Tested on animals:Yes
In-Shower Body Lotion Hydrating Normal to Dry Skin is positioned as a timesaving "skin conditioner" to be applied to wet skin in the shower or bath. It isn't meant to take the place of your body wash; instead, it's supposed to be used after your cleansing step as a way to hydrate skin and then rinse off "without a sticky lotion feel."
Here's the deal: If this in-shower body lotion worked as well as applying a regular body moisturizer to dry skin, we'd be all for it, but it only does a so-so job. As a result, it turns out to be a superfluous step in your routine.
The lotion formula contains a combination of rich emollients, thickeners, and film-forming agents, which give this moisturizer the ability to adhere somewhat to damp skin and partially remain behind after rinsing. It also contains sea salt, or as Nivea extols it, "sea minerals" but there isn't any research showing that sea salt helps dry skin so that's nothing to get excited about. Actually, in the absence of emollients, salt can be drying to skin; no one's skin ever got moisturized from swimming in the ocean!
In-Shower Body Lotion Hydrating Normal to Dry Skin develops a slippery texture as it interacts with water; so much so that Nivea clearly states on the product packaging to avoid applying it to the bottom of feet and recommends that you "Thoroughly clean tub/shower with hot water after usage to remove residue and avoid slipping."
The result when you towel off? Skin is left feeling more moisturized than if you had only cleansed your body, but it doesn't rival the results of a using well formulated body lotion after showering. In fact, for your drier areas, you will still likely need to follow up with a separate body cream—so this falls short of its "24hr+" moisturizing claims
The amount of fragrance lingers after application. It does fade a smidge as the day wears on, but ultimately non-fragranced is always the better way to go for irritation-free results on skin—see More Info to find out why. (Not to mention, not everyone will love the signature Nivea scent.)
Despite the "no sticky feel" claim, we noticed the texture initially leaves a tacky feel on skin. Eventually that dissipates and skin is left softer and smoother, but it doesn't feel as luxuriously hydrating as a good body moisturizer does.
While novel in concept, In-Shower Body Lotion Hydrating Normal to Dry Skin isn't quite the revolutionary skin conditioner it's made out to be. It results in an extra step or, at the very least, lackluster results for dry skin. For superior options, visit our Best Body-Care Products list.
- Allows you to hydrate skin slightly while in shower or bath.
- Not moisturizing enough to replace a well formulated body lotion for dry skin.
- Doesn't live up to the 24 hour moisture claim.
- Leaves a tacky feel on skin, despite claims of being non-sticky.
- Lingering fragrance can potentially irritate skin.
- For most, this will add more time to their routine instead of shorten it—especially if you typically don't clean your tub or shower floor after every shower.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).