SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #11: Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield SPF50+ PA++++

This item was sent for review purposes.

Years ago I reviewed the 1st version of Klairs Mid-Day Blue Sun Lotion SPF40 PA++. They came out with a 2nd version a year or so later which I also tried, and now they have the 3rd! Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield SPF50+ PA++++.

This Sunscreen Sunday deserved a little intro blurb because I am very excited to discover how far this mineral sunscreen has come along since its beginnings!


INFORMATION ON KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++

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This physical sunscreen is hydrating, lightweight, non-irritant, and gentle for any skin type, even sensitive skin. It is SPF 50/PA++++ and contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect your skin against UVA/UVB. By containing guaiazulene it also helps calm the skin. It has a natural tone-up effect after application with a semi-matte finish. Recommended for combination and oily skin.

– Wishtrend

Klairs is finally back with the newest updated version and it is called the Mid day Blue UV Shield! Get excited because compared to the previous versions, it has now become even 1) fresher, 2) smoother to apply on the skin, 3) more hydrating on the skin with a semi-matte finish, and 4) still remains to give a significant calming effect for irritated skin under the strong UV rays. 

– Wishtrend blog post

Price: $23 USD
Amount: 80 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Mineral
Zinc Oxide – Unknown
Titanium Dioxide – Unknown

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~SPF60)
UVA: PA++++ (>PPD 16)

HIGHLIGHT INGREDIENTS (skinthusiast perspective):
Guaiazulene – what makes the formula blue! Has been described as a calming, soothing ingredient due to it being derived from the chamomile plant. INCIDecoder however lists this ingredient as antimicrobial/perfuming
Tocopherol – antioxidant
Comparing the 3rd version’s ingredients list to the first formulation, I can’t help but be a little sad. The first original formula had a handful of nice ingredients in it (Niacinamide, Panthenol, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tinosorb S!).
However I see why they have simplified the formula. Mineral sunscreens in general are recommended to those with sensitive skin, so a reduction in ingredients means less likelihood of problems. Niacinamide for example is one of my favourite ingredients of all time, and some people cannot tolerate it at all.
To add to the sensitive skin note – this does have fragrance. However on Wishtrend’s Instagram, they have answered that it is formulated with allergen free fragrance and it has been tested on sensitive skin.
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I personally don’t mind fragrance in products, as long as it’s
1. Not overwhelming
2. I’m using one fragrance included product in my routine
This sunscreen also has a few silicone ingredients in it. I don’t know about you, but the smell of silicone to me is not pleasant at all!

MY EXPERIENCE WITH KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++

PACKAGING:  Opaque blue plastic tube with small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thick cream, but not heavy.

FRAGRANCE: Light, candy-corn scent. I have no other way to describe it other than it smells candy sweet, but corny? It isn’t offensive and it fades.

APPLICATION: Need to work it into the skin in order for it to spread well. The first time I used this I applied my standard amount too much at once and it looked REALLY weird and I definitely saw a blue cast. The second time I applied it in thin layers, and it looked MUCH better, but it seems to always pill around my hairline.

FINISH: Semi-matte. It isn’t flat, and I have a skin like finish on my face.

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FEEL: Slightly greasy. This has a handful of silicones in the formulation, and on my face it feels as if I applied something oily. When it has time to set, it feels slightly tacky. It is slightly drying around my eyes.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? I’m confused as to whether or not I’m mistaking the “tone up” claim of this product as a minimal cast, or vice versa. I see this “tone up” effect where my skin does look brighter and even. There is no obvious whitecast, but there is some sort of blue going on. When I look at myself in certain lighting, there is a blue sheen on my skin. I also find on my neck, which has a more distinct undertone, seems to neutralize in colour.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? Klairs claims that it is hydrating, but I don’t find it adds any extra moisture. Because it has a semi-matte finish, I find it can feel a little drying, but not uncomfortable. I don’t find this “instantly” calming, but what’s good is that it doesn’t irritate my skin and it keeps my skin collected in the warmer weather.

UNDER MAKEUP: Like other mineral sunscreens I have tried, it’s good at gripping on to makeup so I can see this performing well under foundations. When I tried it with my Mac Face & Body, my skin looked way more bright and even than usual.


PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++.
  • Feels gentle and fairly light considering how much I apply.
  • Good amount of product for the price.
  • “Tone up” aspect – brightens and evens complexion.
  • For the most part, I feel comfortable wearing it on its own.

CONS:

  • Pills around my hairline a lot.

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • Not-so-easy application; It is not streaky, but it’s not as effortless as the Soft Airy UV Essence, and on my normal to dry skin it has the potential to pick up dry flakes more easily. However because the weather is warmer, I can work with it better.
  • I like the semi-matte finish, especially during these warmer months, but it can feel a bit drying. Not uncomfortable, but I notice it.
  • While I like the brightening and evening perks of the “tone up”, it constantly makes me question if there is actually a cast. I have this problem with mineral sunscreens in general so it’s not like the Klairs one is unique in that regard. That being said, if you’re my shade (light-medium) or darker, you may prefer this more underneath makeup instead of on its own.
  • While this is advertised more for our oily-skinned peeps, it does feel tacky on my skin for a bit. Not sticky, but tacky.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON KLAIRS MID DAY BLUE UV SHIELD SPF50+ PA++++

Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield has had its rounds, and I like that overall the 3rd version has the least bit of cast and has a higher protection. I personally prefer sunscreens that have either hybrid (mineral-organic) or pure organic UV filters, but I found the Klairs Mid Day Blue UV Shield overall enjoyable to use and I like reaching for it.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend
Use code “MichXMash15” to get 15% off your order

YesStyle
Use code “YESMICH” to get 5% off your 1st order, 2% off your next orders

These are affiliate links and codes. If you use them to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you are uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M


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SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #1: Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++
REVIEW | Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion SPF40 / PA++

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #10: Indeed Laboratories inDefense30 – Moisturiser & Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30

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inDefense30™ is a lightweight moisturiser and partial mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. This formula easily absorbs into your skin to provide intense hydration and protect your skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays and premature aging. It contains zinc oxide, a non-toxic and soothing mineral that increases skin’s stability and defends against hyperpigmentation and brown spots; and Pycnogenol®, one of nature’s most powerful natural antioxidants that rebuilds collagen and protects skin from harmful enzymes to rebuild elasticity for smoother, younger-looking skin.

– Indeed Labs

Price: $20 CAD
Amount: 1.0 fl oz/30 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Hybrid – mineral and organic
Octinoxate – 7.5%
Zinc Oxide – 7%

Protection: UVA/UVB, SPF 30

HIGHLIGHT INGREDIENTS (skinthusiast perspective):
Petrolatum – probably the best occlusive to prevent TEWL
Glycerin, Urea, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA – humectants that are all skin-identical ingredients (already found in our skin)
Allantoin – soothing, skin softening, wound-healing
Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract (Pycogenol) – antioxidant, when applied topically has shown to provide photoprotection
I appreciate that for a drugstore SPF there’s quite the handful of beneficial ingredients in the formula to help moisturize the skin and keep it calm. I noticed there’s Mica in the formula as well, but I don’t even pick up a glow from the swatch alone, so the amount seems fairly tasteful.

EXPERIENCE

PACKAGING:  Opaque plastic tube with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Mid-weight cream.

FRAGRANCE: No additional fragrance or noticeable scent.

APPLICATION: On my hand it was very easy to apply, but on my face there was a constant struggle to prevent pilling.

FINISH: Moisturized, subtle glow, some pilling (eyebrows, nose, jaw)
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FEEL: Comfortable. I tried using this as a stand-alone moisturizer and it was not enough for my normal to dry skin type.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? Yes.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS?
Adds some moisture to the skin. Not significant for us drier types, but it does not take away moisture!

UNDER MAKEUP:
I haven’t bothered to try this under makeup because I couldn’t get it to work in my skincare routine in general.


