Tuesday, 20 February 2018

CeraVe Overview - Coming to the UK!

Finally, CeraVe have announced that they are launching in the UK and will be available at Boots as of 5th March! I for one am extremely happy with this news as I have been loving the brand for around a year, so thought I would share my views to help anyone who hasn't experienced the amazingness that is CeraVe! For those of you who are not aware of them, they are a huge American skincare line which has been developed by dermatologists and focuses on ceramides in particular. They are widely available in pharmacies such as Walmart and Target and come with a very affordable price tag. In my opinion their products deserve high praise, I love that they make themselves accessible to all budgets without compromising on ingredients.

The spotlight ingredients are essential ceramides (1, 3 and 6-II) as well as fatty acids and other lipids which are found naturally in skin. These are essential in maintaining healthy skin and for repairing and strengthening the skin’s barrier to retain moisture and prevent dryness and itchiness. CeraVe have created a ‘revolutionary’ delivery system called MVE (MultiVescular Emulsion Technology – what a mouthful) which releases moisturising ingredients over the course of 24 hrs, aiming to keep skin hydrated all day. I personally cannot attest to that as I think all moisturising products should aim to keep skin moisturised all day, but that’s just my opinion!

CeraVe has over 70 products within their range, all fragrance free and designed to be gentle and care for skin. I have only tried the 3 I am reviewing here, but I would say that this brand is suitable for most skin types including very sensitive/eczema prone. As with anything I’d patch test before slathering it all over though!
         (Left - Right: Renewing SA Cleanser, PM Moisturiser, Hydrating Cleanser)

Hydrating Cleanser:

My favourite product here and one that I will repurchase again and again. I would say if you have no idea what to buy from the brand then this would be a good place to start. It’s a non-foaming lightweight lotion containing hyaluronic acid and glycerine. It makes for an ideal morning or second cleanse and is super gentle and instantly calming on the skin.

My main concern was that this would clog my pores but I have not experienced that at all thank goodness. It cleanses the skin incredibly well and leaves skin so soft! It can be applied to dry or damp skin and removes easily with water without the need for a cloth. On this basis I find myself wanting to use it regularly and end up reaching for it over some of my more expensive cleansers, especially if I am breaking out or feeling sensitive. It just does everything I need it to. I personally wouldn’t use it to remove makeup but if I was only wearing a light layer then a double cleanse of this should suffice. It’s a basic no faff cleanser, but sometimes that’s exactly what the skin needs!

Apparently, it will sell at £9 for 236ml so I really don’t think you can go wrong, I can guarantee this will fly off the shelves!


Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

PM Moisturiser:

This has become a trusty companion in my collection, a lightweight cream-gel hybrid which is perfect for oily/combination skins like mine. Again, packed with wonderful ingredients such a niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and cholesterol, I personally like to use this mixed in with a facial oil or on its own under an SPF during daytime.

 It feels soothing and nourishing on the skin and is easily absorbed, skin feels hydrated without feeling overwhelmed. I personally couldn’t use these on its own during the winter months as it wouldn’t be enough, but in the summer it’s ideal. I love that it mixes well with other products and makeup applies nicely over the top. Definitely one to try if you have dehydrated oily skin as it provides enough moisture for skin to feel comfortable without leaving any greasy residue. There are not many lightweight lotions on the market that tick so many boxes, this is a winner!


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

Renewing SA Cleanser:

This is the newest addition to my CeraVe collection, I have only used it a handful of times but enough to give you my thoughts. If I compare this to other similar cleansers I’ve tried with Salicylic Acid then this would come out top, I personally prefer this over the IS Clinical Cleansing Complex which has a big following.

Of course you get quite a lot for your money quantity wise, but in addition to that it truly delivers when it comes to smoothing the skin and providing gentle chemical exfoliation without stripping it of its natural oils. When I saw that it was a gel texture I instantly thought it would leave my skin feeling dry and tight, but was pleasantly surprised that it does none of those things! I assume that this is because the formula contains hyaluronic acid and glycerine which give a healthy boost of hydration.

Despite being a foam cleanser it honestly leaves the skin super comfortable and soft. It doesn’t contain any harsh physical exfoliants so this would work extremely well as a daily cleanser for congested, acne prone skins. I personally like to use this when my skin is feeling dull and groggy, more so when my skin is suffering from hormonal breakouts as it helps reduce spots and calm them down. A must have when skin is misbehaving!


Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Methylcocoyl Taurate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Salicylic Acid, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Sodium Benzoate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholecalciferol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide

So, there we have it, my brief reviews on each CeraVe product I own, I hope they have been helpful and give you some ideas of what to purchase when the brand arrives in the UK! I’m sure they will be a massive hit over here and will go a long way in helping people achieve healthy skin without spending a fortune! Depending on what products they release here I’m thinking of purchasing the eczema/anti itch line for my son who suffers with eczema to see how they fare. I’m looking forward to seeing if they introduce the whole range or just certain popular products… I have my eye on the hydrating micellar water and SA cream next!

Have you tried CeraVe? What are your favourites from the brand or what are you looking to purchase when they come to the UK? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading xx


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