Contains high SPF protection
Contains three essential ceramides
Can pill when used with other skincare
Leaves a white cast on the skin
Not suitable for all skin colors
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
While it’s imperative to wear sunscreen every single day, you can't always find it in other skincare products like moisturizers and creams. The thing about sunscreen in skincare is that it most certainly helps, yet it should be used in conjunction with regular sunscreen, especially when applying it to the face, neck, and chest. Doubling up on sunscreen can never hurt, which is why I put CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen to the test to see if it was effective in protecting my skin against harmful UV and UVB rays—Keep scrolling for the results!
Best for: Face, neck, and chest
Uses: Moisturizing skin, providing SPF protection
Potential Allergens: Dimethicone, sodium laroyl lactylate, aluminum starch
Active Ingredients: Homosalate (10%), meradimate (5%), octinoxate (5%), octocrylene (2%), zinc oxide (6.3%)
Byrdie Clean?: No
About the Brand: CeraVe was launched in 2005 after several leading dermatologists noticed that patients with skin issues such as dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema all had one thing in common: a compromised skin barrier. CeraVe offers a wide range of skincare and body products that all have one thing in common, each product containing 3 essential ceramides to help restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.
About My Skin: Skincare and SPF are two of my favorite things
Skincare and SPF are my two favorite products, seriously, This is where I invest most of my time and money, making sure I have skincare that is going to address my concerns along with covering myself head to toe every single day in SPF. I have combination sensitive skin, which means some parts are dry, others oily, and my skin can react to certain fragrances or ingredients. I am concerned with anti-aging and texture the most, and some brands I use consistently are Supergoop, Biologique Recherche, La Roche Posay, and EltaMD.
How to Apply: A dime-sized amount should do it
For this particular facial moisturizing lotion, you’re going to want to pump about a dime-sized amount into the palm of your hands, apply it in sections, and massage it into the face. Focus on areas like your forehead, cheeks, chin, and even neck and chest when using this product as any added SPF protection. If this is the only SPF you’re going to be using for the day, you want to make sure you apply it evenly, everywhere. If you use a separate sunscreen, you can follow up with this lotion as your final product.
This product is best when used for outdoor activities, like going to the beach or pool, taking a hike, or anything else that requires SPF and doesn’t require makeup. The texture of the lotion is thicker, yet it feels stickier to the touch and also when it dries down.
The Results: Best for outdoor use
The first few things I noticed right away about this facial moisturizing lotion were that it did not absorb as quickly as other moisturizers I’ve tried. You need to massage it in for a while before you feel like it’s fully absorbed. I also noticed that it left a slight white cast on my skin no matter how much I let it sit there after applying it.
When I tried to layer makeup on top of the lotion, it started to pill. After experimenting with it, I concluded that this product is best when used for outdoor activities, like going to the beach or pool, taking a hike, or anything else that requires SPF and doesn’t require makeup. The texture of the lotion is thicker, yet it feels stickier to the touch and also when it dries down. Overall, I would not use this as a daily moisturizer and would use it only when I am exposed to more sun than usual, along with a complete facial SPF sunscreen underneath.
The Value: Budget-friendly
Coming in at under $20 for a moisturizer and SPF in one, this lotion is certainly budget-friendly; yet you might only find yourself using it for certain outdoor events, which in return may cause you to think more before investing your money, as you might prefer a product you can use each day.
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Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Apply the Neutrogena Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($19) in your AM skincare routine for a protective dose of SPF 30, along with helping to boost skin tone for a more radiant complexion.
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For a basic, affordable moisturizer that contains sunscreen, CeraVe's AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion with Sunscreen is a great option. It's suitable for daily use but is best when worn alone for a day at the beach, pool, or outside activities in which makeup won’t be worn.
- Product Name AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30
- Product Brand CeraVe
- SKU 3606000537460
- Price $19
- Weight 3 oz.
- Color White
- What's Included Lotion in a pump bottle
- Product Dimensions 5.9 x 2 x 5.9 inches (unboxed); 6 x 2.3 x 6 inches (boxed)
- Ingredients Homosalate 10.0% Meradimate 5.0% Octinoxate 5.0% Octocrylene 2.0% Zinc Oxide 6.3% Inactive Ingredients: Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Dimethicone, Bht, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methylparaben, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Disodium Edta, Propylparaben, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum