Dry skin has plagued my life for years. It’s been so difficult maintaining a routine of exfoliating, cleansing and moisturising that doesn’t leave my skin peeling off, breaking out, or red raw. I’m still very unsettled in my skin routine, doing different things every day, and that might be my problem. However, one thing I am consistent in my use of has recently been my Nivea daily essentials night cream. I picked it up for about £2.80 in Sainsbury’s, which is a total bargain considering the magic it works! It comes in a small box, and itself is a midnight blue container with a screw-top lid. It doesn’t look cheap or nasty at all, and fits in very well with the various perfume bottles and little vials of lotion that litter the top of my dressing table, whereas most of my moisturisers end up hidden in a drawer, so their garish packaging doesn’t offend my eyes (or remind me how much of this stuff I actually have). When you open the pot, it’s perfectly easy to scoop out a tiny amount on a clean finger and it spreads very nicely on the skin. It is scented, which I know would bother some, but doesn’t bother me, and I actually think it smells pleasant and not too overpowering – which is perfect if you’re about to go to sleep.
Applying it to a clean, exfoliated face at night prevents the dry patches I typically get on my nose, cheeks and under-eye areas from taking over my face. When I wake up, my face always feels well moisturised, and when I go to apply my foundation or BB cream, no longer do I have the issue of my dry skin making the whole thing look patchy and scaly. I don’t have sensitive skin, but on one occasion when I got chickenpox and naughtily scratched my face, I tried using this product and it did sting on some of the sore skin, which was to be expected really and I was very stupid to attempt it.
Overall, I would recommend this product to anyone with dry skin, though perhaps not those with more sensitive skin, as it did sting my face when I had some sore patches. It has a soothing scent, applies well without making your skin feel greasy, and definitely does its job. If you can find a pot on sale in a supermarket like I did, then you will definitely not be disappointed.