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Our editors fight their skin concerns head on.

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Three Mamamia editors trialed NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil for two whole weeks. Here’s what they found out about their products, and their skin.

Edwina Carr Barraclough.

I often avoid body oil like I avoid shaving my legs in winter. We generally don’t see eye to eye when it comes to skin care. Who wants to slather it on, chuck on your pyjamas and become a sticky, greasy mess? No thanks. NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil is a refreshing find in the body oil world – my skin drinks it in and I’m not left with oily residue. Hallelujah!

The key to application? Remembering that a little bit goes a lonnnggg way, so it pays to pour out a small amount and massage it all over into the skin.

It doesn’t hurt that it’s also packed with your skin’s most faithful friends; Co-Enzyme Q10, Avocado oil, Cottonseed oil and Macadamia oil. They’re super nourishing and are nice little helpers where stretchmarks and firmness issues are concerned.

Having recently returned from a tropical Hawaiian holiday where my skin got a lot of sun (do you hate me yet?), I’ve found my skin to be drier than normal, a tad uneven and in need of some TLC – this product is my saviour. When it comes to moisturisers and oils, this is a step up from your regular affordable body lotion and oil business. I’ve been slathering it onto my neck and chest in the morning and all over my body at night. After two weeks of using it I’m definitely feeling my skin recover and forget that it was ever on a holiday. The upside? It has that fresh Nivea holiday smell.

Food for the skin. Image: iStock.

Kate de Brito.

I've tried a lot of skin moisturisers and oils in my life. In fact, I have a whole bathroom cupboard full of them. Some have been good friends. They served their purpose, especially at a time in my life when I was young and had great skin. But now I've reached a certain (ahem) age (OVER 40!) I've found my skin has different needs.

Yes, it's all the standard issues - it's slightly drier, slightly less firm, a little more stretched, slightly needier. So I decided to turn my back on some of my old friends and look for a new one.

Enter NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil. We met during winter, a time when my skin always needs extra care. It's easy to ignore the covered parts of your body when it's cold so when I do get my legs out the skin looks uneven and patchy. I need something that’s going to take care of everything from uneven skin to just some added love and care, and I need it fast.

I started using NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil all over after every shower in the morning and sometimes even adding a quick slick to my legs before bed at night. And guess what? Not only did it feel deeply nourishing, it vanished into my skin within a couple of short minutes. You don't need a lot. Just a small amount and you get good coverage all over.

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You can expect to find me looking smoother and firmer... all over. Image: Giphy

Unlike other body oils and lotions, I'd used in the past which left my skin greasy for hours and sometimes even got onto my clothes (I think I’ll pass), there was no residue from NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil. I put my clothes on, or jumped into bed, straight away with no marking.

So now we've become best buddies - me and NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil. It only took me two weeks to see the difference it’s been making to my skin. It's been with me through the tough times of winter but we're so close now I have every intention of pushing our new found relationship into summer as well. I'll see you then when you can expect to find me looking smoother and firmer … all over.

Jacqueline Lunn.

My mornings (and nights and everything in between) are manic. Three kids, a dog, work, trying to exercise, life, dinner do it all again. One of the biggest things I look for in a beauty product is how much time I need to use it. I want something that is fast to use – and also effective. It’s no good having the best product on earth if I need 30 minutes every morning to use it because it simply won’t be used.

I need a multi-tasker; something that I can use all over, is going to take care of dry patches, stretchmarks and all the uneven bits.

NIVEA 4 in 1 Firming Body Oil is fast to use, easy to apply and my skin likes it. It sounds simple, but I need simple. I love simple and efficient in my beauty routine. And if it only takes two weeks to see a change of firmness in my skin then count me in.

It only takes two weeks to see a change of firmness in my skin. Image: Giphy

I must admit I was a bit wary of an oil – I have never been a fan in the past, but this oil is quickly absorbed so I don’t feel slippery and uncomfortable. I can scroll through my phone straight after application, so no waiting around. Life goes on straight away and my skin feels as though it has had a good drink of moisture – without fuss.

The thing to remember is a little goes a long way, which suits me fine because it lasts longer and will get me all through winter and beyond.

How do you like to show your skin a little TLC?

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