnsons face wash I've tended to stick to that one in the past and not really considered many others. However, regular readers of my reviews will know by now that I love Nivea products from their suncream to their lipbalm to their moisturiser...all, admittedly because of their fragrance. They all remind me of long sunny childhood summers - probably because my mum used to slather me in their suncream at the first hint of sun poking out from behind the northern clouds! - and, as they all seem to work for my skin it's a trusted, delicious smelling brand as far as I'm concerned. Why, then, it never occurred to me that they might make a face wash too I don't know! But the other day, whilst prowling my local Bodycare shop after my regular Johnsons tube was well and truly empty, I spotted this on the shelf and there wasn't a doubt in my mind that I should give it a try. As I said, I picked this up from Bodycare where I got it for £2.69 (for the standard 150ml bottle). It is also available from Boots for £3.59, although is currently on a 3 for 2 promotion. The reason I'd never spotted it before, I think, is because it's kept with the Nivea range rather than the other face washes and when I shop I tend to be looking for a specific item rather than general browsing. This face wash comes in a translucent plastic 'upside down'bottle so you can see the thick blue gel inside and know how much you've got left and the product is easily dispensed as it stands on it's fliptop lid so is easily squeezed out. The branding is much the same as the other Nivea Visage products (which I like as then all my face wash, cleanser, toner and moisturiser match each other and look much nicer in the bathroom!) and the front label tells us that it is for normal and combination skin and that it "purifies and invigorates for a fresh skin feeling". The back of the bottle provides further standard information including directions for use (gently massage onto a wet face and neck then rinse off with warm water - although personally I only ever wash my face with cold water), ingredients and the contact details for the manufacturer. The first time I used this face wash I was rather over enthusiastic, I fear, and squeezed out what ended up being way too much gel. When I use the Johnsons face wash I usually use a blob about the size of a ten pence piece and so did the same with this one. However it ended up coating my face in a very thick layer of gel, was incredibly difficult to work into any kind of lather at all and took a lifetime to wash off again. I realised my mistake as soon as I'd applied it to my face but by then it was too late and I had to continue. The next day when using it I got wise and only squeezed out a very small amount, around the size of a five pence piece, but again, this was still too much and, whilst it wasn't as difficult to work with as the previous day it was still difficult to wash my face properly. After two weeks of using this face wash I now have the amount to use down to a fine art and you literally only need a tiny pea-sized blob of it and it's actually quite difficult to squeeze out a small enough amount! I was quite disappointed with the fragrance of this product the first time I used it as I was using it in the shower and could detect no hint of my much loved Nivea fragrance, which was 90% of the reason I bought it! When I use it separately to the shower, however, the fragrance is definitely there. It's not as strong as with their suncream or moisturiser but it is there. So I can only conclude that the shower gel I'm using at the moment is so strongly fragranced that it hides the smell of the face wash altogether! So how does it work as a face wash? Well, ignoring the fact that I'm aNivea fan generally anyway, I've been very pleased with this gel. When you use it (the right amount!) it is easy to work it up into a foamy lather and massage it over your face and it is also easy to rinse off without too much work. When I dry my face I'm always pleasantly surprised as my face isn't left with any tight feeling whatsoever like some face washes can leave it feeling and it really does just feel clean and fresh, just like the bottle states! After two weeks of using this my skin definitely feels a lot more silky which I can only put down to this face wash as I haven't changed any of the rest of my skincare regime. The claims on the front of the bottle that it purifies and invigorates your skin I have definitely found to be true (although I think a lot of the invigorated feeling I get is because of rinsing my face with cold water!) and every time I use this gel it has a cooling feeling on my face I come away feeling my skin has been well cleaned and is a lot softer. In the summer I tend to use one of the St Ives face scrubs because I have very fair skin, red hair and blue eyes and so burn VERY easily and have to lather my skin in high factor suncream every time I step out of the door. For some reason, the higher the factor of suncream I use, the worse it affects my skin and in high summer, or on holidays, I can break out in hideous little white spots all over my face, so I always use a very intensive and abrasive exfoliating wash. For that reason I don't think this Nivea face wash gel will be hard core enough for me to use when it's really hot (although the cooling affect it has would be most welcome then!), although I will give it a try to see. All in all I'm incredibly pleased with this face wash and now that I've found it I will be repurchasing it in future as long as it keeps having these positive affects on my skin. It feels nice to use, smells nice, although not particularly strong and leaves my skin feeling silky soft. The only bad thing I can find to say about it is the hole that it is squeezed through could do with being smaller so that it is easier to control how much comes out as your really do only need a tiny amount of this, but that is not enough of an issue for me to knock a star off, so it gets a mighty 5 from me!
