Like most women, creeping up the ladder of her 30’s, I will try almost any moisturizer, facial peels and scrubs claiming to slow the aging process or restore a luminous glow on my face last seen in 1992. The problem with my constant experimentation with cleansers, scrubs and creams is that I forget that their potency can wreak havoc on my super sensitive skin (eczema prone). When my skin does erupt I go back to something simple and dermatologist recommended.
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is meant for your body but it’s actually safe to use on your face. It’s lightweight, fragrance-free and absorbs quickly. However, be sure to layer sunblock over this as it does offer any SPF. There is a daytime moisturizer that does have SPF 30. I haven’t tried that yet so I can’t comment on it’s performance. I can’t say that this has kept my eczema on my body at bay by itself but it also hasn’t made my skin react badly either. I still rely on creams and ointments prescribed by my dermatologist but I tend to use less when I use this lotion.
Here are the ingredients if you are curious:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium, Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate,Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.
Even though I was happy with using this day and night, I wanted something a little thicker for bedtime so I recently picked up CeraVe PM facial moisturizer.
This is just a touch thicker, if I wanted to layer a serum in the future underneath this and my ointment, on super dry patches, I would feel fine. I also use the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser to wash my face, followed by a toner, only if I’ve been wearing a heavier foundation during the day, ointment and then this PM moisturizer and so far it’s okay. However, I’ve noticed a small outbreak by my nose – this is the area I tend to break out if I do get any flareups. I think my skin is just getting used to this moisturizer, I’m going to give it a few more days before I feel the need to switch back to the moisturizing body lotion.
Here are the ingredients:
Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium, Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polysorbate 20, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.
So the difference is slight in this moisturizer – there’s Niacinamide but no traces of Polysorbate 20 or Phytosphingosine. I know that these ingredients are nowhere near being natural but I’ve had bad experience with moisturizers that are rich in natural ingredients and vitamins.
I guess time will only tell how this will affect my skin. The good news is that I only spent less than $30 for both lotions and that will probably only get you the cleanser from most high-end skincare collections. I’ve been told that the only thing worth spending is on a good serum for wrinkle prevention, brightening or tightening. You can combine that underneath something economical and trustworthy.
Ugh, pretty sure I’ll fall for the latest moisturizer that will promise to eliminate any fine lines on my forehead, brighten my skin, get rid of my eczema entirely and help my lose 20lbs. I know I went overboard but if I do find such a miracle cream, shouldn’t it be able to erase just about every problem area I have?
When I do, I’m sure CeraVe will still be there to pick up the mess left behind!
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion retails for $12.99/USD and CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion retails for $13.49/USD.
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