La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ – New Canadian Version (comparing it to Europe’s Shaka Fluid) SUNSCREEN SUNDAY #17

When I was first notified of La Roche Posay’s reformulation of their Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60, my first thought was, “IS IT THE SAME AS SHAKA FLUID!?!?!?”

In short, LRP Canada on their Instagram informed me it was the same formula. I looked at both ingredients list, and there is a difference between the two, so it’s not 100% the same. In addition, I discovered the PPD is not the same either, so don’t expect this to be like Shaka Fluid’s PPD 46 that I originally thought despite the slight differences.

Either way, I have got a good feel of the new La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ and am ready to share my thoughts! I have also compared its ingredients list to the Shaka Fluid if you’re like me and were interested in the similarities and differences.


Information on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

High UVA-UVB protection with an invisible finish. A unique combination of invisible yet ultra-resistant protection developed for sensitive skin. – Shoppers Drug Mart.

Price: $29 CAD
Amount: 50 ml

UV FILTERS (Total: 7):
Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%
Bemotrizinol (Tinosorb S) 5%
Octisalate 5%
Octocrylene 5%
Avobenzone 3%
Homosalate 2%
Ensulizole 0.5%

Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~60)
UVA: LRP Canada said on their Instagram the PPD is 35.


ANTHELIOS ULTRA-FLUID VS. SHAKA FLUID

Feel free to skip past this part if you really don’t care lol.

CANADIAN LRP INCI Canadian website
Active ingredients: Drometrizole Trisiloxane (Mexoryl XL) 7%, Bemotrizinol 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 2%, Ensulizole 0.5%
Inactive ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Diisopropyl Sebacate, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Perlite, Tocopherol, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer

EUROPEAN LRP INCIDecoder
Aqua/​Water, Alcohol Denat, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane, Glycerin, C12-22 Alkyl Acrylate/​Hydroxyethylacrylate Copolymer, Propanediol, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Perlite, Tocopherol, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid, Triethanolamine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate

SHARED UV FILTERS
Mexoryl XL – Drometrizole Trisiloxane  (UVB UVA)
Tinosorb S – Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine – Bimotrizinol (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Avobenzone – Butylmethoxydibenzoylmethane (UVAI UVAII)
Octisalate – Ethylhexyl Salicylate (UVB)

CANADIAN ONLY
Octocrylene (UVB some UVA II)
Homosalate (UVB)
Ensulizole (UVB)

EUROPEAN ONLY
Mexoryl SX – Terephthalylidene Dicamphor Sulfonic Acid (UVB UVAI UVAII)
Uvinul T 150 – EthylHexyl Triazone (UVB)

In short, first 10 inactive ingredients are the same, 5 of the same ingredients are in different order, and there is 1 different ingredient:

Canada – Disodium Edta – viscosity
Europe – Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride – emollient

Skinthusiast Perspective…

Uvinul T 150 is not a regulated UV filter in Canada, so that’s why we see Homosalate and Ensulizole in our ingredient list instead as extra UVB filters. Aside from Uvinul T 150, I do not understand why Mexoryl SX is not in our formula and we could not have the additional emollient ingredient. But then again, I’m not a chemist, and cannot assume we can have it all “cooked” together.

As shown in the first screenshot, La Roche Posay Canada’s Instagram stated this is the same formula as Shaka Fluid, it is just named differently here. However after comparing the ingredients list, this is incorrect. I don’t blame the Social Media Manager not knowing, their job is to mostly know the Canadian products. I also emailed LRP Canada’s customer service to ask further about this sunscreen compared to the Shaka Fluid and received no answer (this was months ago). After doing the digging myself with the ingredients and filters, it is clear it is not the same formula, but it is pretty dang close! I still can’t help but feel a little disappointed the Canadian formula doesn’t have Mexoryl SX though, it’s in Ombrelle’s sunscreens (a Canadian sunscreen brand that also uses the patented Mexoryl UV filers).

In the next screenhot, LRPCa provided the PPD of their new Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is 35. This makes sense, considering we don’t have the additional high-protection UVA filter Mexoryl SX. This blog post by a French independent lab however tested the rating of the Shaka Fluid. Their test results showed that the Shaka Fluid’s PPD was a 27! Everything just becomes more confusing, doesn’t it? Either way, PPD of 27 or 35 is still better than 16, and my experience with the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion was overall a very positive one!


My Experience with La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic bottle, twist off cap with a small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Thin fluid.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Slides on very easily with a light touch.

FINISH: Glowy.

FEEL: Emollient, like my skin has a moisturizer on it.

STINGS EYES? Surprisingly, it does not!

WHITECAST / TINTED? No, there are no mineral UV filters that could potentially leave a cast. In addition, the Silica, a white powdery substance, is not leaving a white streaky film.

WATER RESISTANT? Yes – 80 minutes.

SKIN BENEFITS? This has denat. alcohol in the formula, but the sunsreen still manages to add extra moisture to my skin. I have actually managed to wear this without moisturizer in the summer! In winter, this has worn fairly comfortably throughout the day, but I do gravitate to “greasier” sunscreens to avoid any dry feeling all together.

UNDER MAKEUP: Does not add or subtract to longevity for my drier skin type.


