When I spotted the new CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF30 at Rite Aid a few months ago (there's also a PM formula), I was very excited to try it. I purchased this product a few months ago and have been wearing it off and on ever since. I'm finally ready to share my thoughts with you so let's get started!
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF30
(retail: around $13, 3 oz)
I love moisturizers that contain broad-spectrum sun protection (with my oily skin, it's nice to be able to skip a separate sunscreen if possible) and I REALLY love when the sunscreen in a moisturizer is SPF30 (SPF15 just doesn't cut it for me).
I also love that this product comes in a convenient pump bottle:
The consistency of this product is a little thick, but if I apply it right after my shower or right after I cleanse my face at the sink, when my skin is still a little damp, it spreads easily. It does take an extra minute or two to absorb (compared to other moisturizers I own) but I really love the moisturizing effects of this product, and how hydrated my skin looks and feels throughout the day. True to its word, I find that this product slowly releases additional moisture throughout the day--it's not the type of product that works at first and then disappears. You can really feel the hydrating properties all throughout day.
In cooler weather, this moisturizer doesn't make my face makeup slide around through the course of the day, which is a pleasant surprise given how moisturizing it is to my skin. I also like that it's fragrance-free, although it is NOT without scent (to me, it smells like baby sunscreen). Also, after it has absorbed, it doesn't leave a noticeable white cast on my skin (as other moisturizers with SPF can be known to do). I've experienced no breakouts or skin irritations whatsoever while using this product.
Unfortunately, due to my oily skin, this product doesn't work quite as well in the warmer months. In extremely warm weather, this product can feel heavy and deliver too much moisture to my skin. Also, when it comes to skincare, I've been trying to avoid products that contain multiple parabens, and this product contains two. So for these two reasons, I've actually switched back to using this moisturizer, which is paraben-free and feels a little more lightweight on my oily skin when the weather is warm.
FINAL VERDICT: If parabens are not an issue for you, and you're looking for a truly hydrating moisturizer that also contains broad-spectrum sun protection, I think CeraVe is a nice, affordable option at under $15 a bottle. It truly delivers on hydration and it probably won't feel heavy or greasy if your skin is normal, dry or very dry. But for my fellow oily-skinned folks out there, this one might be a tad too heavy, especially in the warmer months.
Click here to find out where CeraVe products are sold in your area. And there's also a $1 off coupon on the CeraVe website, in case you're planning on making a purchase.
Are you a CeraVe fan? If so, what are some of your favorite products from this brand? I'd love to hear from you!
PS: For years now, I've been saying "sarah-VAY". But the other day I actually saw a TV commercial for CeraVe and they pronounced it "sarah-VEE". So apparently I've been mispronouncing it all these years!