cerave moisturising lotion review

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 one of the brand’s staples, CeraVe Moisturising Lotion. Here’s what makes it so popular:

What’s In CeraVe Moisturising Lotion?


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a mixture of coconut oil and glycerin. It’s just as moisturizing as coconut oil, but not as thick and NON comedogenic.

In other words, it gives you all the benefits of coconut oil without its side effects.

Related: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Coconut Oil In Skincare


Ceramides are oily waxes (“cera” means wax in Latin) that make up the glue that holds skin cells together (together with fatty acids, cholesterol etc).

Their job is to strengthen and waterproof the skin’s protective barrier so that moisture stays in (where it needs to be to hydrate skin!) and germs, pollutants, and other germs stay out (no irritations!).

A stronger protective barrier also helps skin better withstand the attacks of harsh weather, pollutants, and anything else that’s trying to harm it.

Talking about harm… You know when your barrier has broken down. All of a sudden, your skin becomes dry. Red. Flaky, even. Adding ceramides to your skincare routine can prevent this from happening in the first place – or nurse skin back to health if it’s already happened.

CeraVe Moisturising Lotion has 3 types of ceramides. Plus, cholesterol and Hyaluronic Acid, two more components of your skin’s natural barrier. Together, they make it as strong as it can be.

Related: The Complete Guide To Ceramides In Skincare: What They Are, What They Do, And How To Use Them


Sodium hyaluronate is a form of hyaluronic acid that attracts and binds to the skin up to 1000 times its weight in water. Plus, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.

When skin has that much moisture, it plumps up. This alone is enough to make your fine lines look smaller – temporarily. Hydration also makes skin soft and gives the complexion a dewy glow (think Korean skin).

P.S. Sodium Hyaluronate isn’t the only moisture magnet here. Glycerin does the same thing, but on a smaller scale.

Related: Why You Need Hyaluronic Acid In Your Skincare Routine, No Matter Your Skin Type

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Creamy and rich. It takes a couple of minutes to fully sink in.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

You can use it both on your face and body.

On your face, it’s the last step of your skincare routine at night.

On your body, just apply it after a shower or whenever you feel like your dry skin could do with some moisture.

Performance & Personal Opinion

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.

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?

cerave moisturizing lotion

Who Is This For?

  • Dry skin
  • Sensitive skin

Who Is This NOT For?

  • Combination skin
  • Oily skin
  • Acne-prone skin


A big, white blue and white tube with a pump applicator. It’s practical and will last you for a long time.

Does CeraVe Moisturising Lotion Live Up To Its Claims?

A lightweight moisturising body lotion that provides 24-hour hydration with 3 essential ceramides to help protect skin’s natural barrier. It’s not the most lightweight lotion, but everything else is true.
Specifically formulated, lightweight formula to moisturise sensitive skin that is dry. True.
Fragrance-free, non-irritating, non-comedogenic. It’s fragrance-free and highly unlikely to cause irritations and acne. But everyone’s skin is different and no one can make these claims with 100% certainty for everyone.

Price & Availability

$11.99/£9.50 at Asos, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic, and Ulta

Do You Need It?

If you have dry skin that’s also sensitive, this is a no-frills moisturising lotion that does the job without irritating skin.

Dupes & Alternatives


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.