I’m not very good at following rules.
I know that in winter we’re meant to drink more water, hydrate our face and limbs more and generally pay extra attention to our skin, but I’m naughty – I do the opposite.
I basically sit on top of the heater. I have long, hot showers and soak in steaming baths. I drink too much coffee and not enough good old H20. And don’t even get me started on the state of my hairy and scaly legs hidden under jeans for months.
But now we’re seeing the back of winter, I need to whip my skin into shape again, and fast. I do think that every year (you’d think I’d learn!), and this season I’m confident I’ve finally nailed the perfect combo of products to get my complexion glowing again.
NIVEA Q10 plus C Anti-Wrinkle and Energy Skin Sleep Cream.
When I read that this NIVEA Sleep Cream fights the signs of tiredness I wanted to drink it. But I didn't. Instead, I trialled it on my skin.
The cream, as the name suggests, is used at night. Subbed in place of a typical night cream, this formula works to reverse dullness and fine lines, and makes skin look fresher and brighter while you're catching ZzZs, so you wake up with skin that just looks...healthier.
It's able to do all of those great things thanks to two pretty powerful ingredients, both of which are antioxidants.
The first is CoEnzyme Q10. It naturally occurs in the body and its job is to help your cells with growth and maintenance. As we age the amount the skin generates naturally decreases, so adding it back topically helps to energise the skin.
The second is pure vitamin C. This antioxidant helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals (AKA bad stuff in the environment like cigarette smoke, air pollution and ultraviolet light from the sun, as well as just general ageing).
The body uses pure vitamin C to make collagen, too, so the result of using it on our skin is a complexion that looks smoother.
All that sciencey stuff aside, I was really impressed by how my skin looked in the morning after using this cream the night before. Given it was a one step process, the glow-factor was truly exciting.
NIVEA Q10 plus C Anti-Wrinkle and Energy Skin Eye Cream.
Now that I'm in my mid 30s, fine lines around my eyes are one of my main concerns. The problem though is that most eye creams formulated to treat lines and wrinkles are really thick and full-on.
That's why I was surprised by the consistency of the NIVEA Anti-Wrinkle + Energy Eye Cream - it has a beautiful silky texture that once tapped around my eye area with my ring finger, absorbed right in.