Ranking the best CeraVe products isn’t easy. I can’t sing enough praises about this brand, which manages to offer simple, targeted products that work well and don’t cost much. And I’m not alone—it’s one of the biggest brands in skin care, almost certainly available at a drug store near you.
If you want to simplify your skincare regimen and bring it back to elevated basics, or if you’re starting out to build a straightforward routine from the ground up, CeraVe is the brand for this, and we picked out our 10 absolute favorite products. (But also: don’t hesitate to dive into their entire assortment for products that address your skin type and goals.) Here’s what to look out for on your next gummy worm run to CVS.
Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30
CeraVe has various hydrating products—some that cover body and face, some oil free, some not, some dedicated to the morning, some to bedtime, and so forth. One we recommend for everyone is this SPF 30 daytime moisturizing facial lotion. It’s oil-free, so it suits all skin types, and it checks the “wear SPF30+ daily, year round” box.
Foaming Cream Cleanser
Whether you’re combating breakouts or preventing them, do it with CeraVe’s benzoyl-powered cleanser. It’s gentle on skin while being tough on blemishes: That’s because the benzoyl is backed up by hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing niacinamide.
AHA Exfoliating Treatment
Powered by glycolic and lactic acid, this exfoliating cream is a 2-3x weekly bedtime baselayer, underneath your evening hydrator. It dissolves dead surface cells, eliminating rough, dull patches of skin, and helping to prevent clogged pores.
Densely concentrated with ceramides, sea extracts, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, this eye cream helps the delicate eye area stay strong and thick. In turn, it fends off signs of aging (like fine lines and sagging). In turn, this prevents things like puffy under eyes and dark circles (which are caused by loose, thin, dehydrated skin).
CeraVe has cleansers for all skin types—like the foaming one for acne-prone skin above—and this consumer-favorite hydrating face wash is top tier.
Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is an incredibly effective active ingredient for brighter skin, and unlike some other harsher ingredients—retinol, exfoliating acids—there’s a much, much lower learning curve. This one’s a no brainer.
A dense night cream that pumps peptides into skin for a firming, rejuvenating result. Along with the signature ceramides, this also has hyaluronic acid to boost moisture and niacinamide to smooth skin texture and soothe tired skin. Wear it over any serums or treatments to maximize their potency while boosting cellular regeneration and protecting the skin from moisture loss overnight.
Hydrating Cleanser Bar
One of the few bars of soap we’d recommend using on both your body and face, thanks to its hydrating formula.
Among CeraVe’s latest launches is this toner, which helps calming frustrated, poorly balanced skin (by restoring natural pH levels). Think of it almost as an ultralight and calming serum layer to use before applying any other serums or moisturizers.
Like the cleansing bar above, this is a rare instance where we’ll recommend a single product for combined facial and bodily use. The cream is slightly denser than the brand’s lotion options, due to mineral oil in the recipe. For some, that’s enough to use it solely on the body, which is perfectly fine—pair it with your preferred (and dedicated) CeraVe facial moisturizer, and you’ll be set for the season.