“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” -Gwyneth Paltrow

On the Cheap: CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

I've spent some crayyyy-zee money on night creams in my life. This is not my fault. This is the fault of the companies that make the creams who promise me that their cream will make me appear to be a 16-year-old girl again. Seriously. According to various claims, by using specific creams, I can even out my skin tone, increase firmness and suppleness, decrease the appearance of wrinkles, and generally turn back the clock. Of course, the fact that I believe all this says a lot about me, namely that I'm fairly delusional and a patsy. However, there are plenty of beneficial ingredients that can be packed into a cream that really do help improve the skin, and I've found several of them in a very inexpensive product that can be found at your local drugstore.

CeraVe PM Moisturizing Cream

CeraVe PM is one of the newer items in what has been a well-respected line for quite a while. The entire line is fragrance-free and fairly utilitarian, with plain plastic packaging and uncomplicated formulas. However, CeraVe products are consistently recommended by dermatologists and beauty insiders because they WORK. And at the end of the day, as much as I love my pretty jars and bottles, what I'm most concerned with is whether or not the cream inside is doing what it says it will do.

Here's a shot of the actual bottle of CeraVe PM:

On the bright side, it's in a nice, sanitary pump bottle. Sadly, it isn't pretty, or luxe, or decadent, or any of the other descriptors I ordinarily use to describe my skin care items. That being said, what lies inside that plain little bottle is a powerhouse of beneficial ingredients. CeraVe contains ceramides, which help repair and restore the skin's barrier. Niacinamide helps the skin produce more of its own ceramides , as well as helping to even skin tone. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant that attracts water to the skin, as well as having a plumping action that decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In this formula, all of these ingredients are fairly high on the ingredient list, particularly the niacinamide, which is listed as ingredient #4. Yippee! They actually include enough of it to make a difference!

As for how it feels to use CeraVe, well, it's pretty basic. It's a gel-cream consistency that glides easily across the skin. It soaks in immediately without leaving a film or a greasy residue. The morning after using, I wake up to soft, smooth, cushiony skin that feels fresh and clean, not coated or weighed down. Here's a shot of the actual cream to give you an idea of the texture:

As you can see, it's thick enough to stand up on its own (barely), but it's also slightly transluscent, giving it the feel of a gel.

I honestly didn't think a cream this lightweight would work for my dry skin, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Although it sinks in completely, my skin never feels tight or dry when I wear this. It also works well under makeup (assuming you use a separate sunscreen), as it doesn't get greasy or cause makeup to migrate.

Overall, I'm loving this! I still haven't gotten used to how basic it is, so I may have to decant it into a prettier jar---I'm just that shallow---but I will be using it as part of my skin care routine for the foreseeable future. Well done, CeraVe!

Grade: A-


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