Nivea creme for the face?

4:58 pm - 06/09/2011
My budget is getting squeezed tighter and tighter and my face lotion ran out! I was using Dove with SPF15 and previously I've used Aveeno, but at 19.99 for a wee bottle (At least, for Aveeno) it's just NOT POSSIBLE ANYMORE.

I remember my Gramma using nivea creme (in the navy blue plastic jar) for her face, back in the day. My mother, too. It's one of those "things" I can visualize on their makeup stands from when I was little. They've both aged really well swearing by the $6 a jar creme (which lasts foreverrr), but I'm wary using it for my face, as it's a heavy "general" moisturizer. I might give it a shot because I have no money for anything else, anyway! Makeup alley reviews seem mixed but generally positive... has anyone else had experience with this? Or equally cheap and accessible face lotions?

My skin is naturally pretty oily, which got worse because I used to wash and wash and wash and never moisturize, fearing it would make me "oilier", so I do have hope for a "heavier" moisturizer.

Thoughts? Experiences? Frugal Recommendations?
tv_viewer 9th-Jun-2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
My sister uses it as a face cream. She has really dry, acne prone skin so I don't know how it would work on oily skin.
tv_viewer 9th-Jun-2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
But I'd say just try it. If you don't like it on your face it makes a nice hand and body cream.
bitterascandy 9th-Jun-2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing!

btw love the Misfits icon... I am dieing in anticipation of how the next season will work out
seventh_string 9th-Jun-2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
First off, I suggest getting the squeeze tube option instead of the jar, as you don't have to dip your fingers in it and is therefore more sanitary.

I used the regular Nivea creme for a few months on my combination skin in the winter time. It is quite heavy and leaves a shine to the face, so it is more of a night cream than day cream. I would honestly not recommend it for oily skin in the summer, but it did not break me out whatsoever.

I switched to Nivea Soft (white packaging instead of blue) in the squeeze tube and I LOVE it. It is much lighter/whipped, but still provides excellent moisture. It sinks in completely within 10 - 15 minutes, unlike the classic creme. It would also be better for your oily skin. Good luck!
bitterascandy 9th-Jun-2011 10:14 pm (UTC)
I might end up grabbing it for a night cream. Thanks for the tips! I'll keep an eye out for the Nivea Soft!
Angl Jacques Gatt-hro 5th-Nov-2012 09:59 am (UTC)
then the Nivea Soft is the best for me
juniper_mermaid 9th-Jun-2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
i use it as eye cream,but my skin is oily and acne-prone and it would be a disaster on the rest of my face.
bitterascandy 9th-Jun-2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought too, but I've used boi-oil with great success so I'm hoping this will go in the same vein of awesomeness... fingers crossed! How do you like it as an eye cream? I never usually use separate cream for my eyes, though I should probably start thinking about it :/
he1ena 9th-Jun-2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
I use that cream at night, and the Nivea soft during the day. I have really dry flaky irritable skin, but oily in the t-zone. It's the only thing I can use that actually helps me. I've had to cut back on buying expensive lotions as well and I think it's the best thing I've found for the price.
santacruzsurf 10th-Jun-2011 12:50 am (UTC)
i used jojoba oil, im not sure how much it costs. i have also used olive oil, which is cheaper than face lotion.
euphonism 10th-Jun-2011 01:36 am (UTC)
Before my skin became...problematic...within the past year or so, I would use it as a night cream sometimes. It felt great! Although, if your skin is already oily, you don't need a moisturizer.
tigergir11333 10th-Jun-2011 04:14 am (UTC)
Actually, using a moisturizer helps oily skin stop overproducing oil. I had awful greasy skin before I stopped trying to "dry it out" and started moisturizing everyday.
sourish 10th-Jun-2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
That's not true. No matter what your skin type is, you need a moisturizer...
miss_meliss_a 11th-Jun-2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Uh-oh..I don't use moisturizer at all! :/ My face doesn't feel overly dry or oily, is it still something you think I should get into the habit of using?
sourish 16th-Jun-2011 04:24 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late response. You should definitely look into using a moisturizer... even something simple and cheap like Cetaphil will be good enough. You might feel like you skin isn't overly dry or oily, but it could be dehydrated without you even knowing.
miss_meliss_a 16th-Jun-2011 11:32 am (UTC)
That's okay, thanks for the input! Would that be put on after face washing in the morning, normally?
euphonism 11th-Jun-2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Why?
sourish 16th-Jun-2011 04:27 am (UTC)
When your oil glands kick into gear, they work overtime so if you keep drying out your skin, it triggers your oil glands to go to work and they produce much more oil over and over. This can cause dehydration and really bad for the skin.

Something light and oil-free is good enough for oily skin... even something cheap from the drugstore like Cetaphil.
knox_y 10th-Jun-2011 03:22 am (UTC)
It's my go to cream for the winter when my skin is very dry. It makes a good night cream the rest of the year
tigergir11333 10th-Jun-2011 04:12 am (UTC)
I like the equate sensitive skin moisturizer. it's around $4.something at Walmart. It's the off-brand of neutrogena for like a 1/4 of the price.
blessdbrkenhrt 10th-Jun-2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Yup I use Target's version of Aveeno... Better price same product.
dynablade_wings 12th-Jun-2011 12:10 am (UTC)
I use the Equate moisturizer to, looooooooove it :D
jacquiche 10th-Jun-2011 05:26 am (UTC)
I was using this as an eye cream for a while. I found that if I used even just a little too much I got zits right under my eyes. I have oily skin and I couldn't imagine using this all over my face! My friend with really dry skin loves it though.
cwp_2011 10th-Jun-2011 09:17 am (UTC)

I use Nivea Soft all the time because the regular is a bit thick; I'm prone to excema so I need to keep my skin well moisturised. Hope it works for you!

Jessica_Warland 19th-Oct-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
my grandma also swears by it! she's 65 and doesn't look a day over 50, she looks so young and she says she owes it all to this cream. i too have an oily forehead and stopped using this cream a few years ago because it brought up more oil, however this was when i was suffering from acne. i literally just put some on my face now for the first time in three years and it seems to have matted my forehead rather than leaving that just moisturised shine thats on the rest of my face but it feels so nice on my skin. maybe just use it at nice because it's so thick and generous?
HannaHexagon 1st-Feb-2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I used to have acne probe skin, but using this over the winter has been an absolute God send. It doesn't break me out at all and makes my skin feel lovely, soft and supple. It smells great too! Highly recommended night cream!

I recommend Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream too. That actually has acne fighting ingredients in and hydrates the skin exactly the same as the nivea creme. Only downside is the smell :/
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