SA Renewing Lotion
This fragrance-free body lotion from CeraVe is said to exfoliate skin, and to that end it contains the beta hydroxy acid (BHA) ingredient salicylic acid. Although salicylic acid is an exfoliating superstar, its effectiveness in that regard depends on the product’s pH, which is where this product falls down a bit. After several tests, we determined that the pH of SA Renewing Lotion is 4.5, which is beyond the ideal range (pH 3–4) salicylic acid needs to function optimally as an exfoliant. With a pH of 4.5, you’ll likely get some efficacy against breakouts and chicken skin (keratosis pilaris) but not as much as you would from a BHA body lotion with a lower pH. This product also contains the AHA derivative ammonium lactate, but again the higher pH keeps this from working as well as it could.
What about using this as a regular body lotion? Its silky, slightly emollient formula contains some very good ingredients for normal to dry skin, and it is absolutely worth considering for all-over smoothing and hydration without a greasy feel. Like CeraVe’s other body lotions, it contains a good mix of skin-repairing ingredients but is short on antioxidants.
CeraVe SA is your daily defense against extremely dry skin. Its patented MVE formulation releases ceramides and other essential ingredients throughout the day, so they penetrate deep into the skin to hydrate and nourish. It always has the power of salicylic acid to loosen and exfoliate dead skin cells, allowing moisturizing ingredients to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin for enhanced effectiveness. The result is soft, silky smooth skin that looks and feels great.
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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