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Nivea
Good-bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum
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2.5 fl. oz. for $15.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Anti-Cellulite/Firming Products
Last Updated:01.22.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This water-based blend of silicone and slip agents won’t have you saying good-bye to your cellulite, so if you decide to try this you’ll end up just adding it to the other anti-cellulite products you’ve tried, that also didn’t work. The formula is supposed to be “ultra-concentrated” with the amino acid carnitine and lotus plant extract, but these two allegedly active ingredients are barely present; instead, your skin will be inflamed by the alcohol and salt it contains. These irritants can temporarily swell skin and make cellulite look somewhat less apparent, but within a short time your dimpled skin is back to normal. The ongoing irritation this causes can lead to a breakdown of skin’s supportive elements, eventually making cellulite a lot more apparent. Of course, despite Nivea’s impressive statistics, the research they did on this product was neither peer-reviewed nor published. There is no reliable research proving that carnitine or lotus are the anti-cellulite aces you’ve been waiting for.

Claims

Visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite. Nivea research has developed a new ultra-concentrated formula which combines the natural ingredients Lotus Extract and L-Carnitine. When used regularly, Nivea Good-bye Cellulite Fast Acting Serum leads to visible reduction in the appearance of cellulite in as little as 10 days. Results in as little as 10 days: 71% of women confirmed visible results after regular use; 86% of women confirmed that the serum makes their skin more beautiful.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, Sodium Chloride, Carnitine Hcl, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance, Yellow 7, Red 33

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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