Body moisturising is part and parcel of my daily bodycare routine. I always marvel in confusion at those who claim to ‘not need’ moisturiser or who do so a couple of times of week as skipping moisturiser is simply not an option for me. The dryness on my skin would be visible in a matter of minutes after stepping out of the bath/shower and is something which has been embedded in me to do as far back as I can remember. Put simply, dry skin is more visible on deep and darker skin tones than it is on paler ones.
I was sent Nivea’s new In-Shower Body Moisturiser to try out of the blue and was immediately sceptical at its claims. Touted as a hassle-free way to moisturise skin while in the shower, it’s designed to be used after shower gel and leave skin feeling hydrated and soft.
So exactly how do you use this then? Well the steps are simple enough:
1. Cleanse as normal with yoru chosen shower product and rinse off
1. Apply NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser while still in the shower
3. Rinse off
4. Dry yourself, get dressed and go!
I chose to use this at the gym, as like many, the less time I have to spend in gym changing rooms – the better! What immediately became evident was that I had to use quite a lot of product to evenly cover my entire body. I spent a good couple of minutes applying it quite liberally and massaging it all over.
For ease of use, it gets good marks. Rinsing it off was easy, it didn’t lather and I could feel the ‘slip’ on my skin as it leaves a film of moisture behind. It smells nice, much like the smell of the existing Nivea moisturisers (which remind me of my childhood) but left my hands feeling sticky, even after I’d dried myself off. The feeling of stickiness wore off after a few minutes of hand rubbing though. Be careful when stepping out of the shower/bath as it may make your surface slippy, so rinse well.
Texture-wise, it’s just like a body lotion and left my skin feeling hydrated for approx 2-3 hours and then the effect wore off and I noticed my lower legs and feet looked dry and I had to apply a moisturiser to replenish them. This is despite its main ingredient being glycerin which is known for preventing skin from drying out. Would I buy this? Hmmm possibly. I think had an item like this been around when I went on holiday last year, I wouldn’t have faced the dilemma I did each morning of moisturisng and then sweating it off the minute I stepped out into the blazing sun! So yeah, definitely something to consider when visiting hot climates.
It certainly cut down the amount of time I spend faffing about at the gym post workout so I’ll continue to use it there, but would I use this day to day first thing in the morning? Nope. It simply doesn’t offer my skin enough moisture to get through a typical day of British weather. However you may find that it’s fine for you.
Great idea though.
The NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser range is available for both normal and dry skin types and you’ll find it placed with normal body moisturisers.
How much is it? £3.56 (250ml)
Where can I buy it from? Boots, Superdrug, supermarkets
*Product sent for review consideration.