CeraVe is a product line that I use in my skincare routine. I use quite a few products from this line, so I thought I would start off with the one item that I probably use the most from this brand, the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion.
When I go through all of the ingredients used in this product, you may be able to see why I like this brand. I wouldn’t say that the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is my favorite product from this brand, only because I can’t really pick a favorite. A lot of the products from CeraVe are similar, they are based on some of the same great ingredients. Even though, they are similar in base ingredients they do provide something different in almost every one of the products. The Brand also covers a fairly wide range of products for your skin and they are introducing new products all of the time.
I was first introduced to this line about 10 years ago at my dermatologist’s office. Back then, I started seeing a dermatologist about my rosacea. I haven’t gone back too much in the last 8 years, but I have tried to keep up with some of the treatments and products that I got there. That would include this wonderful brand.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
CerVe Moisturizing Lotion is available everywhere now. It has become quite popular and for a good reason. It contains some great ingredients at a great price point.
You may or may not have wanted to know all of the ingredients and what they are for (I have them all below for you). I did color the boxes of the ingredients that I believed were important for your skin. Those ingredients really help to protect and repair the skin barrier.
This product also has a lightweight, non-greasy feel and sinks into the skin in seconds. It has a time-release formula, so it keeps working and you don’t feel like you need to re-apply it all of the time. There is little fragrance in this product so it doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.
If you have over exfoliated your skin, then yes, you may feel a bit of stinging when you apply it. You are going to feel that with anything. This product does help to heal your skin and repair the skin barrier function.
It can be used on all types of skin. Even very dry, bumpy, irritated skin. It has been approved by the National Eczema Association
and you know that dermatologist (s) recommend it (at least mine did). I haven’t even gotten to the price point of this product. It retails for $12.99 to $14.99. That is a really good price point for these ingredients. No, it doesn’t have every wonderful ingredient out there and it doesn’t smell like chocolate or coconuts. It is smooth on the skin. There are plenty of lotions out there that are much silkier, but they come with a much higher price point and some with not as many proven ingredients. This is just a no thrills (but great ingredients) moisturizer.
It makes this an all-around great choice for a moisturizer for your skin and within an excellent price point.
Ingredients (this is a long list, but if you want to know about them)
Purified water – (I think we all know what this is)
Glycerin – is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. If you have overdone it with the exfoliation of your skin you can apply glycerin directly on your skin to help seal in moisture, but it is kind of sticky and you will have tremendous shine on your face
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride -is an emollient and dispensing agent that is found in millions and millions of products on the market. It quickly sinks into the skin. It is also known as fractionated coconut oil, which is use as a base for many massage oils.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate – is a quaternary ammonium compound and when mixed with the next ingredient, Cetearyl Alcohol it is called BTMS and it is basically a emollient that has a feels like light waxy paste. It is used in many hair conditioners and other skin products. It is very common in skin care as well.
Ceteareth-20 – it is a emulsifier and emollient. It works with fatty acids and other alcohols to act as a emollient thickening agent.
Cetearyl Alcohol – it is a fatty alcohol that is used as an emollient stabilizer and is combined with a number of emollients in products. It is one of the most common alcohols in skin care and doesn’t seem to have the drying affect as some alcohols.
Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1- Now these are little gems in skin care or even skin repair. They are already a natural component of our skin. All four layers of our epidermis contain them. Our skin has a barrier that keeps the moisture, water, reduces infection, ceramides are important part of keeping that barrier healthy.
Hyaluronic Acid – is found naturally in the skin (eyes, joints, fluid in the body, and connective tissue) as well. It has a very high capacity for holding water. That is why it has become so popular in skincare products in recent years. It has the ability to hold moisture and water content in your skin.
Cholesterol – this ingredient also helps to maintain proper function of the epidermis or the skin barrier. It is found naturally in the skin and in the body (however, it is different than cholesterol that is so commonly referred to in body function and in your blood work). It works to help strengthen the outer structure of the skin and protect it from dehydration.
Dimethicone – it is classified as a silicone-based polymer. It forms a waxy and slick barrier on the skin. It is used to help with keeping moisture in the skin and forming a protective barrier. It is used in an abundance of products, including products for diaper rash.
Polysorbate 20 – it emulsifies the skin. It also adds fragrance and it is a surfactant (reduces surface tension) in a product.
Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate – It is another emollient and surfactant.
Potassium Phosphate – It is also a ph level adjuster and buffering agent. So it helps with irritation for the skin.
Dipotassium Phosphate – water soluble salt that is most common used as a buffering agent.
Sodium Lauroyl lactylate – it is an all natural surfactant and emollient, mostly derived from milk or coconut oil. It penetrates the skin quite easily.
Cetyl alcohol – a fatty alcohol. It really isn’t an alcohol it is more of a waxy substance. It is used as an emollient.
Disodium EDTA – in cosmetics products, it is used as a preservative or stabilizer for a product.
Phytosphingosine – it is a fatty alcohol that is water binding for the skin.
It seems this ingredient can also be a skin-restoring ingredient, so it helps restore the skin barrier as well.
Methylparaben and Propylparaben – Yes, they are parabens. They are a preservative. They are nearly the last on the ingredients list.
Carbomer – thickening agent
Xanthan Gum – it is a thickening agent and helps with stability of ingredients
I would recommend everyone get this lotion and I do most of the time. In fact, someone asked me that other day what moisturizer to get and I said unless you want it to feel a bit more luxurious, I would just stick with this one. You can’t beat it for what it does for your skin for the price point.