I have always struggled to find a facial wash that suits my skin which is oily around the nose, forehead area's but tends to be a little drier and more sensitive on the cheeks. I have always found soap very drying on my skin leading to flaky itchy areas after use and some of the other facial washes I have tried are too oily making my problem areas worse. I purchased this in my Local Semi Chem for £1.75 for 150ml which I think is a fantastic price. The facial wash is a light blue gel which is not very perfumed the smell is very light and refreshing and I would say that it would be suitable for a male or a female to use. The lid is at the bottom of the bottle and is secure meaning that the gel is always ready to use without having to tip the bottle upside down and wait till it runs down. The gel is quite thick and only a small amount about the size of a 10p piece is required for effective cleansing of the face and neck. You should wet your face and hands before using and the gel will lather up into a nice soft foam, I find it very refreshing and cooling on the skin you get a slight tingling feeling when massaging it over your face and it seems like you can feel it working. The gel rinses off easily with plain water and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean without any residue. As with all similar products you should avoid using it around the eye area. A very effective wash gel which I will happily recomend.
I do try and be kind to my skin, especially now I'm getting older, but sometimes laziness means more often than not I just end up using soap and water to clean my face rather than a milder facial wash. I have tried to address my bad habits lately by purchasing this gel - Nivea Visage's 'Refreshing Facial Wash Gel'. The product comes in a 150ml sized bottle. The flip top lid is at the bottom which means it delivers an easier application as the gel is always at the dispensing hole. The lid is very secure and I'd feel safe taking this in a bag travelling without even needing to tape it up. The recyclable bottle is clear with silver flecks through it - giving the appearance that the gel is sparkling. I like the appearance of the product as a whole though as it is designed to resemble fresh water and it evokes an aquatic fresh feel just by looking at it. This gel is aimed at people with normal and combination skin. To be honest I have no idea what my actual skin type is. Sometimes it's a little dry and sensitive, other times oily, other times soft and peachy. I think this gel will do for almost any skin type as long as you don't suffer from excessive skin problems (ie. far too oily or dry/flaky). It certainly rebalances my skin and removes the oily and/or dry patches, leaving an even 'normal' skin result all over. Nivea claim this gel "respects the skin's lipids and moisturisers helping prevent skin dehydration". They also say in their product information, printed on the back of the bottle, that the formula "purifies and invigorates" skin. The gel is infused with Lotus Extract and is also packed with vitamins. The brand also maintain the gel is "dermatologically approved" for skin compatability, which I think means this gel is unlikely to cause any adverse reactions due to the ingredients. The gel has the same consistency as a typical shower gel - it's gloopy and blobby. It keeps its shape if you squeeze some into your hand so it's a non-messy formula! A little of the gel goes a long way. I only need to use a dollop of about a penny or twenty pence piece size and this cleans my entire face and neck. You need to wet your face and neck prior to dispensing the gel into your hand. I personally then rub the gel over my hands for a more even application and then rub my hands over my face. Nivea advise gently massaging the gel with upward circular strokes. You can turn this into a pampering event if you choose, or you can just wash and go! You should avoid the eye area although I have no problem with the gel being accidentally getting into my eyes - there is no stinging sensation or anything. The gel has what I'd call a 'neutral' aroma. It's almost like you'd imagine the babbling brooks on Heidi's moutain hideaway might smell like! It's a nature-fresh fragrance and one that primarily reminds me of water and waterways. It's a very mild perfume but quite pleasant. It's neither feminine nor masculine, so this face wash could be used by the whole family. After using this my dry skin feels very different from the soap and water experience! My skin has a baby softeness about it. It sort of tingles with newness and cleanness and it feels like I've just burst out of an open air swimming pool into a warm summer breeze! It feels like the skin of a peach and