This has been a skin-saver for me. I first purchased it last autumn, or maybe early winter, because my skin always gets dry that time of year, but last year was so much worse because my skin was in the process of changing from combo/oily to normal/dry. I was miserable and desperate because my face had gotten so dry everything hurt and nothing was working, and I had other areas on my body that were like that. Enter this product.
I ended up using this on my face for about a week, which did cause a minor breakout, but was so worth it. The first time I used it, it burned soooo bad because my skin was so dry, but I woke up the next day with softer and less painfully dry skin. I continued to use it until my skin was able to handle my normal moisturizer for normal/dry skin again. After that, I just spot applied it to any areas that were getting bad (like my cheeks and nose, which are usually the driest parts of my face during the winter).
I love this stuff for my hands and body, too. My skin ranges from slightly-itchy dry to being so dry it hurts and cracks, and this stuff works miracles for that. Every time I use it, I can feel an immediate difference, like it's actually helping my skin and not just masking the problem temporarily like a lot of lotions/creams/body butters I've used tend to do. I remember using some kind of ointment-like product (Aquaphor, maybe?) years ago because people swore by it, but this stuff is way better in my opinion. Whatever that other stuff was would help in the moment, but didn't make a lasting difference for my skin. I just had to keep using it several times a day. I have no idea what's so special about this CeraVe cream, but one application does more for me than several applications of any other product I've tried.
Unlike a lot of other things I've used, this also doesn't leave my skin feeling gross, like it's sticky or greasy. It does take a few minutes to soak in fully, but it's not too bad. I like that it's a thick product, but after rubbing it in, it feels pretty lightweight.
My only complaint about it is the jar. Even the price isn't too bad because this is a pretty big jar (16oz) and I can find it between $10-15 usually. But I really don't like jar products in general. I'm just using it on my body now, though, and I always wash my hands really well before using, so I'm not too worried about the ick factor. I'd just prefer something in a squeeze tube, or with a pump.