Size: 200 ml
From Nivea’s website:
NIVEA Creme’s unique preservative free formulation has remained under lock and key since its birth in 1911. It provides the skin with all it needs to stay pure, making it the all time beauty classic!
What I liked:
– thick texture absorbs quickly on dry skin
– very moisturizing, leaves even extra dry skin soft and smooth for hours
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– very basic formula; it can only moisturize skin
– not suitable for combination or oily skin
I’ve already talked about Nivea Creme before, but I have yet to write a proper review about it. It’s high time I remedied that, don’t you think? So here we go, these are my thoughts on the German version of this cream.
Nivea Creme is very old. It was first formulated more than a century ago, in 1911, and since then has only undergone an aesthetic rejuvenation. The retro yellow jar has morphed into the minimalist blue container we are all familiar with, but its content has stayed pretty much the same throughout the decades.
And that’s the problem. In 1911, Nivea Creme’s blend of mineral oil, glycerin, paraffin, and waxes was cutting edge. If you wanted to treat dry skin back then, you could hardly have chosen a better cream. Now, though, it is terribly outdated. In the past decades, skincare research has made leaps and bounds, bringing us a lot of other ingredients, such as antioxidants, ceramides, and amino acids, that are very beneficial for dry skin.
And yet, Nivea has taken the old adage approach, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Why? Nivea Creme has always been very popular, so maybe the brand is just scared of losing customers if it modernizes it. Or, maybe, it’s just laziness. After all, even though the ingredients in this cream can only moisturize skin, and nothing more, they do that very well.
Mineral oil and paraffin may have recently gained a (totally undeserved) bad reputation for being derived from oil, but they still are some of the most moisturizing ingredients available on the market. They work by creating a protective barrier that slows down water loss. Glycerin, instead, attracts water from the environment into the skin, providing the hydration boost dry skin badly needs.
Part of me can see why people are impressed. Whenever I apply it all over my body after a shower or bath, my skin, which is very dry, becomes soft and supple, and stays hydrated for most of the day. Not a lot of creams have that effect on parched, super thirsty skin.
But some do. Body butters from House Of Gloi and The Body Shop are godsend for very dry skin too. Made with shea butter and moisturizing oils, they are available in lots of different scents and flavours, all more pleasant than the clean and waxy scent that emanates from a jar of Nivea Creme.
They are all easier to apply as well. Although not as thick as the American version, the German cream has a thick consistency that doesn’t easily spread evenly all over my skin. But at least, it sinks in quickly, drying to a satiny, rather than greasy, finish.
Nivea Creme can also be used on the face. But do so only if your skin is very dry. This cream is too rich for other skin types. On my slightly oily t-zone, it feels greasier and takes longer to absorb. But even if you have dry skin, don’t forget to apply an anti-aging serum beforehand. This cream, alone, does nothing to keep wrinkles at bay, so you need extra help if you want to age gracefully.
Basically, if all you are looking for in a cream are moisturizing properties and a very cheap price, then Nivea Creme is hard to beat. But if, like me, you think that a face cream should also contain anti-aging ingredients, and a body cream, be infused with a fun and pleasant scent, then it’s worth to spend a bit more for something with a more complex, modern, and enjoyable formula.
Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Glycerin, Lanolin Alcohol (Eucerit®), Paraffin, Panthenol, Decyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Stearates, Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Magnesium Stearate, Parfum, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl Alcohol
Nivea Creme has a rich and moisturizing formula that leaves dry skin soft and smooth for hours. But don’t expect anything more than that.