This post is sponsored by NIVEA and Beauty Directory.
Confession: I don’t think I’ve ever used a face moisturiser that you can buy at the supermarket. Face wipes, sure (I’m all about NIVEA fragrance-free facial wipes as part of a low effort double cleanse), and I’ve got a bathroom full of body-related impulse purchases straight from Coles’ beauty aisles, but skincare and supermarkets have never been my to-go combo. I honestly couldn’t tell you why, apart from the fact that I’m a bit of a skincare snob with dry, reactive skin that needs a fair bit of babying to stay in tip-top condition.
All of this is, of course, a long and roundabout way of telling you that I’ve finally tried a tub of moisturiser that a.) will get you change from a twenty dollar note, and b) you can pick it up while you’re at Woolies buying paper towels. Handy! I’ve been trying NIVEA Q10+ Anti-wrinkle Day Cream with SPF 30+ for a month now, in all sorts of situations from sunny days in Queensland to blasting icy mornings in Melbourne, and I’m here to dish the skinny on this budget-friendly face cream.
A little background: my skin is on the dry side of normal/dry, with a tendency to dehydrate easily and be reactive to sunscreens in both chemical- and barrier-based formulas. The major skin concern I have is with freckling and uneven skin tone, and maintaining a healthy glow despite being fair and cool-toned and prone to looking slightly ashen. All of this is terrible attractive, I know.
NIVEA Q10+ Anti-wrinkle Day Cream with SPF 30+ is a daily moisturiser with a mild powdery scent and a resilient, slightly dense feel. It boasts coenzyme Q10 (an antioxidant with some studied benefits to slow minor skin damage and bolster collagen and elastin in post-adolescent skin) and creatine (an ingredient with studied results that encourages skin tightening when applied topically at low doses under .05% per weight), held in a cream that has a mildly dense feel to the touch. The cream itself has a nice ‘slip’, applying smoothly to damp skin and blending in without leaving a white cast or glossy finish.
It has a dry, slightly powdery feel after application, ideal for combination to normal skin types who are on the quest for a matte finish on their skin. For me, however, it just felt way too tight after five or so hours, even when layered over moisture serums and sealed in with a hydrating face primer. While my skin wasn’t dehydrated at the end of the day, it still felt like my skin was getting nowhere near enough moisture and was telling me so in no uncertain terms. I’m not a huge fan of dry-finish moisturisers because of this, and it’s something I’ve commented on before, so my skin definitely prefers a dewy and moist finish when it comes to face moisturisers.
I noticed a minor reduction in dehydration lines around my upper cheekbones and temples after two weeks of wear, a noticeable improvement after long days working in air conditioning that only has two settings: Arctic cold and sweltering tropics. Major reduction in lines and wrinkles wasn’t something I could tell you about, primarily because I have expressly forbidden my face to develop even the slightest crease through a rigorous combination of anal-retentive skincare management, good genes, and avoiding the daylight like I’m a vampire.
Speaking of my latent vampirism, I was super curious as to how my skin would respond to the sunscreen in this NIVEA cream. As far as I can tell it’s a UVA chemical sunblock – I’m no expert when it comes to sunscreen, and I generally defer to My Funny Valentine to tell me everything I need to know when it comes to all things sun protection – and isn’t listed as being broad spectrum, which is a bit of a kicker considering the Australian market is home to some of the highest rates of UVB-induced skin cancer in the world.
But, that limitation aside, I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that my skin didn’t overly flip out after using this moisturiser for more than a few days at a time. Historically I’ve had awful, awful luck with moisturiser and sunscreen combos, with reactions varying from mild congestion outbreaks to inflamed skin that necessitated trips to the doctor and dermatologist. Never let it be said that I don’t put my face on the line when it comes to trying out new products! After some experimenting I found that a two days on/one day off routine was enough to use this moisturiser without my skin reacting to the sunscreen – but, as I said, my skin is horrifically reactive to a wide variety of sunscreens, and my experiences are generally a big outlier.
I took this cream with me to sunny Queensland and spent several days sunning myself on the beach and managed to avoid any sunburns, and I had no new freckles as a souvenir of my holiday. Nice!
Here’s the thing though: despite my kvetching, NIVEA Q10+ Anti-wrinkle Day Cream with SPF 30+ isn’t a bad face cream, not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a surprisingly good cream, good enough to make me rethink my stance re: buying skincare from the supermarket, but it just wasn’t the right formula for my skin type and my skin conditions. For combination/normal skin types who are looking for a matte finish moisturiser with SPF30+ sun protection and who don’t want to spend a fortune doing so, then this is an excellent budget-friendly choice.
In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, this would be a perfect moisturiser for The Chap: he has combination/normal skin, he likes a dry finish on his face products, and an all-in-one moisturiser/sunscreen combo product would maximise his skin protection without any added fuss, even if it isn’t broad spectrum. Plus, hey, a little wrinkle smoothing never hurt anyone…
P.S. check out the NIVEA money back promise: if you buy a NIVEA Q10+ product between now and September 21st and don’t see results within four weeks, NIVEA will sling your cash back, no problems. Hella!
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