Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum SPF33 | Let’s welcome another affordable body sunscreen


Hooray! We have another affordable body sunscreen in the market. More competition means cheaper price for us. Have you read my review of Vaseline Healthy White SPF 30 PA++ Serum? If that post didn’t convert you into a body sunscreen user, here’s another attempt from me to persuade you to do so. Say “Hi” to the new contender – Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum.

Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum
Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum

By now, I’ve finished a tube of Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum. And there are two jumbo tubes sitting in my beauty closet, waiting to be activated.

Why is Nivea body serum worth stocking up? Read on for full review, plus comparison made against Vaseline Healthy White SPF 30 PA++ Serum, where applicable.

Nivea SPF 33 body Serum
Nivea SPF 33 body Serum


What’s Good about Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum?

1. Comfortable Application

Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum feels comfortable on the skin. The product label described it as having a texture that’s extra light and non-sticky. Is it true?

Actually, I feel that Nivea Serum is not as light-weight as Vaseline Healthy White Serum. That’s because Vaseline is super light, and gets absorbed into the skin extremely fast. Given it’s lighter after-feel, I was surprised when I saw how Vaseline was less runny than the Nivea serums. The photo below shows how the Nivea serums gravitated downwards while Vaseline stayed firm.

Before-After Nivea Body Serum
Comparing the texture – Vaseline vs Nivea SPF serum

Still, I think Nivea’s product description is apt because it does have a lighter feel when compared with many body sunscreen out there in the market. To give you an idea, Nivea body serum feels like a sheer body lotion. Upon application, there may be a tiny bit of stickiness, but that disappears within a few minutes.

Before-After application of Nivea SPF 33 serum
Before-After application of Nivea SPF 33 serum

2. Higher SPF Protection than Vaseline

For the same price, you get 10% more sun protection if you choose Nivea over Vaseline.

That’s SPF 33 PA+++ (Nivea) vs SPF 30 PA++ (Vaseline). What does an additional 3 points, and + sign mean to you? If you tend to get burnt under the sun in 10 mins, you will not burn for 330 minutes after applying Nivea (and 300 mins for Vaseline). You’ll also get higher protection from UVA rays, the main culprit that damages skin collagen and weakens elasticity.

3. No White-cast or Residue

Both Nivea (SPF33 PA+++) and Vaseline HW (SPF30 PA++) serums do not leave white-cast or residue. However, please avoid Vaseline HW (SPF 24) which is still selling in the market. This older formula leaves behind residue that resembles body dandruff.

Vaseline Healthy White Serum SPF 30 PA++
Vaseline Healthy White Serum SPF 24 gives you body dandruff

4. It’s Cheap

Same as Vaseline Serum, Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum (SPF33 PA+++) is priced at about S$10. In fact, I just saw it on sale for only $8+ at Guardian yesterday. For this price, you get 180ml of sunscreen. Other brands in the market may only give you one-third or half the quantity and still charge you more for it.

Here’s the latest price on Ebay.

Tell you a secret! I brought back two jumbo tubes (each 320ml) from Johor, Guardian. Guess how much I’d paid? Ha Ha. I paid less than 20 ringgit (about S$7 each). That could have been a special promotion, but personal care products are generally about 30% cheaper across the border.

5. Promises Fairer Skin in 14 Days

I own two of their formulae – 1) Nivea Extra White and 2) Nivea Anti-Age Firming body serums. Both contain vitamin C and Q10, and promises fairer skin in just 14 days.

I didn’t believe and hence couldn’t be bothered to measure the difference via before-after photos. Through naked eyes, I couldn’t tell any difference with my skin tone. But maybe that’s due to user bias.

Why am I a non-believer? I’d doubted its efficacy in lightening skin tone because potent vitamin C wouldn’t be priced so cheaply. Many good vitamin C products are also kept in dark, dropper-style bottles to prevent oxidation. But in any case, if it works for you, do let us know via the comment box below. 


What’s Bad?

1. Medium SPF Protection

Many UV products for the face come with SPF 50 PA++++ protection. Hence, Nivea serum with its SPF 33 PA+++ is considered a medium protection sunscreen.

Is this sufficient? As a daily-use body sunscreen, I think it is more than sufficient. I’m assuming a scenario of office workers or students who spend very brief periods under the sun. If you have a routine where you need to be under the direct exposure of the sun for long hours, please use a specialized high SPF sunblock. Both are included in my SUPER Holy Grail List.

2. Not Waterproof

This is a daily-use body sunscreen. That’s why it’s made with light-weight formula. If you want a water-resistant or water-proof formula, Banana Boat or other sports brands may be more suitable.



Seriously, you need to start protecting your body, just like how you are fervently applying sunscreen to your face. Don’t wait till ugly pigmentation start popping out everywhere. When that happens (further down the road), they’ll come with a vengeance. Removing them would be a slow and costly affair.

With so many affordable body sunscreen in the market, cost is no longer an excuse to defer such protection.  

If you have decided to kick-start this new habit. Congratulations! I highly recommend Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum as an everyday body sunscreen. I like how lightweight and non-greasy the serum feels on the body, and how it remains affordable for the quantity that you get. Rating: 4.5/5

View latest price on: Ebay.

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9 thoughts on “Nivea Extra White Firming Body Serum SPF33 | Let’s welcome another affordable body sunscreen”

    1. Hi there,just apply it like how you would apply a body lotion. You can use it in the day to protect your skin against the harmful effects of the sun.

  1. let me know,this nivea serum can used for baby skin below 1year or not??(“,).tq for ur feedback

  2. This serum has spf in it, but it is NOT sunscreen. It’s main purpose is for skin whitening and brightening. It helps you rid of a tan and damage effects from the sun.

    1. Thanks for your comments. As this product contains both UVA and UVB protection, it is considered a sunscreen. The vitamin C supposedly helps with whitening and brightening, though I’m more skeptical of its benefits because of the vitamin C ingredient used, which is not the potent ascorbic acid. Cheers…

    1. Come and visit Singapore or Malaysia. You can shop till your heart’s content. =) Or find alternative products that serve the same function and are available in your country. All the best. :)

  3. Hello, i have been using this product for 1 month now, i am not sure if it can whiten the skin using the product alone, but my skin became fairer and even using this product and kojie san soap. I am born with a fair skin, but i must say this combo made my skin even more fairer and my tan lines disappeared

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