PROS:

  • Gentle
  • Has additional moisturizing ingredients for skin’s health
  • Contains a cool antioxidant that may aid in photoprotection in pair with your SPF
  • Spout doesn’t get disgusting

CONS:

  • The insane pilling
  • Still has a cast despite there being an organic filter in the formulation

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount you get, but the amount of beneficial ingredients in the formula make up for it

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have tried to Indeed Labs inDefense30 a number of ways:

  • Minimal skincare routine
  • After exfoliating
  • Exfoliating the night before
  • Shaved face night before
  • Regular skincare routine

And it just does NOT want to work with my skin. The only place this sunscreen seems to perform well on are my hands. I’m thinking for those of you with oilier skin, you might fare better with this one, maybe my face is just too dry. If you apply 2mg/cm2 with this SPF, I find it is slightly more comfortable compared to other greasy mineral-based formulas I have tried.

After reviewing this, it turns out that both my local drugstore and Indeed Labs official website do not sell this sunscreen anymore. Is there a reformulation in the works? I sure hope so!

Either way, I hope you found this post helpful and informative!

xo, M


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REVIEW: I’m From Fig Collection – Cleansing Balm, Scrub Mask, Boosting Essence

The skincare world seems to not be on pause, for I’m From recently launched their new Fig Collection. I’ve never heard about Fig in skincare before, but I’m always down to learn about new and potentially skin beneficial ingredients!

I’m From decided to launch three products with fig as their main ingredient and it is targeted to help you achieve ‘clear skin’. Whether used all together in a single routine or separately, you can expect

  1. delivery of antioxidants
  2. hydrating finish on the skin
  3. removal of dead skin cells
  4. enhanced skin’s texture.

GENERAL CLAIMS:

  • Cruelty-free
  • For all skin types
  • Made in Korea

Wishtrend.com

Looking more into Fig, there’s not really a whole lot I could find. Here are the ones a mere skinthusiast like me came across, so I thought I’d share (note the emphasis on “skinthusiast.” I’m not a skin professional, just a skincare consumer that’s interested in how ingredients work).

  • One study talking about how a 4% cream was applied on human volunteers for 8 weeks
    • Significantly decreased:
      • skin melanin
      • trans-epidermal water loss
      • skin sebum
    • Significantly increased:
      • skin hydration
    • Insignificant effects on skin erythema
  • Paula’s Choice lists it as a “BEST” plant ingredient
    • High in antioxidants
    • Prevents TEWL
    • Reduces the formation of dark spots

I took these sources with a grain of salt, but I definitely didn’t expect to find such a number of benefits Fig Extract could provide! Needless to say, I like testing skincare, but I tried these products with no expectations.

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Wishtrend provided me all 3 of I’m From’s latest Fig products for review purposes, and I am ready to share my thoughts and experience with each item!

  • Cleansing Balm
  • Scrub Mask
  • Boosting Essence

The products provided are for review purposes, however that does not effect my opinion in any way.

My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


I’M FROM FIG CLEANSING BALM

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Amount: 100ml
Price: $30 USD
7.8% Fig and Oil Water

Other Beneficial Ingredients:

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Packaging: Opaque, violet coloured plastic jar. Comes with a small plastic spatula.

Texture: Sherbet, classic formulation among other Korean cleansing balms.

Fragrance: Artificial sweet smell.

Application: Nickel-size scoop, melt between fingers and gently massage all over face and neck. Fragrance does not linger for long. With wet fingers, massaged face again and product emulsifies.

Feel: I reminisce about the Banila Co. cleansing balms, but this one feels like it has more moisture to it.

Overall Thoughts: Performs similarly to other cleansing balms I’ve tried. It has a nice texture, don’t need a lot to effectively remove a day’s face, leaves a moisturizing residue, does not dry out my skin.


I’M FROM FIG SCRUB MASK

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Amount: 120g
Price: $32 USD
1.2% Fig Powder

Other Beneficial Ingredients:

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Packaging: Transparent glass jar with plastic top. Comes with a large spatula.

Texture: Thick and grainy.

Fragrance: Artificial sweet smell.

Application: Covered face and neck in a thin layer and left it for 5-10 minutes. With wet fingers, massaged skin gently and the scrub emulsified.

Feel: Fairly gentle scrub, left face feeling moisturized and smooth, did not dry out my face when I left the mask in place and after washing it off.

