Have you heard? CeraVe has just hit the UK!
From today, you’ll no longer have to plan a trip to the States or ask your bestie on the other side of the pond to be your dealer to get your hands on some of the best skincare at the drugstore.
Can I get an hallelujah?
To celebrate the launch, I’m reviewing some of my fave CeraVe products. You know, the ones that helped me withstand the last of the winter cold.
I’m talking about CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, Facial Moisturising Lotion and Moisturising Lotion (this one is a little richer). Here’s why they’re worth checking out, especially if you’re on a budget:
Do you feel like giving up on cleansing in winter? No matter what you do, your skin ALWAYS feels so tight and dry after cleansing.
Blame it on surfactants. They help oils and dirt to mix with water so they can easily be rinsed off. But if your skin’s dry and sensitive, they’ll remove too much oil, damage your skin’s protective barrier and leave your skin worse for wear.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser takes a different approach. It uses emulsifiers like Ceteraryl Alcohol and Cetyl Alcohol that bind oil and water together. This means they can remove both water-soluble and oil-soluble grime, such as dirt and makeup. Plus, they moisturise skin to boot. Win win.
The catch? Emulsifiers are good at removing a light face of makeup but if you’re using those stubborn long-lasting foundations, they’ll struggle. So either lay off those foundations for a while or go in with an oil-based cleanser first.
(I use this only in the mornings because I swear on Clinique Take The Day Off Balm or Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser to remove my makeup anyway).
The cleanser has a translucent white texture that feels more like a lotion than a cleanser. I find it super gentle: if I swipe a cotton pad imbued with toner afterwards, it comes out perfectly clean – a telltale sign the cleanser has removed everything.
Yet, my skin doesn’t feel tight or dry in the least. On the contrary, it’s – dare I say it – a little hydrated. If your skin is flaky and sensitive, this’ll be a game changer for you.
Facial Moisturizing Lotion
If you’re looking for a no-frills, gets-the-job-done moisturiser for dry skin, listen up.
Your skin’s dry because your protective barrier is damaged. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion has its fair share of your barrier’s protective blocks, like ceramides and cholesterol. They strengthen the barrier so water can’t evaporate through the cracks anymore.
Talking about water, the lotion has sodium hyaluronate, a form of hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Keep all that moisture under your skin and your face’ll be hydrated and soft all day long.
CeraVe also added a wild card: niacinamide. This form of Vitamin B3 hydrates skin, fights wrinkles, fades away dark spots, soothes irritations, treats acne... Whatever you’re dealing with, it can handle it.
The icing on the cake? It provides broad spectrum sun protection… IF you apply enough. Almost no one does that but still… every little bit helps.
If you’re wondering how it does that, it uses synthetic UV filters like homosalate and octocrylene. My skin likes them fine but if you have very sensitive skin that often reacts to sunscreens, they may very well be the culprit.
I also wouldn’t call it a lotion. The texture’s not heavy and greasy but it’s not lightweight and fast-absorbing either. It’s something in between. That suits me fine during this time of the year but in the warmer months I’ll probably switch to something lighter.
But it does an amazing job at keeping my skin soft, plump and hydrated all day long… Yes, even on those days when the Beast From The East was ravaging the country and the temperatures dropped below zero.
If I had to be picky, I’d say I wish this lotion had antioxidants to help fight premature wrinkles too. But at this price point, I don’t mind having to apply a separate antioxidant serum (this is what I’m using right now).
CeraVe says the Moisturizing Lotion can be used both on face and body but I personally find it too rich for my face. It feels like it’s just sitting there while my super dry, dehydrated body skin laps it up quickly.
Formula-wise, it has a lot in common with the Facial Moisturising Lotion: hyaluronic acid to add moisture to your skin and ceramides to keep it there and strengthen your skin’s barrier against the cold harsh weather.
But, this version also has more hydrating fatty alcohols (yes, alcohol can be hydrating!) and caprylic/capric triglyceride, an emollient derived from coconut oil. Translation: they bring up the moisturising factor a notch or two.
I put it on after my morning shower and go about my day without worrying about my legs (and arms, etc). The lotion keeps everything soft and smooth until bedtime. In the morning, I do it all again.
But I do wait a couple of minutes to get dressed after the shower. I just hate putting on my thighs when moisturiser hasn’t fully sunk in yet. Don’t you?
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Hydrating Cleanser Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Ceramide EOP
Facial Moisturizing Lotion Ingredients: Water, Homosalate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Niacinamide, Silica, Methoxydibenzoymethane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Myristic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Ceramide EOP.
Moisturizing Lotion Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Ceteareth-20, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ethylhexyglycerin, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium Edtae, Dipostassium Phosphate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hylauronate, Tocopherol, Ceramide EOP.
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