internally it feels like my old skin has died away and a new layer of skin has emerged. My only criticism would be that the gel leaves my lips a bit dry - I have to apply lip balm straight away after using this or they become uncomfortable. Otherwise my skin looks clean and feels fresh. The gel removes dirt and grime but can be a little weak when it comes to tougher make-up. If you have eye make-up, for instance, a seperate removal liquid will probably be needed. This gel certainly does what it says on the bottle - it refreshes and invigorates skin. It also helps balance skin out - and is particularly good for getting those oily T-zone patches cleaned up. A good gel for anyone, adults and kids alike, and it goes a long way. I would recommend it. For more information on the brand and it's product range go to: www.nivea.com
I've been using this product for a number of years now, since I first 'borrowed' it from my friend whilst staying at her house. I can't be bothered to cleanse and tone and begrudge buying expensive, fancily packaged cotton wool pads to do so. So a wash-off cleanser was perfect. I tend to wet my face first with a flannel, then squeeze out the cleanser, mix with a bit of water, rub on my face, then rinse off with the flannel. The cleanser comes in the form of a blue gel that easily squeezes out of the tube onto your hands. The gel has a mild, but fresh smell. It foams up nicely when you mix it with water and then easily is worked into your face. I find that it cleans deeply and is able to cope with removing make up, even heavy eye make up. The foam then rinses off easily without leaving a residue, to leave a clean and fresh face. I would advise using a flannel to remove the foam, as just splashing your face with water does really clean properly, especially when removing make up. What I particularly like about this product is that it lasts for ages, a little goes a long way. Despite washing my face at least twice a day it usually lasts about 4-5 months, which I find is great value. In terms of price, it's around £3-£4 and widely available in the supermarkets and Boots, Superdrug etc. As ever with this type of product, you can often find offers on, for instance, 3 for 2s, so it's worth stocking up when you see a good deal. The product is clearly marketed for a uni-sex market; the blue colour makes it acceptable to sit on the bathroom shelf of the most masculine man, whereas the smell is neither masculine or feminine. However, having used this product happily for years, I'm going to knock a star off my review. The reason for this is that it has recently changed packaging, and in my opinion the formula has slightly altered too. The old packaging (shown on the picture) was great - the flip top lid was very secure, and I've slung it in my suitcase loads of times without leaking. However, the first time I went away with the new look packaging it leaked! So not a resounding recommendation. Secondly, I believe Nivea have altered the formula of the product. I have very sensitive skin which often reacts badly to harsh skincare products. I have never had a problem with this gel until the first time I used the new-style product. My skin stung a bit and started to tingle. I still find that it tingles, although it no longer stings. Although, admittedly this is still a mild product and it hasn't caused any major flare ups, it is definitely not the same as before. So all in all, it's a very good product, although one I am slightly less satisfied since the new brand design and formula change. However, in my opinion it's still the best on the market that I have found, so I will continue to use it.
In another attempt to take better care of my skin I decided to invest in a facial wash. I chose this Nivea facial wash gel as I trusted the brand and it was one of the few facial washes available for normal/combination skin. The gel is light blue in colour with a pleasant slightly soapy smell, nothing that will linger for any time. As with any face wash you put a little in your hand lather up, apply to a wet face and rinse. Simple and quick. After the first use my skin felt really clean but after a few minutes it felt a little tight which was easily solved with a little moisturiser and was probably because my skin gets a little dry from time to time. It hasn't happened since the first usage, now my skin just feels fresh and clean, even the slightly greasy patch in my hairline. I really like this product, it leaves my skin clean without drying it out. I find it especially useful after strenuous sports sessions to clear away all sweat and grime. Nivea products are widely available, the facial gel retails for about £3, though as with all facial cleansers it is often on offer.
Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Wash Gel claims to be suitable for normal and combination skin and says that it 'purifies and revitalises for clean, fresh skin'. It currently (as of April 2009) costs £3.09 in Boots for a 150ml bottle, but as it is part of a popular Nivea range, there are often offers on the product so that it can be purchased for a cheaper price. The product is a surprising blue colour, smelling quite pleasantly of a sort of sweet soap. The smell is not strong or overpowering at all, and you can only really notice it when you're up close sniffing the product! I tend to use it by wetting my face with warm water, and then putting a bit of the product in my hand. It's a surprisingly runny, 'gloopy' liquid, so be careful when you first apply it as quite a lot tends to come out of the bottle at once. I find I only need a pea-size amount to get quite a decent coverage over my face. It doesn't lather up into a huge amount of bubbles as perhaps you might expect a face wash to do, instead becoming a slightly thicker white coloured goo, which can then be successfully applied over the face. I find this product incredibly gentle on the skin. I tend to remove my make up before using it, but it does remove any traces that are left, even of my insanely enduring mascara and eyeliner! It makes my skin feel clean and fresh but without feeling battered by any drying or harsh astringents found in many other face washes. I suffer from rather oily skin, and it will remove the shine from my face, but does not particularly do anything to my spots other than make them feel softer and cleaner, although to be fair the product is not marketed as dealing with spots. The product is long lasting as a little bit does go a long way- I've been successfully using my bottle for several months now. The fact that the packaging is clear makes it easy to see exactly how much is left to be used. Overall, I would recommend this product as a gently way of cleansing without feeling like you're attacking your skin, and as a good way of removing last traces of stubborn makeup when you wash your face.
Am I a bit weird for using Nivea Visage refreshing facial wash-gel? Surely I should be using something called 'Rambo's Skin Repair System', or 'Saharan Face Scrub', or even 'Rub this the Hell on your Face!', with an advert where Mr T hits the wearer and tells them, 'You ain't worth it, sucker!' But no, I have used this member of the Nivea Visage (pronounced Visaarrrrrrrrrrj) range for a long time now and have had a clean face without feeling effeminate - despite thoughts to the contrary in light of certain bets I've made! The Wash Gel comes in a 150ml plastic container, with a flip lid. It used to have a screw top, but the newer version is a definite improvement, especially when using in the shower. I have enough trouble trying to avoid standing on rubber ducks, without a plastic lid rolling around. The container says the gel is for 'normal or combination skin'. This means if you don't have normal or combination skin, the product will dissolve your flesh like acid. Actually, it REALLY doesn't, but I haven't got a clue what combination skin is, or indeed what normal skin is. To my knowledge, there are no other varieties of the gel available for other skin types - I'd hate to call your skin abnormal, I'm sure it's lovely! I would describe the gel as being a 'no frills' product. Unlike the brand that uses this as a slogan, I don't mean it is a cheap alternative to something else, I mean it does not seem to have anything added to make the process of washing your face an aesthetically satisfying experience. The gel is blue in colour and has a fairly neutral smell, clinical even. I can imagine surgeon's hands smelling of this stuff after they've scrubbed up. So you squeeze your recyclable plastic bottle and get a blue dollop of gel in your hand - you don't need very much to wash your face thoroughly. Here is where I find the only flaw with the product, and it's mostly a psychological one. The gel doesn't lather up at all, like some bars of soap I used to use. Maybe that's a good thing; maybe the lack of lather represents a lack of blubber in the product. I'm prepared to sacrifice my foamy beard (again!) for a product that does what it's meant to. Instructions are provided for how best to apply the product to your face - cue Barry White's Love Serenade: Apply to wet face and neck by gently massaging in small upward circular strokes whilst avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Wash Gel definitely does its job. After applying to my skin and washing it off, I don't have the feeling I used to get with soap where not only the grime was washed out, but also the natural oils skin needs to stay healthy. Instead, the gel leaves my skin feeling refreshed, neither greasy or dehydrated. I used to struggle with greasy skin but, when I treated it, other parts of my face would begin to dry out and, in the worst cases, peel. I've been a bit sarcastic in this review, but only because I really, really like the stuff. If your skin feels good then you feel good and I recommend the product whole-heartedly to anyone with skin as complicated as they are. Available from supermarkets, chemists and other stores. The last bottle I bought was from Boots, costing £3.09 (that was on Oxford Street, so you might do better elsewhere)
I used this product when I decided to change my product. Nivea Visage Refreshing Facial Wash Gel was chosen because it has a reasonable price. The product is really refreshing. From outer aspect wise, this cleansing gel is really good-looking. It is gel with some blue colour. And there is some fragrance from it that makes you refresh as well. Using this product, it balance the oil content on my skin, in some way. Besides, it has the effect of cooling your face, giving you the sensation of refreshing whenever you finish washing your face with it. Plus, the cleansing gel is very good to be used because after using it, I don't feel any extreme driness on the skin, instead, it's comfortable and feel clean all the way. When you ended activities, just wash your face with another dub, and yes, your face feel like going for a vacation. The packaging is quite nice with transparent package, enable you to see the blue gel inside. The handling of the product is also very efficient. It can be easily brought around in a small bag, going for work, school, activities, holiday and so on... The cap is tight and so far, I didn't encounter any leak case...
