Brand Review: CeraVe. Everything You Need to Know About the CeraVe Product Line

Updated: Dec 16, 2020





Before purchasing new skincare, it's important to understand what benefits they may be able to provide us with, who they're suitable for - and how they work. I purchased the staple CeraVe product line to give you some insight behind the science of the products and my won personal experiences.





The Brand: CeraVe


CeraVe are well known for their cermaides - which you will notice when looking at the active ingredients of the products below.


"In 2005, CeraVe’s dermatologists developed a line of skincare products enriched with a blend of three essential ceramides (ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II), fatty acids and other lipids to help repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier."


When reviewing the brand, from the branding, packaging and formulas - it is clear that CeraVe is a professional and medical/science focused company.

They focus on being gentle to the skin, not overly stripping it - and repairing the epidermis (top layer of the skin) to provide a healthy skin look and feel.


Overall, this is a brand I would recommend to people with dry skin who want to focus on being gentle to their skin.










Hydrating Cleanser


Product type: Lotion

Price: £9.50

Volume: 236ml

Actives: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid

Perfect for: Normal to Dry Skin





Ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-40 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Potassium Phosphate, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tocopherol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin.



Description:

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser uses gentle ingredients to help remove dirt, grime and other impurities (makeup, sunscreen and sebum) without totally stripping your skin from all of it's natural goodness.


The addition of ceramides in the formulation allow for the strengthening of the lipid bi-layer of the skin. This helps with reducing trans-epidermal water loss (loss of hydration through the skin) and rebuilds a healthy protective layer on the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.


Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant which draws and keeps water molecules on and in the skin. This means that after cleansing, your skin will feel hydrated and not stripped - like most other cleansers would.


This formula is also non-comedogenic (manning it doesn't clog pores), so it's perfect for people who may be suffering with acne but also have dry skin.


Finally, it is fragrance free: meaning it is less likely to irritate your skin.








Moisturising Lotion


Product type: Lotion

Price: £9.50

Volume: 236ml

Actives: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid

Perfect for: Dry to Very Dry Skin





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, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Dipotassium Phosphate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hylauronate, Tocopherol, Ceramide EOP.



Description:

The CeraVe Moisturising Lotion is not your typical moisturiser. This product is much more lightweight than your typical moisturiser - however it still provides a high level of hydration and leaves the skin feeling replenished and quenched.


Once again: the addition of ceramides in the formulation allow for the strengthening of the lipid bi-layer of the skin. This helps with reducing trans-epidermal water loss (loss of hydration through the skin) and rebuilds a healthy protective layer on the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.


And: Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant which draws and keeps water molecules on and in the skin. This means that the hydration effect will be long-lasting on your skin.


This product is also fragrance free, which means that your skin won't be irritated - which is important with leave-on cosmetics.







SA Smoothing Cream


Product type: Cream

Price: £12.00

Volume: 177ml

Actives: Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Ceramides, Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid, Urea

Perfect for: Dry, Rough, Bumpy Skin





Ingredients:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ammonium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3 in Corn Oil), Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Cholesterol, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Edetate Disodium, Propylparaben, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.



Description:

This CeraVe product is designed for extremely dry skin which exhibits bumps and roughness. it contains ingredients which target the roughness and bumps through exfoliating agents and re-hydrates the skin through humectants and hydrating agents.


Salicylic acid (BHA) and lactic acid (AHA) are used to exfoliate the skin - removing dirt from the deeper layers of the skin by disturbing the top layer of the epidermis and releasing clogged pores. This is especially beneficial for people who do experience little bumps on their skin - as these ingredients will penetrate through the skin and remove any deeper impurities.


Urea is a component of the natural moisturizing factor produced by the skin. Urea is a humectant, which means it is able to absorb moisture from the environment and draw it to the skin. This ingredient is also an emollient that softens and smoothens the skin.

Urea helps improve the appearance of patches of dry, rough, scaly skin in two ways. This ingredient helps provides hydration to smooth texture, and it also works to help thin the buildup of dead skin cells.


Niacinamide (vitamin B3) is another amazing ingredient which is a building block of ceramides. It leaves a beautiful skin finish, and helps with regulating sebum production.


Once again, this product is also non-comedogenic (doesn't clog pores) and fragrance free - but in addition, it is also hypoallergenic.






Facial Moisturising Lotion With UV Protection


Product type: Cream

Price: £13.00

Volume: 52ml

Actives: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid

Perfect for: Normal to Dry Skin





Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Homosalate, Glycerin, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl, Salicylate, Niacinamide, Silica, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, 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, Cerbomer, Ethylhexyglycerin, Ceramide EOP.



Description:

This CeraVe product is perfect for everyone. It's the perfect moisturiser for most skin types (perhaps not for people with extremely oily skin) and has an SPF of 25. If you'd like to learn more about What is SPF? check out our earlier article.


Once again: the addition of ceramides in the formulation allow for the strengthening of the lipid bi-layer of the skin. This helps with reducing trans-epidermal water loss (loss of hydration through the skin) and rebuilds a healthy protective layer on the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.


And: Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant which draws and keeps water molecules on and in the skin. This means that the hydration effect will be long-lasting on your skin.


Just like all other CeraVe products, it is fragrance-free as well as non-comedogenic (doesn't clog pores)






Eye Repair Cream


Product type: Cream

Price: £12.00

Volume: 14ml

Actives: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid, Marine and Botanical Complex

Perfect for: Every Skin Type





Ingredients:

Purified Water, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-ll, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Zinc Citrate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Triethanolmanie, Laureth-4, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum.



Description:

This product is designed to visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. It is a gentle formula and has been Ophthalmologist tested. And has the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™.


The marine and botanical extracts in this formula can provide many benefits which tackle the issues of dark circles and pigmentation as well as soothing puffiness under the eyes.


Once again: the addition of ceramides in the formulation allow for the strengthening of the lipid bi-layer of the skin. This helps with reducing trans-epidermal water loss (loss of hydration through the skin) and rebuilds a healthy protective layer on the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.


And: Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant which draws and keeps water molecules on and in the skin. This means that the hydration effect will be long-lasting on your skin.







Reparative Hand Cream


Product type: Cream

Price: £6.00

Volume: 50ml

Actives: Ceramides, Hyaluronic Acid

Perfect for: Extremely Dry, Rough Hands





Ingredients:

Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Petrolatum, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Carbomber, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Ceramide Np, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexyglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Phytosphingosine, Potassium Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum.



Description:

This is a very very rich hand cream, perfect for anyone who suffers from dry and rough hands. this formula is truly rich with moisturising agents, yet it doesn't leave a greasy residue (after you wait a minute).


Once again: the addition of ceramides in the formulation allow for the strengthening of the lipid bi-layer of the skin. This helps with reducing trans-epidermal water loss (loss of hydration through the skin) and rebuilds a healthy protective layer on the epidermis (top layer) of the skin.


And: Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant which draws and keeps water molecules on and in the skin. This means that the hydration effect will be long-lasting on your skin.


This product is also fragrance free and hypoallergenic.


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