Rated 3.16 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I use this every day
I'm glad I bought this before I read some of the negative reviews. Everyone has such different skin and I may have stayed away from this product once I read those, I'm glad I didn't! For reference: I am 44, acne prone, with dark skin and have eczema -- I'm allergic to a lot of products. I am also using a product for my acne called Tazorac so sunscreen is a necessity. I found this product to rub in well, it feels good, does not irritate, and I didn't feel like I had that white film you often get with sunscreens. I wear under make up and my make up goes on smoothly after. I do wait about 10 min post shower to put the lotion on, and wait until after I do my hair to apply my make up which I think helps with having it absorb and layering under make up. (If I put on the lotion while my skin is damp, it doesn't absorb well, and if I apply my make up immediately after, I do feel like it's a bit too much). I really like using this as it doesn't irritate with my eczema, moisturizes, does not cause break outs, contains the sunscreen I need and looks good under make up.
Most Helpful Critical Review Combination/Acne Prone Skin -okay not great
I'll start by saying I really wanted to like this product. As someone with acne prone/combo skin, I'm hesitant to stray from my typical regimen. I use a benzoyl peroxide face wash as well as topical prescriptions (clindamyacin and retinol cream...both drying)to manage my acne per a dermatologist. In the past the best lotion experience I've had is with aveeno positively radiant. It's been getting pricey so figured I'd try something else in the same price range with the hopes of getting more for what I spend. I thought if anything a lotion labeled as being for normal to dry skin would be too heavy for me normally but may be a good option before and during winter as I do get dry then. I've been using the Cerave AM at morning and Cerave PM lotion at night hoping to beat the winter dryness before winter. After a few days of use, I'm debating going back to aveeno. It absorbs quickly, isn't greasy and overall I like the feel of the lotions. However I feel like my skin isn't as moisturized as it's been with other products. Maybe the people with naturally dry skin have a different experience b/c their skin is naturally dry and any added moisture helps. But for someone who typically suffers from dry skin only in the winter, I'm noticing rough patches (after swapping to this line) and it's just nearing the end of summer. I don't usuallywrite reviews, but noticed there didnt seem to be many for people with my skin issues. Just writing for all my acne/combination skin friends out there. Any other recommendations are appreciated. I debated trying just the traditional? Cerave..seemed like more of a heavy duty all over moisturizing cream. Might still give that a go in the winter.
Reviewed by 832 customers Hard to blend in
HK from USA
Not worth the $$. It takes a lot of work to blend in and pills very easily, especially on my nose. There's better out there for cheaper. This ain't it.
Made skin break out:/
Dei from Georgia
It made my skin break out, left white residue, wouldn't rub in and was kinda purple on my skin, I have oily skin so I thought it was a plus that it had no oil but it maybe my skin really ashy and tbh it didn't rlly work.
Works as expected
Nadya from KY
I decided to give it a try regardless of the bad reviews. I have combo skin more to the dry side, and I'm taking acne medication that makes it even drier. I've been using it for about 3 weeks and works good! it hasn't broke me out. I'm medium skin tone and it doesn't leave a white cast even tho has zinc in it, the texture is more like a sunscreen than a lotion but that works fine with me! leaves a matte finish which I'm okay with and I've used it under make up and works great. it's an affordable lotion you can always try, and if you're unsatisfied you can always return it!
great moisturizer and spf all in one
Gloria from CA
Despite all the negative comments about it pealing and not blending in to the skin correctly it is not the experience i have with this product. I think a lot has to do with how i prep my skin before applying this product, i use just a toner and don't experience any peeling. I love it!! & it goes great under makeup.
Doesn't smell great
Arielle Joy from Oregon
Has a strong wheat smell. Doesn't absorb well. Feels a little dry, may be better for oily skin rather than my combo skin.
krut from claysville l
this was not working working well for me at all. very time i would use over my serums it would crumble up. i tried it in different ways and it still did. i gave it to someone eles
maddie from us
for reference, i have normal/ combination skin that tends to be more on the dry side. i absolutely hated this. it has a greasy, oily texture that does not absorb. it pills and leaves a white cast, and i'm extremely pale! and on top of this all, this did not protect me from the sun at all — in fact it did the opposite! on days i used this, my face would start stinging and would turn bright red within minutes of being out in the sun, and i'm not even exaggerating. at first, i didn't think this was causing my sensitivity, but once i starting suspecting it, i decided to put it on one half of my face, and what do you know? i'm sitting here with that half of my face right now burning and stinging even though the only sun exposure i had today was a short walk outside — 20 minutes at most. luckily, it only last for about a day, but i'm just really upset that i wasted money on this. i can't even use it on my body because it pills so much. this is going straight to the trash.
