My 14-day Intensive Skin Brightening Challenge with NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum

Women in general like to hear compliments from people about their skin. That is why we apply all types of creams, serums and lotions just to achieve a whiter and fairer skin complexion. To put it simply, if we look good, we feel good too.

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Not too long ago, I shared with you a new product from NIVEA, which is the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++. For the last two weeks, I’ve been experimenting with the serum to achieve a visibly fairer, smoother and more radiant skin. In this post, I’m going to share with you the results.

I work in an office environment, fully air-conditioned, and I rarely go out for lunch because my office canteen is just conveniently located in the same building. By the time I finish my work, the sun has gone. So, I’ve always thought that I have the privilege to skip the UV protection because I don’t go directly under the sun.

But I was wrong.

When I stepped into my 30s, I started to see a plethora of skin problems like dullness and pigmentations on my skin due to sun damage and lack of body UV protection. The first damage could have started since my teenage years, and now all the problems are surfacing one by one.

Fortunately, it’s still not too late to “reverse” these effects by repairing and restoring accumulated sun-damaged skin cells with the new NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++. This serum is enriched with natural Vitamin C to penetrate deeply into our skin to repair skin cells, and lighten dull and dark skin.

Best thing about it: Lightweight and no-sticky feel!

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This very FIRST body whitening and repair serum is truly unique. I use it twice a day – every morning after I shower and at night before I go to bed. It is very lightweight, easy to spread, absorbs quickly and most importantly, it doesn’t leave a sticky after-feel. Its mild fruity scent is very invigorating too. I like the feel of my fresh and smooth skin every time I use it.

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Given the potency of this serum, containing 95% Pure Vitamin C, nature extracts and UV filters, it’s not surprising to see visible results as soon as 14 days after using it. Of course I’m not talking about significant improvement like turning into fairy white skin instantly, but I’m seeing noticeable improvements.

And the results …

First of all, the serum hydrates my skin. On Day 1, my skin was dry. I’ve been buttering the serum twice a day, and it delivers great improvements to keep my skin hydrated and smooth. The patchy dryness has improved significantly after 14 days.

Secondly, I noticed moderate improvement on radiance. Upon application, I feel that my skin is silky smooth with a glossy sheen, and thus adds to its radiance instantly.

Lastly, I observed slight improvement on fairness. Pigmentations, however, may take longer time to lighten. So, I’ll continue to use this serum and I’m hopeful that it will help to lighten my pigmentations too.

All in all, I’m pleased to have made an effort to protect my body against the harmful UV rays, repair and restore my accumulated sun-damaged skin cells to bring out its radiance. All it takes is just ONE MINUTE a day to apply the serum twice a day on my skin.

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As always, you’ve got to experience it for yourself to see if this serum works for you. So, if you’re searching for a whitening serum with UV protection that is non-greasy, reasonably-priced and effective, then go grab yourself a tube of NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++.

And don’t forget that this serum has SPF 25 PA++, that’s good enough protection for everyday use. I highly recommend this product to you.

Tip: If you’re going to the beach, I still recommend applying water-resistant sun block on top of this serum.

Oh, one last thing!

NIVEA’s Instagram Campaign

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Take part in NIVEA’s Instagram Campaign and stand a chance to win hampers every week! Simply post photos of your adventures in the sun with these hashtags – #NiveaSG #UVWhtSerum #Sunnyfun #Sunshine (do note that all hash tags have to be used).

The best photos depicting these hashtags will win weekly $188 NIVEA hampers. This campaign will run from 3rd week of July till mid Aug 2013.

Good luck!

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Introducing: NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++

NIVEA is a skincare brand that is well-known across the globe, and I’ve been using their products on and off for more than ten years now. Recently, I was invited to review their new product – NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++, and share my 14-day efficacy user experience.

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Coincidentally, I’m always a sucker for any product that claims “whitening” effect. In addition, my skin has been dry recently, and I noticed a lot of pigmentations on my legs and arms too. So, without much hesitation, I accepted their offer.

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I’m 30-something, and my skin is starting to show signs of sun damage listed above – patchy dryness particularly on my legs, lost of radiance and glow, pigmentation, and more often than not, it’s looking a bit dull too.

I blame it on aging and the lack of time to take care of my body. I moisturized when I could remember, but obviously, this didn’t happen very often. When I go out in the sun, I try my best to apply UV protection on my face, but my body is often neglected.

Well, age is a funny thing. When I was young and had plenty of time, my skin was great and I didn’t need to pay much attention to it. Now that my age is catching up, my life is so hectic that less time is being spent on my face, worst on my body. And all the signs of sun damage skin are surfacing.

And age is not forgiving too. It’s painful to realize that the youthfulness and firmness that I once had are disappearing rapidly, and replaced by fine lines, pigmentation and dullness. Suddenly, taking care of my body becomes a priority to me now.

So, I’m glad to be given the opportunity to try out the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++. And I’ve been buttering myself with the serum every day since I received it.

Serum vs. Moisturizer

Before I introduce the product any further, let me ask you a question. Do you know what the difference between a serum and a moisturizer is? Since this product is a ‘serum’ (not a regular moisturizer), it’s crucial to understand the differences so you’ll know what’s better for your skin.

The main reason we want to use a serum is to get added nutrients into deeper layers of our skin that a regular moisturizer is not able to reach. A moisturizer has larger molecules than a serum. This means that a moisturizer will not penetrate the skin as far as a serum will. While serums deposit nutrients, moisturizers are meant to deposit moisture and hydration to our skin.

Talking about the nutrients now, NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is enriched with natural Vitamin C from Camu Camu and 95% Pure Vitamin C to penetrate deeply and restore accumulated sun-damaged skin cells, and lighten dull and dark skin. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that reduces melanin production and hence lightens skin naturally.

What is Camu Camu, you may ask. It’s the name of a bush which grows in the Amazonian rain forest of Peru, and it produces a fruit with the same name which contains more Vitamin C than any other known plant in the world.

Benefits of Serum

By now, you should know that a serum has better absorption power, and it’s packed with nutrients and concentrated ingredients. The third thing about serum is that it is more lightweight than a moisturizer, which is definitely good news to me.

Frankly, I’ve nearly zero tolerance for greasiness and stickiness on my skin, which is why I seldom apply moisturizer on my body, especially with our humid weather. But when I first squeezed some NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum on my palm, I was quite surprised that it’s actually white, watery and very light!

Last weekend, I went to the River Safari with my family. The weather was insanely hot, and since I’ll be out in the sun all day, I think it’s the perfect opportunity to try out the NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum.

So, I buttered myself with the serum and confidently stepped out in the sun, knowing that I was protected with SPF 25 to prevent sun damage and skin darkening. The serum absorbed quickly into my skin without leaving any greasiness. My skin felt wonderfully soft too. The best thing was, at the end of the day, the serum didn’t leave any sticky feeling on my skin.

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NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum on my unglam leg. You can see fine lines, dryness and pigmentations at close-up.
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After application of NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum, my leg looks smoother and whiter instantly. The serum absorbed wonderfully without leaving any stickiness or greasiness.

I’ve embarked on my 14-day efficacy user experience with NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum to achieve a visibly fairer, smoother and more radiant skin. After the 14 days, I will share my experience with all of you. So, please stay tuned.

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If you’re looking for a product with good SPF protection, intensive whitening effect and economically priced, NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum may be useful for you. NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum with SPF 25 PA++ comes in a 200ml tube, and it’s priced at just $9.55!

Disclosure: NIVEA Body UV Whitening Serum is provided by NIVEA for review. All opinions are my own.