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CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM Review

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM Review

When I first saw my dermatologist almost 2 years ago, she recommended that I check out the CeraVe line. Today I’ve got the Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM to show you. I’ve used this moisturizer on and off over the past 2 years.

About CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM
This moisturizer was created to help repair damaged skin and maintain the skin’s barrier with ingredients not commonly found in other moisturizers. Its patented Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE®) technology releases theses ingredients over time, penetrating deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish.

  • Ceramides – Helps reduce lipid levels in damaged skin to repair, restore, and maintain the skin’s natural barrier.  Essential in preventing water loss from the skin
  • Niacinamide – Helps the skin produce more natural ceramides and fatty acids essential for repairing and restoring the skin barrier.  Also shown to reduce redness.
  • Hyaluronic Acid – An essential ingredient (humectant) that attracts water to the top layer of the skin and ensures that the skin remains hydrated.
  • Cruelty free

Price
$10 to $13.99, varies by location but is currently on sale at Drugstore.com and it’s BOGO at Ulta.

Availability
Drugstore.com, Dermstore, Amazon, Ulta, Walgreens, Target

Ingredients
Water (Purified), Glycerin, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 20 (and), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 11, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

My Thoughts
This product contains Niacinamide, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 11, Ceramide 1 and Hyaluronic Acid, all of which are important for the skin. If you saw my Top 10 Eye Creams post, you’ll know that hyaluronic acid and ceramids are good ingredients that help the skin retain moisture, reduce fine lines, etc. Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 and it’s supposed to be an anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

It comes in an airless pump, which is great for keeping the ingredients stable, and it’s way more hygienic than a jar. Longtime readers know that I hate jar packaging.

I purchased my most recent bottle of CeraVe PM in a 3 pack from Amazon for $28, which works out to less than $10 a bottle and is a great price. This is one of the most affordable night time moisturizers that I’ve ever used. You get 3 oz per bottle, which is great. In addition to being budget friendly, it’s very easy to find since you can get it online from several retailers as well as locally from Walgreens or Target.

The big thing that this moisturizer is missing is anti-oxidants. So when I use it, I put Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Serum underneath it and sometimes I add tarte maracuja oil, too. This is what keeps it from being a perfect product in my book.

It doesn’t irritate my skin or my eyes. I apply it to my face, eyes, neck, décolleté and hands. I love that this moisturizer has no scent.

Overall, I really like this night time moisturizer. It’s good, but it’s not perfect. If you’re looking for a budget friendly, easy to find moisturizer, this might be a great option for you. I keep repurchasing it because I like it. I do recommend that you use an anti-oxidant serum underneath to make it perfect. I can really see why my dermatologist recommends it so frequently.

What do you think of the CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM?

Pros

  • Cruelty free
  • Affordable
  • Great value for the price
  • Non irritating

Cons

  • Doesn’t have antioxidants

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    • Susan

      I have used it, even finished a bottle. Like you I don’t find it irritating at all, unlike the daytime version. I think it is probably best for combo skin. When I get very dry it is not moisturizing enough. But, I agree it is a good moisturizer that is reasonably priced, has no scent (which I love in products) and very easy to find. My derm loves it as well.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah that’s the other thing. If I’m dry, which I’ve been dry lately, I can’t use it on its own. But since I use it with a serum or oil or both, that really helps. I’ve found if you take the maracuja oil, and pat it on, then apply the serum, then the night time moisturizer (and I have started doing my rosacea meds last to see if that will work, rather than first, because I feel like the rosacea meds block everything else), i’ve been good.

        • Susan

          My rosacea has flaired recently and I was so dry it was hurting. The only thing I could use was oil to cleanse and moisturize and seal it all with a thin film of Aquaphor. Have you used Mirvaso for redness? I am wondering how that works.

          • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

            I’ve been using Mirvaso for the past week. I got a script several weeks ago but had to wait for my face to clear up. I’m still using my metrogel cream at night. During the day I apply Mirvaso and it removes my redness for anywhere from 6 to 12 hours. I haven’t had any pain or bounce back redness from it. I do end up getting flushed towards the end, but it looks like my normal rosacea. I really like it.

    • Sheltiemama

      This is my go-to warm-weather PM moisturizer. I have rosacea, too, and it’s so wonderful to find something that’s actually soothing.