The first few weeks I used this creme, I adored it. I was excited to come on MUA, wax lyrical about it & proclaim it my HG night cream. But, after about a fortnight of use, it started to make my skin slightly red, then it stopped taking care of my flakiness when previously it had banished them no problem, then I got so red I looked like a lobster. For some reason, it has ceased to moisturise at all just 3 weeks into my using it - I had been using it around my eye area, and they are so dry that I struggle to shut my eyes. I wish this had worked for me - it's tried and trusted, cheap, and an old favourite - but sadly it doesn't agree with me! :(
[Edited to add: I am in the UK, and so have been using the infamous German version.] continued >>
Nivea creme is great! I put it all over myself, literally. It absorbs well and smells good. I've had no problems on my face, since I use it as a makeup remover only. Haven't tried it as a night cream only because I just won't put any cream on my face, but I use it on my neck. The blue plastic tub (which is probably like 5 smalls tins worth) is 6.99, which is pricey for something so small. However, in my rite aid they have an ethnic section, where I buy a HUGE tub, probably 6 times as much product for 9.99. I'm not sure why it's cheaper in one aisle than in the one next to it, but it's the same stuff and I can't live without it. I use it on my eyes too, just not all over my face. It's a staple, the one thing that has never disappointed me. I value soft skin like nobody's business, and this is what I use every day! It also realllllly helps with the KP on my arms, but I need to be consitent with it. I put it on after I shave and it prevents razor burn, something I'm very prone to. <3 nivea!
EDIT***: broke down and used it on my face. WOW! I went to bed so nervous expecting white heads and what have you, but my skin was beautiful. It was sooooo dry from my AHA peel plus bp treatment, and this was the only thing that gave me relief. My eyes looked amazing too! I never noticed how many lines I had under my eyes until they were practically gone! It really made me look like a new person, to think all I needed was some hydration. I think you should try it, if it breaks you out, well its a one time thing. But if it works as well for you as it did for me, you'll have a life time of smooth skin from an inexpensive creme.
( P.S. I used the german made version on my face, it does not contain as many waxes. I use the mexican made on my body to hold in moisture.Whoever said they are not different did not read the ingredients!!)
German: water, 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
Mexican: water, mineral oil, petrolatum, glycerin, microcrystalline wax, lanolin alcohol, paraffin, panthenol, magnesium sulfate, decyl oleate, octyldodecanol, aluminium stearates, fragrance, citric acid, magnesium stearate, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone
So from that you should be able to better determine which one would be best for your skin. Also, I read that paraffin IS mineral oil in a different sense, so either way it has it in there. If you don't break out from mineral oils (I don't) than either one should be fine on your face. continued >>
To cure gross feet, scrape with the ped egg, then apply this stuff. An overnight cure!! LOVE it.
Believe or not, I have never tried this cream before. After reading a lot of A+ reviews I went to the nearest store and got one. OMG. Amazing. This cream is thick and rich. Leaves my skin smooth, soft, and moisturized. I tend to like heavier creams that don't dissapear immediately. (I believe they 'work' when I still feel them after some time). I use it on my face, neck, hands, and body. Love it! Fyi: 35 years old, some lines under my eyes, oilier T-zone.
i love nivea creme. it's the only moisturizer that hasn't disappointed me. i have really dry legs, so nivea creme does the trick by moisturizing it very well. (:
i have it in the huge blue tub, and in 30ml for traveling as well.
it's great for moisturizing dry spots, hands, arms, face, legs WHEREVER! a little on dry lips works wonders too. it's perfect.
I didn't test this sufficiently enough on my face, but I can say that it works great on the body. I know there has been comparisons to the Mexican-made version versus the German-made one, but I think they both work the same. Yes, the ingredients are different, but I think that they both work fine. And I'm too cheap to keep going online to buy the German-made cream in the huge tin...plus the other one smells better, I'm a sucker for nice smelling products.
I'll admit that its a pain to apply, but the result is so worth it. I bought my tub from Target, and it travels well. I can just throw it into my purse and go. I use it as a hand cream as well...I found that this cream is perfect for all parts of the body. There's just no need for me to buy separate lotions for the body, hands and feet. Although, I was tempted to buy the one they have at Wal-Mart...it comes in glass jar.
I love this lotion, and I don't think I'll be buying anything else. But who knows, I have problems with commitment. I took one lippy off for the extra effort needed to apply it.
I was horrified to see that this cream was so thick and THICK. Not only was the tin awkward and the foil cover even more awkward to remove, I had to rub this stuff on my face??
I have been using it as a FOOT CREAM and it is a miracle skin-softener! After one use (at night, just before bed), my feet were noticeably softer. I've been using it for more than 2 weeks and my feet are so smooth!
I tried it on my legs. It is a chore to rub this lotion in! Once it has been rubbed in, it feels pretty nice, not sticky and humid like some other lotions (Vaseline, I'm looking at you). However, it was too much work for me to continue using it on my body regularly.
Oh, I should note that the Nivea Creme I've tried were from Italy and Spain, but it's the same as the kind in the US, right? I was shocked to read that it's 99 cents here. I bought a large tin for more than 2 euros! EEP!
I don't use this daily because it's a really thick and heavy cream so I'm pretty sure my skin can't handle a daily use of this. I have combination and somewhat sensitive skin.. however this is still a little gem for me. Because of the formula it works really well for those annoying dry patches (often from dried acne scars, etc.) that most moisturizers can't seem to moisturize leaving a flakey mess when applying foundation. So I pick this up when I need to "spot" moisturize, it does the job within seconds. The formula also doesn't leave a greasy/shiney residue. It does a good job moisturizing without being oily at all. I like it comes in a variety of sizing. I always buy the smallest tin which is about $1 because a little of this goes a long way. It's an especially great item to have in a kit especially in tough situations when applying makeup on others with a time limit and you need a smooth canvas.
I give this a 4 only because the lid of the tin is always loose so it doesn't close too great. I know its their classic packaging but if they put it in a little disk/jar they could switch to the plastic screw top container Nivea Soft is in or even better put this stuff in a squeeze tube for sanitary purposes.
Someone said you're not supposed to use any moisturizer containing paraffin cause it can cause your skin to breakout. Well, I didn't really believe that at first and also after hearing so many good reviews about this cream. I thought I might try it out and see since my skin isn't really sensitive and I hardly had any pimples. I loved the soft dewy look it gave and my skin was well moisturized and it felt good however, it caused my skin to breakout badly for the first time!! At first I was confused whether it was really the cause of this cream but then I noticed that everytime I used it, I had huge zits...eww Too bad my skin didn't choose this stuff. I'll never use it again.
UPDATE 27/8/09: so EVOO breaks me out and clogged my pores so i'm back with my old faithful moisturizer..its the best no doubt..for the mineral issue,well it works for me so i don't see any problem about it at all..try it..its the best..!!
UPDATE:i've read somewhere that this thing contains mineral oil which is not a good thing to put on your skin..despite the fact that ive been using it for such a long time since my early teen,i dun wanna harm my skin while im still too young..so now i've been using olive oil instead and its awesome and its natural..
i have this thing in practically every size they offer in the market!!that shows how much i adore this stuff myself.my trick is to buy the small tin for your makeup bag, along with the largest tin for your room.i refill my small cute tin every time i'm almost done with it.living here in hot humid weather of Malaysia however, i cant wear this during the day as it is way too thick. but i slather this all over my body right before i go to sleep and it makes my skin supple and soft the next morning.i don't dare to use it on my face though.this will be my absolute staple for my very dry,scaly skin.HG!!and its cheap too!!