The product featured in this review was given to Nouveau Cheap directly by the brand. For my full disclosure, please see the bottom of this blog post.
CeraVe has some new product for 2013 and one of them is this new, heavy-duty cream for extremely dry skin. Since I happen to suffer from the occasional patch of extremely dry skin, it was quite easy for me to test this product, and today I'd like to share my thoughts with you.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cream
(retail: around $20, 12 oz)
CeraVe products can be found at most major drugstores and mass-merchandisers. This product is a bit high, price-wise, but it's currently on sale at CVS.com for $17.59 (normally $21.99). If you'd like to purchase it in-store, you can print this $1 off coupon to help bring the price down a bit.
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The "SA" in the title stands for salicylic acid, which is the 8th ingredient:
Salicylic acid can work quite well to exfoliate the skin and help give rid of little bumps and roughness. SA happens to work quite well on my particular skin, so I had really high hopes for this formula before I even tried it.
The formula of this cream is thick--so thick that you can hold the jar upside-down and it will not budge.
Texture and consistency: This body cream is thick, but it does spread easily across the skin. It is not a lotion--it is definitely more of a body butter (you have to use a little bit of pressure with your finger to scoop it out) but it doesn't have the traditional characteristics of body butters when you're working it into the skin. When it comes in contact with the warmth of your skin, the consistency breaks down and becomes more lotion-like, making it very easy to apply. Unlike body butters, this product does not feel greasy on the skin and it leaves no greasy or oily residue behind. Once it's absorbed, it leaves a smooth, waxy, protective barrier on the skin. It does not feel greasy or sticky--it feels more waxy than anything else. What I really like is that, sometimes waxier products dry down and end up leaving a powdery, almost sticky residue on the skin, and this one does not. It just feels smooth and waxy once it's dried down.
Moisturization and exfoliation: Last month I had some extremely dry patches of skin on my lower legs and also my heels have been extremely rough and calloused. So I used this product religiously for the past month and I'm delighted to say the results have been amazing. The dry patches on my legs totally vanished overnight, and I could still feel this product on my skin the next day (even after my shower). It truly leaves a protective barrier on the skin but, unlike pure petroleum jelly or something like that, this product actually contains ingredients that are going to help get to the root of the problem (instead of just cover it up). After a week of using this product on my dry patches, there were completely healed. I also did a test where I let my heels get really bad, and instead of using my Ped-Egg (which I have to use about once a week to exfoliate), I just used this cream instead. I didn't expect to see any type of real change because, when my heels are bad, they need physical exfoliation and nothing else will normally do. But WOW, this stuff not only made my heels soft, but it actually removed the roughness. I literally haven't needed to use my Ped-Egg since I've been using this cream on my heels.
Fragrance: This is a fragrance-free product, but it does have a very mild, generic "lotion base" scent to it.
FINAL VERDICT: CeraVe isn't joking around when they say that this product is for "extremely dry, rough, bumpy skin." If you're looking for a product that's going to deliver some SERIOUS hydration and exfoliation, don't let the higher price-point of this product deter you from giving this product a try. The jar is huge, so if you're only using it for targeted areas, it will last you a very long time. You only need a tiny bit and I can say that, for me personally, it works. In fact, it works so well for my dry areas that I think the price is completely justified (and you know I wouldn't say a thing like that unless I really meant it; I can't even remember the last time I recommended a product to you that cost this much). If you're tired of seeing less-than-stellar results from your body creams, I would definitely consider giving this one a shot. But remember: this product is for seriously dry skin--if your skin isn't too dry to begin with, save your money and use something less heavy-duty. This one could be overkill and I would reserve it for when you really, really need it.
Are you a CeraVe fan? Have you tried this new body cream yet?