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CeraVe

Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 30

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 17.99
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CeraVe's Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen SPF 30 is a good option for a lightweight daytime moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection, though it lacks some extras necessary to elevate it into the "best" category.

This fragrance-free sunscreen comes in a sleek plastic tube with a pump dispenser and cap. As claimed, the lotion is hydrating yet lightweight, sinking into skin quickly for moisture without a heavy feel. These esthetic traits make it an appealing option for those with normal to combination skin, but it's fine for slightly dry skin and breakout-prone skin, too.

It blends into skin seamlessly with no white cast, and provides broad-spectrum SPF 30. We found that this also wears well under makeup as well, with no pilling or peeling.

The only drawback is that the formula is simplistic, lacking in some additional beneficial ingredients that would take it over the top. Antioxidants help boost a sunscreen's effectiveness, yet they're missing in action here.

While this is solid as far as sun protection, texture, and application, if you opt to use this, we recommend pairing it with an antioxidant serum or booster to get the most of out of this formula.

Pros:
  • Lightweight lotion feels soothing and hydrating.
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 30.
  • Contains replenishing ceramides and cholesterol.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with antioxidants to boost the sunscreen's effectiveness.
Jar Packaging: No
Moisturizes & helps restore the protective skin barrier.
Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%. Inactive: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Ceramide NP (Ceramide 3), Ceramide AP (Ceramide 6-II), Ceramide EOP (Ceramide 1), Photosphingosine, Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Crosspolymer, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.

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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