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Monday, December 21, 2020

Review: NIVEA Intense Healing 72 HR Deep Nourishing Serum Body Lotion #NIVEA #IntenseHealing72HRSerum #BodyCare #Beauty #skincare

 (product photo courtesy of www.amazon.com)

16.9 fl.oz./500mL $5.13
I have been a fan of NIVEA body lotion for over 27 years now. I first discovered the renowned body lotion and its distinctive smell when I lived in Paris back in 1993-1994 as a student. I had a scholarship to study for a year and as someone with dry skin, I can tell you that immediately upon arrival I headed over the the pharmacy and picked up one of the infamous blue bottles. I can still smell it. This lotion has a distinctive scent and a scent memory attached to it that will forever be etched into my brain. 

To this day whenever I use body lotion I like it to be NIVEA, mainly because the cream is so rich and it is the only one that quenches my parched dry skin. Often though, I find that I want to try something a little lighter and something just as healing but that sinks in quicker. I think I have found just the lotion too. While perusing Amazon one day I happened upon NIVEA Intense Healing 72 HR Deep Nourishing Serum Body Lotion. This lotion is a very lightweight lotion, inexpensive and extremely healing. 

What are the ingredients in this lotion that make it so different from others? First of all it contains water as the first ingredient, which is a solvent for the other ingredients to mix into. Then it contains a large amount of glycerin, which is a powerful humectant that draws water into the body. Glycerin has a small enough molecule that it can penetrate into the deeper layers of the dermis. The lotion also contains ProVitamin B5 (panthenol) which is a very soothing, healing ingredient that has anti-inflammatory properties. It aids in skin hydration, elasticity and smoothing skin's appearance. Petrolatum is an occlusive that helps to keep these ingredients from evaporating from the skin. Isopropyl palmitate is included, which is made from palm oil. It helps to lubricate the skin skin and give it a smooth appearance. Glyceryl stearate SE and glyceryl stearate help to form a barrier on the skin and prevent water loss from the natural moisture barrier. Dimethicone (a perfectly safe ingredient) adds slip to the lotion. The rest of the ingredients are either surfactants, emulsifiers or preservatives. They act to help give the lotion its consistency. 

I did notice that immediately upon using it my skin felt immediately smoother and much softer. I didn't have to reapply the lotion for a couple of days, which is exactly the point. It does likely give at least 6 days of moisture. That seems almost impossible but the ingredients in this lotion are deeply nourishing to the skin. Glycerin is the most overlooked humectant out there by consumers. Everyone looks at hyaluronic acid when in fact glycerin has a lower molecular weight and can in fact penetrate the skin deeper. Don't get me wrong, hyaluronic acid is good too. But glycerin is better. I would apply this lotion right after a bath or shower for best results, which skin is well hydrated. Then it will soak up all of that moisture and keep it inside for days. Your skin will feel soft and smooth for a very long time. I think you will be very happy with this lotion.

NIVEA Intense Healing 72 HR Deep Nourishing Serum Body Lotion is available from www.amazon.com, www.target.com and www.riteaid.com as well as other mass market retailers. Like NIVEA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NIVEA/?brand_redir=116098045125668; Follow NIVEA on Twitter: @NIVEAUSA; Follow NIVEA on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/niveausa/ and Subscribe to NIVRA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/niveausa. 

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

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