This moisturiser is taking the world by storm & it only costs $22AU for almost ½ a litre.
HOW I FOUND IT
Because I am a skin-care and makeup junkie, I am always researching new products. I try to keep up-to-date and am particularly interested when I hear ‘buzz’ around any new product.
Around 8 years ago, the 45+ women ‘beauty community’ in the US started raving about CeraVe and how their products made their skin feel and look. They supposedly contained beneficial ingredients for the skin, plus they were affordable.
Naturally, I found this quite exciting. So, I did my research and found out that it was developed by a board of certified dermatologists in 2005. Their line of skincare products are enriched with a blend of three essential (ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II), fatty acids, and other lipids to help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier and to help maintain hydration levels in the skin for 24hrs.
WHAT I USED TO USE & WHY
At the time, I was using products (serums and moisturiser) from the Paulas Choice range on my skin and I was very happy with them. They were some of the best at the time for a reasonable price. They still are, in fact. Though they were pretty pricey here in Australia – (as most ‘beauty’ formulas worth their salt are, unfortunately).
I used them because their efficacy was backed by science and while not considered “medical-grade skincare,” they contain many ‘science-backed’ beneficial ingredients without the medical-grade prices and none of the nasties like alcohols, perfumes etc…
In more recent years, we have had the introduction of Sephora to Aussie shores. Along with Mecca, Chemist Warehouse and Priceline rivalling the larger Department stores, we here in Oz have had an influx of technology-backed, skincare products. It’s about damn time!
So, here it is! I can honestly say this is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used. And I don’t mean just for the face. It is equally as good all over the body.
I have very dry skin in the winter and dry, dehydrated skin with an oily t-zone, in the summer (when the humidity is above 80%), here in Queensland. This moisturiser has never let me down.
It gives me perfectly hydrated, glowing skin beneath any makeup, it doesn’t break me out, plays well with all my other makeup products and lasts well throughout the day AND it feels luxuriously rich and buttery on the face: like a high-end product would.
Disclosure: While I like the ‘AM cream’ and the moisturiser in the tube, I prefer the moisturiser cream in the tub better. Especially at night. It is richer and thicker in texture and feels more cosmetically elegant on my dry skin. The moisturiser in the tube is a lighter consistency and hence sinks into and feels like nothing on the skin so I prefer to use this one in summer for daywear.
I also use the Cerave cleanser daily as a second cleanse after I remove my makeup with micellar water.
I have used the eye cream and love that it contains niacinamide which is great for acne, eczema, rosacea and skin discoloration.
CeraVe Moisturiser Cream both effectively hydrates and helps strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. Developed with dermatologists and ideal for dry to very dry skin on the face and body, this rich, non-greasy, fast-absorbing moisturising cream features patented MVE Technology to provide 24-hour hydration. Suitable for sensitive skin, this oil-free, paraben-free and fragrance-free moisturiser also helps the skin hold on to moisture while improving its look and feel.
SO WHY IS IT SO GOOD?
Disclaimer: This excerpt has been taken from the Cerave Australia Website
You’ve probably heard about ceramides and hyaluronic acid, there’s been a lot of buzz about these two skincare ingredients. But is it just hype, why do you need them? And what exactly are ceramides and what exactly is hyaluronic acid anyway? Here is the short answer – Ceramides and hyaluronic acid both help to maintain moisture. A deficiency in either can lead to dry skin. But do these ingredients do the same thing? What are the benefits and differences between ceramides and hyaluronic acid? What happens if you have deficiencies and what can you do about it?
Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid
These antioxidants help to moisturise and strengthen the protective skin barrier and protect the skin from external aggressors such as weather and pollution. Hyaluronic acid is a transparent, gel-like fluid that is not only produced in the skin but also in other areas of the body. Their concentration in the skin is particularly high.
Hyaluronic acid is classed as a humectant as it attracts and retains moisture in the skin.
What Do Ceramides Do?
Ceramide is a lipid molecule which plays an essential role in both water-retention function and barrier function in the outer layer of skin. Ceramides ensure that trans-epidermal water loss does not occur too quickly by holding onto water in the skin.
In addition, ceramides can reduce free radicals in the skin that destroy elastin and collagen. This helps prevent metabolic processes that can lead to hyperpigmentation and age spots. Ceramides hold skin cells firmly together in the uppermost skin layer. This not only keeps the fluid in the skin but also protects it from allergens and external aggressors.
Ceramides are not only important for a healthy appearance, but also for a healthy functioning skin.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
Hyaluronic Acid is vital for healthy, hydrated skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) primarily binds water in the skin – more precisely, in the extracellular matrix. This area has the ability to store several litres of fluid per gram. A high concentration of hyaluronic acid, therefore, means a high content of water, which makes the skin firm and plump.
In addition, hyaluronic acid helps protects against damaging environmental influences and promotes cell renewal.
What Causes a Lack of Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid?
There a few factors that affect ceramide and hyaluronic acid concentration levels in the skin, some of which are age, skin conditions, and environmental and lifestyle factors.
A lack of ceramides and hyaluronic acid is a consequence of the natural aging process. From the age of 25, the body gradually produces less of both. Studies have found an association between a reduction in ceramides and skin condition such as atopic dry skin and ageing skin. The consequence of this natural reduction is drier skin that appears less plump and shows wrinkles. Of course, this process varies by individual.
People with dry skin and conditions such as eczema, rosacea, and even acne have depleted levels of ceramides. This can affect the skin all over the body, which means that a lack of ceramides can manifest itself anywhere – such as dry, itchy skin on the legs.
Other reasons for a low concentration of ceramides and hyaluronic acid in the skin are environmental and lifestyle factors. Ambient temperature also has an influence on the fat production of the sebaceous glands; at low temperature, they produce fewer ceramides and the glands contract. That is why many people have more issues with dry skin in winter.
Why Are Ceramides & Hyaluronic Acid Important?
Lacking in ceramides and hyaluronic acid isn’t just a cosmetic problem – it can also have skin health impacts. When skin is dry the protective skin barrier is not as intact as it should be, so warding off external aggressors can be affected. Therefore, complaints such as skin irritation, contact dermatitis or even atopic dermatitis occur more quickly. This is why a lack of ceramides and hyaluronic acid should always be addressed.
Skincare products have a direct effect on the outermost layer of the skin, the epidermis, where they counteract the damage caused by missing ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Topical delivery of ceramide emulsions supplies lipid replacement and restores lipid balance to the epidermal barrier. Topically applying hyaluronic acid improves your skin’s natural ability to retain water. The skin is not only able to absorb moisture but retention is better as well. For those affected by dry skin conditions, acne or concerned about the signs of aging, it may be useful to nourish the skin with cleansers, moisturisers, or a serum enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
Moisturisers & Cleansers with both Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid
The skincare range offered by CeraVe replenishes skin immediately after the first application. For this purpose, CeraVe products contain hyaluronic acid as well as three essential ceramides. These are the so-called ceramides 1, 3 and 6-II, which also occur naturally in the skin and are important for a healthy skin barrier. If they are sufficiently abundant, it is more likely that the skin will keep moisture in and foreign bodies out.
In addition, CeraVe’s products use MVE technology to provide long-lasting hydration to the skin. The technology is based on many small globules in which ceramides and hyaluronic acid are stacked on top of each other like the skin of an onion, gradually releasing them over 24 hours.
CeraVe products are suitable for dry, very dry and sensitive skin, and they’re proud supporters of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA).
CeraVe moisturiser is exclusively available at Chemist Warehouse in Australia and a 454g tub will only set you back $22.99au.
*While I haven’t personally tried it, I do hear great things about the foot repair lotion as well.
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