Rated 4.32 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Healing AND SPF 30!!
I am getting older (mid 50's) and have always had dry skin. This past year, it has become super dry, sensitive and the dry indoor heat during a Great Lakes winter has been brutal on my skin. The sensitivity was making it hard for me to find skincare products that worked and didn't make me feel like I needed to use a flame extinguisher(LOL the site won't let me use the word for flame!) on my face! I was in Ulta and saw this. The label says it uses ingredients that are time released. The deciding factor was the spf 30 sunscreen in it. When the snow melts, we will be out on our bikes again and I need sunscreen! Spf 30 is the minimum amount you should use and most creams are spf 20. Plus they feel funky on dry, sensitive skin.
How does it work? Well, it is different. Not greasy and not conventionally "emollient" but it does make my skin look and feel better. It is softer and more pliable. I am starting to get wrinkly/crepey eyelids and I carefully put this on and let it absorb before applying primer/eyeshadow (besides all over my face). It has really helped! I quit wearing foundation and use tinted moisturizer or a BB cream and a cream blush. Conventional creams are too slick for the makeup to stay on, but the CeraVe reduces the wrinkles, give me sunscreen and doesn't cause the makeup to slide right off. At night a put it on and put a more emollient nightcream (budget friendly) over it for extra oomph. In the last couple of weeks, I have had 2 people come up and say that I looked younger and thinner! I will take that all day long! I have bought every kind of moisturizer-expensive, products from "parties", department stores and even used to use creamy petroleum jelly on my face and nothing has ever worked. I have even noticed that I look better and I am usually very critical. I know this review is long, but if you have gone through what seems like every cream out there and end up giving it away like I have, you want honest, detailed opinions. I hope this helps!
Most Helpful Critical Review Unfortunate
I know that this nighttime moisturizer works, because it worked for me for two weeks. However, after that initial two weeks, I broke out in tiny pin sized pimples all over my face, it appears to be an irritant caused dermatitis, (the first of my life!) which is quite painful, not to mention unsightly.
Most people seem to have great results using this, but I want to let some people know that this can happen, so I suggest doing a patch test continuously for at least a week before using over your entire face.
Reviewed by 573 customers BURNS
Bee from Orlando
I have oily and sensitive skin. This moisturizer burns my face as soon as I put it on. It kinda goes away after a little while but it's just not worth it. I was super excited to try this since I heard it's great for oily skin. I'm just gonna keep searching
Sernsss from Whittier
I started using this as my am/pm moisturizer & it would leave my skin looking textured with white heads scattered all over my face. I use the hydrating face wash but stopped using this moisturizer not even the regular one works for me had to switch to another.
Maybe I'll just use this one in the night & see how my face reacts in the am🤷🏻♀️
I love all CeraVe products but...
Katie from Akron OH
Oddly enough this lotion made my skin burn for a bit maybe it was my other products underneath...? I found it strange as this line is for sensitive skin and I have very sensitive skin that gets red very easily. Besides that it is really smooth and made my skin plump and smooth when I woke up I just don't know about the slight burning...?
My favorite moisturizer
Mac from Tucson, AZ
My dermatologist recommended this several years ago. It's been my favorite moisturizer since the first time I tried it.
Not greasy, feels light
Anne from Greenville SC
I've been using this CeraVe PM for years after my dermatologist gave me a sample. It feels light but still moisturizes my skin. It absorbs quickly, does not feel greasy, and doesn't rub off on my pillow.
Kelsey from Urbana, Ohio
My dermatologist recommended Cerave lotion and instructed me not to use anything else. To moisturize.... I didn't know there was a face option! HUGE improvement! Will be ordering again soon! I have very sensitive skin and face lotion often causes breakouts/rashes/itching- none of which happened with this!
Doesn't work with layering products
Amanda B from Newport Beach, CA
So I bought this moisturizer after lots of research on moisturizers for oily skin. It claims to be "ultra" lightweight and non-comedogenic while also using niacinamide that balances oil production, and calms redness which is exactly what I wanted. I tend to get closed comedones on my chin that get inflamed very easily along with the occasional huge red deep under the skin pimple which have both left me with red acne scars. At first when I began using this, I was using an exfoliating cleanser, toner, and this product afterwards. It kept my skin from drying out under my mask at work and was helping to curb my breakouts. However, I started using it at night after I enhanced my routine with serums and I constantly woke up with a shiny, oily face due to this product not absorbing completely. Thankfully, I don't think that it caused any breakouts but I don't think that it stopped them from happening either since it didn't balance oil at all. I think this product would be better for people with dryer or more normal skin types, not oily skin types.
