8 Ingredients You’ll Find In CeraVe Products

If there’s one brand that’s taken over the TikTok beauty scene, it has to be CeraVe. Uniting product obsessives, skincare newbies, and beauty experts over its powerful formulas and affordable prices, CeraVe was an instant hit on the app, and its hashtag now has over 900 million views. 

If you’re thinking about shopping for CeraVe and are wondering what all the fuss is about, we spoke to CeraVe product trainer Adele Leith for a full breakdown of the incredible ingredients you’ll find inside the brand’s biggest hits. Find out which CeraVe products are the best for different skin types here

Ceramides

“Ceramides essentially are what holds our skin cells together – they keep the skin protected, restore the skin’s barrier function, and reduce dryness,” explains Leith. “The three essential ceramides in CeraVe are a unique blend of ceramides identical to those found naturally in your skin.” 

Best for: All skin types, but especially those with a damaged skin barrier 

Find it in: All CeraVe products 

Salicylic Acid

“One of acne or blemish-prone skin’s saviours, salicylic acid naturally exfoliates the skin, deep cleanses, helps unblock pores, and leaves the skin feeling smoother.” 

Best for: Oily and/or blemish prone skin 

Find it in: CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser, SA Smoothing Cream

Lactic Acid

“Lactic acid gently smooths skin cells to reveal newer, fresher and smoother skin,” explains Leith. “It also helps improve the skins natural moisture factor.” 

Best for: Dry and textured skin 

Find it in: SA Smoothing Cream

Hyaluronic Acid

“Our hydration hero ingredient hyaluronic acid acts like a sponge by attracting moisture in to the skin. Hyaluronic acid gives the skin a boost of hydration, plumping the skin leaving it smoother and more comfortable. It’s also key for overall skin health.” 

Best for: All skin types – any type of skin can be dehydrated

Find it in: All CeraVe products

Urea

“Urea is the skin’s natural moisturiser,” notes Leith. “Urea is naturally found in the top layer of the skin, it acts like a magnet drawing water into the skin. Due to its softening abilities, urea is a great match for dry, flaky, and rough skin.” 

Best for: Dry, rough, and dehydrated skin 

Find it in: SA Smoothing Cream

Niacinamide

“Niacinamide supports the skin barrier (the outer surface of the skin). It increases the resilience of the skin and improves the texture.” 

Best for: All skin types

Find it in: Foaming Facial Cleanser, Eye Repair Cream 

Dimethicone

“Dimethicone helps give a smooth texture to CeraVe products, as well as acting as an emollient and skin protector.” 

Best for: Dry and dehydrated skin 

Find it in: Moisturising Cream

Zinc Oxide

“Zinc oxide is a mineral powder that’s used in products to create sunscreen,” explains Leith. “It cleverly can also treat and prevent skin irritations, and revives the skins glow.” 

Best for: All skin types 

Find it in: AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30

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