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Nivea

Skin Firming Hydration Body Lotion with Q10 Plus

13.50 fl. oz. for $ 10.49
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This is an OK body moisturizer for normal to dry skin, but it pales in comparison to the state-of-the-art formulas you’ll find from Olay, CeraVe, and select options from St. Ives. Nivea seems content to offer basic, nearly bare-bones formulas built around one star ingredient, often used in a teeny-tiny amount. Skin care is never as simple as one good ingredient, and in this case the amount of “Q10” (listed by its actual name of ubiquinone) is one of many good antioxidants—it’s not the one to beat.

This body lotion makes skin feel firmer and tighter due to its alcohol content. The drying effect of alcohol coupled with the high amount of glycerin this contains can make skin feel tighter as it dries, but it’s a fleeting, cosmetic sensation rather than your skin actually becoming firmer. It’s disappointing that alcohol plays a stronger role in this formula than the touted Q10 antioxidant.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Formulated with Co-Enzyme Q10 Complex, NIVEA Skin Firming Body Lotion is proven within two weeks to provide: Firmer more toned skin, tighter feeling skin, more resilient skin, softer, smoother skin texture.

Water, Glycerin, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Octyldodecanol, Alcohol Denat., Stearic Acid, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone, Creatine, Ubiquinone, Glyceryl Glucoside, Myristyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-Imide, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben.

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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