*Disclosure: Product provided for review.
I received a whole gamut of Nivea products a few weeks ago, and from the lot, I found myself attracted to the Nivea Visage Sparkling White UV Blocker.
It's touted as an oil-free, water-based moisturizer with SPF 30 to help whiten and hydrate skin, leaving skin fair and radiant.
What I like about is that it comes in a pump bottle, negating any possibility of product contamination. Also, I've been using it for about 2 weeks now and I have noticed a significant lightening of my post-acne scars.
What I don't like about it though is that the lotion can feel sticky and heavy on skin. I try to minimize the tacky feeling by only using 1/3 or 1/4 of a pump to cover my face. Just to give you an idea how much one pump is, the left is one pump of moisturizer, while the right is about 1/4 of a pump.
Considering how little I apply on my face, I now wonder if I'm getting sufficient protection from UV rays. I remember in one event, a dermatologist said that we need about a teaspoon of sunblock for our face. But this time, to prevent the heavy, sticky feel, I have no choice but to use only about a coin sized amount. Although maybe I'm over stressing this because I normally don't stay out in the sun during the day, and the only significant sun exposure I get is when I walk to the canteen during lunch time, and even then, I use an umbrella.
To sum up, here are my pros and cons for the Nivea Visage Sparkling White UV Blocker:
- easy to spread
- SPF 30
- lightens post-acne scars
- pump bottle
- did not break me out or cause irritations
- feels heavy and sticky on skin
- no oil control
- strong floral smell
I would recommend this for those with dry skin, or if you're going somewhere cold, then this might prove to be a skin saver. But if you're also battling oily skin, it's probably best to skip this, unless for some reason you just like blotting your face several times a day. As for me, I'm holding on to my bottle because the hubs and I are going to Taiwan in November and so I'll be needing a more intense moisturizer to stave off the effects of the chilly autumn air.
*Nivea Visage Sparkling White UV Blocker 50ml has an SRP of Php400 and is available in department stores and groceries nationwide.