Is CeraVe a good facial moisturizer?

edited January 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains
Hey there,

I have been using CeraVe Facial Moisturizer for a few years now because a dermatologist recommended it. I like it, but I am just wondering if there is anything on the market that may be a little more affordable? (I heard most dermatologists recommend this because they partner with Valeant?) Here are the ingredients:
Active Ingredients: Homosalate (12%)
Octinoxate (7.5%)
Octocrylene (2%)
Zinc Oxide (3.5%)Inactive Ingredients: Water (Purified)
Behentrimonium Methosulfate (and)
Cetearyl Alcohol
Aluminum Starch
Boron Nitrate
Ceramide 3
Ceramide 6 11
Ceramide 1
Ceteareth 20 (and)
Cetearyl Alcohol
Hyaluronic Acid
Polyglyceryl 3 Diisostearate
Potassium Phosphate
Disodium EDTA
Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
Xanthan Gum



  • I haven't been able to find anything that's even close to this formula. (In terms of the UV absorber mix and the high level of niacinamide.) If I come across anything I'll let you know. 
  • Thanks for checking!! Maybe I should stick with it ;)
  • I love Cerave--the PM version, without sunscreen.  Some of the sunscreens in the AM version bother my skin, so I layer the PM version under my favorite sunscreen for daytime.  The only thing I can think of is that it doesn't have a high concentration of zinc oxide, so maybe the UVA coverage isn't as high as it could be, say, for someone with hyperpigmentation (melasma, which I have)?  I don't know.  I use a product with 9% ZO.  
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