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Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum SPF25 PA++

Serums traditionally provide intense care and repair for our face. They usually have more concentrated ingredients in a clear, gel-like, sometimes oily solution for better absorption on skin. I was pretty excited when I first heard about a new serum for - are you ready - the body. How fabulous would it be if we can lavish our whole body in intensified skincare?

The Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum SPF25 PA++ (P219) promises radiant and whiter skin with ingredients like Vitamin C, licorice, red seaweed, and Hydra IQ. Does it look and feel like the other serums I've tried before? No. It's white, watery, and feels like lotion. I was a little disappointed because "serum" was the word that hooked me in, but for P219 /200ml I don't see how it could be more than lotion.

But I love it nonetheless. :) Three things: it's the lightest lotion I've tried EVER, it has SPF25 PA++, and has a pleasant citrus smell - no chemical sunblock-y scent at all! Did I say it was super light? Drugstore sunscreens tend to be streaky, with an awkward white cast if you don't spend time rubbing it on properly. Not so with this Nivea serum! The watery texture is easy to distribute all over the body and leaves no streaks. It's also absorbed quickly, hence no greasy or sticky after-feel.

Have I observed any whitening? Not really. I don't always go out of the house and I don't always wear lotion. My skin is smooth and hydrated but all lotions do that for me. :) I did observe that I have to use a generous dollop of this Nivea lotion to really moisturize my skin. If you have particularly dry skin, you might need to use a heavier moisturizer on top of this.

Overall, I highly recommend the Nivea Body UV Whitening Serum SPF25 PA++. It's my favorite daytime lotion these days, and I'm definitely buying one (or two) when I run out! It's must-try, imho. ;)

What's your current sunscreen? Are you religious in applying it?

Reader Comments (24)

Ah so this is Nivea's new product...I love that it has Vitamin C and SPF....must try indeed!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPrincess Julia

I really trust Nivea sunscreens, it's what I always carry with me when I go to the beach. It would be great to have one for a normal day, and it's very affordable! I was also expecting a gel-like formula when I saw that it was a serum. But I'm sure you still your money's worth! Thanks for the review Ms. Liz!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYana Tan

Good to know that it does not come out streaky and its light! Its worth cheking out! Thanks for the info!:)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLian

So many products, so little money. Sigh. I love lotions that has a citrus smell. Plus Nivea never fails me. I'd choose it any day. And it's really worth the money! Most lotions and sunscreens does feel sticky after applying. It makes me feel uncomfortable especially when it's hot. I'm glad that this one doesn't leave a sticky feeling. It definitely a must try!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

I love love this serum. It was able to even my discolorations on my left arm. I also use this as my sun protection for daily commutes. If interested, my review is here:

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaja

You absolutely won't get white cast kasi this is chemical based (avobenzone listed as butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane). My current sunscreen is actually Nivea as well (along with a about 1000 other brands; obsessed). I use the both the spf 30 and 50 variants of the whitening face fluid which I think are great drugstore buys at Php 200+ for broad spectrum sun protection:) They're both zinc oxide based blended with chemical stabilizers which is good for me<3

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGino Erana

Aren't serums supposed to be oil/gel-based? But it's watery so I guess that's the serum part! lol. I like the fact that it gets easily absorbed into skin. This got me intrigued! Might try this soon. Thanks for sharing! :)

My default sunscreens are Leyende, Avene and VMV Armada for the face. I don't normally go up more than SPF 55 for face sunscreen cos I have sensitive skin. For the body, I use By Nature Handmade Soaps' Sunblock Away SPF 55. It's actually a staple in my kit cos I can use it on the face as well. If I go out at night and it's really cold and windy, I use Palmer's Cocoa Butter SPF 15 to avoid windburn and skin dryness. When I'm indoors, I just use Garnier Whitening Moisturizing Milk Lotion-- it has no SPF but it has UVA/UVB filters. For beach trips, I use Beach Hut Max 100 Lotion (and spray for reapplication). I'm a sunscreen-freak! I can talk about sunscreens for hours. lol. This post made my day! :)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKhristine

Oh wow! I saw this in watsons already last December yet I was skeptical to get it. With your review, I think I am going to get one as soon as stop by a mall. Thanks Ms. liz and congrats in making it in the pages of Mega magazine! I will buy that mag too and i hope you, ms.martha and ms.shen can sign it... That will be such a collector'S item. I am a fan of the three of you! :)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheng

A nivea body UV whitening serum!?! it's really must be something and the the price is so within the budget! for a 200ml it's really value for money!

