CeraVe is one of my favorite skincare lines. In fact, it may be my favorite skincare line. Most of the products are gentle and the line is affordable. I’ve also had numerous dermatologists recommend that I use CeraVe products for every skin problem that I’ve ever had (dryness, eczema, acne). Since these products come recommended to me by people with much more skincare education than me AND that these products work for me when I use them, I trust this brand. Whenever they launch a new product, I’m eager to try it.
This spring, CeraVe has launched a new cleanser, Renewing SA Cleanser. (SA stands for salicylic acid). This is an extension to their popular SA line (that includes cream, lotion, serum).
The claims: “CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser exfoliates and detoxifies to remove dirt and oil while softening and smoothing skin. Unlike some exfoliating cleansers, CeraVe® Renewing SA Cleanser contains no harsh beads or grains and is gentle on skin. It better prepares skin for essential hydration by helping to slough off dead skin cells while cleansing. And, like all CeraVe® Products, it hydrates and helps restore skin’s protective barrier. Helps detoxify and exfoliate to remove dirt and oil. Salicylic acid helps soften and smooth skin. 3 essential ceramides help repair the skin barrier. Enriched with antioxidant vitamin D. Gentle and non-drying. Non-comedogenic and non-irritating. Fragrance free.”
So, it’s a cleanser that claims to gently chemically exfoliate skin while removing dirt and oil. The company recommends this product for those with normal skin types.
The look, the fragrance, etc.: It’s a clear gel without any fragrance. It comes in an convenient pump bottle.
Quick reminder of my skin type: Well, it used to be dry but it’s been crazy the past few months. I’m now dry with some acne.Ugh, FML.
My experience: Let me start by saying that the other CeraVe cleansers haven’t really done much for me. They’re simple and gentle, but I haven’t repurchased them. I wasn’t “wowed” by them. I didn’t know if I would like this one or not since I usually prefer cream cleansers.
This gel foams slightly and to my surprise, it easily removes makeup (including thick, stubborn Korean BB creams). My daily makeup washed off so easily. The formula is easy to rinse off. My skin isn’t left feeling moisturizing (I mean, it’s not a moisturizing cleanser) but it isn’t left feeling tight either. My skin is left feeling soft and smooth just like the packaging promised! It makes my skin the perfect base for all of my other products.
As far as exfoliating goes, you’re still going to want a BHA, AHA or retinol cream/lotion/gel for that. None of these exfoliating cleansers will ever replace those. Now saying that, in comparison to those physical exfoliating cleansers or scrubs, this cleanser does just as good of a job WITHOUT any stupid microbeads or irritating walnut shells or shards of glass or whatever it is that those scrubs use.
Overall, I think I love this stuff. This is the CeraVe cleanser for me. I know this line isn’t exciting. The packaging is plain. It’s fragrance-free and available at drugstores. But, it works for me so well. My skin loves this line and this cleanser has been a great addition to my usual routine. I mean, all I want my cleanser to do is cleanse my skin without irritating it or making it worse than it already is. And this product does that…and also makes it feel smooth.
Who may like this? Anyone with normal or normal to oily/combo skin wanting a gentle cleanser. I also think it would be good for sensitive skin types because it’s fragrance free. This is good too if you want an exfoliator that cleanses and doesn’t have microbeads or ouchy scrubbers.
Who may not? Anyone with really oily skin or really dry skin. CeraVe offers other cleansers for those types. The salicylic acid is really mild in this (you wash it off) but if you are sensitive to it, don’t use this. I also think if you wear a lot of makeup and want to use this as a makeup remover, that it won’t work. It removed my usual makeup but if you wear a lot, you’re going to need to double cleanse or use an oil-based cleanser (yet, it would still be great for morning use). And you may not like this if you want something that seems “fancy” – like smells like jasmine or costs as much as a monthly student loan payment (this is a really “simple” cleanser).
Ingredients: Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Niacinamide, Gluconolactone, Sodium Methylcocoyl Taurate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Salicylic Acid, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Sodium Benzoate, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholecalciferol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide.
CeraVe does not test on animals.
The 8 oz bottle retails for $12.99 at drugstores and drugstore.com.
Also, if you aren’t using it already, let me suggest the original CeraVe Cream. It helps to make your fragrance last longer too!
Want more reviews? Try…
Thirteen Thoughts – Great summary of the ingredients.
Beautypedia – Associated with Paula’s Choice.
Chain Drug Review – More info on the new products.
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