Final Thoughts on La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+

PROS:

  • High protection – SPF50+ PPD 35
  • Easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels light
  • Can wear it as a moisturizing SPF in the summer
  • This does not sting my eyes

CONS:

  • Sometimes stings my skin if I used an active that impaired my skin a little bit (eg. too much chemical exfoliation)

IN-BETWEEN FEELS

  • Bit pricey per ml, but it’s a sunscreen I would wear everyday if I didn’t have such a collection of SPF 😀
  • Sometimes I look too glowy, borderline oily in the summer time
  • I don’t expect the social media manager to know everything about their products, but I wouldn’t go telling customers that it’s the same formula as the Shaka Fluid in Europe

The La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ definitely knocks my other high protecting sunscreen out of the park when it comes to cosmetic elegance. I went through a bottle of this no problem in the summer without issues. Also the fact that I’m able to wear this without moisturizer underneath just amazes me (in the summer). Overall, the La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF50+ is great despite the price point and it’s in my top favourite sunscreens so far.

WHERE TO BUY:
Well.ca *
Shoppers Drug Mart

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

xo, M

SUNSCREEN SUNDAY [#12]: Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++

Purito is one of the more popular Korean skincare brands I keep hearing on the market, and lots and lots of people rave about their sunscreens! I picked up the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ – the most recommended one out of their 3 sunscreens, and the most compared to Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF50+ PA++++.


INFORMATION ON PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++

If you couldn’t use sunscreen because you were put off by its strong scent or because your skin doesn’t take well to natural essential oils, you should try the new PURITO Centella Unscented Sun. Use the highly concentrated super centella and enjoy cica-care with an increased content of madecassoside. The new cica-care enhances the skin barrier to provide better protection from strong ultraviolet rays and external stimuli. 

The product contains mild and safe ingredients that helps to avoid side effects of the existing chemical sunscreens such as eye and skin irritation. It doesn’t cause any discomfort, even when applied to sensitive skin. If applying sunscreen before makeup was a burden because of the white cast and the stifling feeling, PURITO Centella Unscented is the right product for you, as it spreads in a thin, transparent layer and doesn’t leave a heavy finish on the skin.

– Puritoen.com

Price: $18-20 USD
Amount: 60 ml

UV FILTERS:

Type: Organic
Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate – Uvinul A Plus (3%)
Ethylhexyl Triazone – Uvinul T 150 (2%)
Protection:
UVB: SPF50+ (~SPF60)
UVA: PA++++ – PPD 22.59

INGREDIENTS:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Glycerin, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, 1,2-Hexanediol, Niacinamide, Dibutyl Adipate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Centella Asiatica Extract(4315ppm), Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol

INCIDecoder

Niacinamide and Tocopherol are always a great ingredients to have, especially in a sunscreen for additional protection against the formation of free radicals. Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid are also found on the list for humectant properties. Centella Asiatica Extract and it’s constituents Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid are also in the formula – their skin benefits range from wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, and an antioxidant. Centella Asiatica is one of my favourite supportive ingredients for those of us with troubled skin. My skin always feels calmer and less irritated when I use a product with this ingredient. I find it a great addition to a sunscreen for it to help keep my skin calm and prevent it from becoming over-heated from summer weather.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++

PACKAGING:  Opaque white plastic tube with small spout.

CONSISTENCY:  Gel-cream, leaning more on the cream.

FRAGRANCE: None.

APPLICATION: Glides on very easily with a light touch. While applying, it appears white on the skin but it fades as it’s blended in.

FINISH: Glowy, when I touch my skin it feels like there’s an oily residue.

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FEEL: Neutral. I find that despite the moisturized look, I can’t rely on this as a moisturizing SPF, even in the summertime.

STINGS EYES? No.

WHITECAST / TINTED? No.

WATER RESISTANT? No.

SKIN BENEFITS? My skin feels very comfortable when I use it and rarely stings. Even if my skin feels particularly sensitive, I find this SPF doesn’t exacerbate the irritation and calms any redness.

UNDER MAKEUP: I like using it as my tester sunscreen for under makeup, because the finish is similar to my moisturizer. It doesn’t take away my foundation’s longevity, but it doesn’t add to it like a mineral SPF would.


PROS:

  • Highest protection you can find in Asian sunscreens – SPF50+ PA++++
  • Very easy to apply the 2mg/cm2
  • Feels comfortable
  • Purito shares the percentage of UV Filters as well as the PPD value

IN-BETWEEN FEELS:

  • I find the finish sometimes too oily
  • I feel like I used it less than 30 times and I’m almost done the 60ml tube; I could have over applied while using it

FINAL THOUGHTS ON PURITO CENTELLA GREEN LEVEL UNSCENTED SUN SPF50+ PA++++

True to the hype, the Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF50+ PA++++ is indeed an awesome sunscreen! Whether or not it’s better than the Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence, I like both of them for completely different reasons. I like Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun for it being more on the emollient side, non-sensitizing, and containing Centella Asiatica constituents. Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence is in a larger tube for just a few more dollars, and I find myself reaching for it more for reapplication because of it’s gel-cream texture leaning on the more gel side. I find any skin type would be happy with either depending how your overall morning skincare routine is.

WHERE TO BUY:
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

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 #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: 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.


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REVIEW OF CERAVE PRODUCTS

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser *

INCIDecoder
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