If you're looking for a product that is NOT absorbed by your skin, but instead just sits there like a thin, highly shiny film, then by all means, CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion is the product for you.
Although I haven't been using this daily anymore, I still consider it my HG go-to facial moisturizer. I really want to thank the MUA member who mentioned how this product is nearly the same as the PM facial moisturizer, only without niacinamide. Gives me a lot more bang for my buck. I wonder why CeraVe even marketed the products like this if it's such the case between this lotion and their facial one.
Anyways, this is the only lotion I've ever used which actually makes me FEEL the instant hydration in my skin. This is of course, due to the hyaluronic acid in this lotion. Hyaluronic acid is commonly found now in pricey brand name/dermatologist line skin care products, so it's quite a steal to find it in a drugstore available brand.
I use this one my face and body. I do get the inevitable oily face even after using this, but I mean...I guess that's just how my skin is. However, I do give major props to CeraVe because I believe its products balanced out the moisture level in my facial skin. Although I am oily as hell like I've mentioned, I had times when I actually suffered from odd dryness in my face (cheeks mainly), which is unusual. However after using this moisturizing lotion (well, I went through a bottle of the PM moisturizer first), my skin is back to itself, with no dryness ever again. I wish this could completely control my oil, but oh well. I'm glad it did something great for my skin.
I highly recommend CeraVe's moisturizing lotion. I have never tried their cleansers (I'd like to, but the prices kill me). I have also not tried the moisturizing cream (not suitable for my oily skin, and the product also contains petrolatum, which is a big red X), but these lotions are the best.
This is very gentle, it hasn't irritated my skin so far even when it's in the worst condition. It also moisturizes and soothes. I sometimes just use it as a combined cleanser & moisturizer in the morning (squeeze on a cotton pad and gently swipe over my face). I can always turn to it if other stuff irritates my skin - I highly recommend it if you have sensitive skin like me.
I LOVE this lotion! After years of acne and several dermatologists who prescribed me Cetaphil lotion and cream and Cerave cream, I found that this moisturizer is the best one out of all of them, and more importantly, it doesn't break me out!
It has a consistency that differs from these previous three - it's light, it's not greasy or oily, and it absorbs quickly without feeling heavy. This moisturizer has a watery gel-like consistency that is easily soaked up by the skin. It feels almost as if water is being put back into my skin, while creating a barrier against dryness. The texture reminds me of Asian serums and essences that add moisture.
This is hands down the best moisturizer I've used. Also, since it's a huge bottle It'll last me a good 4-6 months. I primarily use this on my face, which tends to be combination/dry in the winter and combination/oily in the summer. I'd really recommend this for all skin types because it's also hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic,
LOVE THIS! I have oily, acne-prone, very sensitive skin. I've tried every kind of moisturizer, have spent hundreds at Sephora, but picked this up after reading reviews, and I absolutely love it! I was using the Eucerin lotion for sensitive skin with spf 30, which is great for the summer, but just doesn't have enough moisture for the winter months. I switched to Cerave moisturizing lotion, and I use to day and night, and it's made my skin so soft, and has yet to break me out! Thank goodness! My skin usually breaks out every time I switch my skin routine, but it's taken well to this lotion. I like that there's no scent, and I don't feel like I'm putting a bunch of harsh chemicals on my face. The bottle has a pump which is nice, and it's a pretty good size too! Definitely will be using this all winter!
After using this for a couple weeks, white heads started forming on my chin, and forehead... It was just too heavy for me. I still use this once in a while as a night time moisturizer when my skin is feeling parched, but my skin can't handle daily use.
I've been looking for a moisturizer that wouldn't irritate my sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin and mild rosacea. My cousin recommended the Cerave moisturizing cream for me but after doing some research, I decided to go for the lotion instead. I looked online and saw that this was a good moisturizer for dry, itchy, sensitive skin, and eczema, which are all similar to my skin conditions. The lotion also has a lighter formula and is more suited for combination/oily/normal skin types whereas the cream is heavier and suited for drier skin types.
I like this lotion because it feels light yet substantial when I apply it to my face, meaning that I definitely feel it there but my face doesn't feel weighed down. It's also not greasy, heavy, or too watery like other moisturizers. I've noticed that my skin is less irritated after using this because it provides the right amount of moisture for the dry/itchy parts of my face and didn't make the oily parts of my face feel congested. I definitely recommend this lotion if your skin is like mine.
Other products I've tried: I used to use Eucerin, switched to an okay water-based Japanese moisturizer when I was studying abroad in Asia, and came back to Eucerin only to find that it dried out my skin. I've also tried the Cetaphil moisturizing cream which my mom uses, but it was too heavy for my combination skin.
I agree that this moisturizer is not heavy. I think it would be best for those with combination or oily skin. My skin is definitely on the dryer side in the fall and winter so I just add a drop (or two at nighttime) of either passionfruit seed oil or rose hip seed oil to one pump of the Cerave and it totally ups the richnesss so that may work for very dry skin. It's also nice under makeup since it doesn't give that greasy look and feel. It contains glycerin, ceramides, and niacinimide which are great ingredients to keep moisture in the skin and niacinimide is a known anti-aging ingredient, so even though it's not heavy feeling, I think it still does work to help skin hold in moisture. Most of the time you get a heavy-feeling moisturizer, it's just oils or petrolatum that gives it that feel, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's better or more moisturizing .. it just FEELS like it is. My face is soft and looks and feels plumper/more moisturized since using this, so I will continue. In the summer, I'd probably just use this alone, but I am really enjoying using it with the oils I mentioned above.
Highly Disspointed. Based on the reviews I assumed this would be a great moisturizer.I found.... It's a basic moisturizer that doesn't moisturize very well. For the price you'd expect more. There products out there that are so much bette (hydrating) for less.To all you Cerave die hard's that are afraid to change....shop around.
I love this as a daytime moisturizer, underneath my Ulta MD UV Clear sunscreen. My oily, acne-prone skin hates everything, but CeraVe moisturizes enough that my skin doesn't over-produce oil, and it doesn't clog my pores and make me break out, either. I don't know whether it provides sufficient moisture for dry skin. CeraVe provides a good base for my mineral foundation, and I use CeraVe PM at night.
I agree with what most have said here. I have oily, acne-prone skin and this lotion is perfectly lightweight and fragrance-free and makes my skin so soft. Whoever said keep it away from your eyes is right-be careful! It's cheap, it comes in a huge bottle that lasts forever, and it didn't clog my pores. I'm on Tazorac, so my skin is flaky and irritated, but I can keep applying this over and over again and it will never be greasy or sting and keeps the flakes in check. It's my new go-to nighttime moisturizer.