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CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion PM- reviewed and recommended

November 18, 2012 Reviewed by admin 4 Comments

The CeraVe brand was launched in 2005, targeted for sensitive, dry skin. You may be familiar with CeraVe from its soap-free cleanser and moisturizing body lotions. The brand expanded its product offering in 2011 with the launch of two facial lotions, including CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion PM ($12.99). CeraVe PM is a nighttime facial lotion that has a rather elegant formulation for a drugstore brand. It contains several hydrating ingredients, including ceramides and hyaluronic acid, along with the multi-tasking niacinamide.

CeraVe has a patented, controlled release delivery system. While not novel (MD Forté has a similar mechanism), it’s notable to see in a mass-market brand. CeraVe claims that conventional moisturizers require frequent application as the ingredients are released in a single “burst” and absorbed by skin in a short period of time. CeraVe’s patented MVE (multivesicular emulsion) technology is a two-phase system, whereby several layers of sphere-encased active ingredients are slowly released. These layers are structurally similar to the elaborate organization of lipids in the epidermis or skin’s outermost layer. The spheres allow for quick absorption and efficient penetration of ingredients. This type of delivery mechanism offers longer-lasting skin moisturizing effects. A study of MVE in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, demonstrated MVE technology to be effective in reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier function.

CeraVe’s formula includes a hefty dose of niacinamide (also found in Osmosis Replenish). Niacinamide has created quite a buzz in the anti-aging arena and is popping up quite a bit. The ingredient is actually a form of vitamin B3 and possesses several skin beneficial properties when applied topically. Niacinamide has been clinically proven to boost the skin’s natural production of ceramides and essential fatty acids. Both play an essential role in retaining water in the skin. Niacinamide is also known to decrease hyperpigmentation by inhibiting melanosome transfer. Melanosomes are the pigment granules that actually produce melanin found in the outer layer of skin. Further, niacinamide stimulates microcirculation, which decreases with age and hormonal changes. There is evidence that niacinamide may be effective for skin lightening and studies have shown that niacinamide may help to alleviate rosacea. While there is some controversy as to what niacinamide can and cannot be combined with, CeraVe’s moisturizer is intended to be used as a stand-alone product.

While the CeraVe product is formulated to be a light lotion, it is has several excellent emollients to prevent and heal dry skin. This is important as healthy skin is made of about 30% water. Along with niacinamide, the formula includes three types of stand-alone ceramides including ceramides 1 and 3, which work synergistically to hydrate skin. There is also hyaluronic acid, which brings water up to the top layer of the skin and ensures that it remains hydrated. Despite containing several emollients, CeraVe is non-comedogenic as well as fragrance free.

Aside from a couple of parabens that I don’t love, CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion PM is a well formulated, lightweight moisturizer that can be used nightly by anyone with dry skin or eczema and psoriasis (it is accepted by the National Eczema Association). For the price of the moisturizing lotion, you receive several effective, hydrating ingredients along with an advanced delivery technology. Moreover, CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion PM was the winner for best night cream for dry skin in In Style’s 2011 Best Beauty Buys. CeraVe is currently only available in the U.S.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

  • March 9, 2015

    by Elizabeth

    CeraVe cream is amazing. I have used $$$$ creams that can not compare to this product! I am 55 years old and I have been using CerAVe on me face, neck,hands & body for 4 months and results are amazing!!! My skin looks and feels 10 years younger. My acne breakouts are even gone. It had changed the texture of my skin from the inside out. I love CerAVe and I have been telling all my family & friends to try it. I promise you will not be disappointed

  • March 1, 2015

    by marybeth

    I LOVE CeraVe. I am 45 and it is the ONLY face product I use. My dermatologist suggested it and said I did not need anything else---no need for eye creams and wrinkle creams. She was right. This stuff makes my skin feel excellent. I easily have a reaction to lotions and this is perfect for people with sensitive skin. I have Cerave daytime with spf and the moisturizing lotion for my whole body. It is excellent.

  • April 16, 2012

    by lana

    I tried and tried Cerave lotion because Complex 15 is always behind the counter in the pharmacy, or has to be ordered. I hated the Cerave -- just didn't absorb into my skin and my neck and chest were still gummy when I woke up. Gave it away. :) story o f my life. I could start a beauty store with my rejects. lg

  • March 18, 2012

    by jc

    i have to say i recommend all the products from cerave, from the washes to the spf to the night cream...granted i use a different line for my anti aging/moisturizing needs, but for extremely fairly priced cleanser and spf i use cerave. as was stated in the review, thought some of the ingredients may not be novel, they truly are suprising to find in an inexpensive mass market brand.

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