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Why Cleansing Is So Important…
Experts say one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to cleansing is using the wrong product for their skin type. Studies show that more than half of us are unsure what ingredients to look for, with endless jargon and an overflow of product causing mass confusion.
It is, however, important to cleanse every day, as Dr Alexis Granite, CeraVe’s Consultant Dermatologist, explains: “Think of your skincare routine as a pyramid. Cleansing is the foundation on which the rest of your routine is built. Cleansing removes dirt, grime, oil and dead skin cells, plus it’s important to remove make-up before bed to prevent potential irritation and breakouts. As well as that, there is evidence that exposure to pollution may accelerate skin ageing. Cleansing not only removes those particles, but also ensures the optimal absorption of other skincare products.”
How CeraVe’s Cleansers Standout…
CeraVe's no-frills, results-driven formulas offer straightforward skincare that’s easy to understand. Developed in partnership with dermatologists, you can be confident its cleansers will cater to your individual needs without causing irritation – all the formulas are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.
The cleansers – and CeraVe’s entire range – contain three naturally occurring ceramides. These ceramides work hard – and are proven – to maintain your skin’s moisture levels and squeeze the cells together to prevent hydration from escaping and aggressors from seeping in. The result? A healthy skin barrier, and a complexion that never feels dry or looks aggravated. All the formulas also include hydrators such as glycerine, hyaluronic acid and the brand’s patented MVE technology, which allows for a gradual release of active ingredients and hydration throughout the day.
Unsure which cleanser to choose?
We break down all four of CeraVe's bestsellers...
The One That Suits All:
Hydrating Cleanser, £11.50
This thick, nourishing formula mimics all the benefits of a double cleanse. Just like everything else in CeraVe’s range, it uses ceramides and hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin while removing make-up and dirt with ease. Never stripping or drying, it provides a thorough cleanse while adding moisture back into your skin – perfect for this time of year when our complexions need all the moisture they can get. You’ll feel and see the transformation in your skin immediately. it’s also gentle enough for those prone to severe sensitivities and skin dryness, too.
Fans Say: “This is my go-to product. I’ve repurchased it more times than I can count. It works perfectly when my skin feels dry and needs a dose of hydration. It gives my complexion a soft radiance that I love, too.”
The One for Busting Breakouts:
Blemish Control Cleanser, £13
Containing 2% salicylic acid (SA), this potent cleanser is proven to reduce blemishes at speed. It’s powerful, but designed to suit all skin types. The gel formula delivers a thorough cleanse that doesn’t interrupt your natural barrier function. The result is fresher, healthier skin that gets smoother with every use. You only need a couple of pumps, and you can use it all over your body, too. Regular use will help control excess oil, so the appearance of blemishes, blackheads and enlarged pores gradually improves over time. The results are impressive, with 94% of testers agreeing their skin felt clean and purified post-use, with the number of spots reducing by up to 34%.
Fans Say: “Suffering with adult acne after the birth of my baby, I tried so many products but with no improvement. I was recommended CeraVe and initially wasn’t optimistic, but my skin is transformed after using this. I’ve been using it daily for a year now and my complexion has never looked better.”
The One For Thorough Make-Up Removal:
Hydrating Cream-To-Foam Cleanser, £11.50
A great all-in-one, this uses amino acids and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plump and nourish your skin's barrier, while effectively removing all traces of make-up, dirt and excess oils. The amino acids come into their own as they penetrate deep down into your pores to remove any excess build-up. We love that this one combines the hydrating benefits of a cream cleanser with a dirt-removing, foaming formula that simultaneously refreshes and hydrates your complexion. Expect skin to feel squeaky clean post-use, but never uncomfortable or tight.
Fans Say: “I wish I’d found this face wash sooner. I have dry, sensitive skin and so many washes have left my complexion feeling dry and tight – but not this one. It foams up yet feels so gentle and it really gets rid of all traces of dirt and make-up. I also love that I can use it around my eyes with no stinging whatsoever.”
The Gentle Exfoliator:
SA Smoothing Cleanser, £14
Dry, rough skin is no match for this exfoliating cleanser. It uses buffing SA – as opposed to harsh microbeads – to gently exfoliate and refine the top layer of your skin, while hyaluronic acid and ceramides plump and soothe, as well as cushioning any harsh effects. After just a few days, you’ll notice skin feels smoother and plumper – not to mention visibly calmer and less inflamed. It’s worth noting that this cleanser can be used on your body, which makes it ideal for those who suffer with keratosis pilaris – red under-the-skin bumps – on the arms or legs. Added vitamin D is another benefit, helping to brighten skin and keep inflammation at bay.
Fans Say: “I love that this is gentle enough for daily use. It does a great job at clearing up my skin and keeping it clear. I use it once a day in the evening followed by a thick moisturiser – the combination has been perfect for keeping my skin smooth and soft.”