Express Hydration Gel (Discontinued)
8.4 fl. oz. for $7.49
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.04.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Not only is this lightweight body lotion among the most boring formulas to be found at the drugstore (honestly, have the folks at Nivea learned nothing about skin care in the last 50 years?), but the amount of peppermint extract it contains puts skin at risk of irritation. We could concede to rating this average because, in a basic sense, this can make slightly dry skin feel smoother and softer, but the peppermint is a deal-breaker, as is a problematic preservative (methylisothiazolinone) not advised for use in leave-on products, AND the presence of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. Run, don’t walk, from this product!


NIVEA Express Hydration Freshening Gel is a unique cooling gel, designed to provide long lasting freshness and moisturization.


Water, Glycerin, C13-16 Isoparaffin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Coco Glycerides, Glyceryl Glucoside, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint Leaf) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Benzethonium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methlyproprional, Geraniol, Limonene, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Parfum, CI 42090.

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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