This week Cerave Moisturizing lotion is one of the top selling lotions on Amazon.com. Let’s take a look at the label to see if it’s wet and worthy.
Purified Water Not only solvent for other ingredients but also a moisturizing agent for skin
Glycerin A humectant that help bind moisture to skin. In very dry weather it may pull moisture OUT of the skin.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Coconut oil derived emulsifier that helps oil and water mix.
Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20 and Cetearyl Alcohol A mix of fatty emulsifiers combined with a quaternary ammonium compound. This quat is typically used in hair to provide conditioning, I’m not sure how much it helps on skin. It’s also interesting that the company is listing these ingredients the wrong way – the “and” indictates these are blended by the supplier. You’re supposed to list them by how much is actually in the formula.
Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1 Ceramides are natural moisturizing lipids in the skin which are as lost as we age. There is data that shows that adding them back topically from a lotion is an effective to moisturize skin.
Hyaluronic Acid Another natural moisturizing compound. The right kind of HA at the right level is effective and binding moisture to the surface of skin.
Cholesterol A fatty material that is present in skin. Another good, natural, moisturizer.
Dimethicone One of the best agents to lock in moisture.
Polysorbate 20 Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate Cetyl Alcohol Emulsifiers and salts to help thicken and stabilize the cream.
Disodium EDTA A chelating agent that helps boost the preservative system.
Phytosphingosine A conditioning lipid that may have anti-bacterial properties.
Methylparaben, Propylparaben Preservatives
Carbomer, Xanthan Gum Thickeners that help stabilize the emulsion.