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CeraVe

Hydrating Sunscreen for Face SPF 50

2.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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CeraVe has reformulated their facial and body mineral sunscreens, but they remain far from wonderful. Each delivers pure mineral broad-spectrum sun protection and no longer contains the skin-sensitizing preservatives as its previous version, but has other formulary and performance issues that temper our enthusiasm.

Hydrating Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Face dispenses easily from its opaque tube. It feels creamy but not greasy, and contains ceramides and other key replenishing ingredients (like cholesterol) all skin types need to be healthy.

This isn’t too difficult to apply, and ends up being easier than many other pure mineral sunscreens. On the other hand, it definitely makes skin feel coated which isn’t something most people will like.

Even with thorough blending, this tends to leave a slight white cast that can’t be softened, and the higher amount of mineral actives in this particular formula can be tricky to apply makeup over; foundation goes on well at first, but can “break up” over time. On bare skin, the white cast lends a pallor that is especially apparent on darker skin tones.

Another concern is that this facial sunscreen contains a couple of antioxidants, niacinamide and a tiny amount of vitamin E. Today’s best facial sunscreens offer a mix of antioxidants that research has shown defend skin, so why settle for so few?

Pros:
  • Provides pure mineral sun protection.
  • Enriched with key ceramides and other replenishers.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Tends to feel heavy on skin.
  • Short on antioxidants.
  • Leaves a slight white cast.
  • Tends to cause makeup to break up on skin.
Jar Packaging: No

Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, CeraVe Sunscreen Face Lotion with broad-spectrum SPF 50 is formulated with 100%-mineral sunscreen that reflect the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays in a lightweight, oil-free formula that provides all-day hydration. This fragrance-free, non-comedogenic SPF 50 physical sunscreen for face leaving a non-greasy feel that layers invisibly under makeup.

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 9%; Zinc Oxide 7%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, 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, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Tocopherol, 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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