I’m a self-confessed skincare junkie and in my 34 years on this planet, believe me I’ve tried a lot of products on my face with varying results, but more often than not, after forking out a pretty penny, I’ve sadly been disappointed.
I remember once splashing out nearly £50 on a serum I can’t remember the name of now it was so entirely underwheleming, which, according to the over-enthusiastic salon assistant, was just what my blotchy, hyper-pigmented skin needed.
Uh uh. It did precisely diddly squat for my pigmentation, but what it did do, and rather effectively too, was make my wallet considerably lighter. Ditto a huge slew of other much hyped, over-priced, and relatively ineffective products which shall remain nameless, and which are largely forgotten, though not forgiven.
One particularly expensive purchase even brought me out in hives, and even now, when I see the aforementioned offending product, I glare at it with such ferocity that anyone around me might think I were about to go all schizoid.
Despite the ups and downs though, skincare and I have found ourselves irresistibly attracted to one another throughout the years, with some singularly intense love affairs here and there, but until recently I had yet to find “the one”.
There was a flirtation with Esteee Lauder’s Idealist, with its promise to minimize my pores, that seemed like a truly inspired idea, until I realised t it was actually causing me to produce excess sebum and therefore having the exact opposite effect.
Then there was my dalliance with L’Occitane’s Red Rice Cream, a product that did mop up my oilies and mattify my complexion wonderfully, though it wasn’t a perfect match perhaps, as sadly all that mattifying wound up a little too drying. Perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise it’s now been discontinued as I might have ended up resembling a prune.
And then of course there was Crème De La Mer. I’d heard the hype surrounding this much lauded “miracle” product for years, but on a paltry writer’s budget, even with my tendency to splurge on skincare, even I couldn’t justify the exorbitant price tag. I mean even the smallest pot of this stuff weighs in at well over £100.
So it wasn’t until I’d somehow managed to charm a Crème De La Mer sales assistant into parting with two deluxe sample pots of the stuff that I actually got to try the famed “miracle broth” out for myself. Miracle broth it certainly ain’t, though it is pleasant enough to use, but did it do anything outstanding during the month I trialled it? No it did not. And is it worth £100? Definitely not.
Which brings me to Nivea crème. That’s right, the stuff sold for £1 everywhere, in the iconic blue pot that your Grandma kept on her dresser, the one that smelled vaguely perfumed, like proper old fashioned cream used to smell before all this fragrance free hypoallergenic malarkey.
The irony is, that it was while I was researching the ingredients for Crème De La Mer, which is of course one of the most expensive creams on sale, seeing if I could possibly justify the completely ridiculous cost, that I made a rather startling but not entirely unpleasant discovery.
A lot of the ingredients in £100+ Crème De La Mer, over half in fact, are the exact same ones used in Nivea Crème sold for £1!
Now this is not new information at all, there have been quite a few articles talking about the similarities between the two, but to my mind it was definitely worth investigating.
Granted the famous “seaweed extract” wasn’t included in the Nivea version, along with some other so called actives, but during the course of my research, I also discovered that these so called proven active ingredients are actually completely unproven scientifically to have any measurable benefit to the skin.
So I bought a pot of Nivea and decided to try it out for myself. It’s been about a week now and I’ve been using it every night before I go to sleep. It is a little greasy on first application but actually it sinks in a lot quicker than I thought it would. I was initially wary about all the grease, since I have a combo skin type with a tendency to overproduce oil, but it’s been fine and I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever. Plus my skin also suffers from dehydration, so I figured the Nivea would be good for that, which it definitely has been.
I actually really like the luxurious feel of it, it feels like I’m applying a proper “crème” and, having used Crème De La Mer I can testify that the two do feel very similar, in texture. I’ve noticed, since using Nivea, that my skin has looked plumper and much more glowy, something I have to say, I can’t recall actually noticing when I was using Crème De La Mer. At the risk of sounding like an advert for the stuff, I like the way it makes my skin feel and look, I even use a light dab or two around my eyes, and love the way it seems to make the area look smoother and much less crepey.
I love a lot about that iconic little blue pot and it seems I’m in good company too, Kate Middleton, Reece Witherspoon, and Kate Winslet, have all attested to being fans of Nivea.
Celebrity following or no, in my opinion this stuff really works and it has to be said, after having parted with vast sums of cash for products that under-performed, or worse yet, didn’t perform at all, what I love most of all about Nivea crème is the price – a paltry £1 – now you really can’t beat that.