In-Shower Body Lotion Nourishing Very Dry Skin is supposed to be the most hydrating version of Nivea's in-shower body lotions, but just like the rest we've reviewed thus far, it leaves dry skin wanting more.
This so-called "skin conditioner" is supposed to be applied to wet skin while you're in the shower or bath and then rinsed. It isn't meant to take the place of your body wash; instead, you're instructed to use it after your cleansing step as a way to nourish skin instead of using your regular body lotion to combat dryness.
Here's the deal: If this in-shower body lotion worked as well as applying a regular body moisturizer, we'd be all for it, but it simply isn't hydrating enough for dry skin. That means you'll still need to follow up with your regular body cream; so much for an extra step saved!
The creamy lotion formula contains a blend of rich emollients, thickeners, and film-forming agents, which give this moisturizer the ability to adhere somewhat to damp skin and partially remain behind after rinsing.
It develops a slippery texture as it interacts with the water; so much so that Nivea clearly states on the product packaging to avoid applying it to the bottom of feet and recommends that you "Thoroughly clean tub/shower with hot water after usage to remove residue and avoid slipping."
The result when you towel off? Skin is left feeling slightly more moisturized than if you skipped moisturizer altogether, but it can't compete with a well formulated emollient-rich cream for dry skin.
The amount of fragrance it contains lingers, which tapers off as the day wears on, but ultimately non-fragranced is always the better way to go for irritation-free results on skin—see More Info to find out why. (Not to mention, not everyone will love the signature Nivea scent.)
Despite the "no sticky feel" claim, we noticed the texture initially leaves a tacky feel on skin. Eventually that dissipates and skin is left slightly softer and smoother, but it's nowhere near as luxuriously hydrating or repairing as a good body moisturizer for very dry skin. This doesn't live up to its claim to moisturize for "24hr+".
While novel in concept, In-Shower Body Lotion Nourishing Very Dry Skin isn't quite the revolutionary, time-saving skin conditioner it's made out to be. It falls short for its intended skin type—or even for meeting the needs of those with normal to dry skin. For superior options, visit our Best Body-Care Products list.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
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.
In mid-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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