CC from NC
I picked this up on a whim and tried it for 3 mornings before giving up. It's thick, more like a sunscreen than a moisturizer. It's also hard to spread and pills easily. I didn't use it long enough to see if it delivered any skin benefits. I like my CeraVe cleanser and the PM moisturizer, so I was expecting much more out of this.
white cast & pills
jenna from milwaukee
i wanted to love this bc i usually love cerave but it was awful! leaves an awful white cast that can't be blended unless you rub it in to the point of it pilling. it was moisturizing, but the spf ingredients ruined it
Julia from Columbia, MO
Doesn't absorb AT ALL. Peels all over my face. Super disappointed because I love the CeraVe brand :(
make me breakout
new user from Foster City, CA
It was not very absorbent so leaves white streak marks all over.
I wanted to use this moisturizer + spf before wearing makeup but could do that because how heavy and oily it feels on my skin. When I use this in the morning, my skin break out by the evening :(
Makeup Reviewer from Rochester, NY
If you do not wear makeup this is a decent moisturizer/sunscreen combo. This stuff is a little thick and requires a little extra time to work into the skin but it is moisturizing and I do not get sunburnt with this. I find if I use 2 pumps I have no issue putting this on. If I only use 1 pump this lotion pills like crazy. Speaking of pilling, this is why I recommend not using this under makeup. When I use a liquid product and buff it into the skin, the lotion will pull randomly. My liquid products such as foundation and concealer will not go on smoothly as this lotion almost sits on the skin. I find find lines and texture are made worse if I do not use a good primer underneath. So, if you are planning to use this not under makeup, I think this is an okay product, otherwise definitely skip.
Does not absorb, pills all over the skin
Vanessa the Esthetician from Diamond Bar, CA
I used it twice and then threw it away because it did not moisturize my skin and I felt it didn't even protect it from the sun since it pilled and I had to wipe it off both times I used it.
NurseNae from Virginia Beach
Left a horrible white cast. Never applied smoothly it peeled and fell off of my face no matter what was layered with it. I was so disappointed. Truly should have returned it.
I would love to buy it again
Latifeh from Fargo ND
In the morning wash your face put your favorite serum then put it on top
Juice from Los Angeles
Initially it was ok but the next couple of days I noticed texture bumps aalll over my face. I got it in a dermatologist goodie bag so luckily I didn't purchase it
Smells and pills
Az Girl from Arizona
Smells like sunscreen, pills, and burns if it gets into yours eyes. I have oily skin and this moisturizer leaves my skin extremely shiny and oily.
Not for me
Marydlsu from Baton Rouge
I decided to try a zinc based sunscreen moisturizer after reading the claims that it has nano zinc particles that are supposed to be well absorbed. I disagree with this claim. It does absorb into the skin, but it takes a few minutes to get the white cast to go away and some patches of skin have to really be rubbed. The formula also isn't that moisturizing. Overall, this product didn't work for me. I doubt I'll finish the bottle. There's better spf moisturizers out there.
Feels light on skin. Great base protection before applying .
Lisa from Wisconsin
Good moisturizer and protection.
Michelle from Los Angeles, Ca
I read many of the reviews posted and wanted to believe more of the positive reviews than the negative but this product is an immediate no. It left a white flaky residue and with only using this product for a couple days, it left my skin very textured and dry. Definitely do not recommend.
Perfect product - but get it somewhere else 🤷🏻
Omie One from Philadelphia
perfect product for my oily skin! Crazy how it helps control oil. LOVE it. ($10 at BBB)
Was not for me or my friends.
Cal from Covina, CA
I sweat very easily and this was a nightmare to rub in. It takes forever to blend into the skin, often leaving patches of white behind. For some reason, I would drip sweat every time I had this on; it was so heavy and thick and it felt as though my face had a thick layer over it. I now use their daily moisturizer with some Sunbum sunscreen instead... this product was not for me.
Lana from Oxford, AL
Are use a ton of CeraVe products but this one was not impressive. It is streaky and the more I try to blend the worse it would look. I'm still looking for a good SPF 30 sunblock that I can wear by itself or under my make up but I would not recommend this one for either.
Doesn't blend into the skin
Kayla from Omaha
For some reason this product doesn't blend into the skin. It stays white on my skin and actually clumps up. I don't recommend this if you have any type of melanin in your skin because it will leave you looking white.
Probably good for a sunscreen but wouldn't buy for lotion
Lauren from USA
The lotion doesn't blend well into my face leaving a white cast on my face.
The sunscreen smell is prominent a few minutes after applying to face.
After everything is set in my face just doesn't feel moisturized no matter what I do.
It says oil free but by hands are left super shiny, I can't see it well, but I imagine my face looks the same way.