Today I thought I’d tell you about one of my favourite beauty products, Nivea Creme. As you might have noticed, I’m not a big make up and cosmetics girl. I like playing with new options every now and then, but mainly my beauty routine is very bread and butter. On a day to day basis I use concealer, foundation, eyeliner pencil, mascara. And Nivea creme. I love this stuff as multi-purpose product and always carry a little tin in my handbag.
I use it mainly as a lip moisturiser, but it also works really well as a highlighter, to bring a bit of glow to your cheeks or under the eyebrows. And of course it provides heavy duty moisturisation for elbows, hands and feet, or for those days when the skin in my face is really parched and tight, or when I have a cold, and my nose is red from blowing it too much. It’s super efficient too, you need to apply hardly any to get the benefit.
I use it basically the way a lot of (British?) people use Vaseline, but I prefer it because it’s richer and has oil in it (though it doesn’t feel greasy and is non-pore clogging), so the moisture lasts, whereas with Vaseline I feel I need to keep reapplying it.
The other thing I love about it is the retro packaging. The cream has been available in Germany since 1911, and the blue and white design was developed in 1924 and has barely changed since. Above on the left you see a metal tin I’ve just finished off, which I bought around 2007 or so in Germany, and on the right the new plastic tin currently being sold in the UK. I think in Germany it’s always sold in the metal ones, and everywhere else in plastic. Don’t know what that says about country differences? I prefer the metal one, because that’s what I’ve grown up with, and it’s the original!
The vintage adverts are pretty cool too, aren’t they! To finish off this post, here’s a newspaper advert from 1926 (via here). It says: ‘See this beautiful soft skin! See it and then get it yourself!’
Have you ever tried Nivea creme? Did you like it?