Rated 4.32 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Part of my "Holy Grail" skin care routine
This is my 3rd repurchase of this product. I apply 1 to 2 pumps to my face & neck until thoroughly absorbed (even around my eyes), right after cleansing. Then follow it with CeraVe Facial Moisturizing lotion & CeraVe Eye Repair cream. All 3 products apply & absorb so easily. No greasy feel. No fragrance. Great for my dry, "mature", and sometimes sensitive skin. I've noticed an improvement in the softness of my skin and decrease in fine lines. I use this at night & under my makeup every day. Compared to other "high end" products that contain retinal & ceramide, I think the price point is pretty reasonable. Love it!
Most Helpful Critical Review Gives results but pulls up on sljn
I saw this product reviewed on YouTube by the user "hot and flashy." She has many videos and looks great for her age. I'm about 4 years behind her (49) and wanted to try what she was using, and I had a crepey neck from age and gradual weight loss (no surgery) that she didn't have. I started using this on my neck and forehead and saw some minor results, but after the product was on for about an hour it began to pill up even on clean non made up skin. It looked disgusting. Plus it was so tacky on the skin that it really felt sticky and nasty. I can't handle that feeling so I am trying some other products. If I figure out a way to use it where it won't pill up I'll continue using it since I did see some help for the lines and saw some firming, but for now I'm looking for another product.
Reviewed by 145 customers Why spend more?
Skincare Snob from Portland,OR
I used to be a skin care snob. Only tje expensive stuff for me. I noticed that my skin was feeling dry even and did some research. I got a sample of the night renewing and cleanser. Now I ise the whole line of Cereve. Why did I waste all that money? This stuff works just as well maybe even better! Never going back.
A little dab will do... wonders for your skin
3byTheSea from Rhode Island
I'm a gal who loved the sun in my younger years and I have subtle lines around my eyes to prove it. This product, in one week, has softened those lines with a subtle plumbing effect and has brightened my skin. My 11 year old daughter actually told me my skin was glowing... and outs pretty much say what's on their minds. Lol.
Biggest tip? Use a small dab in each area and fully massage it in. I then layer my day/night moisturizer over it. It leaves my skin feeling quenched, not greasy. Love it.
Definitely NOT for me
HestherB from Huntsville, AL
I purchased this to help with small lines and moisturizing my face. Unfortunately it did just the opposite. I will admit that you tightened every spot on my face but that's only because it dried it out so much that I literally looked like I had a sunburn and my face was cracking. It turned my face red and began to peel. I don't know if I had a reaction or if it's just not the right product for me. Either way, this definitely did not work well for me. Sorry…
Love this product
Laurenpaiger from LaQuinta, CALIFORNIA
I use every night after cleansing my face. Soaks right in never feels greasy.
See no difference - yet.....
Marsh from Daytona beach
We will see
This product met and exceeded my expectations 10/10
Rachel P. from Maryland
Great product bought on a whim and I'm so glad I did!
First retinol, love it
Megan from Texas
Use it before my moisturizer, it's my first retinol and I love it! I didn't experience any negative side effects or stinging like I've heard can happen with retinol.
Will probably buy again
Taychele from Bloomington, IN
This product is priced well and though I haven't been using it for long, it seems to be working well so far! It's gentle on my skin and easy to apply. I will likely purchase it again.
Bet from Boston, MA
I had purchased this to add a retinol to my routine again that I could just throw on before my moisturizer and rose hip oil. Works great with all my other products and I plan on repurchasing this
Definitely would buy again
LadyJewel from New Jersey
CeraVe is a great line of products. As a mature lady I am careful what I put on my skin. Not a fan of all kinds of chemicals to look good in my skin care and makeup. This does not sting or cause redness. It does a nice job on my skin. You don't need a lot, pump it out, smooth it on and that's it. The bottle is small for the price, but for me it is a clean product recommended by my dermatologist.
SusieQ from Salem, Or.
Clean, non-fragrant cream serum, the serum absorbs quickly. Does stay a little tacky on skin, let it dry about 5 or 6 minutes before applying any moisturizer.
Old formulation was better
mtn4runnerchick from USA
I hate giving a bad review, and I hardly ever leave reviews unless I feel strongly about something. Suffice it to say, I feel strongly about this one and feel I have to write something since they changed the formula up and I don't want people to have issues and wonder what the heck the old reviews in 2019 and years before were talking about.
The original formulation in the tube was amazing. I'm in my early thirties, have combination sensitive skin (t-zone oily, everything else drier than the Sahara and it gets irritated easily), and I have a simple skincare routine that I had perfected and have specific products that I've used for a few years to minimize milia and breakouts in the t-zone and keep everything else on my face happy and moisturized enough. This stuff was my holy grail when it came to a serum.
