Whenever a beauty product launches in the US first, months before launching in the UK, you can pretty much guarantee that it’ll make me want to try it even more. The CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream is a product I’d seen featured in numerous YouTube videos from American YouTubers, but it took ages for it to finally arrive in the UK.
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream
I first tried the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream after choosing it in a tiny 10ml sample size as part of my Feelunique Pick & Mix a few months ago. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try, and see what the fuss was all about. The Smoothing Cream is just one product within the CeraVe SA collection, which is designed to alleviate rough and bumpy skin texture, leaving skin feeling smoother in just 3 days.
The CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream is one of two products in the range, as there’s also a SA Smoothing Cleanser too. The SA Smoothing Cream is available in two sizes/formats – a 177ml plastic tube and also a 340g tub. I chose the tube version which was £11.99, and the tub version is £17.99.
Apart from the packaging design, I don’t think there’s any other difference, but for lotion I much prefer a squeezy tube over a tub, as it’s less messy and you don’t have to stick your hands into the product either. The CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser is £11.99, and they’re all available from Superdrug, but they’re almost always out of stock as they are so popular.
The CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream contains Salicylic Acid and Urea in the formula which gently exfoliates the skin, without compromising the skin’s natural barrier. Developed with dermatologists, this fast-absorbing, non-greasy cream claims to help protect the skin’s natural barrier with three essential ceramides. The MVE Technology locks in moisture giving hydration for up to 24 hours.
- Suitable for rough and bumpy skin. Also suitable for skin prone to Keratosis Piliaris.
- Gently alleviates rough and bumpy skin texture.
- Star ingredients: Urea, Salicylic Acid, LHA and Hyaluronic Acid.
- Free of physical exfoliants.
- Fragrance-free, non-irritating, non comedogenic.
- With 3 essential ceramides to protect skin’s natural barrier.
- Recommended use in conjunction with CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser.
I suffer from keratosis pilaris and it’s the bane of my life. It doesn’t matter how many body scrubs and lotions I try, very few make a difference. I used to love the Nip + Fab Glycolic Acid Body Cream, but after a really bad allergic reaction to one of their serums, I won’t ever use their products again. So I’ve been looking for a decent replacement, and I didn’t really have the highest of hopes for the tiny 10ml sample of the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream.
I used the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream literally once before placing an order for the full size cream and the cleanser, as I was so impressed. It can be used on both the face and the body, and as it claims to help with bumpy rough skin, I first applied a tiny amount to a dry patch on the back of my hand.
In a couple of hours, the dry patch had massively improved and the significant improvement was enough for me to need the full size and matching cleanser. Now as a body lotion, I don’t love it. It doesn’t spread very easily over the skin, and you have to use a lot of product per limb and at £11.99 for only 177ml, it’s expensive.
I wish it was a little more emollient so it would go further, but it’s extremely effective and does significantly reduce keratosis pilaris. However, my favourite use for the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream is as a moisturiser. It reduces any textural issues and cleared blackheads and milia too, which really surprised me.
Milia are notoriously difficult to get rid of, and I never expected the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream to make such a difference. I would 100% repurchase this cream as soon as I’m near the end, and it’s one of the most impressive skincare/bodycare products I’ve tried in a long time, and I have a review of the cleanser too, coming soon.
You can buy the CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream right here.
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