Skincare can be really expensive. In fact, I’m kind of fed up of tip-toeing around the fact that in so many cases, we’re all being painfully overcharged for certain skincare products. Brands know all too well the price that we’re willing to pay for great skin, and they’re not afraid to take advantage of it. However, as our skincare priorities have shifted, not only are brands charging obscene amounts of money for efficacious products, but they’re also driving up prices on products that look more aesthetically pleasing. As a result of this, it’s safe to say that when it comes to skincare, price does not always reflect quality.
So when a no-frills product range comes along that doesn’t have a gimmicky name, doesn’t come housed in Instagram-worthy bottles and generally lacks fancies, it can be very easy for it to be overlooked. If you ask me, that is exactly what happened to CeraVe.
As a beauty editor, barely a day goes by where I don’t talk to a dermatologist about one thing or another, and over the years, I’d go as far to say that CeraVe has been one of the most highly recommended brands. And it’s not just skin experts that love it either—it also has some celebrity fans. Rumour has it that Blake Lively loves the SPF and Olivia Wilde swears by CeraVe moisturiser. Above all of that, every product comes in at under $25, and honestly, there isn’t a single product in the lineup that I can fault.
Sure, CeraVe products might not be the prettiest to look at or even the most luxurious to use, but they work, which is more than can be said for some products triple their price. The brand creates products that work to protect and restore the natural skin barrier to prevent irritation, dryness and even breakouts. By providing the skin with three essential ceramides (moisture-retaining lipids which are naturally found in skin), CeraVe products have become my go-to for when my skin doesn’t want to play ball. I might not wake up in the morning with a whole new glowing complexion, but they are the only products I really trust to restore moisture, calm breakouts, and generally get my complexion back on track.
So if your skin is prone to dryness, breakouts or just simply struggles to behave itself, keep scrolling for the very best CeraVe products out there.
1. Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 25
Lightweight and not even a little bit greasy, this face lotion with SPF is ideal for those with sensitive skin who usually react to suncream. Made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and CeraVe's famous ceramide complex, it soothes skin as it works.
2. Hydrating Cleanser
If you have eczema-prone skin that you struggle to look after, this super-hydrating cleanser is perfect. Unlike other formulas, it's not heavy and doesn’t leave the skin feeling coated. Instead, it just soothes and hydrates as a deeper level.
3. Eye Repair Cream
For dark circles, puffiness and general dehydration, this deeply moisturising eye cream works wonders. It’s a real all-arounder.
4. Moisturizing Cream
If your dry skin has become cracked and flaky, a generous layer of this moisturising cream will do the job. Plus, it delivers 24 hours worth of hydration so you don't have to worry about constant reapplication.
5. Foaming Facial Cleanser
Caring for skin that sits somewhere between oily and sensitive can be really tricky, with most products catering to one or the other. This ever-so-light gel-to-foam cleanser fights against excess oil while delivering hydration at the same time. My favorite part? It is also formulated with niacinamide to reduce irritation.
6. Renewing SA Cleanser
If it’s breakouts and congestion that you suffer with, look no further than this salicylic acid cleanser. Great for sloughing away at dead skin cells, not only is it great at fighting blackheads, but it also works wonderfully on rough bumps on the backs of arms and legs.
7. CeraVe Resurfacing Retinol Serum
If you want a simple, effective retinol without all the bells and whistles, CeraVe delivers. It contains essential ceramides to help offset any dryness that can traditionally come with retinol.
8. Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum
With 10% vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, this is a great starter vitamin C serum and good for those with sensitive skin.
9. Psoriasis Cleanser
This gentle yet powerful formula is formulated to help relieve the dry, rough, itchy skin that can come with psoriasis. It has niacinamide, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and get rid of flaking.
This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.
Shannon Lawlor is a renowned beauty journalist and has contributed to Who What Wear’s beauty content since 2020. As a leading beauty editor, expert and brand consultant, she has over eight years of experience working for some of the industry’s most esteemed titles, including Who What Wear (of course), Glamour UK, Stylist, Refinery29 and Fabulous.
Having also worked behind the scenes with some of the industry’s biggest brands and retailers, Shannon has a unique insight into what people really want from their beauty routines. Understanding that beauty lovers seek honest, open and responsible advice, she has it made her mission to demystify the intimidating world of beauty, taking a no-frills approach to the most relatable topics.
While Shannon is the first to admit she doesn’t hold the answer to every beauty question out there, she is dedicated to sharing her expert insights in a bid to help. As a self-proclaimed lazy girl, Shannon has an affinity for easy-to-use, foolproof beauty products and has made it her mission to scope out the best of the best.
When she’s not working, Shannon is likely soaking in the bath or giving no-holds-barred beauty reviews on Instagram from her bathroom floor.
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