NIVEA Skincare Ingredients & Formulations

NIVEA's Development Of Sustainable Skincare

NIVEA wants your skin to feel happy and healthy. In doing so, we continuously put the effort into utilizing sustainable skincare ingredients in NIVEA skincare products as much as possible. We are committed to making sure that NIVEAs product formulations help your skin thrive in a happy and healthy environment.

Discover how we are developing sustainable skincare by using ingredients of natural origin and biodegradable raw materials that are sourced responsibly.

What makes a sustainable skincare product?

Sustainable skincare products are ones that effectively and safely improve your complexion, allowing you to maintain your natural beauty, without harming the environment. The product must be able to achieve this throughout its entire product life cycle, including the extraction of materials, choice of environmental-friendly skincare ingredients and packaging, product production as well as the use and product disposal at the end of life. The product should aid in the reduction of the environmental footprint to clearly align with NIVEA's sustainability commitments.

The importance of utilising sustainable skincare ingredients

NIVEA wants to provide you with sustainable beauty. To achieve this, we continuously strive in utilising sustainable skincare ingredients, as not only does it make NIVEA skincare products feel safe to use, but these ingredients are free of toxins and pollutants that help minimise the environmental damage on the planet. 

It is important to know what goes onto your skin, and equally important to know where the skincare ingredients you use are coming from, and if it has any negative effects on the environment. Discover how we are developing more sustainable skincare by using biodegradable raw materials and ingredients of natural origin that are sourced responsibly.


natural skincare
Sourcing ingredients from natural material is an important step away from a fossil-based economy. Whilst we aim to increase the amount of naturally derived skincare ingredients within our product formulas, we carefully evaluate their skincare performance, as well as their environmental impact.

Explore NIVEA's approach on Naturally Derived & Organic Skincare Ingredients.


When developing skincare formulas, Biodegradability is one of NIVEAs top priorities. By using skincare ingredients that allow for biodegradability, we make sure that the materials we use can return to nature without harming the environment.

Read more about our achievements and commitments to develop skincare products with biodegradable formulas.

biodegradable skincare


vegan skincare
More and more people around the world commit to a vegan lifestyle as animal-derived materials do not reflect their values of living in harmony with animals. At NIVEA, we are happy to offer our consumers a range of vegan skincare products that do not contain animal-derived ingredients.

Learn more about vegan cosmetics and discover our growing vegan skincare range.


Microplastics are a source of both soil and marine pollution around the world. As a leading skincare brand, we took action early on to stop using microplastics as a skincare ingredient in our rinse-off products and eliminated microplastics in all our NIVEA products worldwide since the end of 2021.

Read more about our commitments to 100 percent microplastic-free skincare.
microplastics in the ocean


sustainable palm oil
Due to its unique properties, palm (kernel) oil is a commonly used ingredient in skincare formulas. The main issue with palm oil is that often large areas of rainforest are destroyed to make room for oil palm plantations. At NIVEA, we are convinced that palm (kernel) oil must be obtained sustainably to protect rainforests from deforestation.

Discover how we promote sustainable palm (kernel) oil sourcing.


At NIVEA, we strive to develop products that consider skin safety, the environment, and consumers’ high skincare expectations. To be transparent about our formulas for our sustainable skincare products, NIVEA provides simple yet detailed information on over 350 of the ingredients we use for our products.

Explore our NIVEA ingredients glossary
ingredients in skincare


We want to be 100 percent transparent and answer all your questions about sustainability at NIVEA. If you could not find all the answers you were looking for on this website, or are looking for more detailed information, please visit the sustainability website of NIVEA’s parent company, Beiersdorf.