Is CeraVe moisturizing cream good for your face?

CeraVe moisturizing cream

CeraVe is one of the fastest growing and affordable skin care lines today. The whole brand focuses on making skin care products which are based on ceramides only. But does it work the way it claims?

CeraVe is a much loved brand by the drugstore skin care buffs, so I decided to give it a try. Recently I started using CeraVe moisturizing cream as my daily facial cream. Now here’s the deal, CeraVe already has one facial moisturizing lotion particularly for your face (both Am/Pm). But, I thought why not try the generic moisturizing cream on my face and see what happens?

So you guessed it right. Today I am going to share my own experience of using the CeraVe moisturizing cream on my face for 1 month, so you can decide whether you should give it a try or not.

CeraVe: A bit about the brand…

CeraVe was founded in 2015 by some dermatologists. They focused on formulating the products only based on 3 types of ceramide: ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II. In 2016 they launched 3 core products: moisturizing Cream, moisturizing Lotion, and hydrating cleanser. Not only that, they patented one product delivery technology named MultiVesicular Emulsion Technology (MVE). It’s an unique and advance system which makes sure the moisturizing ingredients are released onto the skin layer by layer, keeping it soft.

CeraVe ceramide based moisturizer products in 2016
These are the products CeraVe first launched in 2016. Photo: CeraVe

And from there the name came: Cera from Ceramide and VE from the MVE technology. Creative, right?

Currently CeraVe is owned by L’Oréal Paris. And has broaden their product range. They have 70 products for all type of skin requirements on market. All of them are dermatologist tested. They’re popular for their skin care products. Especially cleansers and moisturizers cause the products are affordable and simple. On top of that, all of their products are fragrance, irritant free. This skin care line is a true gem!

Not to mention, more than 20 ceramide based CeraVe products have been recommended by the National Eczema Association. And guess what? The moisturizing cream is the most recommended product by dermatologists in the US. Yayyy! 

The product: CeraVe moisturizer cream and its star ingredients

The goodies : Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Xanthan gum

I know most of you are thinking how “Cetearyl Alcohol” made into the goodie list? Well.. like humans, not all the alcohols are bad. Some are good too (skin care philosophy 101). 

Cetearyl Alcohol are not like the conventional alcohols (example: ethanol) you should avoid in your skin care products. It is a fatty alcohol and completely safe for a sensitive skin. Now breathe!

Cetearyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol and completely safe for any type of skins including sensitive skin.

Next comes ceramide. The ceramides found in this cream, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine are some of the common forms of ceramides used.Ceramides are wonder elements and found naturally in our skin. They’re responsible to hold our skin cells together (like mortars hold bricks) to create a barrier within the skin’s surface.

How bricks and mortars act like skin cell and ceramide
The ceramide acts as the glue between the skin cells. Photo: Bradfrost

As we age the amount of ceramide in our skin starts reducing, making the skin barrier thinner. The skin barrier is responsible to protect your skin from outside threats and keep the inside (yeah like a gate keeper!). Therefore, it’s important to have enough ceramide for a healthy skin barrier.

The bonus is: ceramide is combined with cholesterol in this cream

Ceramide works better when it is combined with other fatty acids or skin-replenishing ingredients like cholesterol.

Coming to hyaluronic acid and sodium lauroyl lactylate

Now everyone is familiar with hyaluronic acid and if you are not, you can check my previous article about skin care actives. Briefly telling, hyaluronic acid is superb for hydration. As a matter of fact, It is a humectant. I was super happy when I saw its name on the ingredient label (yes I am a fan!).

Then, another ingredient, sodium lauroyl lactylate is an ingredient to die for. It is an excellent choice for any skin care products focused on advanced moisturization. It is a salt of lauric acid ester of lactyl lactate. The sodium backbone helps it to penetrate deep into the top layers of the skin easily. And it helps to enhance the moisturizing effect. (too much chemistry? Sorry!).

Lastly comes the ingredient called xanthan gum, a natural ingredient. It is a sugar-based polymer not an active. Xanthan gum is usually used for increasing the viscosity of the product. Coupled with viscosity, it also helps to hold all the ingredients together. Such a friendly guy!

From the goodies list, it seems like the product has the perfect ingredients to do what it claims, “moisturizing”. But wait…let’s check other ingredients and decide.

The bad boys: Petrolatum, Methylparaben, Propylparaben,

I will start with parabens…

Parabens are the Kardashians of the skin care industry; they are controversial. CeraVe, the ceramide based moisturizer contains two types of parabens: methyl and propyl.

So what are these?

Parabens are a group of synthetic compounds used as preservatives in the personal care products. Now there are lots doubts among people regarding this ingredient. It started cause the structure of parabens are similar to estrogens, which can cause risk of breast cancer.

It became a matter of concern when a British study found of traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied. However, the study couldn’t link any relationship between parabens and tumor, so was found invalid. But people are not so sure about this ingredient till date.

However, the study couldn’t link any relationship between parabens and tumor, so was found invalid.

Another controversial toxic ingredient is Petrolatum

It is used in skin care products as a barrier to lock moisture in the skin and great for dry skin. However, The European Union put restrictions on petrolatum and only allows it when the refinery history is known. Well, the reason behind this is valid. Properly refined petrolatum has no known health risks. But, those with incomplete refinery can be contaminated and possess carcinogenic properties.

My personal experience…

I bought CeraVe moisturizing cream from Amazon Canada. Believe it or not, the cream is only 10.99 CAD.

I will be honest, I was not expecting much. However, I must confess..this moisturizer surprised me. I was using it as my day time daily moisturizer. After using it for 1 months, I can say this product is super affordable and works on your skin.

CeraVe ceramide based moisturizer
My day time moisturizing cream : CeraVe moisturizing cream

The good things about CeraVe moisturizing cream:

  • Lightweight, doesn’t make your face greasy
  • No fragrance, I love the fact that this cream is free of fragrance .
  • Not to mention, friendly to your wallet
  • Contains ceramide which is good for all type of skins, especially dry & dehydrated
  • Suitable for any skin type
  • Easy to find in stores, easy to apply on face
  • Can be combined with other skin care actives

The “not so good” things about CeraVe moisturizing cream:

  • The Kardashians a.k.a. Parabens.
  • Petrolatum… because from the label it’s not possible to know whether the petrolatum was refined completely or not. So, that leaves a doubt.

 Would I recommend it?…

CeraVe ceramide based moisturizer
CeraVe moisturizing cream

Of course…If you are like me who is into skin care, want all the good things but at the same time conscious about your wallet; this product is for you.

Yes, CeraVe moisturizing cream is good for your face indeed and it does what it says.  Skin care doesn’t always have to be expensive. This product is the perfect example of that.

Despite of all the good stuff, if you are still concerned about the existence of parabens and petrolatum... just to be on safe side: you can avoid this product. You might consider looking for something which has more natural ingredients.

CeraVe ceramide based moisturizer

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  1. Susan D Miller

    Can Cereve moisturizing cream increase aging spots?
    I am using it nightly and love it; however, age spots are present.

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      Salmeen Choudhury

      The thing is cerave moisturizing cream is more for hydration and won’t help with age spots unless you use a retinol or vitamin c serum with it. So combine the cream with a retinol and vitamin C serum if you want to reduce those age spots 😅

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