Let’s make this quick and get to the heart of the issue, shall we? In this case, it revolves around two special ingredients: Camu Camu and Acerola Cherries. Admittedly, before trying out Nivea Extra Whitening Cell Repair Protect Body Milk (whew!), I knew nothing about these. However, I always make it a point to read up on the ingredients of the things I use so in this post, I’m going to share with you some of my findings.
Let’s start with the Camu Camu also known by the scientific name of Myrciaria dubia. The Camu Camu is a tree native to the heart of the Amazon forest) bearing berries that are best known for their extraordinarily high Vitamin C content. Just to give you an idea, it has 50 times more Vitamin C than a lemon and aside from that, it’s rich in minerals and amino acids that help in the absorption of Vitamin C.
Similarly, the Acerola Cherry (Malpighia emarginata) is also a very rich source of Vitamin C and other nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3.
Because of these, both fruits are used for their antioxidant properties. Now we all know why antioxidants are good for us – they combat free radicals from our cells thus preventing these from getting damaged. Cell damage can cause diseases such as cancer and hasten the process of aging.
Given the above, this product promises to “repair and and micro-exfoliate accumulated damaged and dull skin and boost skin’s natural barrier from sun damage.” An attribute I cannot really measure or prove for myself (until a few years from now I guess) so I have to take this one on trust in the Nivea brand name.
If all that weren’t enough, this also has advanced UVA/UVB filters to protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays, preventing pigmentation and uneven skin tone.
Although this product claims to whiten the skin, I cannot personally testify to this because I’m already as fair as I can possibly be. By fair, I mean brownish-yellow. That’s never gonna change (not that I want it to). Also, because I’ve been using lotion my whole life, I luckily don’t suffer from dark knees and elbows. For those who do have these issues do, this might be a product to try. (Let me know how it goes.)
The formula, on the other hand, is very light and gets absorbed by the skin really fast. I say this because I don’t get a sticky, heavy feeling after applying this on my skin, which is a feeling I get from some lotions.
Lastly, I love how this product smells. The light scent that’s not at all overpowering (which I hate!!!) does remind me of cherries. It’s good enough to eat! Don’t expect the smell to last all day though because it won’t. Not necessarily a bad thing because products with too much fragrance make me nervous. Too many artificial ingredients, that’s why. :)
This comes in 55ml (PHP55), 125ml (PHP139), 250ml (PHP219), and 400ml (PHP329) bottles.