Then they changed this to the pump bottle and dropped the "cream" part from the name so it's just the "skin renewing retinol serum", which started happening right around December 2019. Okay, that was a little worrying. But I might as well try it out since I didn't really have a choice, as the original was suddenly impossible to find anywhere. I hoped for the best and that it wouldn't mess up my routine and it'd still be my HG and keep my skin happy. Point blank - It's not the same and it made my skin angrier than it's been in a long while. This is the only product I've used in the last few years that changed. After I started using the new one, I immediately started having issues with milia in my t-zone and major acne breakouts on my cheeks and chin that were reminiscent of my teen years. Not hard to figure out the new formula of this product was the issue.
Really disappointed in Cerave for changing this and it looks like I'm going to have to experiment yet again to find something that works. For anyone looking at this or other products by this brand, just be aware that Cerave has been reformulating almost all of their products lately, so take any older reviews with a grain of salt and spot check to make sure you don't have issues.
Pretty good but hard to sqeeze
Mags from AZ
I use this at night after washing my face. I apply, let dry and then use a heavy cream. I also apply to neck.
Very good results except on forward which is slightly oily. My neck is much smoother and my skin is looking better every day. The results aren't instant. It took about a month to see results
Sherryf from Brooklyn mi
So far so good.
I ordered this & another kind to test the difference. I will update when I'm done testing .
Great product, great results
Andrea from Michigan
Love this serum, I use it with the CeraVe vitamin c serum and their skin renewing night cream. My skin is so much brighter and even toned than it used to be. Have not seen a significant difference in the creases in my forehead, but I have around my eyes. I'm sure this will continue to get better as I continue to use. I have been using these products for about 3 months and I will continue to use this line of products!
Seeambergo from Dade City Florida
This is a great retinol, It doesn't irritate my skin and I can see a difference in the texture and clarity of my skin.
My skin drinks this in!
AKH from Beaverton Oregon
On my second tube.
Definitely a new favorite
Eileen from Texas
I purchased this serum a few weeks ago while desperately searching for an affordable hydrating serum - I have pretty dry skin and no matter how great my skin care routine was I would have visible dry patches on my nose and forehead in the mornings while applying makeup (not a cute look). This serum has made a noticeable difference in my makeup application but more importantly just with the overall look and feel of my skin. I'm a fan, and I'll definitely repurchase after this puppy runs out
Didn't help with forehead creases/frown lines
ShopperLady99 from High Point, NC
I purchased the CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Cream Serum because it was recommended for fine lines and wrinkles. Specifically I was looking for a product that would help minimize forehead creases and frown lines. I used the CeraVe Skin Renewing Retinol Cream Serum for over a month, applying to my forehead twice daily per product instructions. During the day I wore the product under makeup, and at night just with moisturizer (both allowing the product to fully absorb before applying anything else). The product is easy to apply, absorbs quickly, is not greasy, and has no unappealing odor. So far I have seen zero change in the appearance of my forehead creases and frown lines. Perhaps my creases are too far gone for this product to help, but for me, it is not worth purchasing again.
Really wanted to like this, but it pills...
Maria W. from North Carolina
First let me say that I really love all the CeraVe products I've tried in the past. I liked this one at first too--it feels hydrating and smooth on the skin, though thicker than I would expect from a serum--but it pills up after an hour or two. I do layer it with other skincare (CeraVe moisturizer/SPF in the morning and cream and oil at night), and I don't feel like it's enough to just use by itself. I've tried applying the other products immediately, I've tried letting it dry first--still pills up. If I sweep my hand across my face I get a handful of crumbles. It's really frustrating because I did want to like this, but it's all but unusable for me due to the texture. Oh well.
(For the record, I used this to minimize texture and sebaceous filaments around my T-zone, not for wrinkles, so I can't speak to its anti-aging ability.)
broke me out and i am not acne prone
leia from houston
broke me out it feels nice and hydrating but beware of breakouts
Rachel from NY
Wow after just one week I see such a difference in the fine lines in my forehead and near my brows! I've tried so many products and this is by far one of the best!
Am I missing something?
CS from South Carolina
I do not like this product. First off, I have been using it for a month now. I do not see or feel any sort of difference in my face whatsoever. It is greasy and smells like my grandma's perfume. The more I use it, the harder it is to dispense the cream. I can't even get one little dot to come out. So tonight, as I'm squeezing the tube that obviously has a lot of cream left in it, trying to get a little dot to come out to apply, the cream explodes out of the backside of the tube all over me and my bathroom. I'm so frustrated that I even spent money on this. Into the trash it goes! I feel like I'm crazy because I bought this due to the excellent reviews, but that's my experience. 10/10 would not buy ever ever again.
WHERE ISTHE RETINOL?
BlackSwan from Orange, CA
I purchased this item because it says "...Retinol Cream".
When I got home, and was reviewing the Ingredients List, to my disgust, there was No retinol in the ingredients list.
Can the manufacturer point to us where in the Ingredients List does it say there is Retinol?
Kelley Washington from Huntsville, AL
I bought this product to try out because it was a more affordable serum for fine lines. I really liked it and am going to order it again after I finish this review! I have extremely oily skin and this stuff absorbed in my skin with no problem at all. I definitely recommend this stuff!