Pssst! Dear friend did you hear? Cult fragrance free skincare brand CeraVe just launched in the UK this March 2018. While CeraVe have an impressive skincare range of over 70 products for you skin savvies in the US, CeraVe’s roll-out in the UK’s just starting.
CeraVe are a fandabeoushous skincare brand to have on your skincare radar.
Why? Because they’re a purse friendly source of ceramide science.
…and the top layers of your skin are only healthy when they contain around 50% ceramides! Is your skincare giving them back? CeraVe skincare sure is.
Dear skin savvy your skin is like a brick wall. Somedays your skin’s brick wall looks like a new build and other days your skins brick wall looks like a 500-year-old castle.
When your skin’s channeling 500-year-old castle, you’re going to get red, itchy, sensitive, allergic, dry, dehydrated, prematurely aged, tight feeling, burny, irritated skin – unless you call in a speedy castle repair team.
CeraVe has just the thing (!) come find out which of their UK 6 product launch is worth pulling your purse out for…
Is CeraVe Good For The Skin?
The right mix of ingredients is everything ‘eh. Imagine baking a cake with a huge cup full of eggs and a spoonful of flour. Imagine putting on makeup with a flick of foundation and a dollop of mascara. Imagine having a main course of chocolate cake and a dessert of stew – nom nom nom.
The right ratio of ingredients is everything.
And the right ratio of skincare ingredients is also everything.
Take your skin as an example.
The top layers of your skin are called your skin barrier, they keep your skin moisturised, they stop pollution attacking you, they save you from infection and best bit they help keep your skin young and wrinkle free.
They’re made from technically dead skin cells (bricks) and a cementing mixture of ceramides, fatty acids and cholesterol.
Here’s what us scientists know. Apply these ingredients to your skin in a 1:1:1 ratio and your skin barrier can be helped back into recovery at a nice normal speed. But bonus – apply these ingredients to your skin in a 3:1:1 ratio and your skin recovery can go super-speed.
CeraVe skincare can help you replenish them.
Answer: Yes dear friend, CeraVe skincare can very definitely be good for your skin.
What Are the Ingredients of CeraVe?
While the ingredients you’ll find in CeraVe products are all a little different – like having a white T-shirt a red T-shirt and a yellow-T-shirt, all CeraVe products have a staple collection of base ingredients aka they’re all T-shirts *winks*.
These are the ingredients you’ll find in every CeraVe skincare product, aka these are the ingredients which make CeraVe work;
- Ceramide NP aka ceramide 3
- Ceramide AP aka ceramide 6
- Ceramide EOP aka ceramide 9
Here’s why they’re fabulous – all 5 CeraVe Ingredients are skin identical lovers aka your skin already makes, needs and knows how to use all of these ingredients. CeraVe skincare can help top them back up when skin stress or even using a too harsh cleanser or even washing your face too many times a day (twice) can take them away.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 14 May 2018
Extra bonus bits to know;
Phytosphingosine; this guy’s also pin-pointed to help get rid of acne, reduce redness, promote a really healthy skin microflora and just like ceramides – repair a damaged or aged skin barrier.
All these CeraVe ingredients come made up in something called a MultiVesicular Emulsion aka they contain lots of teeny tiny pasta tubes which over 24 hours slowly dissolve/get eaten by your skin to release the above list of skin helpers. It’s how CeraVe can promise you 24 hour hydration.
Is CeraVe Good For Wrinkles?
Yes, CeraVe skincare is good for helping prevent or even treat existing wrinkles – especially the skincare picks which contain another ingredient known as niacinamide – more about which of the CeraVe UK launch contain both soon!
Damaged skin aka skin with holes in its brick wall gets sprung by wrinkles super easily.
Healthy skin aka skin with new build worthy brick walls resists and plumps out wrinkles super easily.
Is CeraVe Fragrance Free?
Dear friend, CeraVe is great for your skin not only because of what it contains but also because of what it doesn’t contain.
Bottom line: fragrance is never good for your skin and it’s especially not good for dry, damaged or sensitive skin types.
All CeraVe skincare is 100% fragrance free, it’s why CeraVe’s a key player on our list of 10 completely fragrance free skincare brands.
CeraVe UK Launch Review
Now onto the juicy bit, which of the CeraVe UK 6 product launch is worth pulling your purse out for? What can each skincare pick offer your skin? Are all 6 great for any skin type? Come find out all my friend…
1. CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot
Perfect for dry, very dry and super dry body skin in need of a healing hand quick.
£14.50/454g – buy it here.
