Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls Review, Photos

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

Oh hey! I hope everyone is having a great summer so far (or winter in the Southern Hemisphere)! Today I have an interesting serum from Nivea to show you. Read on for my thoughts on these pearls!

Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

 The Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls* ($19.99 CAD, 40ml) contains pearls within a moisturizing gel which combine and burst when dispensed through the nozzle. Supposedly the pearls become "active" as soon as they burst. The pearls contain a high level of coenzyme Q10, displayed on the ingredients list as Ubiquinone (and also the 7th ingredient on the list, after the usual water and moisturizing agents). Q10 is a staple ingredient in many of Nivea's products, and it's meant to prevent wrinkles. It's also naturally found in every cell in our bodies, but starts to diminish as we grow older. I looked up research to see if Q10 really does anything, and the general consensus seems to be "maybe." Whether or not it really works, it can't hurt, right?

(Queue some further rambling about ingredients. Feel free to skip the next paragraph if you aren't interested!)

The moisturizing gel in the serum contains hyaluronic acid (displayed in the ingredients list as Sodium Hyaluronate) and creatine, which are the 8th and 9th ingredients in the formula, respectively. Both are also naturally found in the body, and my quick Googling turned up some interesting research on hyaluronic acid, claiming it's not actually an efficient anti-aging ingredient as the molecules are too big to penetrate the epidermis. As a moisturizer, it's not the greatest but it's light, so it's beneficial for people with oily skin and/or living in a humid climate (perfect for summers here!!) As for creatine, there doesn't seem to be a lot of research on it. So another "might work, might not" but worth trying ingredient.

(Continuing on to the actual review...) 

I do like this serum. I haven't noticed any anti-aging effects; however, the extent of my wrinkles so far are some fine lines under my eyes. I think this product would fall more under the prevention of wrinkles rather than treatment (I think you'd need some Retinol for that!) It will be interesting to see where I'm at in a few years in terms of lines. :P The pearl dispensing is kind of neat, but do note the serum needs to be massaged well into skin to full "crush" the pearls or you might have remnants of them on your skin. This is actually helpful to ensure you cover all the areas that need covering, though. My skin feels softer right away after using this, and I've used it with night cream for maximum baby butt-soft skin.

My only problem with this serum is the smell. Most Nivea products have a distinct, strong perfume-y smell and this is no different. It lingers on the skin and it's not really unpleasant, but it's strong. I'd much prefer a more lightly-fragranced option, or no fragrance at all. 

Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls
Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls: left, freshly dispensed. Right, rubbed in
Overall, the Q10plus Serum Pearls contains a high level of potentially beneficial anti-aging/moisturizing ingredients, and works well to soften my skin without making it greasy. It's a bit spendy at $20 for a drugstore product, but I think it's a good option if you're looking for a serum with CQ10, hyaluronic acid, and/or creatine that's readily available at most drugstores/mass market stores. You might want to skip it if you're sensitive to fragrance, though.

Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls ingredients
Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls ingredients

*Product provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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