I love Nivea products! I find that they really suit my skin, they do the job they say they will and they're reasonably priced. What more can a girl ask for? I have been using Nivea's Refreshing Cleansing Gel on and off for a couple of years, so I thought I'd let you all know about it! Nivea originated as a German company at the beginning of the last century making the classic Nivea Creme and in the last hundred years have broadened out into manufacturing all kinds of skin and face care products. Nivea's facial gel is aimed at normal and combination skin. I have classically combination skin - an oily T Zone (forehead, nose and chin) and normal cheeks. I have to be careful which products I use as I need something to mop up the oil, but that won't dry out my cheeks. This product claims to 'keep normal and combination skin fresh and supple all day long' and says that it respects the natural moisture balance of the skin. It comes in a clear blue tube with the Nivea logo and product information on the front. The product itself is clear blue, fairly viscous and smells pleasantly of soap. To use, squeeze a small blob onto your hands and massage onto your damp face. It does not lather up much and rinses off easily with water, leaving my face oil-free but without that tight, dry feeling that some oily-skin face washes tend to leave me with. I find that this is the best facial wash for my skin. I still need to use a moisturiser afterwards, but it does not dry my skin out. It does not remove blackheads and I still get spots, but having tried nearly every product on the market over the years I have come to accept that this is more to do with my skin than the products I'm using! This product retails for about £3 for a 200ml tube and is available from all chemists and supermarkets. The Nivea website will also send you free sample sachets if you want to try before you buy.
Not one to refuse free sample packs, I am slowly working my way through the Nivea ones I got a while back, mainly because I forgot all about having them. - Nivea Visage - This range of products has been specifically designed for facial skincare. There are a wide range of lotions and potions available which are categorised by the skin type that they are suitable for: * Normal / Combination skin * Dry / sensitive skin * Oily skin - Refreshing Facial Wash Gel - This moisturiser is from the Normal / Combination Skin care range. It is designed to gently cleanse your skin without drying it out. Soap free - How to use it - * Moisten face and then apply the gel, working it in to a lather. * Rinse thoroughly with warm water. * Avoid direct contact with eyes. - What I thought of it - I have to admit I really don't have combination skin, no oily T area that some people suffer from but I do have normal and sometimes dry skin, dependent upon the weather but it ain't dry at the moment! The gel has a pleasant enough, clean, slightly 'soapy' smell to it but isn't too feminine for any of you blokes who want to use it. The gel is very, very pale blue and reminded me of the gel I used to use in my hair way back in the late 80s! When I applied it to my dampened face I was very impressed with the lather that appeared just with gentle circular movements. However it isn't that easy to wash it off. I ended up having to wet my hair line as lots of the foam had ended up there. This isn't great when you have frizzy hair like me and are in a rush to get out. It's cleaning properties are very good. It removed all of my make-up, with the exception of liquid eyeliner which I then had to remove with my eye make-up remover. Despite the pleasant smell, good lather and excellent cleaning ability, I won't be buying the 150ml tube after trying the tester sachet. The main reason being that It actually, if anything felt as if it had dried out my skin, leaving it feeling too 'tight'! I really feel that Nivea should re-categorise this gel in to their oily skin range as I'm sure that this would be great for helping 'dry' out or combat shiny, greasy areas. - Price - As of May2007 the 150ml tube is 2.99 (pound sign still isn't working!) at Boots. -Other Nivea 'Refreshing' Products - * Toner * Facial Wipes - My verdict - Not great for me but could work for those of you with oily skin but not normal skin type. I have therefore based the stars etc on the fact that I think this is in the wrong category and Nivea should think about setting it aside for oily skin. In short, it cleaned my face but certainly did not refresh it!