Slightly obsessed with ceramides and CeraVe

Author: Jenny Wu
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  • Cheryl

    YAY to ceramides! There are also some products out there that mimic the magic Cermides to cholesterol to fatty acid ratio naturally found in your skin. Those 3 together can wind back real sever dry skin. Elizabeth Arden do a range and Paula’s choice also have that magic ratio :D

    • Jenny Wu

      Ah yes, I know Elizabeth Arden has a whole range of ceramide products, but their prices are a bit steeper than I’d like to pay :P I didn’t know Paula’s Choice had a product like that though, I’ll definitely have to look it up now! Thanks for the tip!

  • Michelle B

    I haven’t tried CeraVe but I’m keen on trying the hydrating cleanser. I use Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser which I use as a cleanser and make-up remover. I wonder how the two differs!

    • Jenny Wu

      I’ve used Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser a long time ago and I remember it being pretty gentle! I don’t recall much difference in terms of texture, but it terms of ingredients there seems to be a pretty vast difference. Cetaphil does contain sodium lauryl sulphate (sls), which can be pretty stripping and drying. But it also has less ingredients compared to CeraVe, which would usually mean less potential irritant triggers, except that Cetaphil still contains fatty alcohol (potential acne trigger) and parabens.

      Asides from the ingredients, it looks like Cetaphil has a slighly higher pH (6.7) compared to our skin’s natural pH, which isn’t the worse, but isn’t ideal either. So on paper, the Cetaphil cleanser actually looks pretty bad, and usually I would say but YMMV, except that I’m a big proponent on low pH cleansers and no-SLS :P I would definitely recommend looking for a cleanser that doesn’t have SLS and is pH balanced for happy skin in the long run :)

      Sorry to go on a rant, I had thought both cleansers were very similar (at least from my memory they felt very similar), but a bit of research told me otherwise :P

      • Michelle B

        That’s really informative! Thank you. I’m almost out of my cetaphil cleanser so I’m definitely going to try other brands. :D

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