Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion review

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In this skincare review I thought we could chat about a brand that I have heard so many people raving about for years as a great brand for people with sensitive skin. That brand would be Cerave. The brand is a little bit hard to find depending on where you live. In my case, my easiest way to buy this is online: Cerave is not a brand for sale anywhere in stores for me and that’s why I picked this up during one of my last travels. By now I have tried it enough to give you my thoughts, so let’s have a closer look.

Skincare review: Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

So as I was looking up this product, I spotted that pretty much the easiest way for me to buy this is through online pharmacies and Lookfantastic. On that website it retails for €11.45 which is a good price point for a moisturizer. It is nicely affordable and that’s another reason why I wanted to try it. For me and my dry, dehydrated skin, I struggle finding good moisturizers that don’t break the bank. I often find them not nourishing enough and one of my favorite night time moisturizers, the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, has since been discontinued. So I would like to try some more moisturizers to see if I like them.

What does this moisturizer have to offer?

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Cerave is a brand known to be promoted by many dermatologists as a great brand for sensitive skin. I picked this out as it promoses to be a great moisturizer that repairs the skin barrier and it contains ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Those three ingredients are key for me, especially the niacinamide, as those I feel all help with the texture in my skin.

What does this moisturizer do?

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Sadly, this moisturizer isn’t great for me. It specifies it is created for dry skin, but for me, this just isn’t hydrating enough. This is one of my biggest pet peeves with many skincare products aimed at sensitive skin and it’s why I have veered away mostly from products that are formulated with sensitive skin in mind, even though my skin is mainly sensitive. It just doesn’t do enough, meaning I have to lather it on, making me go through it so quickly even though this moisturizer comes with much more product (80 mls) than most other moisturizers. This is such a lightweight product that my skin has absorbed it before my head hits my pillow.

What are the ingredients like?

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So the ingredients are clearly listed on the packaging. There are some great ingredients here that are also high up on the list, but to be quite fair, it’s mainly water and glycerin so the ingredients aren’t all that special it seems. And I think this may be part of the reason why I don’t love this. Yes it’s super lightweight but if you feel you need to use so much product just to get the effect you need, I’d rather use less of a more effective product. But that’s just me.

My final thoughts

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I had high hopes when trying the Cerave moisturizer. After so many glowing reviews I was really curious and I think this kind of simple formula is great if you are super sensitive to anything and you just want a basic product that gets the job done. For me, I just need a bit more. I like richer, almost butter like moisturizers for the night time that need some time to sink in. With this, I feel my skin isn’t nourished enough and when that happens, my texture shows up quite visible. And that’s what I don’t like about this. I use skincare to avoid texture and I need my skincare to do enough to help with that and this just isn’t it.

Would I recommend the Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion?

If you have sensitive skin and are in need of a great simple moisturizer I think you may like this. For me, it’s just not effective enough. So the search for a great night time moisturizer continues.

What moisturizer do you love for the night time?

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