It’s interesting to look back on the moisturizers you’ve used in the past. My first facial moisturizer was Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer because I believed salicylic acid would clear all my blemishes in high school. Once I found that to be too drying, I moved onto a Cetaphil moisturizer – but that recollection is kind of foggy.
In University, when I noticed my roommate using the Clinique Acne Solutions. I bought the acne treatment kit and was recommended the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. That pink gel-cream was my favourite moisturizer for four years and I have vivid memories of going to Estée Lauder warehouse sales to stock up on that cream. For an 18-year-old, using a c$64 moisturizer was an outrageous expense but at the time I believed that it was the only cream my skin could handle.
Until I was pleasantly surprised…
When I turned 24 and started experiencing cystic acne, I was prescribed a topical that sensitized my skin. When I applied my favourite Clinique moisturizer, my skin felt a burning sensation. I tried over 15+ moisturizers that year to combat the prescribed topical’s dryness and didn’t succeed. I felt so defeated.
Later that year, I sought out help from a dermatologist to find the root cause of my acne and they recommended CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as my facial moisturizer. While I was on another acne treatment that helped my skin condition, I used the CeraVe cream and fell in love with it. After stopping the prescribed topical and using the cream to build up my damaged moisture barrier – my skin no longer felt a burning sensation and my wallet was happy too.
I’ve been using CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for four years now and I have no plans on changing it.
What is ‘CeraVe in a Tub’?
If you visit the SubReddit – r/SkincareAddiction there’s a lot of talk about this product called ‘CeraVe in a Tub’. To put it simply, a couple of years ago, CeraVe Moisturizing Cream was the only CeraVe moisturizer available in a tub packaging with a lid.
In 2020, the value-size now comes with a reusable pump-lid that makes the product more hygienic because for awhile people were buying third-party pump-lids on Amazon. The cream also comes in a travel-size that’s in a small tube.
Why I Love ‘CeraVe in a Tub’?
- It’s affordable. I can buy a value-size version of it with 526 grams for c$26.99 and I’ll have a year and a half worth of facial moisturizer that I use twice a day.
- It’s a rich-emollient cream that helps build your skin’s moisture barrier and is great for dry skin.
- It’s fragrance-free and with an ingredient list full of ceramides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are essential to help moisturize dry skin.
How I Use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream in my Skincare Routine
In the morning, I wash my face with only lukewarm tap water. I then spritz Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray and lightly pat dry with a micro-fibre face towel. My face is still damp when I apply The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid + B5 Serum and Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I then apply CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and move on with the rest of my day.
In the evening, if I’ve worn makeup, I double-cleanse (Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water or Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm + La-Roche Posay Toleraine Dermo-Cleanser) and use lukewarm tap water. I then spritz Avene Thermal Spring Water Spray and lightly pat dry with a micro-fibre face towel. My face is still damp when I apply The Ordinary 2% Hyaluronic Acid + B5 Serum and Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum. I then apply CeraVe Moisturizing Cream and finish my night-time routine.
What is your favourite moisturizer?
Let me know.