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I Tried All Of CeraVe’s Skincare Products. Here Are My Honest Thoughts

From face shaving to DIY face masks, many of us have become consumed by the smart beauty hacks and trends taking over TikTok. Right now, lots of people on the app are obsessed with sharing their love for affordable high-street skincare brand, CeraVe.

CeraVe isn’t exactly new. The US brand has been around since 2005 and finally landed in the UK in 2018. Since then, it has amassed a fanbase of beauty editors, influencers and dermatologists who owe their great skin to the simple yet excellent star ingredients: ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

Ceramides are fatty acids naturally found in the skin; think of them like glue that binds skin cells together. Without them, skin can become dry, inflamed, itchy and irritated, and a lack of ceramides can even potentially lead to eczema and atopic dermatitis. Likewise, hyaluronic acid also occurs in the skin. It holds 1,000 times its weight in water, making it seriously hydrating. Together, ceramides and hyaluronic acid help soothe and banish dry, sore and irritated skin. The ultimate dynamic duo.

TikTok has seen CeraVe surge in popularity once again, leading to some product lines completely selling out. But is it really worth the internet hype? I tried CeraVe’s entire UK product range to find out. Here are my honest thoughts.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
Some creamy cleansers can feel heavy or suffocating on the skin but this is like silk. It melts away remnants of makeup and daily dirt and leaves skin clean and soft, not stripped or taut. If you only buy one thing from the CeraVe range, make it this. My acne- and eczema-prone skin is so much better for it.CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $, available at FeelUnique

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM
Everyone should include this no-frills moisturiser in their evening routine, especially if you get spots and blackheads. It’s incredibly light and dries matte but delivers deep hydration and works well over an exfoliating toner or acid-based serum. Glycerin boosts moisture, while the addition of niacinamide controls oil production and reduces redness.CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion, $, available at Boots

CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25
This day cream is slightly heavier than the PM version thanks to the addition of SPF. While it’s very moisturising and doesn’t clog pores, I think SPF25 is a little too low for regular daily use, especially in the summer, when I prefer to wear SPF50.CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF, $, available at LookFantastic

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser
Salicylic acid is the star ingredient in this gel-to-foam cleanser. A little goes a long way, so the value for money is great. The acid concentration is relatively low, though. While it cleanses, removes oil and smooths skin very well, I prefer the Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser, £10.99, for unclogging pores.CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser with Salicylic Acid, $, available at Boots

CeraVe Moisturising Cream
I credit CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream with getting rid of my painful under-eye eczema. I’d tried everything, including prescription creams such as Elidel, but nothing works to alleviate itchiness, redness and dry skin quite like this creamy gel. I put it down to the dream team of three essential ceramides, which repair skin over time. The tub is large, so you can use it on both your face and body.CeraVe Moisturising Cream, $, available at LookFantastic

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
This is a simple eye cream but don’t underestimate it. Thanks to a heavy helping of ceramides and hyaluronic acid, it helps to plump out fine lines and moisturise dry skin. What it can’t do is minimise dark circles or reduce puffiness. If you’re looking for an eye cream that does everything, try Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, £54.CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, $, available at FeelUnique

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream
If your arms and legs feel rough and bumpy in texture, you could be dealing with keratosis pilaris: a skin condition where extra keratin collects in hair follicles. It’s completely harmless but this salicylic acid body lotion helps exfoliate skin, making it much smoother. It’s great on razor bumps, too.CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream with Salicylic Acid, $, available at Boots

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
If your skin is excessively oily, ditch your current cleanser for a foaming version. This chips away at face grease, makeup and daily grime and leaves skin feeling fresh. I’d suggest quickly following with moisturiser to prevent any tightness.CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $, available at LookFantastic

CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
I always squeeze the very last drop out of this hand cream. It cocoons rough, chapped skin and repairs almost instantly thanks to three essential ceramides, which rebuild the skin’s barrier. The best thing about it is that it absorbs fast, so you don’t have to worry about leaving sticky fingerprints all over your phone.CeraVe Soothing & Repairing Hand Cream, $, available at FeelUnique

Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion
Like Eye Repair, CeraVe’s Moisturising Lotion is uncomplicated and it does exactly what it says on the tin. Slightly lighter in texture compared to the Moisturising Cream, apply post-shower while your skin is still wet to lock in moisture. It also makes an excellent hand cream substitute if you tend to go through smaller tubes quickly.CeraVe Moisturising Lotion, $, available at Superdrug


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