Honestly, I started out the experience being rather sceptical about the entire thing, because it actually sounded too good to be true. Furthermore, I had this niggling doubt at the back of my mind: "Can this product really do what it supposedly does?"
Curious, I diligently slathered on the lightweight cream every morning. The first few days, I had to go back to the bathroom after dressing up for work because I went through my regular morning ablutions without making time for it! I made an effort to stick to the challenge because I really wanted to see the results, and perhaps even prove my doubts were not unfounded.
I'll let you be the judge of its effectiveness.
|22 June 2013|
|5 July 2013|
N.B. All photos are non edited to showcase actual skin condition
The photos are taken at exactly 8.15am, at exactly the same time we leave home to send the boy to school. All lighting conditions remain constant.
I almost couldn't believe it, too. When I asked the husband about it, his reaction was: Yes, brighter! which came too quick and without even a glance at me (pfffft!!) so he's really an unreliable judge of the whitening effect.
On my personal viewpoint, though - apart from the visible results as per the photos above, I realised that this serum is really more than skin deep.
1. Moisturise and protect
I like that this is an 'two-in-one' solution to
lazy working individuals like myself. It not only hydrates my skin, but the fact that it's also a sunscreen saves me the hassle of having to apply two different creams daily. With SPF+25 PA++ this serum is effective enough for daily use.
2. Non-greasy application
The light formula ensures that there is no sticky after-feel upon application. I am not a fan of moisturisers which moisturises by clogging the pores so as to not dry skin out, and I don't encounter any similar problems with the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum. The lightweight formula ensures easy and even application, and a little does go a long way.
3. Reduces 'scaly' patches
As we age, skin loses a little of its self-hydrating abilities, and this is the main cause of wrinkles and dry areas. I realise that my shin, which is prone to dry patches, is smoother to the touch and the appearance of 'scaly' skin has noticeably been reduced.
4. Whitening effect
I do not have a major problem with pigmentation (fingers crossed) at this current moment, and what this serum does is give my skin an overall sheen while protecting it from the harsh effects of the sun, on top of lightening any mild pigmentation issues that I have.
'Whitening' in cosmetology is often misunderstood as an effort to whiten skin from a dark to a lighter tone. This is a misconception which can cause a lot of unrealistic product expectations. Whitening products merely lightens pigmentation, which in turn results in a fairer and brighter skin appearance.
From a user's point of view, the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum definitely packs a punch for something that looks so innocuously simple. I was admittedly surprised at the efficacy of the product, even though I started out this user experience period with an open mind. As I age, I realise that I cannot afford to be lax about taking better care of my skin. The ravages of time causes skin to lose its suppleness and elasticity, and it's never too early to start!
If you have been meaning to try this out, you really should. Don't let it's price fool you into doubting the efficacy of this product. Containing 95% Pure Vitamin C and enriched with natural vitamins from Camu Camu and Acerola, the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is definitely a keeper.
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