“ Brand: Nivea / Type: Exfoliator / Subcategory: Face Scrub / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Smoothes, Cleanses, Exfoliates / Product line: Nivea Visage Young „
It's only now when I'm thinking back to when I bought this that I've realised how long ago it was, yet I still have it in my bathroom with half the bottle left! It was probably about 2 years ago that I bought it, and I have used it on and off around others. You can find it in most toiletry stores like Boots or Superdrug, and it retails at around £4.20 at full price but I'm sure I bought it while it was on offer.
It comes in a 75ml squeezy bottle. The lid is at the bottom of the bottle which means it is always easy to get the scrub to come out and none is wasted when it gets empty. The design on the bottle has actually changed since I bought mine. The one I have is a clear bottle with a frosted effect but you can still see the colour of the contents. The scrub itself is blue and the label is made to match this with blue lettering on the front of the bottle. Now the bottle is a peach colour and the writing is in dark blue or orange. Both designs look good, but I personally prefer the original design, well at least the colours. The blue colours make it look really fresh, which suits any skincare products.
***How Nivea describe it...
Nivea say this product is designed for people who have normal or combination skin and want "a gentle scrub for peachy soft skin". They claim that it will gently remove dead skin cells, cleanse the skin without drying it out and soften the skin.
The exfoliator is a pale blue colour and you can see the bits in it straight away, as they are a darker blue colour. The bits are fairly big but there aren't a lot of them per squirt, although I would say there are enough. I do find I have to be more generous with this though as it doesn't spread that well across my skin and because it isn't very concentrated you do need to use quite a bit. It smells really fresh, like a cucumber type smell mixed with a lotion kind of smell. I really like the smell and it also has a cooling effect on the skin, which combined make it a really fresh product making you feel fresh and clean after use.
The exfoliator is quite rough, enough to feel like it is working but not too rough. I have fairly sensitive skin and I did find it a bit too rough for me and had to be careful whilst rubbing it in. But I think it would be fine for people with normal skin, which it is designed for. Whilst using the scrub the lotion mixed in with the bits does do it's job at soothing the skin, but then quite soon after I found it started to sting slightly. I'm not sure if this is because it contains harsher ingredients designed for teenage skin to combat spots etc but I just found it too much for my skin. Again I think maybe it would be fine for normal skin. It is easy to wash off, and despite is stinging a bit while it is on my skin, once I wash it off my skin always feels fine and it never stings afterwards or leaves my skin red or sore. Therefore I'm suite sure I'm not allergic to it, I just think some of the ingredients might be quite strong.
After using it like I said my skin does stop stinging and it does actually feel quite soft, yet I still feel the need to use a moisturiser afterwards, but I would do this anyway.
If I were to use it constantly as my exfoliator twice a week I don't think the bottle would last that long, maybe about a month - 2 months as I do use quite a lot at a time. Whereas other exfoliators I have tried that are more concentrated would last more about 3-4 months. However I still think it is good value for money because it is a lot cheaper that other face scrubs, especially if it is on offer.
I think it is a good value face scrub which is worth the money you pay for it. I wouldn't advise it for anyone who considers their skin to be sensitive, however it is maybe worth a try if you have normal skin. I do think it is a good product but it just didn't react that well with my skin.
I got a sample of this a while ago and decided to test it out along with a few other products after I finally used up my giant pot of Mask of Magnaminty from Lush. I've used it several times in the last few weeks and have stayed consistently disappointed.
This scrub is supposed to be gentle, exfoliating and deep cleansing. When I squeeze it out into my hand it looks white with little orange and blue dots in it, the "microgranules". I massage it over wet skin, whilst in the shower, and then rinse. It has a nice scent of apricots, the only good thing about it as far as I am concerned!
This product is far too gentle, I wouldn't say it exfoliates at all. I can't imagine anyone having skin so good that this would make them feel like they'd deep cleansed. Perhaps by "young" Nivea mean six-year-olds. There are only a few microgranules in each 20p sized blob, really not enough to do anything. After I rinse it off it doesn't feel like I've cleansed my face at all. I used to think that standard Clearasil was the most overrated and in fact useless facial wash but compared to this Clearasil works brilliantly. At least with that my face feels fresh afterwards even though it never made any difference to my spots.
The plastic microgranules are an issue on their own, obviously they are bad for the environment, polluting water with tiny bits of plastic and I don't like using products with them for this reason.
I wouldn't recommend this product to anyone. There are so many other products out there with similar prices that do a better job of the things Nivea say this is meant to do - virtually all of them, in fact!
If you read my review of the Nivea Visage Young Tinted Moisturiser, you will know that I had a bit of a reaction to it and it left my skin feeling tight and itchy. I had received it as a sample along with a sample of the Smooth it! exfoliating scrub, and now I was in two minds whether or not to try the scrub in case I had a reaction to that too.
Having fairly dry skin I like to exfoliate regularly in order to scrub away any dry patches of skin. I am currently using a Neutrogena scrub which is fantastic and I am more than happy with it. After giving it a couple of days, the experience with the tinted moisturiser had faded to the back of my mind a bit, and I decided to give the scrub a chance. As it is described as being a mild scrub, I wasn't sure how good it would be for me, as I tend to need something a little bit stronger to rid me of the dry bits!
I don't want to repeat myself too much, but as I said in my last Nivea Young review, I don't know what ages these products are aimed at. They are obviously aimed at young skin, but I don't know if me, being 23, am a bit too old for them, as I think they may be targeted at teenagers. The Nivea website unfortunately gives no clue - just that the products are for 'young skin' so I guess you have to make your own judgement.
As I got this as a sample, I have a sachet of the product, however if you were to buy it, it would come in a tube. I quite like the design of the products in the Nivea Young range. They all have a yellow floral design with butterflies along one side, which I think is both feminine and modern looking.
Now the back of my sachet tells me that this will cleanse without drying the skin, and also that it contains peach extracts. It promises that it will leave skin smooth and 'peachy soft'.
The exfoliator is a white cream which has lots of little bright orange grains in it. You will notice the smell straight away - a lovely peach scent which is nice but not too overpowering.
There was only a very small amount of product in my little sachet - 1.5ml. Had I bought a tube, I would have squeezed a lot more than that out, but I actually found that this was more than enough to use on my entire face.
The product should be applied to wet skin and massaged in a circular motion. The grains did feel quite rough and harsh against my skin, so I was a little bit worried it would leave me looking red.
When I washed the grains away however, I was left with clean, soft skin and no dry patches. Luckily, after my experience with the tinted moisturiser, I don't seem to have had any reaction to this at all.
A 75ml tube of this will cost you £3.65 from Superdrug, however it's possible that may be a special offer price, as it says on the website that it was previously £4.65. Considering that I found that 1.5ml was enough to use on my face, a 75ml tube should give you 50 uses, and used once a week that will last you almost a year, so that makes it very good value for money.
Although I am very taken with my Neutrogena scrub, I was impressed with this one, and I will definitely consider buying it in the future.
Gently exfoliates and cleanses deep into the pores, removing dead skin cells and impurities that can dull the skin /