Overall Thoughts: I personally don’t care to use sugar scrub masks on my face, but the experience was still enjoyable – at first.

What I did not enjoy was the lingering fragrance and the slight irritation I experienced 10 minutes after washing the mask off and finishing up my skincare routine. I suspect it’s because I’m using Differin, otherwise I feel like my skin prior to Vitamin A would tolerate it better.


I’M FROM FIG BOOSTING ESSENCE

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Amount: 150ml
Price: $35 USD
62.7% Fig Extract

 

Other Beneficial Ingredients:

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Packaging: Glass bottle with plastic cap, dispenser is a small spout.

Texture: Slippery water, reminds me of the By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence.

Fragrance: None.

Application: 1-3 nickel-sized layers massaged all over face and neck and patted in.

Feel: Surprised at how gentle and hydrating it was! Skin felt very comfortable for a period of time before applying moisturizer.

Overall Thoughts: Favourite product out of the whole Fig Collection. It is hydrating, did not irritate my skin, skin maintained brightness throughout the day.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON I’M FROM FIG COLLECTION

1st place – I’m From Fig Boosting Essence

My overall experience with this skincare item was very enjoyable. At first, I felt like I have seen the most benefits when it comes to Fig Extract – hydrating, brightening, maintains skin’s moisture. Looking closer at the ingredients list however, it seems to contain quite a number of other notable ingredients that are beneficial for the skin, and can also provide the mentioned benefits. Whether it’s the Fig Extract or not, we can’t be certain, but at least the overall formulation seems very skin-friendly.

2nd place – I’m From Fig Cleansing Balm

Although it is a sherbet texture like other makeup removing balms on the market, I do like that bit of extra moisture it provides while not feeling too heavy like richer cleansing balms. It feels like when I follow up with my second cleanse, my skin does not feel as stripped. The only thing I didn’t really care for from this product was the artificial fragrance. If you like shopping on Wishtrend, it is also the only cleansing balm they currently offer.

3rd place – I’m From Fig Scrub Mask

It did also provide extra moisture to my skin and makes it feel very smooth, although I feel like I would have enjoyed the experience more if it not for it irritating my face after use. In addition, both of the cleansing products do have fragrance, but because I left the Scrub Mask on for 5-10 minutes, I had a little bit of a headache because of how fragrant it was.

And that is it for this review! As always, I hope you found it helpful and informative if you were considering purchasing one of these products to incorporate into your skincare routine.

Before you leave, did you like that I linked every beneficial ingredient? INCIDecoder and Paula’s Choice help me so much when learning about ingredients, and I want to promote every consumer to look at the INCI list instead of the marketing claims 🙂

xo, M


WHERE TO BUY:

These are affiliate links and codes. If you use a link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

Wishtrend:
Cleansing Balm
Scrub Mask
Boosting Essence

Use “MichxMash15” at checkout for an addition 15% off your order

YesStyle:
Cleansing Balm
Scrub Mask
Boosting Essence

Use “YESMICH” to get 10% off your order

REVIEW: By Wishtrend Quad Active Boosting Essence

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If you know me, you know I love me some hydrating toners, essences, and lotions in my skincare routine. When it comes to satisfying dehydration on my acne-prone, normal to dry skin, I prefer layering light hydrating products so I don’t feel overly congested, but still satisfyingly moisturized. By Wishtrend recently launched their newest product, the Quad Active Boosting Essence, specifically targeted for those with inflamed, acne-prone skin! I tested it out for a couple of weeks and am ready to share my thoughts with you all!


These products were sent to me by Wishtrend for review purposes. That in no way effects my opinion on the product. My reviews are honest, always
*casts doe patronus*


INFORMATION ABOUT BY WISHTREND QUAD ACTIVE BOOSTING ESSENCE

This essence is recommended as a serum booster that contains ‘Quad Active’ Ingredients: 3 Complex Ingredients (Morus Alba Bark Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, and Propolis. These ingredients are widely known to help with anti-inflammatory, anti-pollution, and anti-bacterial effects to maintain your skin to stay healthy and lively. Also, with supporting ingredients Black Tea and Honey, it provides moisturizing effects to the skin. Recommended using this essence in between your toner and serum step!

