So… December is officially here, which means Christmas is just around the corner, as are the holidays! There are various little beauty tweaks I’ve been making lately in an effort to get my body bikini ready, including incorporating Nivea’s improved Q10 Firming Body Care range into my daily routine.
I’m really, really, really looking forward to a bit of down time this summer, and I plan on spending quite a bit of time on the beach. And beach = bikini season, of course. For the first time in my life, I can honestly say that I’m happy with how my body looks but like so many women, I feel like I could do with a bit of firming and toning – particularly on my bum and tum!
I’ve been getting really into yoga recently, but I haven’t been practicing as often as I’d like to, so I haven’t really noticed any huge changes, body-wise (though, admittedly, I practice yoga more for the mental and emotional benefits, rather than any physical payoffs). Because I’m not big on exercise (apart from the aforementioned yoga and the occasional stroll), I’ve been looking for other ways to firm up my skin a bit. Now I know a beauty product is not going to help me to lose weight, lose centimetres, or eradicate cellulite completely, but anything that promises to minimise that dreaded ‘orange peel’ effect is a friend of mine! And this is where Nivea’s improved Q10 Firming Body Care range comes in…
This range is not new, though it has been repackaged and it features a new and improved formula that promises firmer, more toned skin in just two to three weeks. I’ve only just started using this range, so I’ll only be talking about my first impressions and what each product is supposed to do today, but check back in about two weeks for a full update and review on each product.
Nivea Q10 Firming Body Cream, R69,99 for 300ml
I’ve always been a huge fan of Nivea’s luxurious body moisturisers (I am obsessed with their Cocoa Butter Body Cream… it smells like heaven and leaves my skin feeling ridiculously soft), so it made sense that the first thing I tried out was this thick, indulgent cream. I’ve been using this on my thighs, bum and tum every single night and I love how moisturising it is. It contains Nivea’s advanced ‘energy complex’, which features co-enzyme Q10, Creatine and L-Carnitine to boost the energy within each skin cell and assist in repairing and regenerating your skin from within, as well as boosting the production of elastin and collagen (without getting too technical, this is a very good thing!)
Nivea Q10 Good-Bye Cellulite Gel Cream, R99,99 for 200ml
So, a few years ago when I was carrying a bit of extra weight and would refer to myself as ‘curvy’, I used to roll my eyes at all the skinnier girls who would complain about their cellulite. Please! Fast-forward several years and here I am: (much) skinnier than I was back then, but with a whoooole lotta cellulite for my sins. I’m very excited to test this little guy, as it promises to improve your skin’s firmness, leave your skin feeling energised and – drumroll please – reduce the appearance of cellulite. What’s more, there’s no need to spend aaaaaaages using special massage techniques in order to see results. Win! I’ve been using this every morning on my thighs (paying special attention to the backs of my thighs where those dreaded dimples tend to lurk) and even though it states that I’ll only be able to see results after 3 weeks of regular use, I noticed a difference immediately. Seriously. My skin feels a lot firmer already, and I love how quickly and easily the gel absorbs, so that I can get dressed straight after applying it.
Nivea Q10 Firming Body Lotion, R64,99 for 250ml
This is a great daily body lotion for use all over. Again, it contains Nivea’s advanced ‘energy complex’ to repair and regenerate your skin cells, and is fantastic as a daily moisturiser for more ‘mature’ women (for lack of a better word). The beauty of Q10 (which is found naturally in the body but declines with age) is that it acts as an anti-oxidant and protects skin cells against oxidative stress. As with all the other products in the range, it also contains L-Carnitine, which is the skin’s own active ingredient and forms an essential part of your muscles. Basically, what L-Carnitine does is ensure that all fatty acids are transported to the mitochondria (I know this is getting technical, but bear with me!) the “power plants” of the cells that help to generate energy, instead of hanging around and turning into fat. So, in a nutshell, using this lotion (or any product within the range, for that matter) will help turn fat into energy for use by your skin cells, as opposed to sitting around in fatty deposits and turning into cellulite. I like it already!
Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil, R99,99 for 200ml
I am such a sucker for body oils, so it goes without saying that I’ve already fallen head over heels for this luxe body oil. My dad has always used Nivea (and his skin looks fantastic, just by the way) and The Husband also uses their products, so that familiar Nivea scent has always been one of my favourite smells that brings up plenty of warm, fuzzy feelings. Anyway, the reason I’m bringing all that up is because this body oil has that delicious, well-loved Nivea scent, which made me fall in love with it in an instant. I also love that it’s easily absorbed and doesn’t feel even remotely sticky on my skin. It’s also safe for use during pregnancy, and is supposedly fantastic for reducing the appearance of stretch marks, as well as preventing them. Needless to say, I’ve been using this little beauty on my thighs, bum, tummy and boobies every evening before bed (TIP: I like to apply the body oil after I’ve applied the Nivea Q10 Firming Body Cream, as it helps to lock in moisture – and I’m hoping that a double-dose of Q10 will help pack extra punch when it comes to firming up my skin).
As I mentioned, I’ll be doing a full review after I’ve used the range for the full two weeks, so keep an eye out on the blog for more details. I’ll also be sharing a few other products I’ve been using in an attempt to get my body bikini ready, including a few self-tans I’ve been testing.