In fact, many fans of the CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($14) say it was a dermatologist that introduced them to the holy grail skin care product. “This is absolutely one of the best moisturizing creams I’ve ever used. My dermatologist recommended this to me years ago, because I have sensitive skin and eczema. I love to put this on after the shower especially. I’ve tried other creams from the drugstore and nothing can replace this one,” raves a 5-star reviewer.
Another adds, “My dermatologist recommended this for an all over body and face cream. I was willing to buy something more pricy, but she adamantly encouraged I give this a try. Boy, am I glad I did! I use it on my face and body — Midwest winters are harsh and drying, but this cream has been a bit of a life changer for me.”
Here’s what a dermatologist thinks.
“CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is one of my all-time favorite body moisturizers,” says Dr. Shari Marchbein, Board Certified Dermatologist in NYC, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. She also notes that ceramides are a big part of what makes this formula such a standout among the rest.
“It contains ceramides — a lipid naturally found in skin — glycerin and hyaluronic acid, which packs a powerful punch of deep moisture and hydration,” she explains. “Together with cholesterol and fatty acids, ceramides are responsible for creating a healthy, intact skin barrier and retaining moisture in the skin.”
She adds, “As we age and with dry skin, levels of ceramides decrease, so using a moisturizer like this one can help restore the skin’s protective barrier and hydration.”
Dr. Marchbein also notes that the formula is non-comedogenic so you can use it on your body and face. “Ceramide-containing moisturizers can help with facial dryness and irritation from the use of retinoids for acne or anti-aging,” she says.
The reparative and moisturizing cream works best when it can really sink into the skin — and the optimal application time right after a shower.
“I recommend applying it liberally to the entire body within 60 seconds of coming out of the shower, while still damp,” advises Dr. Marchbein. “It can be used on the face 1 to 2 times per day if you need an extra boost of hydration.”
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