– Wishtrend.com

  • Price: $23 USD
  • Amount: 100ml
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • pH: 5.2 – 6.2
  • Free of 5:
    • Ethanol-free
    • Silicon-free
    • Steroid-free
    • Artificial coloring
    • Artificial fragrance
  • Quad Active: 3 Complex Ingredients
    • Morus Alba Bark Extract (8.7%)
    • Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract (8.7%)
    • Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract (9%)
  • Also contains:
    • Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (10%)
    • Propolis Extract (1%)
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial

INGREDIENTS

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Aqua(Water), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract(10%), Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water(9%), Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract(9%), Morus Alba Bark Extract(8.7%), Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract(8.7%), Methylpropanediol, Glycerin, Saccharomyces/Honey Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propolis Extract(1%), Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin

SKINTHUSIAST PERSPECTIVE…

First off… I’m not sure what the “Quad Active” ingredients actually are, since they list 6 ingredients as their key ones and don’t really focus on 4. Am I missing something? Aside from that, I am impressed that those key ingredients make up 47% of the formula! I appreciate that they share the percentages, this way we know for sure ingredients like these may/or may not be working for our skin. The only key ingredients I am familiar with are Propolis Extract and Willow Bark Extract, which are primarily soothing. I know it says 10%, but I personally would not rely on Willow Bark Extract to provide similar effects as Salicylic Acid if you were thinking this may be an exfoliating essence.

Here’s a sum of what Paula’s Choice has to say about these plant extract ingredients (no INCIDecoder list unfortunately):

Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water – soothing
Schisandra Chinensis Fruit Extract – rich in antioxidants, humectant, soothing, restoring
Morus Alba Bark Extract – antioxidant, soothing, brightening
Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract – antioxidant, soothing

Overall, a nice blend of moisturizing and soothing ingredients with some antioxidant properties, nothing that should sensitize already impaired skin.


EXPERIENCE

Packaging: Glass bottle with a spout.

Fragrance: None.

Texture: Thin and watery with some slip.

Application: Apply nickel-size amount 1-3 times, depends if I need extra moisture that day.

Finish: Slightly tacky, skin does not look overly shiny or under-replenished.

Feel: Lightweight, skin feels soft.

Instant Results: Moisturized, calm skin. I applied a bit of this on a freshly popped, not-ready-to-be-popped pimple (you know what I’m talking about) and I was surprised at how much it calmed that area! I was ready for it to increase in size and become more inflamed due to my impatience.

Long Term Results: Helps maintain skin’s moisture, clarity and calmness.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I wasn’t expecting to be this impressed with By Wishtrend’s Quad Active Boosting Essence, but I am! A little goes a long way, it’s watery texture provides a light moisturized residue, it has never irritated my skin (even on a day I felt like I had a pretty impaired barrier), and managed to calm down a freshly popped zit. Similar to their Polyphenols In Propolis 15% Ampoule, there is also no additional fragrance or fragrant ingredient in the product, and the essence’s texture is mostly due to skin-beneficial ingredients. Word of caution, even if you have acne, do not expect this to be a treatment, it may just be a nice supplement in your routine help to ease some inflammation and keep skin comfortably hydrated while using more heavy-duty actives like Vitamin A or Benzoyl Peroxide.

Overall I definitely think any skin type can use it, it all just depends what you need out of your routine.

WHERE TO BUY:
Wishtrend USE “MichXMash15” at checkout to get 15% off (affiliate code)
YesStyle

These are affiliate links. If you click on the link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. If you use the code to make a purchase, I also earn a commission. Thank you if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

As always, I hope you found this review helpful and informative!

xo, M

REVIEW: Cerave Skincare I Have Tried So Far!

CeraVe is without a doubt the most recommended drugstore brand from western skinthusiasts, experts, and professionals when it comes to affordability and effectiveness. I’ve used multiple products from their skincare collection and have recommended it to my friends and family as well.

