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Nivea
A Kiss of Strawberry Fruity Lip Care
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0.17 fl. oz. for $2.99
Category:Skin Care > Lip Products (Including Lip Exfoliators) > Lip Balm With Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

A cosmetic company that develops an SPF 10 product is behind the times because the formulators should know better (and be up on current regulations) when formulating sun-care products. You're better off not including sunscreen in your lip balm than bothering to formulate one with a below-standard SPF value of 10. This does include avobenzone for UVA protection, but SPF 15 is the minimum number you should be looking for. This is otherwise a basic, soft-textured lip balm that works to keep lips smooth. It has a subtle red tint, sort of like the color you get from cherry Chapstick, yet ultimately we cannot recommend this because it contains lime juice, which is a potent skin irritant, not to mention applying lime juice to skin can result in a phototoxic reaction when skin is exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

Claims

Claims: Fruity Lip Care with SPF10 and a subtle Red Tint.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone, Octinoxate. Inactive Ingredients: Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Myristyl Myristate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Microcrystalline Wax, Isopropyl Palmitate, Synthetic Wax, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Juice, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Juice, Glycerin, Bisabolol, Propylene Glycol, Water, Citric Acid, Trideceth-9, Neohesperidin Dihydrochalcone, BHT, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 21 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake.

Brand Overview

Nivea At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly; good makeup removers; a gentle scrub; some worthwhile lip balms.

Weaknesses: Several boring formulas; no products to treat breakouts or lighten skin discolorations; problematic toners; disappointing self-tanners; the anti-cellulite products are a joke.

Nivea is a globally known brand owned by Beiersdorf, the same company behind department-store brand La Prairie and drugstore mainstay Eucerin. Among those three brands, Nivea's product selection is the weakest (which isn't saying much, because none of these lines have much of anything to offer skin). For Nivea, uninspired formulas abound, presenting limited options unless you have normal to dry skin, and even those have exceptionally inelegant formulas. The enduring popularity of this line has more to do with advertising and perhaps tradition (it has been around a long time) than with what any researcher would consider state-of-the-art.

In mid-2010 Nivea re-launched most of their Visage (facial care) products on the web site drugstore.com. These products present a few well formulated, inexpensive options that are worth your attention.For more information about Nivea, owned by Beiersdorf, call (800) 227-4703 or visit www.nivea.com.

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