Heal & Protect Balm
CeraVe’s Heal & Protect Balm is an interesting, fragrance-free balm sold as a solid, twist-up stick. It’s meant for spot-treating areas of dry, cracked skin and helping it heal, which it does. Although it could use some esthetic improvements, the overall combination of ingredients makes this a must-have for use when needed. It’s suitable for patches of dry, rough skin no matter your skin type (although it’s way too thick to put over acne-prone areas).
Packaged in a component that resembles many solid stick deodorants, Heal & Protect Balm can be dabbed or rubbed over affected areas. It contains 1% dimethicone as its active ingredient; this silicone emollient is well established for preventing moisture loss and allowing compromised skin to heal.
Also helping skin are classic emollients like petrolatum, shea butter, and non-fragrant plant waxes followed by barrier-strengthening ceramides, fatty acids such as cholesterol, and sphingosines, which are ingredients that encourage skin to make its own ceramides.
The esthetic issue mentioned above has to do with the numerous waxes this balm contains. There are ways to use waxes in a balm without hindering a smooth application or negatively affecting the finish, and we’re surprised CeraVe didn’t utilize them here. Still, given this is meant for occasional use on small areas of skin, the waxen finish isn’t a deal-breaker. And it must be said that the protective film waxes create help “seal in” the harder-hitting ingredients, keeping them from rubbing off.
- Capable of protecting skin and allowing it to heal.
- Prevents moisture loss.
- Contains replenishing ceramides and fatty acids.
- Very good mix of proven emollients to smooth rough, dry skin.
- Fragrance free.
- The amount of waxes negatively impacts how this applies and feels on skin.
Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Heal and Protect Balm, No-Touch Stick temporarily protects and soothes dry, cracked and chafed skin in targeted areas. Heal and Protect Balm is formulated with ceramides 1,3 and 6-II to help restore skin's natural protective barrier.
This expanding collection of skincare products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas, many of which are more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. In short, this line is a real find!
CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use.
The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin.
It is for these reasons that most CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price. You'll find a options for moisturizing, cleansing, broad spectrum sun protection, and baby care.
For more information about CeraVe, purchased by L'Oreal in 2017, visit www.cerave.com.
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