Nivea Creme, the original skin moisturizing creme, helps your skin stay soft and supple. Ideal for daily use for all intensive moisturizing needs. Touch and Be Touched.
Who doesn’t remember this stuff from way back when? It’s just one of those products that’s always been around. As a matter of fact, Nivea describes it as “the mother of all modern creams“. Abroad, a lot of women grew up watching their mothers and/or grandmothers use this stuff. My mom couldn’t use this stuff because as I’ve already mentioned before she has hyper sensitive skin (to the extent that she’d practically look sunburned, her face would become red, swollen, hot and painful to the touch) so she wasn’t very adventurous when it came to skincare opting instead to stick with her tried and true skin-friendly brands Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, and more recently Korres to name a few. I do remember when I was a child, watching my nanny called Sara who hailed from Mauritius applying Nivea Creme on her face as part of her night-time skincare routine though. In Kuwait (and I’m tempted to say the Gulf region) Nivea Creme is pretty much synonymous with Indian nannies and/or housekeepers as they especially favor Nivea Creme specifically.
Nivea Creme is popular because it’s a budget-friendly, multi-purpose, moisturizer that can be used anywhere on the body. You can use it on your face as a face cream, or you can use it on your body as a body butter. It comes in a tin, a tube, and a tub. I chose the classic blue tin packaging (which I now sorta’ regret that because the lid keeps coming off on it’s own so I always have to keep this at home) because it was the smallest size (1oz/29g/30mL) available. There’s a lot of hype about the German version being superior. Mine is the North American version (made in Mexico). I’d like to be more diligent when it comes to skincare since I’m getting old(er) so I figured I’d start with something old-school as a base of reference (something to compare future skincare products to). I know a little sum’in sum’in when it comes to body products but sadly, other than face wash and face scrubs, I tend to neglect my face so hopefully using Nivea Creme will get me in the habit of applying a night-time moisturizer and if not, it’s a budget-friendly (read: cheap) product so I won’t feel as bad if it expires before I hit pan.
My first face cream was Lancome’s Aqua Fusion. I loved every single thing about it, from its name, to its scent, to the way it made my skin feel! I was very diligent about applying it too, to the extent that I finished it all up in four weeks. That was when I was about 16 or 17 years old :/ Lancome discontinued Aqua Fusion so fast, it made my head spin and broke my heart. My heart wasn’t into it anymore so I stopped using skincare products for awhile until Neutrogena’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion and MAC’s Comfort Creme (reviewed here) alternating between the two (busting them out during winter to combat dry skin). So clearly, it’s about time I purchased a face moisturizer. I have a handful of other Nivea products that have become staples over the past few years (I’d be devastated if they ever discontinued them) but I’ve never actually tried Nivea Creme before.
I’m not a huge fan of the smell. It’s an overwhelming powdery scent. I don’t know if it’s just wishful thinking but I could swear my nose also detects a hint of lemon (which I love) in the scent but as soon I go back in for a second sniff, it’s gone. It’s not that big of an issue because either the scent dissipates pretty quick or you get used to it pretty quick and stop noticing it as much. Also, this stuff is really really really thick. It just sits on the skin without absorbing into it. You have to apply very very little and really massage it into the skin otherwise you’ll end up with a white cast (similar to the one you get from sunscreen). Since this doesn’t really absorb into the skin, I’ve noticed that it actually gives my face that gorgeous dewy look a la Lost (mostly sported by Kate Austen aka Freckles played by Evangeline Lilly) which I absolutely adore! I’ve also started using Nivea Creme as a cheek highlighter for those no-makeup days (when I say no makeup, I mean no makeup, like, at all).
Once I started swimming daily, the chlorine seriously dried out my skin but after applying this on particularly dry areas including my face, it made them look and feel so much better (and dewy). Another time, I was in a hurry so I applied this straight out of the shower and noticed that Nivea Creme sealed the moisture in, forming a barrier of sorts! What? Whaaaaaaat! I decided to experiment some more so I applied Lush’s Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (reviewed here) on my body in the shower and applied Nivea Creme over top once I got out of the shower. You guys, the combo made my skin extra soft and glowy! I literally looked like I was “lit from within“! As an added bonus, this specific combination made the Nivea Creme scent way less overwhelming! I used the same combo on my feet except instead of double-dipping (‘cuz that’s just gross) I’d scoop some Nivea Creme out with two fingers before closing it up and only then applying it to my feet before wearing some socks so I could freely hobble to the bathroom sink and start washing my hands. I’ve recently purchased a serum from Nuxe, so I pump out 2 squirts worth of serum, apply it to my face, before sealing it in with Nivea Creme to work it’s magic overnight.
I feel like Nivea Creme should be marketed as something you apply over your moisturizer, as a sealant or moisture-locking barrier because this works great that way. If you have Nivea Creme try using it as a topper over other moisturizing face (or body) products. They will both work so much better that way!