It's Taken Me Forever to Try CeraVe But I'm So Glad I Did

It may not be the most glam brand, but CeraVe gets it done.
Publish date:
December 15, 2016
sensitive skin, cerave, drugstore skin care, Affordable Skin Care, Niacinamide

You lot have been recommending I try CeraVe skincare ever since I started writing about skincare for xoVain. CeraVe is beloved in the online skincare world — both in the comments here, and on the Skincare Addiction sub-Reddit, where I do most of my skincare lurking.

It’s been a perilous path trying to get my hands on anything from the brand. They’re not stocked anywhere in New Zealand, and all the online retailers I had found didn’t ship here either. Attempts to get friends in the States to send me some over were foiled when they couldn’t find any in stock; Even the PR company kindly met my request for samples with an explanation that they couldn’t ship internationally.

Eventually I bought an overpriced bottle of CeraVe PM from eBay (risky, I know, but it was unopened at least) and immediately afterwards, discovered the whole range was stocked on, which ships directly to New Zealand for a very affordable price.

You don’t care about the ins and outs of how I bought it, though, so let me tell you how I feel about the CeraVe products I’ve tried so far.

CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

The one that started it all, CeraVe PM is a night-time lotion recommended for normal to dry skin but light enough for my oily skin with no cloggy problems.

Its fourth-listed ingredient is niacinamide, which is the reason I’d been dying to try this product for so long. Niacinamide, also (and somewhat erroneously) known as Vitamin B3, is a real skincare hero ingredient. It can improve skin elasticity, fade discoloration (like post-acne hyperpigmentation or sun spots), improve the texture of your skin, reduce fine lines, and help keep it juicy and hydrated.

My main interest in is fading discoloration, and although I haven’t seen a difference yet, I’m pleased I have such an affordable option for a product so rich in niacinamide.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

I love me a good foaming cleanser and after I wrote about my favorites, you all talked about how good the CeraVe one was. And, of course, you were right!

The CeraVe foaming cleanser is a fragrance free, dye-free colorless gel. It foams gently, without using SLS or SLES. I’ve found I can use it more often than other foaming cleansers, and my skin doesn’t feel sad and stripped after cleansing. Sweet!

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

My everyday cleanser is a cream one, but it’s an expensive Trilogy cream cleanser that sets me back more than I’d like. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a welcome alternative, packed with gentle and soothing ingredients like glycerin.

You’ll also find hyaluronic acid and ceramides. In fact, ceramides are found throughout the CeraVe range (it makes sense given the name, huh). They’re lipids that replenish the skin’s natural moisture barrier and maintain your skin’s hydration levels… at a much cheaper price point than other popular ceramide-rich products like Dr Jart+’s Ceramidin cream.

CeraVe may not be the most glamorous skincare brand — their packaging won’t look as luxe lined up on your bathroom shelf or in your Instagram flat lays. Mainly, it’s super functional and super affordable. It’s hard to find another cheap skincare brand that’s so consistently loaded with active ingredients and efficacious across its whole range (although admittedly I haven’t tried everything yet).

  • Have you tried CeraVe products?
  • What’s your favourite?
  • Any other cheap skincare staples that you guys love?