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Nivea

A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Protectant SPF 15

0.17 fl. oz. for $ 2.99
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A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Protectant SPF 15 is a standard wax-based lip balm that also contains an in-part avobenzone sunscreen for reliable UVA protection. The formula also contains a silicone (dimethicone) as one of its active ingredients. Dimethicone is classified as a skin protectant, and it contributes to this lip balm’s silkiness while justifying its “medicated” name.

Sadly, despite strong positives we cannot recommend A Kiss of Recovery Medicated Lip Protectant because it contains potent lip irritant menthol. What a shame, as this is otherwise a well done formula.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Instantly relieves and soothes severely dry, sensitive lips.

Active Ingredients: Dimethicone (1.2%), Avobenzone (1%), Octinoxate (6.7%). Inactive Ingredients: Microcrystalline Wax, Octyldodecanol, Polydecene, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Panthenol, C20-40 Alkyl Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Menthol, Beeswax, Water, BHT, Fragrance, Iron Oxides

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses:Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

Inmid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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