August 30, 2021

#NOTSPONSORED: I Tried CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser And It Saved My Skin

cerave hydrating cleanser review

Photography: Rose Garnett

This cleanser didn’t take social media by storm for no reason.

Everyone has that one product that they’ll always have a backup of. That one product that, if it (god forbid) were to be discontinued, they’d scour every stockist for until they found every last bottle. Running out of said product is just simply, not an option. For me, that is CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser.

Now, it’s likely that if you’re an avid listener of Gritty Pretty Radio (if you’re not, you should be), you’ve heard me talk about this cleanser more than once. Yep, it’s the notorious saved-Rose’s-skin-barrier cleanser. But hold your eye roll, because once you clock what makes this skincare product so damn good, you’ll be bragging about it to all your friends too.

Having taken the Instagram explore page and the TikTok For You Page (or as the kids call it, FYP) by storm in early 2020, this product had achieved cult-status in a matter of months. Sold out for the better part of last year, you can now find the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser at Chemist Warehouse in Australia. Here, the detailed review you’ve been waiting for.

cerave hydrating cleanser review

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The Sell: The brand promises the following: “CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to cleanse and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three types of essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and help strengthen the protective skin barrier, this non-comedogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regime for normal to dry skin.”

The Price: $10.39

The Review: Just like the name suggests, this cleanser is ultra-hydrating and best suited for normal to dry skin types. My skin tends to err on the drier side of the spectrum (particularly during the cooler months), so I love this cleanser during the winter time in particular. Containing three essential ceramides, I found that immediately after use my skin felt properly cleansed but without that uncomfortable tightness. The nourishing quality of the ceramides (which are included to help strengthen the protective skin barrier) was definitely noted after the first couple of uses, with my skin feeling progressively softer and more even in texture.

The cleanser is also formulated with a patented moisturising MultiVesicular Technology which helps to maintain hydration levels in the skin for 24 hours and hyaluronic acid which attracts hydration to the skin’s surface and helps the skin retain moisture. I first started using this bad boy in Lockdown 1.0 when I began to suffer from perioral dermatitis. I credit its clearing to this cleanser and the use of a Vitamin B serum, so I can hand on heart say that the ceramides and hydration technology in this cleanser helped to get my skin back on track. It’s so good, in fact, that it’s also endorsed by the Eczema Association Australia, which identifies products that are suitable for eczema prone skin—arguably one of the most sensitive skin types.

But my favourite perk? How happy my skin is overall. On top of being more hydrated, my skin feels significantly more even in texture, with the pesky little bumps that pop up now and again coming up less frequently. I also find that it helps to reduce any redness on my skin and provides a supple base for my serums and moisturisers to sit on top of. My only qualm is that, if you’re wearing makeup, you’ll definitely need a separate product to take it off properly, as this cleanser isn’t designed to remove makeup and cleanse. However, the fact it comes in at just over 10 bucks, means it leaves room in the budget for a makeup remover.

The Score: 9/10


Nancy E.

The creamy foaming cleanser from Cerave is also wonderful.

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