Nivea SUN UV Face Soothing Sensitive SPF 50 – Review

This is a new addition to the Nivea SUN line. I would say it’s a better one than the last year’s releases, but it isn’t ideal. 

This product is similar to last year’s line-up by Nivea. It provides high protection from both UVA and UVB (only chemical filters in this formula) and contains liquorice root extract, which helps with hyperpigmentation and controlling blemishes. The main difference is that this product doesn’t contain fragrance, and it’s designed for sensitive skin. Although the formula includes quite a lot of alcohol, Nivea did not skimp on emollient ingredients. The alcohol scent is quite noticeable, but it dissipates quickly, and you shouldn’t experience any dryness. The product has a creamy texture; it feels like a well-moisturising cream rather than a sunscreen. I would say it will suit best people with dry and sensitive skin, for example, people using retinoids or similar treatments. 

I’ve mainly used the sunscreen on my neck as it’s too thick for my liking. It’s quite humid during summer in Italy, and the amount of glycerine and emollients, in this product, makes my skin sweat more than usual which results in the sunscreen sliding down off my face. But on drier days it’s fine. The sunscreen blends in very easily, leaves no white cast, and reapplies without problems, too. It dries down to a slightly glossy finish, which looks alright. When I used the sunscreen, I had to make sure that I blotted my face every once in a while. Over the course of a day, when the oils started to break through the product, I would get glistening T-zone; this is pretty standard with sunscreens, especially as this one was not formulated for oily skin.

Overall, it’s a nice and creamy sunscreen. It’s perfect for dry and sensitive skin types, I don’t think it would cause irritation to anyone, unless you are very sensitive to denatured alcohol. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily and acne-prone skin types; it’s way too heavy. It’s great for dry climates, but avoid this one if you live or travel to humid climates; also it doesn’t work well during high temperatures as it can simply melt on your face. It’s a good value for money, but it has its shortcomings. 

Ingredients: Aqua, Homosalate, Alcohol Denat., Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Cyclomethicone, Phenylbenzimidazole Sulfonic Acid, Silica, Tapioca Starch, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Glycyrrhiza Inflata Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Dimethicone, Trisodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin (

The Nivea SUN UV Face Soothing Sensitive SPF 50 retails four about €10-15 (on offer, it costs even less). For now, it appears to be available only in a few European countries. I assume it will reach more markets soon. 


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