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Nivea

NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiance [Medium to Dark Skin]

8.40 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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This self-tanning lotion lists alcohol as its third ingredient, which makes it too potentially drying and irritating for all skin types. Otherwise, this is a basic self-tanning lotion that contains mostly water and wax, with a tiny amount of antioxidant plant extracts. There are numerous other self-tanning lotions that are inexpensive yet have much better formulas, and they contain the same ingredient (dihydroxyacetone) that turns skin color. Given the amount of alcohol this contains. Nivea’s Hydra IQ technology (which claims to intensely moisturize skin) becomes a bit of a joke!

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

NIVEA Sun-Kissed Radiant Skin will leave your skin looking naturally tan and touchably soft. The freshly scented formula with NIVEAs exclusive Hydra IQ technology intensively moisturizes skin and provides a more even-looking tan with less streaking. Smoothes and gradually tans your skin within 5 days.

Water, Glycerin, Alcohol (Denatured), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), C13 16 Isoparaffin, Isopropyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dihydroxyacetone, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Sodium Acrylate Acryoldimethyltaurate Dimethylacrylamide Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Glucoside, Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf Extract), Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed Oil), Dimethicone, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben.

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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