Name: Soft Moisturizing Cream
From Nivea’s website:
Use NIVEA Soft on face, hands and body. Sense the fast absorbing cream. Feel and see how your skin gets sensationally soft and smooth.
What I liked:
– makes skin soft
– cool feeling
– no breakouts
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– leaves a greasy residue
– contains alcohol
– can be drying
– doesn’t control oil production
– the packaging
Nivea Soft Cream is a moisturizer for face, body and hands. The cream has a very soft texture and a little goes a long way. When applied on the skin, it feels cool and refreshing but it takes a few minutes to sink in and leaves a slight greasy residue behind.
At first, I used it as a face moisturizer but it didn’t work that well for my combination skin. The cream is hydrating and makes skin very soft and smooth and didn’t give me breakouts, but my oily patches were just as shiny as ever. It didn’t do anything at all for them, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with combination or oily skin. On normal to dry skin it works better as it makes it soft and smooth. But the inclusion of alcohol, as I’ll discuss in a minute, can be problematic for all skin types, which is why I don’t recommend this cream to those with dry skin either.
The cream contains paraffinum liquidum (mineral oil) that, despite having a bad reputation, is considered one of the safest and most moisturizing ingredients available. It works by creating a barrier on the skin that will prevent water from evaporating but won’t dry skin nor clog pores. However, this barrier can trap other ingredients into the skin and, if they are comedogenic (like Myristyl Myristate, a thickening agent also present in the formula), breakouts can occur.
The cream also contains Butylene Glycol, a mild humectant that helps prevent moisture loss, and Stearic Acid, a fatty acid that has emollient properties and helps to keep the other ingredients in the formula intact.
Alcohol Denat, which is used as an astringent and to help other ingredients deliver into the skin, can be drying and those with dry skin are recommended to stay away from it. But because Alcohol Denat can also cause irritations and free radical damage, it could be problematic for all skin types.
The moisturizer has a pleasant baby powder scent which is not too strong. It comes in a huge, white jar. The packaging is very simple and contains a lot of product. My only gripe with it is that jar containers aren’t very hygienic. I usually prefer tubes for skincare products.
Overall, I don’t like Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream very much. It makes skin very soft, smooth and gives it a fresh feeling when applied. And it’s really inexpensive, especially considered how huge the jar is. But the cream leaves a greasy residue, doesn’t control oil production and contains alcohol, which can be drying and generate free radical damage.
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