current skinperiment: CeraVe cream

not yet used long enough to merit a pre-review, let alone a review proper. More in 6 weeks or so.


No-frills unscented minimalist functional skin barrier repair cream. Large tubs; there’s also a smaller tube; can like anything else be decanted into tubes, for instance so as to carry some around during the day. Tested out on face, around the eyes, and other body parts: the neck-throat-bosom area (skin there is much like on face, some areas are more sensitive); hands; rougher skin on elbows and feet. Theoretical bumff: “unique, patented Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE®) delivery technology.” Contains glycerin, ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and cholesterol in a bland emollient base–trigycerides, fatty acids, petrolatum, dimethicone. There’s also a lotion version, plus AM & PM lotions that also have niacinamides; the AM version also contains sunscreen–alas, not all-physical.

More of the official bumff:

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream increases the skin’s ability to attract, hold and distribute moisture.  It penetrates deeply into the layers of the stratum corneum (the skin barrier) to restore the balance of lipids that are essential for an effective skin barrier.  CeraVe Moisturizing Cream also forms a protective layer over the skin’s surface to help prevent moisture loss.

Water (Purified), Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Capric/Caprylic Stearic Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methylsulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum


  • No irritation.
  • No cloggery.
  • It does indeed moisturise. Tested out split-face and -body: I used about the same amount and it absorbs faster than my usual Avène Tolérance extrême (and A-Derma Skin Care Cream).
  • While the Avène never felt exactly *dry*, I found that side of my face and that hand hadn’t retained moisture as well as the other side. It didn’t feel greasy, but the skin was more supple. I do notice that by the end of the day, partly with air conditioning and/or heating, I get dehydration wrinkles around my eyes and across my knuckles. They’re rapidly resolved by patting in some water and some more moisturiser, so no disaster… but still: at the end of the day, much less on the CeraVe side of face than the Avène one.
  • Feel of skin: smooth, sleek, plus quite fine to the touch–without feeling fine-fragile.
  • Cruelty-free; ingredients are petroleum-derived (thus: OK on the animal front–being originally plants or plankton way bac when–more on the mineral oil debate and associated silliness here) or plant-based (ex. the glycerin, the coconut derivatives) or lab-synthesized (ex. the silicone and ceramides).


  • Some people might not like the petroleum by-product ingredients or the use of paraben preservatives (or, indeed, preservatives at all). Just saying. Neither is an issue for me. Especially having had skin infections, and blood poisoning c/o an open wound. I like my preservatives. Plus bonus issues of manipulative fear-mongering by certain pressure-groups, in the absence of actual scientific data or–worse, perhaps?–misreading and misrepresentation of what data there is.
  • OK, a fact’s a fact: the design is rank. Being slightly phobic on such things, I’ve got the tub turned around so I don’t have to see those tasteless shades of horrid Margaret Thatcher blue. The font is neither retro nor classic; but at least it’s bland. Work needed on this.
  • Some people might not like the tub and having to put their fingers into it. I’m not bothered–it has preservatives, and I dip in with clean hands. *Shrug.*


USD12.50-16.00 or CAD 22.95 for 16 oz / 453 g. Available in loads of US drugstores. Canada: London Drugs. Or online from, again, various US drugstores,, Elsewhere: Google around, consult the CeraVe site, etc.

If this had produced the same results as Avène Tolérance extrême on my face, or A-Derma Skin Repair Cream on face or body: price would already have put CeraVe ahead. But I *prefer* it on face. Comparisons:

  • the CeraVe = CAD22.95 for 453g (= $5/100g)
  • the Avène = CAD35.00 for 50g (= $70/100g)
  • the A-Derma  = CAD24.95 for 150g (= $16.50/100g)

Got a tube from a lovely kind friend (elf_107, who–as ever–rocks); two days later, sallied forth and bought a whole huge tub from LD. They’re currently doing a deal whereby you get the cleanser (full-size, no less) free with the cream or lotion; so I’ve got a bottle of the Hydrating Cleanser to test out, too. Feels fine on rapid test–but not actively looking to switch over, as it’s pricier than my usual one, and I like my usual one a lot.

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