Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: Nivea In Shower Body Lotion vs. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer

I know it's been quite awhile since both of these products came out but seeing these two bottles next to each other in my shower has inspired this comparison review. In an effort to make this a more thorough review I went on the hunt for ingredient lists, fragrance variations and more to really get a 360 look at these two products. Both of these products I've used two different scents so I can give some insights on those particular scents and my preferences. First let's talk about these products separately and then bring it altogether at the end. I guess I should mention this is a review comparing two in shower lotions that claim to save time by moisturizing while you're in the shower.

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion
It seems appropriate to talk about Nivea first since they were introduced to the market first. The idea of the in shower body lotion is that after showering you apply this lotion onto your skin, while still in the shower, and then you rinse it off immediately. Basically it's like conditioner for your skin. The ultra hydrating ingredients will cling to your skin as you rinse off all the excess residue. They offer four different scents with various degrees of moisturizing with offerings from normal to very dry skin. All four of these have the same ingredients except for an "extra" ingredient which in the case of these is either sweet almond oil, sea salt, shea butter, or cocoa seed butter. A full list of the ingredients below minus the "extra" ingredient that makes each individual lotion unique.

Water, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, EXTRA INGREDIENT HERE, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol.

Their claims included 24+ hours of hydration that leaves skin irresistibly soft with no sticky feelings. There's no need to apply moisturizer afterwards because it's suppose to be enough to sustain the softness. It sells for about $5.99 for a 13.5oz  bottle of product. It's a standard bottle with a flip top lid that snaps securely and sits facing down so all of the product is always pooled near the opening. It doesn't leak and even when I place it down without snapping the top on fully I haven't had any issues with spills.

I've used both the almond oil and shea butter ones for very dry and dry skin respectively and can say that neither of them had a distinct scent to them. They both smelled very similar just a light generic lotion scent so I imagine they are all like this. As for consistency, I think it can be best described as in between a very thin body lotion and an ultra creamy face cream that is surprisingly not runny. When you squirt it out (yes I mean squirt, it comes out in quite a forceful stream) it kind of retains the shape of a mound of cream until you start mixing it with your wet skin, then it thins out and you find that a little goes a long way.
You'll never be able to fully rub it into your skin because as soon as you plop it onto your skin it starts sliding off because of the water. Even if I take the tiniest bit and just concentrate it on a patch of skin I never feel like it really soaks into my skin at all. Once you're all done with that the instructions say to simply rinse off and you're done. I find that I'm not done at that point because if all I did was stand in the shower and rinse I would exit the shower feeling sticky and greasy. Even using my hands to kind of wipe it away isn't enough, no I always find the need to break out the loofah and do some light scrubbing. Now before someone protests that I'm doing it wrong, I have tried just exiting the shower at that point, several times, before and found that even after I patted myself dry I still felt sticky and that stickiness would soon turn into itchiness and hives. So yes, I will be scrubbing my skin again after this no matter what.

I must say that with this stuff I don't feel instantly moisturized after use. I find almost no difference in the direct aftermath of a shower and half the time I'm seriously tempted to layer on some lotion. The shea butter variation leaves my skin free of residue and feeling normal while the almond oil does leave my skin feeling sticky no matter how much post moisturizing scrubbing I put it through. However it's really the next day (I'm a night shower-er) that I really notice the difference in my skin. It's softer and feels hydrated, the same it would feel if I slathered on lotion the night before and let that cook all night. As for the 24 hour hydration claim? I want to conservatively say this is true, as long as it's not deep moisturizing you were looking for. While yes, my skin does feel more moisturized compared to when I don't put on lotion, but it doesn't transform my skin into silky soft at all.
Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer
The Jergens product is a wet skin moisturizer in that you apply this lotion while your skin is still wet to lock in the moisture while your skin is at the peak of hydration. This is an old trick and something I used to do with body oils or lotion because the idea is that while your skin is still damp applying moisturizer will help to seal in the moisture. After applying you simply pat dry and you're done. They offer three different scents with the variations being refreshing, calming and nourishing. There's a hodgepodge of additives for each unique scent, different blends of oils and artificial coloring but listed below are the main ingredients found in all three of the scents.

WATER, GLYCERIN, MINERAL OIL, ETHYLHEXYL ISONONANOATE, ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, CETEARETH-20, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER, FRAGRANCE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, ETHYLPARABEN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE

They claim to have 24 hours of soft skin and to absorb two times faster compared to an ordinary lotion. For $6.19 you get 10 oz of product. It's a standard bottle with a flip top lid that snaps securely and sits facing down so all of the product is always pooled near the opening. It doesn't leak and even when I place it down without snapping the top on fully I haven't had any issues with spills.
I've used both the monoi oil and green tea oil and can say that I got the same results with them. The only difference was with the fragrance and I prefer the green tea over the monoi. The monoi was very heavily perfumed to the point of being overwhelming so I'm much happier with the switch to green tea because it's a much lighter and subtle scent. I think it's safe to say that the coconut will work as the other two do and I have smelled it so I can tell you that the reason I didn't pick that one up ever is because it's a very fake coconut scent that I wasn't crazy about. This stuff is the consistency of a thin body lotion without being too runny.

The Wet Skin moisturizer lives up to its absorption claim as I found it very easy to apply and my skin just drank it up. After application it felt no different than being just a little damp from the shower and once you towel dry off it does feel the same as when your body lotion fully dries. That being said, it leaves my skin ridiculously soft which carries on for 24 hours. It's great that it is so quick absorbing and mess free compared to traditional body lotions that can take a really longtime to sink in sometimes.

Comparison
If you've made it this far, you're a real trooper. So let's just state the obvious things first. One requires you to rinse off after application, the other is apply and go. The both make the same claims of 24 hour miniaturization which they both achieve in some degree while only one truly lives up to the claim of no sticky residue. Nivea is at a cheaper price point where you get more for less money and doesn't contain color additives or mineral oil. So I must say that looking at the ingredients for Jergens is slightly alarming, it does have more skin irritants present in artificial colors and mineral oil.

Verdict
If I were to pick one I would go with the Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer purely for performance reasons. It had a more pleasant and distinct scent to it, absorbed nicely into my skin with any residue, and it transformed my skin to silky soft while sustaining this up until the next shower.

My one complaint about both of these products is that you go through a tube really fast and you end up using more than with a standard body lotion. Does this really save you time? I don't think so. It would take the same time to apply anything whether it's one of these products or a lotion to my skin so the only convenience is not doing anything post shower, but the time saved there is simply extending my shower time. Neither of these products can be applied to feet just due to the added risk of slipping in the shower which also causes me to still moisturize post shower because I love wearing sandals so my feet always need some extra attention.

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