This post will review the Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
If you are a fan of Cerave Skincare, one of the most important things you need to do is finding the best cleanser and moisturizer for your skin type. There are about seven Cerave cleansers that target different skin concerns. On the other hand, there are also six different moisturizers that you can choose from. They include:
- Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 50 & 25
- Cerave Moisturizing Lotion
- Cerave SA Smoothing Cream
- Cerave Moisturizing Cream
Granted, a couple of them have also been formulated to be used on the body. But no rule says they can’t be used interchangeably. Unlike cleansers, moisturizers are a lot easier to navigate. Two have SPF, which should only be used in the morning, and the rest can be used at night.
Currently, I’ve used most of the Cerave products available here in the U.K. I thought I should gradually close this chapter with the Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion and Resurfacing Retinol reviews.
As we all know, Cerave is a global drugstore brand that has risen in popularity over the last couple of years. They are known for their gentle formula, which restores the skin’s barrier while treating mild to moderate skin concerns. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that Cerave products also tend to work across most types.
I’ve tried this PM moisturizer and I’m ready to share my thoughts.
First Impressions of the Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
According to Cerave:
An ultra-lightweight facial moisturising lotion for normal to dry skin. Specifically formulated to moisturise sensitive skin that is normal to dry. The ultra-lightweight formula moisturises skin and helps protect the skin barrier.
With 3 naturally occurring ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid which are essential in supporting the skin barrier and retaining moisture. Utilises patented MVE® delivery technology to help replenish ceramides and deliver controlled long-lasting hydration.
Suitable for normal to dry skin.
Moisturises and maintains the protective skin barrier.
Lightweight formula locks in moisture for 24-hour hydration.
Fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.
With 3 essential ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier.
Recommended use in conjunction with CeraVe cleansers.
Ingredient List & Fragrance
One thing that makes Cerave wildly successful is that they have a base formula with core ingredients they use for all their products. It is a classic case of the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.‘.
The core ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid and the three Essential Ceramides. These ingredients work together to hydrate and support the skin’s natural barrier.
Other secondary ingredients you’ll also find are Glycerin, Cholesterol and Phytosphingosine. Occasionally, like in this instance, they throw in some Niacinamide to spice things up.
For the U.K version, they included Dimethicone which I’m not quite sure why. But if you’re curious, it gives the product a smooth, silky and matte finish.
Other than that, like the rest of the Cerave products, it is also alcohol, essential oil and fragrance-free.
Packaging, Texture & Consistency
When buying products for your skin type, it is essential to note the range of skin types it has been formulated for to determine their effectiveness. For instance, this moisturizer is suitable for people with normal to dry skin. It has been formulated to work across four skin types; normal, oily, combination and dry.
As someone with dry, dehydrated skin, this moisturizer will simply not be enough for me. Cerave has tried to find the sweet spot with the product such that most skin types can use it without problems. It is up to you to decide if it will be enough for your skin type.
This moisturizer is packaged in a 52ml pump tube. A couple of pumps dispense the amount you need at all times. On application, it is moderately hydrating and super lightweight, almost like a gel cream and absorbs instantly into the skin.
Despite the Dimethicone in the ingredients, it doesn’t have a silky silicone feel. Instead, it has a non-greasy finish. It is also non-sticky and doesn’t leave a tacky finish.
Price & Availability
Depending on what part of the world you are in, it retails for around $15/£12, and you can always get it on sale. As a result of the different regulatory bodies around cosmetics, this moisturizer might come in a different packaging with a slightly altered formula. Just look out for ‘PM’ on it. It’s all the same.
Review of the Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
So, I used this moisturizer daily after my hydrating toners and treatment serums. While it moisturized my skin, I still had to supplement with an occlusive. Otherwise, I would wake up with dehydrated skin. Then again, it is getting cold, so it would probably be best used in warmer months. Right now, my skin requires a lot more moisturization than what this provides.
On the other hand, this one is perfect for you if you have oily to combination skin and you’re looking for a super light moisturizer that won’t clog your pores. I even find it a lot more lightweight than the Cerave Moisturizing Lotion. For my dry skin babes, I would skip this. You’re better off with the Cerave Moisturizing Cream.
Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion vs Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion
While the core ingredients of these moisturizers are the same, there isn’t that much difference with the secondary ingredients, either. The former has Niacinamide, while the latter has Vitamin E. If you have acne-prone skin, you will benefit more from the PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.
Other than that, the former is more or less a gel cream with a lighter consistency, while the latter is a slightly thicker lotion.
On the other hand, the Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion is cheaper than the PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. So, if you are on a budget, go for the former, as you’ll get more bang for your buck.
Both can be used on all skin types; you just need to decide what you want.
The Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is an excellent moisturizer for anyone with oily to combination skin.