First of all, yes, the packaging design of CeraVe products is definitely not the prettiest. Nobody is going to look at a bottle of CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion and think, “Oooh so aesthetic, now that looks like something I need.”
But hey we don’t judge a book by its cover, and boy does this book have something to offer!
If you have had dry skin and have visited the dermatologist or any doctor, then you are probably familiar with CeraVe. It has been known for many years to be the go-to moisturizer brand for everyone, regardless of if they have dry or oily skin.
Not only is CeraVe affordable but it is also insanely good at what it is supposed to do. However, recently we have started to recognize the brand for how good it is. From Tik Tok to YouTube, everyone has started swearing by the brand and with very good reasons as to why.
Why People Swear By CeraVe?
Now there are many reasons why CeraVe is so great and has all this hype. First of all, it works. And anything that does its job, is automatically a favourite.
CeraVe is something that not just beauty gurus, but dermatologists would recommend to add to your skincare routine because of the effectiveness of its products. It does not matter what kind of skin type you have because of how versatile its products are. There is something to offer in their product list for all skin types.
The entire line of CeraVe products contains ceramides in them which are essentially what we need for our skin barriers to retain moisture. Ceramides are fats found in the top layer of the skin that are more than half of our entire skin’s composition. So you know it is very important if you want your skin to be healthy.
If you are looking for a secret fountain of youth, well that fountain is called ceramides. Because of the Sun and from ageing, our skin’s barrier gets weakened and we need to use products like CeraVe’s to help strengthen the barrier again. This leaves the skin looking plump and smooth even as we age.
No wonder why their products are so great at ensuring that our skin is able to stay hydrated.
Why does effective skincare have to be pricey? All of us would probably rather spend our money on something effective that does the same job than the overpriced skincare we are told would magically transform our skin.
CeraVe is a drugstore brand so it is also really easily accessible. You do not need to wait for days after ordering it online from another country, you can simply head on over to a local online or physical store and get yourself some good old CeraVe products.
And we all know how fast these bad boys sell out so knowing that a drugstore might also be having stock, that is a major Hallelujah moment.
No Added Scents
There is no extra fancy-schmancy scent of roses or perfume in all of the CeraVe products. Many of us are probably aware by now of the fact that added scents in skincare products are unnecessary and only irritate the skin. As long as a product does its job and our skin looks bomb, who needs to smell like they drowned themselves in perfume?
Our Top Picks From CeraVe
Over the years of CeraVe pushing out new products, they have had their fair share of hits and misses. Of course, not everything about the brand is perfect but there are some really amazing gems that will help make your skin look flawless.
Based on the reviews that these products have gotten over time and the kind of effects they have had, we picked some top products that could really make a difference to your skin.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Cream
This is an OG moisturizer if you have dry skin and for a very good reason.
It contains Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, also better known as a combination of coconut oil with glycerin. This is a super stable ingredient that helps a tremendous amount when it comes to hydrating the skin. Another ingredient we want to spotlight is hyaluronic acid which is a sugar that the body naturally produces, mostly found in the fluid around the eyes and joints. As we age, the production of this decreases which is why it is useful to add it to a skincare routine.
Sometimes a struggle we tend to have is worrying about irritating the skin or whether a product will react with something and leave our skin irritated. However, this moisturizing cream is very gentle and effective to use on the skin.
It also promotes healing in the skin so you can say goodbye to any dryness in the skin. Another issue we face with moisturizers is that they tend to be greasy when applying so the skin feels heavy.
This moisturizer is luckily not greasy and absorbs into the skin well to give you all the hydration you need. It contains dimethicone which helps in that smooth application you feel when using cream and keeps the cream from feeling heavy when it sits on your face.
Plus as an added bonus, it does not just work on the face alone. That’s right, you can use this cream all over your body! Totally worth it.
CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser
If you are looking for a cleanser that makes your face feel clean while also helping to improve some of the texture on the skin, then this is the cleanser for you. The hydrating facial cleanser is very gentle making it perfect for anyone who prefers to double cleanse when washing their face.
This cleanser works best for normal to dry skin and is great as a morning cleanse before you start your morning skincare routine. It also contains sodium hyaluronate so it keeps the skin feeling moisturized even after a good wash, instead of making the skin feel like it was stripped of all the oils and moisture from it.
Sodium hyaluronate has a much smaller molecular size than hyaluronic acid, which means it penetrates deeper into the skin layers and pulls moisture to your skin very effectively. Because of how well it hydrates the skin, it also plumps the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines on the skin. Certainly, something you might want to consider adding to your morning routine.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
For many of us, finding good sunscreen can be annoying because so many sunscreens tend to be greasy and feel like you are going out in the sun with an oil slick on your face. This lotion, however, is not greasy and absorbs well into the skin.
We recommend this if you are looking for a hydrating sunscreen and want a product that offers 2 in 1. While it is great at hydrating and making the skin look dewy, it may not work very well if you tend to wear makeup on top of it as there might be pilling. If you like to go out and rock your all-natural face or wear minimal makeup, then this sunscreen can be an option for you.
It contains niacinamide so it is very calming for the skin, perfect for when you have to spend the day outside in the Sun. The ingredient also helps improve skin barrier function while treating hyperpigmentation and treating acne.
There is also Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride inside which is great for anyone who suffers from fungal acne. Check out this great article by Simple Skincare Science that tells you more about how to treat it. Fungal acne is caused by a Malassezia yeast that feeds on fatty acids from oils. Since Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride does not get metabolized by the yeast, it prevents the oil from making fungal acne worse. So basically, this is a really good sunscreen option.
CeraVe Salicylic Acid Lotion For Rough & Bumpy Skin
When we tell you this product is a godsend, we mean it. This is such a great and effective product for anyone who has struggled with finding something to help reduce their Keratosis Pilaris, or as most of us call it, strawberry skin. This can be applied to your problem areas like legs, knees, elbows, buttocks and really anywhere else.
It is so frustrating trying to find ways to reduce the bumps on the skin and the reason why this product works so well is that it contains salicylic acid. This is great at exfoliating the skin because it makes the skin shed dead skin cells and create healthier skin. So instead of using harsh scrubs to keep scrubbing the bumps away that instead harm the skin, you can opt for a gentler exfoliator such as this.
The lotion also contains lactic acid which is also great for exfoliation. Fun fact, Cleopatra used to use this to improve her skin texture because lactic acid is just a byproduct of plant and dairy fermentation.
Lactic acid helps shed dead skin cells but also softens the skin and is a part of the compounds that are already naturally in the skin to help with holding onto moisture. Since using cleaning products on the skin can sometimes reduce these compounds, adding them in through lotions like these can help improve the moisture retention in the skin as well.
Our Final Thoughts
Something that we admire about CeraVe is how they manage to be such a reliable brand when it comes to skincare and goes to the extent of letting you know what would and would not work for your skin type.
They are also really affordable compared to other clinical skincare lines while having products that do wonders for the skin. If you ask us, they definitely deserve all the hype that they are getting in recent years and for anyone who has dry skin or is struggling with acne, we recommend that they certainly take a peek into what amazing products the brand has to offer.