CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM Review

Facial moisturizer for dry/sensitive skin

  • Fragrance free
  • Gentle
  • Light; silky texture
  • Won't clog pores
  • Lacks antioxidants
  • Not the broadest spectrum sun protection
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Bottom line

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM is an excellent daytime moisturizer with broad spectrum UV protection. It's loaded with good-for-skin ingredients and feels great on the skin. It's often recommended for those with dry or sensitive skin by experts and users. Even though it has an SPF of 30, one expert source says it doesn't quite have the broad-spectrum protection some people may need, and it lacks antioxidants. Still, if your skin is very dry or reacts to practically everything, this is one to try.

Breaking it down


Soothes and protects. Experts praise CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM for its skin-identical ingredients, which include ceramides and hyaluronic acid as well as niacinamide. However, in spite of its seemingly high SPF rating, skin care expert Paula Begoun says it does not have the broad-spectrum protection of other moisturizers and lacks an antioxidant that would boost your skin's ability to fight sun damage. Users don't seem as concerned, noting that this product is sufficient sun protection for everyday use. People with dry skin rave about its soothing and moisturizing qualities, saying those positive affects last for hours. One expert review calls it a "hydrating powerhouse." Those with sensitive skin say it does not cause breakouts or redness, and, indeed, can help calm their skin when it feels irritated.

Feel and smell

Elegant, lightweight texture. Begoun says CeraVe AM is a lightweight formula with a lotion-like texture that "feels elegant and wears well under makeup." Another expert review says it feels light and silky in spite of its fairly high sun protection factor. A number of user reviewers say this was recommended to them by their dermatologist for ultra-moisturizing and they're amazed at how effective it is in spite of not being a heavy cream. One of its most popular features is that it's completely fragrance-free, which is rather unusual as most beauty products have at least some slight scent, particularly in this price range.

Where To Buy
CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, SPF 30, 3 Ounce

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Paula Begoun says CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM is worth considering for its impressive formula, broad spectrum protection and affordability. She says it would be even better, however, if it contained antioxidants.

Review: Facial Moisturizing Lotion Am Spf 30, By Cerave, Paula Begoun, June 5, 2014

2. Allure

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion is number one on this list of the best facial moisturizers under $20. In a brief review, Montminy calls it the best "basic daytime" moisturizers, saying it's a "hydrating powerhouse." She says it's combination of ingredients give skin moisture and strength.

Review: 10 Under $20: Facial Moisturizers, Amy Montminy, Not Dated

3. Grandparents.com

Writer Dawn Wilder pairs with New York City Dermatologist Jeannette Graf to name CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion the best "With SPF." Graf says that you can skip the extra step of applying sunscreen over your moisturizer with this SPF 30 rated product. She also notes that, among other things, it "calms redness."

Review: 8 Best Face Moisturizers for Under $15, Dawn Wilder, Not Dated

4. Amazon.com

In more than 260 reviews, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Users say it's gentle and non-irritating and that it works very well under makeup. It gets high marks for sun protection and they say it's non-greasy. There are a few scattered complaints of irritation, but not many.

Review: CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, 3 Ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2014

5. MakeupAlley.com

More than 175 reviewers at MakeupAlley.com comment on CeraVe Facial Moisturizer AM, giving it an overall rating of 3.4 out of 5 stars. Most say that it moisturizes well and is non-irritating. We found more complaints about breakouts here than elsewhere, as well as a few complaints about the type of sunblock used.

Review: CeraVe AM SPF 30, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of August 2014

6. TotalBeauty.com

CeraVe Facial Moisturizer AM gets an overall rating from about 15 contributors of 8.6 out of 10. Those with dry skin love it, saying it's extra-moisturizing without feeling heavy. It also gets very high ratings from those with sensitive skin. Most say that it's a great product for the price.

Review: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM With SPF 30, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of August 2014

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