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CeraVe

Hydrating Sunscreen for Face SPF 30

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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CeraVe has updated their mineral sunscreens for the face and body. Even though all of them provide gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection and no longer include the sensitizing preservatives of their predecessor, each now suffers from esthetic issues that keep us from strongly recommending them for any skin type.

Hydrating Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Face is packaged in an opaque tube. Its creamy, fragrance-free formula replenishes skin with ceramides and other barrier-repairing ingredients. It’s relatively easy to apply (meaning it takes a bit more effort than non-mineral sunscreen but not as much as most pure mineral sunscreens) but also feels thick and tends to make skin feel coated.

More to dislike: This leaves a slight white cast that cannot be blended away, although it works well under makeup so if you plan to follow with foundation the white cast is less of an issue.

Given the vast amount of research about how antioxidants boost skin’s environmental defenses in the presence of UV light, we’re disappointed that this facial sunscreen only contains one: niacinamide. Today’s best moisturizers with SPF offer more than this, so check those out before trying this well-meaning but still far from great option.

Pros:
  • Provides gentle, broad-spectrum protection.
  • Replenishes skin with ceramides and other barrier repair ingredients.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Makes skin feel coated.
  • Contains only one antioxidant.
  • Leaves a slight white cast.
Jar Packaging: No

Suitable for all skin types, CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion with broad-spectrum SPF 30 features 100%-mineral UV filters in a lightweight, oil-free sunscreen formula. It is formulated with mineral sun filters that reflect the sun’s damaging rays while helping to soothe even sensitive skin. This fragrance-free, non-comedogenic SPF 30 sunscreen for face spreads easily, perfect for layering invisibly under makeup.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6%; Zinc Oxide 5%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Isododecane, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Niacinamide, PEG-8 Laurate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Sorbitan Isostearate, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethiconol, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Myristic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Phytosphingosine, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysorbate 60, 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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