What you need to know about CeraVe

The fastest-growing skincare brand in the US has arrived in the UK. Here's what you need to know.

CeraVe is a cult skincare brand that was developed with the help of dermatologists to help tackle dry skin. This award-winning brand has made its way to the UK – it’s on the shelves of Superdrug right now.

But what is CeraVe? And is it different from other creams? While many skincare brands claim to be different, CeraVe seems to deliver on this.

CeraVe Brand Launch Image: Supplied

It’s a brand all about going back to basics. You won’t find labels like “anti-ageing” or claims like “ultimate reversal concentrate” on the bottles of CeraVe. It’s designed simply to reinforce your skin’s natural barrier.

How does it work? And what are ceramides?

The brand derives its name from the word ceramide. Ceramides are lipids (or fats) found in your skin; ceramides specifically make up 50% of your skin’s natural barrier. This layer of fats helps keep moisture in your skin.

People with depleted or low ceramides (like people with eczema or dry skin) open their skin up to the elements. Bacteria can get into the skin, wind can damage your complexion, dish soaps can irritate your hands and everything can become itchy, red and raw.

Dermatologist Dr Eleni Yiasemides explains: “We know that the skin’s barrier function plays a crucial role in healthy skin, and this barrier is often compromised when we see skin conditions such as eczema and dry skin. Ceramides form an important part of the skin barrier function, as they make up part of the seal that keeps water in and irritants out. Ideally, a skincare formulation should not just protect the skin but also rebalance what may be missing from the skin.”

CeraVe was created with this in mind. The brand is designed to fortify and protect your skin from irritants and the environment. The products are enriched with three key ceramides, fatty acids and other lipids to help repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. This is the secret to the brand’s success. There are no added anti-ageing, anti-oxidant or plumping ingredients. CeraVe is aimed at sealing in all the goodness that’s already in your skin.

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Less is more in this instance and CeraVe claims it is free of fragrance and parabens, and made from non-irritating ingredients, as well as being non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores). So it’s claimed to be suitable for all skin types.

CeraVe products

There are currently 15 products in the CeraVe range available in the UK. The brand’s key “hero products” are the moisturising cream, designed to be suitable for eczema sufferers, the lighter moisturising lotion, and the soap-free hydrating cleanser.

Here is a list of CeraVe products you can find on the shelves of the UK online and in-store retailers:

  • Hydrating cleanser
  • Foaming cleanser for face
  • Facial moisturising lotion
  • Moisturising cream pot
  • AM cream facial moisturiser SPF30
  • Reparative hand cream
  • Moisturising cream
  • Eye repair cream
  • PM cream facial moisturiser
  • Micellar cleaning water
  • Hydrating micellar water
  • Healing ointment
  • Skin renewing serum
  • Body wash with salicylic acid
  • Reparative hand cream

You can head to Superdrug now to shop them all or you can browse through a selection below. Or head to the CeraVe website now to learn more.

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