You can see the full ingredients list below but grab a gander of this quick list for extras work knowing about;
- Glycerin – attracts and locks water into your skin
- Petrolatum & dimethicone – helps form a 2nd skin while your skin repairs
- Hyaluronic acid – an expert water binder working in the same way as glycerin
- Vitamin E – an anti-ageing antioxidant
CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream Pot is a great everyday grab for the price and skincare actives you’re getting. You will struggle to find the collection of skin helping ceramides plus partnering actives in any other drugstore available cream. It’s also worth knowing the mix you see here in CeraVe is proven by the manufacturer to absorb deeply into skin i.e. find ceramides in another formula and they might just be sitting on top of your skin. This is a star grab for your dry body skin – and hands!
2. CeraVe Moisturising Lotion
Perfect for dry body skin and even as an after-sun moistursier – it’s much more light-weight compared to the CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot.
£9/236ml – buy it here.
On top of the always there ceramide complex, this pick also gives your skin;
- Glycerin – water attracting moisturiser
- Dimethicone – 2nd skin allowing instant relief while skin repairs
- Hylauornic acid
- Vitamin E
You can think of CeraVe Moisturising lotion like a summer salad and CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream Pot like a winter’s stew. Use this guy when your skin needs moisture but not the overnight kind aka the kind you could put clothes on after without feeling like you’re trying to pull on a latex body suit.
3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF25
Perfect for normal, dry and dry/combination skin types helping restore, protect and anti-age your face as an AM moisturiser.
£12/52ml – buy it here.
With these added & super helpful extras;
- Niacinamide – barrier building, anti-inflammatory, anti-redness, skin-tone brightening, anti-ageing, anti-oxidant
- UV protection – Homosalate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
- Dimethicone – forms a protective 2nd skin, also great for helping makeup sit right
- Fatty acids – palmitic acid, myristic acid
- Vitamin E
- Hyaluronic acid
CeraVe’s facial moisturising lotion with SPF has some great claims – it gives your face sun protection without using oxybenzone – pssst! Oxybenzone is best avoided when you have a sensitive skin type and double pssst! If your skin type’s dry, it’s going to be more sensitive. SPF is also the cheapest anti-ageing cream you could ever buy and this formula will make using it every day – easy peasy lemon squeezy.
CeraVe’s facial moisturising lotion also has wonder ingredient niacinamide – which has one spectacularly sized skin CV. Is there anything niacinamide can’t do?
And finally, this pick is the only one in the CeraVe launch which contains the magic 3 – ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids – a fabulously perfect mixture for getting your skin back into peak condition fast.
4. CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
Containing a very similar set of ingredients to CeraVe Moisturising Cream Pot & Moisturising Lotion I’d recommend using either of these as a joint hand + body moisturiser.
The one win-out of CeraVe’s Reparative Hand Cream is it’s handbag friendly size – buy it if you want on the go relief or wash your hands a lot every day.
£5.50/50ml – buy it here.
The above and beyond ceramide extras;
- Glycerin – water attracting/humectant moisturiser
- Petrolatum – makes a temporary 2nd skin
- Hyaluronic acid – humectant
- Vitamin E – anti-oxidant
5. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Perfect for sensitive skin friendly cream cleansing – which I’d recommend for all skin types when used with a cotton pad to remove makeup.
£9/236ml – buy it here.
Dear friend, most face wash cleansers use these things called surfactants to clean-up your skin. Ingredients like sodium lauryl sulphate or SLS for short. Trouble is, they can eat up your skin barrier fast. Cream cleansers like the CeraVe UK launch of their hydrating cleanser – don’t contain traditional surfactants and can therefore say no to your all you can eat skin buffet aka they’re especially sensitive to your skin.
CeraVe hydrating cleanser makes a fab and much more active ingredient packed pick than the often recommended drugstore Cetaphil cleanser.
6. CeraVe Foaming Cleanser
A perfect cleanser choice for oily skin types which might also be blemish, acne or spot prone.
£9/236ml – buy it here.
Face Facts: Over-drying skin can give you a more oily surface than you started with. Our Foaming Cleanser for normal to oily skin creates a feather-light foam that’s gentle on your skin but tough on excess oils, dirt and makeup. Foam up without drying out for balanced, refreshed skin. #facefacts #cerave #foamingcleanser
Usually I advise to 100% avoid cleansers which call themselves foaming as most of the time they use very strong surfactants which love to eat up your skin’s oils, ceramides and cholesterol. CeraVe’s UK launched foaming cleanser is different. CeraVe foaming cleanser uses very mild surfactants for example one which goes by the name of coco-betaine aka cocamidopropyl betaine.
Plus you’ll also find the added extra of niacinamide, an ingredient known to help regulate sebum production and help get rid of spots, blemishes and acne. While it’s always better to find actives like niacinamide in leave on products, also having them in your face wash can only do more good.
Are you a CeraVe fan? Or are you new to CeraVe and considering trying them out? Which of the CeraVe UK launched 6 is in your basket? Come chat with me in the comments below…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.