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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream with hyaluronic acid provides 24-hour hydration for dry skin while replenishing the skin's barrier with ceramides.
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Rated 4.63 out of 5 stars
I purchased this originally thinking it was a facial moisturizer. When I realized that wasn't the case, I was worried to put it on my face because I have oily, acne prone skin and didn't want to exacerbate the condition. However, I applied it anyway and was pleasantly surprised how much my skin improved. My skin has become less textured, my breakouts have decreased, and the redness has significantly subsided. I also find that my skin is less oily than it was when I was using a gel moisturizer marketed for oily skin.
This Cerave container is also very large when used only on the face, so I suspect I'll have this for over 6 months when used once a day. I have used dozens of facial moisturizers over the years (gel, lotion, acne-fighting, thick cream, etc.) and this was has beat them all, including my previous high-end Korean brand. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out.
**Small suggestion: I recommend you purchase the Moisturizing Cream that comes with the pump. I find half a pump to be more than enough for my whole face. The pump stops me from accidentally using too much product, plus it's more hygienic this way.
A dedicated Cetaphil user (and pusher😉) for years, I must admit I was extremely swayed by the advertisements for CeraVe when it came out. And the ingredients still sound impressive, surely ceramides and hyaluronic acid will do more for my skin than petrolatum and sweet almond oil, right? Wrong. I was so disappointed in this product. Initially I was so excited that I decided maybe I could go with the lotion formulation, save some time and maybe even use "normal lotion" like my friends! Wrong again. But that's a different review. So, I bumped myself up to the cream thinking that a thicker, more concentrated version would do the trick. Honestly the only positive that comes to mind for me is that you can purchase this cream with a pump. And I do appreciate that— I wish other brands would find a way to follow suit. It's quicker, more sanitary and keeps some ingredients more stable/effective. Apologies to readers looking for quick info, I'm hoping other brands do their research via Reviews. About CeraVe's cream, I can only imagine that those on the nearest to oily end of "Normal to Dry Skin" end of the spectrum would be the ones to benefit from this product. If you have dry skin, at all, and I mean even the need for something a little extra for your elbows or feet you will be sorely disappointed with this product. I've applied it to damp skin fresh out of the shower, and an hour later "as needed." Even doubling down like that didn't give any noticeable results, aside from noticing that my skin was nearly as dry as if I hadn't treated it at all. And lest anyone think I'm just a CeraVe-hater, I will go off topic (again) to say that I'm a big fan of their PM facial lotion. In fact, I'm never without a backup bottle of that product! Bottom line? This cream is not suitable for those with dry skin.
Sam from Houston
I do like it
Marena from Laramie, WY
I was so excited to try this cream because I was hoping it could replace the FAB Ultra Repair cream but it sadly didn't. I wasn't expecting it to be AS GOOD but I was expecting it to at least hydrate and moisturize my face but I think I could reapply this cream 100 times a day and still not feel any relief for my super dry cheeks. It completely disappears after 20 minutes and I can feel my face drying up. Very disappointed.
maggs from Cincinnati
I have loved this since the very first use. it moisturizes for 24 hours, and I can feel that Im washing it off in the shower. I use this head to toe. My feet all the way up to my under eyes. Sometimes over my face moisturizer to keep out the environment (I cut hair so it stays on enough to catch products flying on my skin). Sometimes over my night cream. I LOVE THIS
Mmeiss01 from Horsham, PA
This cream can be used from head to toe. I apply as my facial moisturizer and it doesn't break me out or make my skin feel oily. It heals any dry skin on your body including cracked heels. Great for my baby who has eczema. No frills, low price, it works!
Maya from Seattle
This moisturizer is thick and really soaks in, instead of just sitting on top of the skin. I have been using this for about a week now and my skin is soft and smooth. I have combination to oily skin and this does not make my skin greasy at all. I also use this before applying my makeup and I have no complaints. Try it out for yourself you won't be disappointed. Plus there's ceramides to add that extra barrier to protect the skin.
stephen from Little Rock, Arkansas
This moisturizer has a fascinating ability to be super rich yet non-greasy. It does not have any oils in it, so it will not give you a greasy/shiny look. Instead, it uses petrolatum as a strong occlusive. This moisturizer has a velvety finish, almost matte. It is very very long lasting too. I apply this at night on my neck/body and when I shower the next night (24 hours later) I can still feel this on my skin.
