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CeraVe

Resurfacing Retinol Serum

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 19.99
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CeraVe’s Resurfacing Retinol Serum is a good drugstore option for adding retinol to your skin care routine. Its gentleness makes it worth considering, especially if you haven’t used this ingredient before.

This fragrance-free serum starts things off right with its packaging: an opaque bottle that protects its contents from exposure to light and air, both of which degrade sensitive ingredients like retinol. Its pump dispenses a lightweight gel-cream texture that’s suitable for all skin types. More to love, it’s easy to apply and absorbs quickly, leaving no residual tackiness.

As advertised, this contains retinol. CeraVe doesn’t reveal the amount included, but based on its positioning in the ingredient list, it’s likely around 0.01%. While that might not sound impressive, this concentration is still enough to improve multiple signs of aging and pore size, along with improving skin’s healthy appearance. If you haven’t tried retinol before, this is a good strength to start at to see how your skin responds.

Turning to the supporting ingredients, this  serum contains a good amount of skin-brightening, pore-refining, and antioxidant-rich niacinamide, along with licorice, which research shows can also improve skin’s tone. As with most CeraVe products, there’s also a complement of ceramides that can strengthen skin’s surface and help improve its barrier function.

One minor note: this does contain a very small amount of drying denatured alcohol (listed in the ingredients as “alcohol,” not to be mistaken with the good, fatty cetearyl alcohol it also contains). In a higher amount this would be an issue, but the amount is so small that it’s not an issue. Still, we wanted to point this out!

With that said, this is one of the better retinol options in the drugstore and should make all skin types happy.

Pros:
  • Lightweight gel-cream texture is suitable for all skin types.
  • Contains a good amount of skin-brightening and pore-refining niacinamide+ brightening licorice.
  • Includes retinol at an amount that’s likely to reduce signs of aging and pores.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No

Post-acne marks and uneven skin tone can be constant reminders of breakouts past even once acne is under control. An effective way to reduce the appearance of acne marks (also called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) and visible pores is a gentle, yet effective resurfacing serum that works to refine the skin without compromising its protective barrier.

Water, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Niacinamide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Potassium Phosphate, Ceramine NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Dimethiconol, Lecithin, Sodium Citrate, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin.

CeraVe At-A-Glance

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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