The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream claims it will provide long lasting skin hydration which won’t clog pores, irritate sensitive skin or feel greasy.
Just like all CeraVe products, this moisturizing cream contains Ceramides (three essential ones in this case – Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II and Ceramide 1) which help to restore and maintain the skin’s natural protective barrier. As we age, naturally occurring ceramides in our cells become less effective at achieving hydrated and supple skin and keeping wrinkles at bay. This cream aims to reinforce this supply and in doing so, fortify the skin’s natural barrier and thus increase hydration in an attempt to leave it looking more smooth and youthful. Furthermore, ceramides have proven effective at fighting symptoms of eczema, hence the cream’s endorsement by the US National Eczema Association.
CeraVe also has a patented MultiVesicular Emulsion (MVE) delivery technology which is designed to provide layers of moisture over time. In doing so it is said to leave skin nourished long after application.
Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol and Cetyl Alcohol are natural fatty acids derived from coconut oil and have the opposite effect of regular alcohols which are drying. They are included for their emollient and emulsifier properties. Similarly, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a coconut and glycerin derivative, high in fatty acids which also enhances emollient and replenishing properties of the cream. It is able to resist moisture loss by providing a lightweight, non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
Hyaluronic Acid is naturally present in our bodies. It is able to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water. It reinforces the moisture barrier to make skin softer and retain hydration. Glycerin and Dimethicone assist in the prevention of moisture loss. Together, these hydrators can deliver a powerful hit of moisturization.
Remaining ingredients are included for their abilities to emulsify, bind, thicken, preserve and adjust pH levels.
Purified Water, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer and Xanthan Gum
Update: The May 2019 Australian release of this product has a different formulation to the one reviewed here, in July 2017. INCI as follows:
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Potassium Phosphate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium Edta, Dipotassium Phosphate, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ceramide Eop. (Code F.I.L. D213768/1)
The cream comes in a huge plastic screw top container. There is no spatula included and a large opening raises risk of degradation. Having said that, I went through a whole jar, using my fingers each time and experienced no problem with the product spoiling in any way. Furthermore, CeraVe offers a choice, selling the product with the screw top lid (as presented here) and also an alternative with a pump action dispenser for those concerned about contamination.
Most of the ingredients in this cream are considered safe and effective. However, CeraVe regularly uses synthetic parabens to assure product preservation. This is the only red flag raised by the CosDNA report. For similar reasons, the EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database rates it a fair hazard with a score of 4/10, propylparaben, the only concern.
Parabens are a regular and more recently, controversial inclusion in skincare and cosmetic products (used regularly for the last seventy years to prevent bacteria, fungus and microbes from forming). Although inconclusive research is available to prove that they have any detrimental affect on our health, sufficient doubt is raised by science to question their presence in skincare.
Update: CeraVe has recently introduced this product to Australia. The version sold here is paraben free. This formulation is not relevant in Australia as of May 2019.
Apply with fingers to face and body as required.
There is pleasantly no scent associated with this cream.
The jar is huge (16oz or 453g) and sells for approximately AUD$20.00 and a few dollars more for the optional pump dispenser.
Unfortunately it is not stocked in Australia and must be purchased online. The most economical and reliable site that stocks it which I know of is iHerb. They offer a first order discount and shipping is free and quick for orders over around AUD$50.00.
Update: As of May 2019, CeraVe is available in Australia through Chemist Warehouse.
There is no icon on the packaging indicating expiration date. I have seen it stipulated up to 4 years in advance on some internet marketplaces so it is probably safe to assume it lasts up to several years.
The CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is very well priced and will last a long time since a little goes such a long way. You only need the smallest amount and it spreads so easily and absorbs immediately into the skin. The packaging is very basic. A huge opening encourages you to slop your fingers in to apply, inviting risk of contamination. There is an alternative package available for a few extra dollars (AUD$25.00) that includes a pump action dispenser if you’re particularly worried about bacteria. Personally, I have had no issues and will continue to use this one in this manner. The huge volume encourages me to use this as both face and body moisturiser.
The cream is glossy and white in appearance. It retains plenty of slip for easy application. Absorption is so quick and thorough, making it very satisfying to use, particularly to the whole body. It’s very practical after a shower as you can get dressed promptly without having to wait long for dry down. You can enhance the moisturing effect on the body by applying it while skin is still damp.
It definitely leaves skin non-greasy and non-oily as claimed with an immediate feeling of moisturisation. The finish pleasantly lacks any residue, tackiness or stickiness. I apply it to dry areas on my face (along the jaw line) and body as described. Skin feels soft and hydrated well into the next day. I have used an entire tub over the last several months with great results and have another in reserve.
Regarding the eczema claim, as I don’t suffer this condition but my daughter does, I gave her the cream to use over a few weeks to see if it made any difference. Her eczema is concentrated primarily behind her knees. After applying this cream multiple times a day to the affected areas, unfortunately, this product did nothing to reduce the condition although it did offer her temporary relief. Given its certification by the US National Eczema Association I have no doubt that it probably works for some but sadly, not in our case.
Update: The recent release (May 2019) of this cream in Australia is also certified by Eczema Association Australia.
This product is made from a solid collection of ingredients, is well priced and offers excellent value, hydration and moisturisation, gentle enough to use all over the body and face. Purely as a moisturizing cream, I would totally recommend it. As an eczema treatment, it fell a little short in our case, however, given the research and positive consumer feedback, it may work for others. I enjoyed this cream sufficiently to buy another tub and am happily working my way through it. I don’t intend being without this product in the future!
|Non greasy, non sticky, fast absorption|
|Suitable for all skin types particularly dry|
|No colour or fragrance|
Parabens: What Are They? And Are They Really That Bad?, Readers Digest Best Health Magazine
The Secret to a Perfect Complexion, Style Caster
Ceteareth-20 The Truth In Aging
caprylic/capric triglyceride Paula’s Choice Skincare
Behentrimonium Methosulfate Chemical of the Day
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