In today’s post I will be reviewing the the CeraVe products I have tried! Note the reason this isn’t a full blown brand review is because they have a total of 70 products, and I have only tried 8 🙂 Clearly not enough of their products have been tested to give a proper opinion on their line.


VIDEO REVIEW


GENERAL CLAIMS ON ALL PRODUCTS

In 2005, CeraVe’s dermatologists developed a line of skincare products enriched with a blend of three essential ceramides (ceramides 1, 3, and 6-II), fatty acids, and other lipids to help repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier.

…A revolutionary delivery system was developed and named MultiVesicular Emulsion Technology (MVE), which releases moisturizing ingredients, layer by layer, to help keep skin soft all day long.

…The unique combination of 3 essential ceramides in CeraVe (ceramides 1, 3, 6-II) help replenish skin’s existing ceramides, relieving dry skin, by reducing moisture loss, increasing hydration, and restoring the skin barrier.

– Cerave.ca


BRIEF EXPLANATION ON CERAMIDES

Disclosure: I am NOT an expert in anything. I am sharing what I have learned and am trying my best to describe it to you all in this blog post.

Cerave, if you haven’t guessed already, has a strong focus around skin-identical ingredients – substances that are already found within your skin! Ceramides, fatty acids, cholesterol, phytosphingosine, are oil lipid substances that are found in the waxy parts of our skin between the bricks of our Stratum Corneum. It is responsible for holding skin cells together and retaining moisture. Ceramides in particular make up 50% of this. Dehydrated, dry skin lack these substances, which is why products with ceramides tend to be recommended in order to replenish them back into the skin.

Ever since becoming more dry-skinned, ceramides have always been the key ingredient for what I look for in moisturizers. For a couple of years now, whatever moisturizer I used absolutely had to have ceramides in the formula, or else it was not worth buying. However, in learning more about ceramides in relation to this blog post, I have been left stumped. To REALLY summarize what I’ve learned, ceramides have shown to be effective for various skin conditions such as dry skin, Eczema, Psoriasis, and aging skin (with wrinkles) – in specific ratios. Majority of ceramide-containing products – CeraVe and my beloved Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Baume included – do NOT contain that ratio.

Check out the following posts that explain this way better than I can ever imagine to:

The Beauty Brains
Reddit Thread

Even though the CeraVe may not have the required ratio, tons of anecdotal evidence suggest their products still work for people, myself included. Overall, Your Mileage May Vary. CeraVe is very affordable in general, so there’s really no harm in picking up the tub to try it out. If you’re using a moisturizer that doesn’t have ceramides and it’s working great for you, it’s not the end of the world either. For me, I find that ever since I switched over to using a moisturizer with a blend of humectants, emollients, and occlusives, my skin has felt very comfortable and moisturized throughout the day. This is part of the reason why I tend to say my skin is normal to dry lately rather than dehydrated and dry! If ceramides were out of the formula, who knows how my skin would behave, all I know now is that what I’m using is working for me.


Products marked with a * are PR Samples / gifts. All links provided below are affiliate links. If you use a link to make a purchase, I earn a small commission. Thank you so much if you decide to use them! If you feel uncomfortable, feel free to google a new link.

My thoughts are honest, always *casts doe patronus*


REVIEW OF CERAVE PRODUCTS

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser *

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Price: $14.99 USD
Amount: 12oz / 355ml
Where to Buy: Ulta

One of my favourite products from CeraVe, their Hydrating Cleanser is a creamy, cushiony feel cleanser that gently cleanses my skin and is non-foaming. However I noticed it stung my face in my first 3 months of 0.3% Adapalene. I’m thinking that it is due to my barrier being compromised during the retinization period, for now the experience is way more pleasant. The only con about this cleanser is that I don’t trust it to effectively remove makeup if I were to use it as my second cleanse in my Double Cleanse routine.

 

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum *

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Price: $18.99 USD
Amount: 30ml / 1oz
Where to Buy: Ulta

One of their newer products, The Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum is a gel-cream formula with the addition of Panthenol, a moisturizing and soothing ingredient. I don’t find it contributes any more to my skin’s health than the other products with the exact same key ingredients. I can see oily-skinned peeps potentially liking this serum, since it can be used on its own, and it has Dimethicone as a more common occlusive for moisturizers catered to oily skin. Overall for me it’s okay, it may have more HA than CeraVe’s other products, but overall it isn’t super wow, especially considering the price of this for the amount.

