I start off my review of Cerave Hydrating Cleanser by saying how much I dislike lotion style makeup removers. I’m not much into cold creams, lotions, or creams of any kind to remove makeup. I do prefer cleansing oils or some sort of foaming cleanser and in some cases I even use both for a double cleanse (oil first, followed up by a lathering cleanser).
The exception to my rule?
Cerave Hydrating Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin!
I cannot use DHC Cleansing Oil for my life lately nor can I take advantage of Banila Co’s brilliant Clean It Zero! Let’s just take ALL my makeup removers off the counter right now. It might just be Winter my my skin is on freak out mode central at the moment and something as simple as cleansing turns into quite the project. I come out of a cleanse very tight and very dry. My skin ends up looking and feel super flaky around the cheeks and jawline. Not cool!
So, I decided to switch things up. I was going to go with Cetaphil but I decided since I really loved CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion I decided to try out the Hydrating Cleanser. I heard a few bad reviews about this not being able to cleanse skin well but I honestly felt it did a fairly good job!
This texture reminds of he facial moisturizing lotion but a little thicker. It’s translucent white with a thicker, gel like consistency. It kinda reminds me of body cream in all honestly. I was worried about using it near my eyes but the bottle doesn’t say to avoid eye contact thankfully (I HATE cleansers which can’t be used around the eyes). Basically I remove all my eye makeup first, wet my face, and I apply two or three pumps of this to my face. I massage it on and rinse it off with lukewarm water.
It actually doesn’t feel like it’s doing much so after rinsing, although my skin looked cleanse, I just swiped my face down with a bit of cleansing water to see if anything was left behind. The cotton pad came back clean so I’m pretty happy with the results!
But it’s not really clean I’m after as I have plenty of cleansers that work fine right now. What I am after is a cleanser that won’t suck further moisture from my skin and this apparently is it. I’ve been using it nearly a month now and it does not only a great job cleansing my face but also a very good job hydrating it. My skin is smooth and soft out of the cleanse. I don’t feel tight or dry after removing my makeup. It’s quite a novel experience for me to come out of a cleanse and not immediately run to the most hydrating facial moisturizer I have to slather it on. This doesn’t draw moisture away from my skin and it seems to lightly hydrate it!
I don’t really love a cream/lotion cleanser as I mentioned above but for Winter months Cerave Hydrating Cleanser is gentle and effective at not drying my skin out while removing my makeup. This one can definitely be added to the Winter Skincare Essentials group!
If you have dry or even dry sensitive skin I’d highly recommend checking it out.
Available now at drugstores.