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeilani

gosh ive been a very bad girl, i dont use sunscreen (sheesh), bb cream is just my sunscreen. i have very sensitive skin due to urticaria and im afraid it will get triggerred by using various lotions, how is the scent like>

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

The serum label seems gimmicky but as a lotion with spf I would like to try this. I usually use the Vaseline lotion with healthy white with spf 24. But the Vaseline variant takes time to spread evenly so it wont leave a white cast and I'm not fond of the scent either. Since you mentioned this as easier to spread and absorb and with a citrus smell, i will buy this when my Vaseline runs out. i will just think of this as a lotion and not a serum.
For the face, i most often use BB creams with a high spf only. If not I love the Tony Moly UV Sunset sunblock cream with spf 50. I love, love this and this does not leave a white cast unlike the VMV and other sunscreens that I have tried before. I have repurchased this twice already and is contented with it. For swimming and out of town trips with prolonged sun exposure, I use the Beach Hut spf 100.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

I use Banana Boat sunscreen, SPF 50, for my face and body. Since it's a chemical sunscreen, it doesn't give me a white cast. It's also non-greasy and quickly absorbed. It does smell like sunscreen, though--but that doesn't bother me. It retails for less than P300 for a 90-mL tube, so I can use as much as I want.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

I use Neutrogena Compact makeup for my face for sunscreen and Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry touch sunblock for my arms. The good thing about these is they don't feel heavy at all. The compact makeup has about 50% coverage? And walang white cast, or is it because the shade I got was very "sakto"? It could count as a tinted sunscreen, while the dry touch feels a bit powdery once it sets. But I've never heard of a "serum" for the body, so this is a first!! :)

Anything with Zinc Oxide would make a good sunscreen since this is an opaquant; it reflects light. Let's not feel totally safe though, even if we wear our sunscreens. It's been known that those who wear sunscreens are more confident in going out during the daytime, but let's still be conscious of the hours when even sunscreen can't protect us. (Yes. Pag tirik na tirik ang araw.) Reminder lang, girls! :)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

I don't know if the name of this new product from Nivea is misleading or what because as what we know about serums, they have that gel-like texture. Still, it's not what counts, but the effectivity of the product. Nivea has been a very trusty product for me over the years, I love their kind of products next to organic organic ones. Thanks for sharing, Ms. Liz! :)

I am loyal with my trusty Myra - E VitaQuench for my uber-dry skin. I also used Myra E with sunblock for my face and BB Cream (Missha) which has high level of SPF. I don't usually put too much sunscreen on my face since I went out of the house at 6:00am and go home at 10pm, so not a lot of damaging UV Rays for me. (:

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDesire Loreto

I might have liked this product if it weren't for its whitening claims. Love that it isn't streaky and can be easily absorbed though. Perfect for people on the go. Btw, learned something from reading the other comments (i.e., that chemical-based sunscreens don't give a white cast. Made me research. Haha. Didn't know chemistry could be fun!).

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJas

I've been using Snoe products, Suntervention for my body, and the S Skin Stem Cell Sunblock for my face. Hmmm this is like a sunscreen version of Nivea Express Hydration which I love dahil nongreasy. I recognized the Hydra IQ ingredient, kaya it's fast nga to be absorbed by the skin.

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanine

I think I'll try this. I have to admit, I only use lotion at night (Nivea Firming). Am I weird? :| I want a light lotion for daytime that has SPF so I guess this is good to try. I know we have to put on sunscreen as a protection when we go out, but I'm not religiously doing it on my body. I'm just using a bb cream with spf. I'll try my best not to only take care of my face but my body as well. :)

February 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Santos

Confession time: I don't use SPF in my body - ew ew, judge me - as my face gets all the attention... now I don't have the right to complain why 3/4 of my arms are darker that the rest of me. I want to try this to help me make "pantay" my complexion.

xx, Kim
Kimpossibly Gorgeous

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Mendoza

Thanks for sharing Liz! Definitely getting one.

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterManilaJen

My fave is the Snoe Here Comes the Sunblock since it's not sticky but I'm really interested in trying this one as well!

February 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

Definitely trying this one out. I don't really have a sunscreen for my body. Just a lotion that says it has UVA/UVB filters without stating any SPF. If this works for other people, why not try it?

February 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNikka

Perfect sunscreen for the upcoming summer :)

February 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney Noreen Parabas

Perfect for the scorching hot season. And it's non-sticky? I'm definitely trying this. Hoping it can also whitens my arms due to the hot sun rays. This will be the answer for my not even skin tone. Especially on my arms.

February 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFayne

i want to try this liz.. where can i usually find this item? tried to look for it @ landmark today, wala.. puros body lotion and sunblock ng nivea.. :(

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermauee

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