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Since my early teenage years I have strictly followed a beauty regime where I will cleanse, tone and moisturise my face on a daily basis. Consequently, I have skin that I can be really proud of and even if I say so myself, I do not believe that I look my age of 44 years. I would describe my skin as T-zone where I suffer with oily areas on my forehead and nose with dry patches on my cheeks. Consequently, I seek out oil free face products so not to exacerbate the problem. Whilst I discovered the perfect moisturiser a couple of years ago I am always interested in trying out new products, particularly as my skin is maturing rather too rapidly for my liking and subsequently, my needs are forever changing.
As I have wasted so much money over the years in purchasing products that are ineffective the majority of my trying and testing these days is by way of freebies that I obtain online or sample sachets that are tucked inside magazines. Consequently, if I like the product I can then make a purchase of the full size version. One of my finds belongs to the Nivea Visage range and is named Q10 Pore Refining Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, which is suitable for those with normal to combination skin and this review discusses my experience with using it. Please note that there is an error in Dooyoo's title as this product is "Refining" as opposed to "Defining".
I learned that Q10 can be found in our skin and is described as a powerful coenzyme, which decreases with age. Consequently, as it decreases our skin becomes more susceptible to damage with the most visible signs being that of premature ageing. Nivea claim that the Day Cream will "support the skin's natural Q10 level, visibly smooth the skin and fight the appearance of wrinkles". I was pleased to note that the cream contains SPF 15 although being pale skinned this is not nearly enough protection for me when it's hot and sunny, so an application of a high factor sun cream is necessary. It is also claimed that the day cream will refine pores; a claim which was welcomed by me, particularly as I frequently suffer with a few enlarged pores around the edges of my nose.
I would describe the good consistency white coloured cream as slightly fluffy and I like the fact that it offers the familiar and very favourable Nivea fragrance although it is a little more delicate than other Nivea products that I've used. It is easily applied and is extremely fast absorbing, which surprised me, particularly for a cream. I was anticipating a short wait before I was in a position to apply my make-up, particularly as other similar products offer a short-lived tackiness, but this is not the case. Consequently, I am able to apply my mousse foundation within a minute of applying the cream.
I am always a little apprehensive when trying out new day creams or moisturisers, particularly as I favour a flawless appearance with my foundation and I encountered a few problems during my initial use, which was due to me excessively applying the cream. Consequently, only a small amount is needed after which I am able to effortlessly apply my foundation and achieve my desired appearance. It is impossible for me to evidence Nivea's claim that the cream supports the skin's natural Q10 levels, but I am able to state that my skin feels thoroughly moisturised as well as being soft and smooth to the touch whilst it offers a radiant appearance. However, I believe this is also due to my healthy eating and the fact that I drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated. Another claim I am unable to evidence is that the cream fights the appearance of wrinkles, particularly as I have regularly used moisturisers for approximately 30 years, but I believe that the majority of products of this nature will assist in slowing down the process.
I am extremely cautious with UVA protection, particularly as I had a melanoma scare approximately ten years ago following excessive use of sunbeds (!) and whilst I was given the all clear following the removal of a small lump from my lower back I give great consideration to the products that I use, particularly when subjecting my pale toned skin to the sun. Whilst I cannot evidence that this cream contains the sun protection properties that Nivea claim I fully trust the brand, so feel totally reassured that the product is caring for and protecting my skin. Unfortunately, I cannot advise that I have noticed any difference with the slightly enlarged pores located around my nose and do not feel that any moisturising cream can alleviate this problem.
Despite my slight grumble in relation to my pores I am really pleased with this cream and in fact, I purchased the 50ml full sized tub after using my three sample sachets. At the time of writing Nivea Visage Pore Refining Day Cream is available for £9.99 in Boots or three can be purchased for the price of two. Whilst I am happy with the effects of this day cream I have a few other favourites and will alternate my purchases with whatever product happens to be on offer.
Thanks for reading.
Anti Wrinkle / Day Cream