June 20, 2019

CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid And Alcohol But Why Though?

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CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid contains alcohol and I have to keep asking but WHY, Cerave, Why!? I’ve been pretty disappointed with their offerings lately because almost all their newest skincare contains alcohol.

Le sigh!

CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid sounds promising enough with a 10% vitamin c infused formula that also contains Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid but it’s utterly ruined by the addition of alcohol. Not to mention the 1 oz size for $25 bucks may have made cringed. Come on guys! You can do better! The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% is a mere $5.80 and The Inkey List Vitamin C Cream is $10!

You can do better guys 🙁

This is a serum formula with a lightweight texture according to the brand with a pure form of Vitamin C that brightens.

Shrug. Not sure I need it.

How about you?

Aqua/Water/Eau, Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Panthenol, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium Edta, Isopropyl Myristate, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Phytosphingosine, Ethylhexylglycerin.

CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Face Serum with Hyaluronic Acid is available now!

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  • A

    That’s disappointing. I was hoping when L’Oreal bought CeraVe that they wouldn’t mess them up by changing their existing products or making new products that are irritating rather than suitable for dry sensitive skin, but I don’t know now. I avoid denatured alcohol in skincare products. I rather choose products loaded with beneficial ingredients rather than questionable ones. They reformulated my beloved PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion a couple years ago and now it stings when I put it on so I stopped using it after using it for years and years with no problems. I still use the moisturizing cream in the big tub on my body and I pray they never change that. I also use the Skin Renewing Night Cream, which has been soothing while I am also using prescription Tretinoin, and their eye cream. (the PM lotion caused stinging before I started on the retinoid so that wasn’t the cause) That’s it, just three products and I wish I could find more from them to use.

    • Isabella Muse

      I can’t say I am completely clean from alcohol because I do use products that contain it but honestly, when I see Cerave’s name on something I expect something more from than! Their products lately are so disappointing…..! I’m a really big fan of the Skin Renewing Night Cream too! as well as the cream oil!

  • kimkats

    Oh, that’s a big bucket o’ nope for me. It would have been a good formula without the %)[email protected]#*! alcohol; not sure why everyone is dumping alcohol into their formulas these days. And TWENTY FIVE bucks for a lousy ounce of a drugstore serum?!?! That’s a 5 gallon bucket o’ NOPE for me!! Sheesh… drugstore items are getting outrageously ‘spensive. And if I’m going to spend that much, it had better perform like a well trained circus seal!!

  • CL

    Never have to ask why when you remember that it’s L’Oreal that’s calling the shots for this brand now. Denatured alcohol content is standard operating procedure for them. Avoid it and LET THEM KNOW WHY!

  • Jay

    I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks and love it. It replaced my DE Day Serum. I’ve noticed a brighter complexion and no additional dryness. It works well over my toner and you only need a small amount to cover my face.

  • Ashlynn

    I tried this serum and couldn’t get along with it. It caused irritation breakouts around my mouth and cheeks. I have the same issue with any spfs containing alcohol. It really is a shame. The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is great for me though!

  • Karlee Williams

    While I get everyone’s gripes about alcohol in products..it’s there for a reason. Mainly absorption, the alcohol evaporates once it hits the skin assisting in the products penetration into the skin. I worked for L’Oreal for many years and often questioned the presence of alcohol but I can assure you it’s there for a reason!

    • Isabella Muse

      It also breaks dries skin and breaks down collagen that’s why people tend to avoid it.