I recently sampled a new product from Nivea called In-Shower Body Moisturiser. This is a clever idea from the budget-skincare behemoth, clearly aimed at the guilt-ridden time-strapped lady (or man) who wants to moisturise their body as part of their daily beauty routine.
You use it by applying a generous amount to clean, wet skin. You then rinse it off and towel-dry as normal. The lotion is runny and has a fresh, cool smell. I certainly found it quick and easy to use. After drying, my skin felt hydrated. There was no sticky residue but it didn’t quite deliver the “silky soft” feeling promised on the website—there was a slight drag when I ran my fingers down my arm. But this wore off after a couple of hours.
My question, though, is what is in this ‘conditioner for skin’? What soaks in when the rest of the product is rinsed off?
The FAQs on Nivea’s website say it is “activated by water and immediately absorbs into the skin” and it “contains more caring oils” than a normal moisturiser. Not giving much away. But further down they reveal that the active ingredient is “glycerin, a well-known skincare emulsion”.
Glycerin is used in many moisturisers, including my own face moisturiser (Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream which contains glyceryl stearate, a combination of glycerin and stearic acid.) It works to hydrate the skin by drawing moisture in from the air or when mixed with water (also found in most moisturisers). So it seems that this product works in a similar way to your average moisturiser but it requires more water to be added at the point of use.
Our skin is our biggest organ. But do we always think carefully about what we apply to it? Nivea’s In-Shower Body Moisturiser is dermatologically approved, it is not harmful to the environment and it is certified biodegradable. I won’t be throwing out my heavier, more luscious body moisturisers, but this product works well as a quick, daily dose of skin hydration. And it is a real time-saver.
Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser, £3.65 for 250ml