CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM Review

Best night cream

  • Lightweight
  • Quality, skin nourishing ingredients
  • Fragrance-free
  • Highly emollient
  • Particularly good for sensitive skin
  • No antioxidants
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Bottom line

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM is designed for nighttime use, but it can also be used during the day when paired with a separate SPF formula. It's has a very high-quality blend of skin-identical ingredients and is an excellent emollient, experts say. It's recommended for normal to dry skin and is also appropriate for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin due to its gentle, fragrance-free formula.

Breaking it down


Gentle and moisturizing. Skin care expert Paula Begoun says CeraVe PM has an "outstanding blend of emollients and skin-identical ingredients" that help to maintain the skin's external structure and moisture. It also contains "generous" amounts of niacinamide, according to Begoun, and provides a substantial amount of moisture. The only drawback, she says, is the "lack of antioxidants. A number of reviewers say they add an antioxidant serum. Many say they use this for daytime as well, adding a product with sun protection, although, there are plenty of people who prefer no sun protection in their moisturizer and just use this as their regular daytime product.

Feel and smell

Creamy but lightweight. Begoun praises CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM for its fragrance-free formula. She says it has a lightweight cream-like texture. User say it absorbs quickly, so never feels greasy and they love its gel-like consistency. Users say it's thin and non-sticky with a very pleasant texture that feels very light when it dries. While this is most often recommended for normal or sensitive skin, one expert reviewers says it's deceptively light-feeling and would be a great choice for anyone who prefers a heavier emollient. However, we found a few negative reviews who said it wasn't nearly heavy enough for their very dry skin.

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CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM, 3 Ounce

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Our Sources

1. PaulasChoice.com

Paula Begoun gives CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM her highest rating because of its "outstanding blends of emollients and skin-identical ingredients." She also says it emolliates very well, while still being light and creamy.

Review: Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM by Cerave, Paula Begoun, Oct. 7, 2013

2. MakeupAlley.com

CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM earns a total rating of 3.9 lipsticks out of 5 in more than 380 reviews. User say they noticed a positive difference in their skin after just a couple of weeks, and most love the gel-like texture that glides on smoothly and absorbs well. Those with dryer skin or who use acne products say it's not emollient enough.

Review: Moisturizers - CeraVe - Facial Moisturizing Lotion - PM, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of August 2014

3. Amazon.com

In more than 230 reviews, CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion PM earns an overall rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. It gets particular praise from those who say they have sensitive skin, but many say it works on all skin types.

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

4. TotalBeauty.com

In just over 15 reviews, CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM C gets an overall rating of 9.2 out of 10, which is quite high for a product in this price class. Reviewers say it feels like a high end moisturizer, but at a bargain basement price. They also say it hydrates very well, although a few say it's not quite emollient enough for their very dry skin.

Review: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of August 2014

5. IntotheGloss.com

CeraVe PM is number one on this list of 10 moisturizers under $40. The list was suggested by readers and each choice includes some brief comments. CeraVe PM gets raves as a great emollient that does not cause breakouts. It's particularly good for sensitive skin, they say.

Review: The Best Moisturizers Under $40, Lacey Gattis, Not Dated

6. About.com

Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, the About.com guide to Budget Style, can't say enough good things about CeraVe PM, which she personally tested. She says it's just as good, or better, than night creams costing three or four times as much. Best of all, she says, it really works for beautiful, moisturized skin.

Review: Review of CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM, Jen Hubley Luckwaldt, Not Dated

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