CeraVe is a pretty popular drugstore skincare brand from the US which is famous for their face and body moisturisers containing ceramides. All of CeraVe moisturers are formulated with a unique combination of three ceramides (called 1, 3, and 6-II) through a patented, controlled-release technology that penetrates the skin’s surface, to help rebuild the skin’s protective barrier and lock in moisture all day. Lately my skincare craze has extended to ceramide moisturiers after my successful stint in using Stratia Skin’s Liquid Gold. So when I was browsing iHerb for some vitamin supplements, I picked up a bottle of their PM Facial Moisturing Lotion to try.

Below are the ingredients of the product.


Purified water, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglycerides, niacinamide, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-11, ceramide 1, phytosphingosine, hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, dimethicone, polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, potassium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, sodium lauroyl lactylate, disodium EDTA, methylparaben, propylparaben, carbomer, xanthan gum

Look at that! A drugstore moisturiser containing my favourite ingredient niacinamide plus 3 different types of ceramides and cholesterol that’s so good for the skin moisture barrier repair!

How does the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion fare?

The main reason why I picked up this product to try was because I wanted to use a ceramide moisturiser in the morning as well. The thing is that even though my skin doesn’t peel or crack when I use so much actives (AHA, BHA, Retinol, Vitamin C, Prescriptive Retinoid) in my skincare routine, occasionally it gets slightly dry and sensitive. This is especially so around the edges of my nose and the corners of my mouth. This situation improved once I incorporated a ceramide moisturiser into my skincare routine in the nightime with my Stratia Liquid Gold. While I love my Stratia Liquid Gold, I can’t really use it in the mornings as it leaves a slightly yellow/orange tint on my face due to its inclusion of sea buckthorn oil, which brings us to this product from CeraVe.

The CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion comes in a gel cream form which does not feel sticky or leave any tint on the skin once applied. Even though I find that it takes a little bit more time than a normal gel moisturiser to be absorb by my skin, once it absorbs, I was surprised at how soothing it was to my skin. The slightly dry ends of my nose stopped feeling a bit raw even from the first application of this product. My slightly drier cheek areas also feels soothed and moisturised. It’s like my skin is cocooned by a security blanket from the assault of the daily environmental stressors as well as the battering of the actives in my skincare routine. After using this product for around one month, I can visibly see that my skin looks healthier and calmer with much lesser sensitivity. I also like that this product comes with a pump which minimizes the chances of germs getting into the product from my fingers dipping into the tub. It’s really a very nice moisturiser which is fuss free and works. Another great thing about this product is just how affordable it is. I bought this from iHerb at just S$21.40 for a 89ml bottle! What a great bargain! I would highly recommend that you try out this moisturiser if you’ve always had slightly dry and sensitive skin or if you suspect that your skin’s moisture barrier is compromised.

Side Note: I’m using a dedicated Vitamin C serum in my morning skincare routine and although there were some articles stating that you can’t use products containing niacinamide together with Vitamin C, personally I’ve had no problems with it. Also, read kindofstephen’s take on this topic here. He’s a cosmetic scientist FYI. Just take note if you are especially susceptible to redness or flushing.

Where can you find it?

I bought this product from iHerb online. It retails at S$21.40 (89ml sized).

Side Note: Get 5% or 10% off your next order with iHerb by using my code HLV042

Thank you for reading!

2 Comments on “Review – CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion

  1. Did you find the cerave worked as well as the liquid gold? they seem very similar.. but cerave obviously has a better price point. which do you prefer?


    • I definitely prefer Liquid Gold. I think that it works better for me in terms of hydration and repairing my acid mantle. However if you have budget constraints, Cerave is also a good option.


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