Hydrating Facial Cleanser
CeraVe’s Hydrating Facial Cleanser’s had a bit of an ingredient update since we first reviewed it, but it remains an excellent face wash option for normal to dry skin.
Packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, this fragrance-free wash has a gel-lotion texture. When it contacts water it becomes almost balmy, with a very emollient feel that somewhat resembles a cleansing oil. It does a good job removing dirt and oil, but you’ll need to go in with a separate makeup remover if you want to take off any makeup you’ve been wearing. (We should note: CeraVe makes no claims about this cleanser when it comes to makeup removal.)
Despite its balmy feel, this rinses cleanly, leaving skin feeling conditioned and smooth, not dry and tight. This is thanks to hydrating glycerin, fatty alcohols, and a mix of skin-replenishing ceramides the brand is known for having in every product. Though this is a rinse-off formula, it’s still good to have these ingredients inside!
We’re glad to say that Hydrating Facial Cleanser remains one of the better dry skin face washes you’ll find at the drug store.
- Balmy, emollient cleanser is good for normal to dry skin.
- Does a good job removing dirt and oil.
- Rinses cleanly, leaving skin feeling softer after.
- Fragrance free.
- Makeup removal will require a separate product.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to cleanse and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three types of essential ceramides to restore the skin’s barrier and hydrating hyaluronic acid, this non-comedogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regimen for normal to dry skin.
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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