Nivea Fined for Claiming Skin Cream Caused Weight Loss


The maker of Nivea skin creams has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of false advertising by claiming one of its skin creams helps consumers melt away excess pounds.

The settlement prohibits Beiersdorf Inc. from promoting its My Silhouette! skin cream to consumers as a weight-loss treatment and requires the company to fork over $900,000 to the FTC.

"The real skinny on weight loss is that no cream is going to help you fit into your jeans," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement. "The tried-and-true formula for weight loss is diet and exercise."