We've gotten a lot of comments about CeraVe's PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion switching up its formula, so we checked into it—and are glad to say that it retains its best product status.
In truth, not much has changed; most of the ingredients are the same, except that they're in slightly different concentrations. This fragrance-free lotion still includes the brand's signature mix of ceramides, along with other skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients.
The result is a lightweight cream moisturizer that makes good on its claims of hydration that lasts.
One point we do want to address: Several people have contacted us saying that the updated formula stings their skin. This might be due to a potentially higher concentration of niacinamide in the formula, but niacinamide typically doesn't cause this reaction and most people tolerate even high amounts of it without incident.
Another culprit could be the higher amount of pH-adjusting ingredient sodium hydroxide, which wasn't present in the original formula.
- Contains a good mix of skin-restoring and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Lightweight cream delivers lasting hydration.
- Fragrance free.
- Those sensitive to niacinamide may experience some stinging.
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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