It’s interesting to look back on the moisturizers you’ve used in the past. My first facial moisturizer was a 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 on to 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 a while 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.
If this isn’t enough of an explanation for you to try the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream as a facial moisturizer. Please give Simple Skincare Science’s review of the cream a read!
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.