My only complaint is that I wish they would've added niacinamide to this. Yes, I know it's in the PM moisturizer but I am confused why they wouldn't have gone ahead and added it to this cream. SUCH a huge bummer. It would be a 10/10 for me if it had it.
Christine M from Philadelphia PA
I bought this as a quick add on in the winter for dry skin. I really didn't start using until the summer time. This cream is amazing. Probably the best cream I have ever used and I have used expensive brands. It doesn't have a fragrance, absorbs right into your skin, and hydrates like crazy. It also has helped my crepey skin above my knees. All for under $20. If you haven't tried this cream, do yourself a favor and get some. You won't be disappointed!
DJ from Midwest
This stuff is amazing and simple. Makes travel a breeze because I can get a smaller size and use the same moisturizer for face and body. I credit this moisturizer and a simple, consistent routine to helping clear my hormonal acne. Love this stuff!
m from usa
i have pretty dry sensitive skin but also a pretty oily t zone and this worked great for me. it didn't break me out at all and left me feeling very moisturized. a little goes a long way and it takes a little while to set in so i would recommend waiting a little while after the application to put anything over it. it lasted me a while.
Ally Walls from Kokomo, IN
I have such picky, sensitive skin and this is just not it for my face. it burns and breaks me out. works well for a body moisturizer. I use this on my body and Cetaphil on my face.
Ale from —
I use this all over my body and it's one of the only creams I can use that won't break out my chest or back/hydrates my skin. I would warn not to use too much of this product though since it can leave a thick film on the skin/pill. Recommend using this on damp skin for best results.
Samantha from AR
I have really dry skin and this feels so good and works well on me!
zodiac lover from minnesota
this cream is sooo good!! i use this everywhere, not just my face. it leaves my skin baby soft, and doesn't leave my oily combo skin more oily or greasy!! it doesn't cause me breakouts either, which i also deal with a lot.
GG from Long Island,NY
Dermatologist recommended to help with the mask-acne. This is what was recommended to mix with the prescription acne medication. When I put to much on and let it absorbed into my face it feels a little greasy/there is a film. It is hard to get just the right amount on your face. On my body it absorbed right away. I have dry skin. The acne went away so I will keep using this. It is great that you can use coupons from Ulta and CeraVe at the same time.
Mallory from Owings mills
This cream is AMAZING! It leaves your face feeling so soft and smooth
Bandito from Illinois
Dr, recommended to prevent eczema breakouts.... Works like a dream
Nancy from Phoenix, AZ
I am using La Roche-Posay Topical Retinoid Acne Treatment and even though it is helping my cystic acne it is very drying-especially around the mouth. I was using the Neutrogena Hydro Boost moisturizer for very dry skin but it wasn't helping and on top of that it was stinging my face so i decided to change. After researching i found this cream and decided to give it a try and after the second day i saw that the dry, flaky skin around my mouth went away! I also have an oily t zone and it doesn't make me feel greasy. The only downside is that it doesn't feel good when I first put it on my face since it's so thick but that feeling goes away once it absorbs.
G.D from NC
helps with my super dry skin without making it heavy and greasy.
Angel from IL
Where do I begin with this product? This is the best facial moisturizer I have ever used. I was the type to get on youtube and try everything my favorites were advertising pretty much, and most of them didn't work for me. I have oily and acne prone skin, and this is a wonder product!! My face has never looked better, and I have received a few compliments. The only thing I would have to say is a negative and it could totally be on my end... but it does leave your face shiny. I don't wear makeup other than eye makeup, so I can't review that part... but note that if you don't wear face makeup, your face could look shiny. I don't mind as long as my skin is nice.
BeezNeez from New York
Use this as my night cream--been using CeraVe for years. Good bang for the bucl/
Jackie from Houston, TX
I've always had super dry skin. I'd been using another drugstore lotion just to tide me over and it barely helped. I've had great success with CeraVe products before for my sensitive skin and decided to give this a try and throw out my old moisturizer. I've only been using it for a week or so and the difference is huge! My skin is no longer super dry and it's smoother and clearer. The natural redness in my face has toned down and it retains moisture. I love how soft and rejuvenated my skin feels after I apply this lotion after washing my face. Definitely a new favorite!
Dina from Austin, Tx
Shay from Odessa, TX
Dermatologist recommended for rough skin in areas where circulation isn't real good.
Lex from Brooklyn
Amazing for dry skin my whole body was begging for this and I look forward to using it this summer because there's no oily residue
Particular about hair from Utah
Great for night and day with sunscreen