Here’s the deal. When you have skin as perennially dry, parched, and prone to rough patches as mine is, a lightweight lotion or body oil simply won’t cut it. Sure, I might have a rare skin condition most people have never heard of, but something tells me my friends with psoriasis and eczema have experienced similar struggles when it comes to moisturizing, too. It’s this reason that I rely on one of the richest (and yet, most affordable) heavy-duty skin-care products in the game: CeraVe’s Moisturizing Cream.
Comprised of hydrating ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid — in addition to the brand’s patented multivesicular emulsion (MVE) technology — this ultra-thick non-comedogenic moisturizer means business. Not only does it noticeably soften aggressively dry and dehydrated limbs in seconds (I slather mine on immediately after showering), but it actually helps maintain hydration, meaning your skin won’t feel like sandpaper again a mere few hours after applying it.
What really sets this no-frills, fragrance-free tub of creamy white moisturizer apart from its competitors is its aforementioned MVE technology — a process CeraVe explains works by releasing the cream’s key ingredients over time, thereby allowing them to penetrate the skin deeply and absorb even better hour after hour. In other words, it helps the skin stay hydrated the whole damn day, rather than just an hour or two.
In regards to why it’s so effective, according to New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, the essential ceramides play a key role in its efficacy. “Ceramides are like grout that seals in the cracks between skin cell tiles,” he explains. “We know that ceramides are deficient in the skin in a variety of conditions ranging from eczema even to acne, so applying ceramide-based skin-care products can help repair a damaged barrier, enhance hydration, and allow optimal skin functioning.” He also adds that people tend to like how emollient its texture is.
Truth be told, I can’t find fault with this body moisturizer. It feels almost like a weighted blanket — but for the skin — cocooning my chronically dry limbs and soothing it on days when it’s especially sensitive and inflamed. If I had to propose one con, it would be that I go through the stuff like water, but that’s to be expected considering I coat my whole body in it every single time I shower, and often times before I go to bed, too.
At $17 for 16 ounces, though, it’s hard to complain. So if you, too, deal with extremely dry skin that doesn’t respond to your average lotions and potions, I can’t recommend trying this coddling jar of cream enough.