This toner lists alcohol as the second ingredient, making it too drying and irritating for all skin types. Plus, alcohol causes free-radical damage and stimulates oil production directly in the pore. The flower extract this contains offers no benefit to skin, but does add a lot of fragrance, but fragrance is not skin care, it’s eau de cologne. What is sad is that many people will find the price tag hard to pass up; in this case, however, saving money will not save your skin, it will only make matters worse.
Nivea Visage Refreshing Toner enriched with Lotus Extract and Vitamins removes make-up residue and daily impurities while respecting skin’s natural moisture balance. Pores are toned and refined, skin is thoroughly clarified and revitalized, leaving it refreshed.
Water, Alcohol Denatured, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Propylene Glycol, Polyquaternium 10, Methylparaben, Fragrance
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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