 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

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Price: $18.99 USD
Amount: 453g / 16oz
Where to Buy: Ulta

One of the most recommended moisturizers of all time, and I have mixed feelings about it! Although it is supposed to be one of their heavier products, it can be spread lightly. I find it doesn’t instantly moisturize my skin and I feel drier than usual, so I always layer more than necessary. This was the first mistake on my part when I started using this moisturizer, for after an hour my skin felt greasy and my pores looked very exaggerated. With a thin layer, it doesn’t instantly satisfy me, but throughout the day I do notice my skin feels more moisturized and comfortable, without feeling greasy or with enlarged pores. I sometimes find on application it actually stings my face, similar to what I experienced with the cleanser (without the retinization) and it makes me look red and discoloured. This is currently my boyfriend’s go-to face moisturizer and it works really well for him.

 

CeraVe Night Cream

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Price: $18.49 USD
Amount: 1.7oz
Where to Buy: Ulta

I had high hopes for this one! It also contains Niacinamide and Peptides, so I was hoping for a new holy grail moisturizer with some more bells and whistles for preventative aging. Unfortunately this cream did not work out for me, I found I had to use a LOT of it to feel decently moisturized. Also, I noticed when I reached for this moisturizer, I would get a painful cyst. I know breakouts don’t work that fast, so I would have to retry the Night Cream to confirm, but I can’t help but associate bad breakouts with it! Also wasn’t a fan of the price for the amount – unfortunately there’s a premium for peptides in skincare. Truthfully I would’ve continued purchasing the CeraVe Night Cream if it worked for my skin the first time!

 

CeraVe PM Moisturizing Lotion

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Price: $15.99 USD
Amount: 3oz
Where to Buy: Ulta

Back in 2018 this was my go-to moisturizer and I repurchased it 3 times. It has the most pleasant light cream consistency (I’d say even gel-like), felt comfortable when layering with a hydrating toner/essence/lotion and a heavier sunscreen. I have not repurchased it since switching to a higher strength prescription, but I still recommend it. I know a handful of people complained about it stinging; Niacinamide is in the formulation, and I know a lot of people are sensitive to that ingredient in general. Perhaps because it is a lighter moisturizer, it may be sinking into the skin faster? It’s not something I can 100% confirm, but that may be happening. I actually repurchased this to try out with my new prescription strength, so I’ll eventually share my thoughts again about this moisturizer!

 

CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment

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Price: $9.99 USD
Amount: 3oz
Where to Buy: Ulta

I forgot who first said this, but the CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment is like a jacked-up Vaseline because it includes the standard ingredients you find in CeraVe products and is an awesome product to have when your skin is feeling super dry! I mentioned in my Tried & True Tips post how using an occlusive layer is super helpful when relieving very dehydrated and dry skin. This ointment is slightly more pleasant to use – ~46% Petrolatum as opposed to 100%. I definitely reserve a full face of this at nighttime, and if I need it during the day, I mix a small amount with my moisturizer.

 

CeraVe Ultra-Light Lotion SPF 30 *

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Price: $18.99 USD
Amount: 1.7oz
Where to Buy: Ulta
Reviewed: SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #5: CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

 

Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30

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Price: $18.99 USD
Amount: 3oz
Where to Buy: Ulta
Reviewed: SUNSCREEN WEEK [Day #5]: Cerave AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30


FINAL THOUGHTS

In my experience with these products, CeraVe has some hits and misses. The big miss was their infamous Moisturizing Cream – somehow it works really well for my boyfriend, and my skin hates it! Overall, CeraVe was my reintroduction to drugstore skincare and it has made me appreciate what other brands have to offer! I think any of the CeraVe products are worth trying – the bells and whistles are there for key ingredients, minimal formulas, and very accessible to purchase!

I hope you found this review helpful and informative when considering what to try for yourself.

xo, M