FancyNancy30 from NC
I really like this moisturizer. I have combo skin with oily and dehydrated t-zone. I use it AM and PM. I use it on damp skin right after cleansing and my face is so soft. There is no scent and I haven't had an irritation. It's just a good moisturizer without any fuss. Highly recommend.
Not good for very dry skin
L from North Carolina
I thought this product would be at least as thick as the AM one, but instead it's extremely lightweight. My skin is left feeling dry again within 10 minutes. It would probably be good for oily skin or for those who sweat a lot at night, but for very dry skin, it is not effective. Stick to CeraVe in the tub!
Chels from Montana
Used it for a few nights and have dry patchy spots and skin feels so dried out and tight..also woke up with puffy eyes :(
Texas from CA
Very trusting moisturizer
It Lives Up To The Hype
L from California
This moisturizer is amazing! It makes my skin feel so soft and plump and once I apply it it absorbs right away. It's also very lightweight which I absolutely love. I use it both morning and night. If you have super dry skin I'd recommend finding something a bit thicker than this moisturizer.
No complaints here, I'm never using another moisturizer. This one is perfect for me.
Great face lotion
GG from Nashville, TN
I use the pm lotion in my morning skincare routine.
Love this brand
Danielle from Texas
I never used moisturizer before discovering CeraVe. Everything was too heavy on my skin and caused it to be oily and breakout but not this brand! I started off using their moisturizer/sunscreen and when that went well decided to give the PM moisturizer a shot to spruce up my nightly routine. It is very light weight and does not leave my skin feeling greasy or looking oily. Will always recommend this brand.
Simple & Effective
Olive from Grand Rapids, MI
This moisturizer is light and sinks in quickly. I have used this product during my retinoid adjustment period and a couple adverse skin reactions. I have continued to use it for over 10 years. It is one the first moisturizers I use out of the shower. I apply to damp skin and appreciate long lasting hydration when I use it, but I do use a thicker moisturizer on top in the PM or sunscreen on top in the AM. It is also a nice, bland base in case you need to mix another product with it.
Some people report that the niacinamide irritates their skin, but a majority of people can tolerate the ingredient just fine. Plus, I think the niacinamide concentration in this product is not so high that CeraVe would advertise it as 10% or 20% niacinamide. If you do not have a known sensitivity to the ingredients, I think this moisturizer is worth a try! I think my dermatologist was actually the one who recommended it however many years ago.
Great lightweight facial moisturizer
LJ from CA
This is a great lightweight facial moisturizer that I use at night after my serums. I have sensitive skin and it has reacted well to this product. Now that its winter time and my skin is dryer, I mix it with the CeraVe moisturizing cream, which is thicker and is great as well.
oily skin boi from Nunya
I have oily skin. This is pretty lightweight and works well: Be careful and be sure not to use too much because then it your skin might get oily. Happened to me only once. Now i use a small amount and it's great. I recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for AM. Great for my oily skin.
My fave facial moisturizer...cannot be without it.
Margaret from San Diego
JS from Clovis, CA
I'm obsessed with this facial moisturizer! It was recommended by my friend who works for a dermatologist. I have sensitive fair skin so this non greasy, light weight, scent free product works amazingly. I put it on before I do my makeup & before I go to bed. Just wish it was in a bigger bottle!
Not for my skin
Kellie from Ohio
For reference, my skin is normal to dry and is sensitive. After trying this moisturizer, my skin started breaking out. I continued to use it in case it was purging, but after a few weeks, my skin was irritated and bumpy. I switched to la roche posay and currently don't have any issues! Everyone has different skin and all products react differently. I'm bummed it didn't work out.
Cancer causing ingredients
SayNoToCancer from Austin, TX
Methylparaben - cancer causing preservative! No, thank you!
TellShan from Atlanta, Ga
Love this moisturizing lotion! It's not heavy at all and won't leave your skin greasy. Works great with my sensitive skin.
yimpy from texas
this stuff is amazing even for dry skin it's lightweight and the niacinamide in the formula cures my inflammation overnight
My Favorite Drugstore Moisturizer
SEC from San Diego
I use this morning and night. I feel this protects my skin mantle. I use it under my sunscreen in the am and over my retinol at night. It's my fave!
lindsey from oregon
I love this moisturizer! it goes on smooth and its has a cooling feel without burning. I wake up and my skin feels amazing!