24 May 2016

Product Review - Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion

A few blog posts ago, I mentioned this:

and said that I would write a review soon.  Then, more than two minutes went by, and I forgot anything and everything that I did, said, ate, wore, etc. that day.  Welcome to my life.

But then the other day I remembered as I was actually using this product, and so here you go.  Some background first, so that you know where I am starting out.

As I have gotten older, the skin on my person - particularly on my arms and legs - has become drier.  As in, scaly, crepey (also creepy), and flaky.  I always had problems in the wintertime, as I think lots of people do, but in the past 10 years or so, it's a year-round problem.  I've tried different things, some being more successful than others.  My biggest issue was often remembering to put any lotion on after drying off from a shower or a bath.  I'd go to get dressed, and then think, "Oh crap I forgot."  And then usually just keep getting dressed.  (Particularly during the week, when the morning routine is on autopilot, and deviating from it can throw me off for the entire day!)

So when I recently read a magazine article that recommended Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion Skin Conditioner (needs a shorter name!), I figured it might be worth a try.  I had a coupon from CVS, and then it was on sale one week, so I bought some and tried it.

The directions say to use it in the shower after you have washed and rinsed off.  You rub some on, wait a few minutes and then rinse it off.  It also warns that it can make the bathtub slippery, so rinse it off the tub floor as well once you are out of the shower,  WHAT?

Anyway, here is how I use it.  Because of course I have my own "rules."  Most of the time, I use it only on my arms and legs, because they are the parts that are ridiculously dry.  I only put it on my entire body once a week, because, again, RULES people!  (Just work with me here, I know it's weird.)  I always check before I get out of the tub to see if the bottom is slippery, and at least in our tub, it never seems to happen (and The Tim has not slipped and hurt himself, so it's either that our tub is so old and messed up that it doesn't ever get slippery, or I don't use enough of the stuff ...).  What I like best is that once I'm out of the shower, I'm done - no more forgetting to use lotion or cream!

The bottom line, regardless of my rules and other weird commentary, is that this stuff is really nice. It feels good on your skin, has little to no scent, and doesn't leave you feeling greasy all day.  My legs and arms have shown improvement, and are not nearly as flaky as they were before.  It's not an expensive product (here's a CVS link, showing it for $7.99), and you don't need to use a lot at any one time, so it will last a while.

I'm very pleased with this product, and would recommend it to anyone who has dry skin issues.  Like I said, it's not very expensive, and at least at the drugstores near us, if you keep your receipt you can always return products that you don't like/can't use (within a reasonable time frame, of course).

Let me know if you do try it, and what you think.  I hope you get a good result like I have.


Vera said...

May need to give this a try since I am crepey/creepy like you (age is a beautiful thing). I've been using Aveeno Absolutely Ageless which I really like.

elns said...

" My biggest issue was often remembering to put any lotion on after drying off from a shower or a bath. I'd go to get dressed, and then think, "Oh crap I forgot." And then usually just keep getting dressed." THIS IS ME TO A T!

I would actually like to quote the entire paragraph, but since you already wrote it ...

Yes, I am also a fan of the in shower lotion. I think of it as conditioner for the skin. I have been using the Olay Quench one and have also used another brand or two. I will admit there have been days I've been so dry I've needed to still apply some regular lotion at the end of the day. I know, sad but true.