Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Dry Skin Solution: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM Review

I've tried something new and it's the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion! I'm always on the hunt for a great moisturizer. With dry skin, it's one of the most important parts of my skincare routine. I need anything and everything that is going to give and trap moisture. Along with that, it needs to be something that isn't going to make me feel greasy or cause breakouts.

CeraVe is something I've heard about for a long time but never actually used. I finally decided to try it when my mom started raving about. So I went online and looked at their whole line. They have quite a few for normal to dry skins but I'm more concerned about ingredients so that's what I paid the most attention to.

The CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM has been so wonderful that I have to write up a review for it. Yes, that's how good it is. And it's so cheap that there's no reason not to try it if you're curious about how your skin may respond.

Conveniently, the bottle has a pump dispenser for which I am extremely grateful. There are a lot of nice moisturizers in jars but I *hate* jars! This pump not only keeps the ingredients stable and away from light and air but it makes a quick and efficient delivery system. It's something I majorly appreciate after just finishing up a moisturizer in a jar. I liked it but I hated the jar so much. I dislike getting product under my fingernails.
This is a light lotion. If it was kbeauty they would call it a "gel cream." It's an opaque white and fairly thin. It sinks into my parched, desert-dry skin immediately, leaving it not only soft but smooth and silky. What's not to love?
The ingredients are what really tipped the balance when it came to testing this.

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

Niacinamide- This ingredient is a workhorse! Not only does it work against the overproduction of melanin and evening out your skintone, it also helps prevent your skin from losing it's moisture content. Studies have also shown that it increases ceramide levels in the skin and can help mitigate the marks acne leaves behind. Basically, if you want to reduce signs of aging, make sure this is in your ingredients list.

Ceramides- Ceramides are a natural structural component of the outer layers of your skin. They help create your skin's natural barrier which keeps moisture in, the environment out and also may help with cell regeneration, keeping your skin soft and bright. Definitely a benefit to anyone, especially with dry skin.

Hyaluronic Acid- I know I spout off about this like its a wonder drug but the difference the presence of this molecule has made in my skincare is noticeable. I'm at the point where I won't use something without it. As we age, our skin loses moisture and the natural production of hyaluronic acid decreases. Since hyaluronic acid is a powerhouse of moisture retention, the loss can mean our skin loses its firmness. Since hyaluronic acid can hold 1000x it's weight in water, when applied to the skin it can improve your skins moisture content, strengthen your skin barrier, all while reducing inflammation and providing a defense against free radical damage.
What else does this mean? Those fine lines and tiny wrinkles will plump right out when the water content of your skin is high enough. Gimme.
Basically this CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM has my number. It's got everything I love except aloe and I can get that elsewhere easily. I always notice the difference after I've applied this. It's non-comedogenic and non-irritating and I've not a single issue over the time I've been using it. The only thing I don't understand is why it's marked "PM." I use it day and night and my skin is looking great!

The other thing I love? It's about $10 a bottle. So doable. There's so many fancy creams out there that are hundreds of dollars but when I look at their ingredients there is nothing even remotely worth that. Who wants to pay so much extra for a name on the bottle? Not me. I want what's inside to be amazing and to continue to be amazing, improving my skin with each use.

You can get this pretty much anywhere:
Ulta has it $13.99 on Buy One Get One 50% off sale right now... I might have take advantage of that.
Amazon has it for $6
Target has it for $7
Or you can just walk in to pretty much any drugstore.

Have you used this CeraVe product? Not all of them have these same ingredients (I know, I hunted through them all) and I think this is the best, at least for me. Especially at my age.

*I bought this for myself and I'm going to probably be buying it for a long time. One of my non-kbeauty staples, I think. Oh, and I get my aloe from my Benton Aloe Soothing Gel.:D Affiliate links were used in this post.


  1. Thank you for this. I've got oily, acne-prone skin that tends to get massively dehydrated in the winter, and it is a nightmare trying to find a light moisturizer that will help my skin hold on to water without clogging it up or adding a bunch of oils. I recently started using the CeraVe foaming facial cleanser because all of my sub box goodies were freaking my face out. (Alas, I've had to cancel most of my beauty subs, because my skin responds furiously to about 90% of the things they send.) I really like it. And now I think I'm going to try the lotion once it turns cold here and my cheek flakes show up.

    Also, thanks for the PopSugar codes. I was so stoked to get the six-month deal!

    1. I love it! You'll have to let me know how it goes with oily skin. I do think you'll like how light it is.

      I don't know what's going on with those codes! They told me they were going up on the 7th, then said no wait, don't put them up yet. And then they were working the next day but now no one knows when it's actually okay to post them for real! I'm glad you snagged it though. I'm sure they'll go up again soon, I just don't know when the official word will be allowed to go out. :D

  2. I will let you know how it goes. I feel really fortunate to have lucked into that PopSugar deal. You're like my favorite person right now, and I don't even know you!

  3. Is it okay to use this with a Retinol? I always have to look that up... if I even think of it!

    1. Yes, it is. Here is a super awesome article dispelling retinol myths (with citations):

    2. This changes everything!! Thank you soooooo much! Stupid myths!

  4. I think this one is labeled "PM" because it doesn't have sunscreen. I *think* they have a day lotion with sunscreen.