Q10 Lip Effect

$4.99 - 10 ml
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This lip balm is packaged in a handy squeeze tube. Its thick, slightly greasy texture helps soothe and protect dry, chapped lips while cosmetic pigments (mica, tin oxide) add a shimmer finish.

All of that sounds great, but there are cautions: This lip balm contains fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation, and fragrance can make chapping worse, especially in dry, cold weather. A fragrance-free lip balm (which is what you'll find on our Best Lip Products list) is preferred.

We also want to mention that although this lip balm contains sunscreen ingredients (avobenzone, listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, among others), they are not listed as active and this product does not have an SPF rating. Therefore, you cannot rely on it to keep your lips protected from sun damage because there is no way for you to know how much protection you will be getting.

As for the coenzyme Q10, it is barely present, but even in large amounts it isn't the only or best antioxidant for your skin.

Activates the skin’s own anti-aging capability and helps to keep your lips naturally young and beautiful. Enriched with skin’s own Q10 and Soya Bean Oil.

Octyldodecanol, C18 38 Alkyl Hydroxystearoyl Stearate, Castor Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Stearic Triglyceride, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate 2, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Panthenol, Water, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ubiquinone, Glycine Soybean Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Shea Butter, C20 40 Alkyl Stearate, Beeswax, Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Sulfate, Tin Oxide, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silyate, BHT, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Parfum, Titanium Dioxide

Unlike the Nivea products you're most likely to find in the United States, Nivea Visage is found in other parts of the world, such as Canada, Europe, Asia, and India, and has a much stronger focus on facial skin care. In the States, Nivea's product assortment is focused on body care, mostly consisting of body lotions, creams, and body washes. Regrettably, Nivea Visage International offers nothing worthwhile for your skin; its only benefit is an attractive price point.

Nivea Visage International presents itself as having the solutions for aging skin, although their solutions are all talk and very little action. Not only are proven, state-of-the-art ingredients missing or underused, the efficacy of the small amount of these ingredients that is present in these products is undermined by the jar packaging. Essential ingredients such as antioxidants, barrier-repair ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients break down in the presence of air, and the jar packaging lets air in the second it's opened. Plus, repeatedly sticking your fingers into a jar isn't sanitary, and the bacteria introduced cause the good ingredients to break down even further.

There's surprisingly little to get excited about here; in fact, the only products worth checking out are the eye-makeup removers and the facial scrub (though Nivea would do better to offer their customers a well-formulated AHA or BHA product instead).

Not a single skin-care product from Nivea Visage has an SPF rating, which is a critical oversight that should give anyone pause who is concerned about preventing or repairing signs of aging. What's frustrating is that all of the daytime moisturizers contain sunscreen ingredients, but no SPF rating, which means you absolutely cannot rely on any of them for sun protection because you have no idea about the amount of sun protection you'd be getting. This SPF issue reflects the products we found in Canada (where research for this line was done) and, according to the company, none of their products feature an SPF rating. This may or may not be true for the Nivea Visage products with sunscreen sold throughout Europe.

Nivea Visage is also far from a comprehensive skin-care line. There are no options for oily or breakout-prone skin, nothing to help skin discolorations, and, as mentioned, no AHA or BHA exfoliants, which improve aging skin in numerous ways. Our Canadian readers would do better to check out the products from neighboring brands such as Olay or Neutrogena before filling their shopping basket with all things Nivea. And, if you're looking for a skin-care line that has solutions based on science rather than on marketing hype, look no farther than Paula's Choice!

For more information about Nivea Visage Interantional go to www.nivea-international.com.

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