Tuesday, February 18, 2014

NIVEA brings us the 1st rinse- off body lotion

Body Lotion? Ain't nobody got time for that. Sometimes (or all the time) you are just in a rush, you just want to hop in the shower, hop out, clothes, hair, face and just get out.

However you have dry flaky skin. Its either your skin looking kind of ashy, it seems like there is a fine white powder on your skin, or perhaps you have dry and pigmented skin at places where you joints meet, elbow, knuckles, and knees.

You know you have to put on lotion, but dear god, time is just running of your feet. You use conditioner on your hair after you shampoo. What? You don't use conditioner? You don't know it exists? Gasp!!. Well my friends it’s an awesome piece of chemical engineering that you use after you shampoo. Yes, there are those "all in one" shampoo where you hair gets cleaned and conditioned at the same time, but you never have lived until you felt you hair after you apply conditioner. Holy sweet "what ever you worship in", you never thought your hair could get this soft and smooth. True, that conditioner is usually for long hair and heaven sent for those who have curly kinky hair, but trust me, if you can comb your hair, you would love the baby softness hair conditioner does to it. This is basically how Nivea In-Shower Body Conditioner do. How does exactly a lotion that you apply to skin stays on after you wash off..

We are going to do a little chemistry children, but don't worry, you lived with it during school, you are going to survive this blog post.

These are the important ingredients in Nivea in Shower Body Lotion works in moisturizing the skin.  

Cera Microcristallina, and Paraffinum Liquidum are a type of petrochemical product that is normally used in skin products, commonly known as petroleum jelly. These are what we called as “occlusive”, which forms a film on your skin which blocks water from evaporating. This causes the skin to feel moisturized. Since you are in the shower already, you are keeping in all the water in your skin.

Glycerin is humectants, which will attract and bind water together. It’s a byproduct from traditional soap making process called saponification, but today’s detergent based soap, glycerin is added so that the soap will be less drying.

Hydrogenated Coco-Glyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, and Myristyl Alcohol sounds like a recipe for cocktail but its actually types of emollients. It’s basically a fatty acid that is found in plants and animals, but for skin care, we use plant origins. They are supple, wax like, lubricating, thickening agents that prevent water loss and have a softening and soothing effect on the skin. This is one way that you skin feels nice and smooth after using Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion

Maris Sal. What? Who? Google this now. Well apparently maris sal is basically dead sea salt. It’s not just your ordinary table salt which is sodium chloride. There is a whole other lot of mineral in it. It comes from the infamous Dead Sea, a sea where the water is so dense with mineral, you just float in it. The ocean contains 85% sodium chloride, but the Dead Sea contains only 12-18%. Other minerals that contains in Maris Sal includes silicon dioxide, calcium dioxide, aluminium dioxide,magnesium dioxide etc. It has a lot of known benefits such as helping ease common skin ailments such as acne, psoriasis and inflammation.

Whoa. It blew my mind when I wrote this blog post. Who knew so much science comes from a product. However it’s always good to find out what are the ingredients in your product is, especially those that is located in the upper tier of the list. When you understand what each ingredient do, and where it comes from, you are more educated and wise when you use a product.

I liked it a lot actually, even more after I understand how it works. I just don’t have the time or the diligence to apply body lotion, so an in shower rinses out product works perfectly. 

Another nice touch that Nivea did was to put perfume at the last ingredient on its list. So you are left with a very light “soap like” scent that won’t over power your perfume or your natural body odor.

Another good thing Nivea did is that it offers this product in two variants. One for normal skin and the other one is dry. The ingredients are almost similar except that instead of Maris Sal, the one in the blue bottle which is made for dry skin, contain almond oil, which is a type of natural emollient. I choose the regular white bottle because I don’t like to get too moisturize because I sweat very easily.

This is a good product if you have no time to put on body lotion or you just need an extra coat before you apply your favorite body lotion.

This is definitely worth a try.

Take a peak at the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion video. Its a quirky video with plenty of eye candy, if you like half naked men.

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