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CeraVe

Skin Renewing Day Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 23.99
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CeraVe typically does a good job when it comes to providing reliable and beneficial skincare options at the drugstore. Their Skin Renewing Day Cream with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 has a lot of what we love about CeraVe products; but overall, it's a good-but-not-great option when it comes to treating the signs of aging other than from a strictly sunscreen point of view.

This cream comes in great packaging; an opaque container with an easy-to-use pump dispenser that protects its most delicate ingredients (namely its antioxidants) from breaking down.

The product itself is creamy though somewhat thick, but not difficult to spread across skin. There is some difficulty however with getting this to absorb in. This is due to the high amount of zinc oxide it contains which has a noticeable white cast, and even thorough blending doesn't soften it. Keep in mind zinc oxide is a wonderful sunscreen ingredient but high amounts tend to pose this problem.

As far as the texture goes, the formula has a somewhat mattifying effect, meaning it's best for those with oily or combination skin (if you have dry skin you'll need a far more emollient moisturizer). Among the beneficial ingredients this contains are three skin-replenishing ceramides along with sodium hyaluronate, squalane, and cholesterol. Even better: This has retinol, a superstar ingredient that has a mountain of proven research showing that it can improve fine lines and wrinkles.

The issue is that CeraVe includes a small amount of fragrant iris florentina root extract in the formula. Though you can't smell it, any fragrance has the potential to irritate skin, even if your nose doesn't register it. Irritation is pro-aging, which is not what you want from any skincare product.

Had it not been for the stubborn white cast and the inclusion of fragrance, this might have had a top spot on our list of moisturizers. Check out that list for preferred options.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Contains a good amount of skin-soothing and replenishing ingredients.
  • Includes retinol to help reduce signs of aging.
Cons:
  • Has a noticeable white cast that's difficult to soften.
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance, which is not the best for skin.
Jar Packaging: No

Developed with dermatologists, its unique formula with 3 essential ceramides is designed to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Active: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 10.5%. Inactive: Water, Cyclomethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate, Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Squalane, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Polysorbate 60, Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol, Disodium EDTA, Xanthan Gum, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Ceteareth-20, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 20, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Tetra-Hexyldecyl Ascorbate, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Citric Acid.

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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