{"id":606251122994,"title":"CeraVe Vitamin C Serum Review: Best Drugstore Serum?","created_at":"2023-09-08T23:51:18-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"CeraVe Vitamin C Serum Review: Best Drugstore Serum?\",\n \"keywords\": \"cerave vitamin c serum, cerave vitamin c serum review, cerave vitamin c serum reviews, cerave vitamin c serum ingredients, cerave skin renewing vitamin c serum, vitamin c serum cerave\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in CeraVe Vitamin C Serum based on medical studies to give our take on whether it's likely to have an anti-aging effect, or if it's a waste of money. 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\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/CeraVe_Vitamin_C_Serum_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1694231413\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eC\u003c\/span\u003eCeraVe sells a vitamin C serum that’s used to renew skin quality and have an anti-aging effect. The brand suggests that their product can “help visibly brighten your complexion and support soft, radiant, and healthy-looking skin.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBut does CeraVe’s serum contain research-backed ingredients for anti-aging, or are these just marketing claims? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe its effects? And which retailer sells it for the best price?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in CeraVe Vitamin C Serum based on medical studies to give our take on whether the serum is likely to have an anti-aging effect, or if it’s a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWe’ll explain if topical vitamin C can reverse the effects of aging skin, feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells this product for the best price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/CeraVe_Vitamin_C_Serum_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1694231696\" alt=\"CeraVe Vitamin C Serum ingredients\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe ingredients in CeraVe Vitamin C Serum are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eLike every CeraVe product we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health, this formulation contains a large number of research-backed active ingredients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAscorbic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e, better known as vitamin C, is clinically shown to improve skin quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA 2017 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5605218\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5605218\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e reported that vitamin C at the exact same concentration as in CeraVe’s serum (10%) \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003esignificantly reduced wrinkling when applied to skin.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePanthenol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e is clinically shown to moisturize the skin, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/skinceuticals-c-e-ferulic-review\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/skinceuticals-c-e-ferulic-review\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSkinCeuticals C E Ferulic reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeramide NP\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eceramide AP\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eceramide EOP\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e are members of a class of compounds called ceramides from which the brand CeraVe gets its name.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAll CeraVe products we’ve reviewed contain ceramides, and for good reason. This class of compounds were shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6197824\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6197824\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eClinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e journal to enhance skin barrier function when combined with other bioactives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePhytosphingosine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e is a compound produced by the body that \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ewas shown to increase skin moisture content\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e in a 2017 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28936777\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/28936777\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eTocopheryl acetate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e is a form of vitamin E, and this vitamin is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11139138\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11139138\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e to help to protect against DNA damage from UV ray exposure.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eClearly there are a number of effective ingredients in this serum. However, there are also a few inactive ingredients that may be questionable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePhenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e is a synthetic preservative shown to be toxic to human cells in a 2020 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32387382\/\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32387382\/\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSodium hydroxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e is a pH balancer that can irritate the skin, as we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/skinbetter-science-review\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/skinbetter-science-review\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eSkinbetter Science reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eOverall, we consider CeraVe Vitamin C Serum likely to improve skin quality, have an anti-aging effect and to have a moisturizing effect. \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend this product due to the two inactive ingredients highlighted above, but these are relatively minor considerations and not ingredients we consider highly questionable like fragrance or synthetic dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eBut how do real users rate and describe the effects of CeraVe’s serum? We’ll feature some unsponsored customer reviews in the next section of this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eReal People Try CeraVe Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Lavinia Rusanda tested the effects of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum on her acne scars for two weeks:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Dij3DPyi-Zo?si=tGwysCMLevY2Go2M\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA popular beauty vlogger named Abbey Yung shares her thoughts on whether or not CeraVe’s serum is the “best drugstore vitamin C serum” for the face:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/y3Q_JcHTV8c?si=1rdZsKIVbCCWm8Xh\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eOur Clean Skincare Picks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Image_Updated.png?v=1694378494\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are skincare products containing ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\"\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top anti-aging serum.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIt contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2174\"\u003eHYDRAGLOW by CLEARSTEM\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top moisturizer pick.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt features\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ebakuchiol\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eas an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24471735\/\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/a\u003e as\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"clinically proven to have anti-aging effects.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eBulletproof Collagen Powder\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is our top skin supplement.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan mce-data-marked=\"1\"\u003eC\u003c\/span\u003eollagen\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e supplementation was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJournal of Drugs in Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eto reduce visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAll of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy or unsafe.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eExperts Review CeraVe’s Serum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA board-certified dermatologist named Daniel Sugai shared his thoughts on CeraVe’s serum:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/XePR_IWsVLI?si=tLbw5KJcIijKpz5-\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eA pharmacist named Yaseen Arselan compared CeraVe’s serum to a popular La Roche Posay vitamin C serum:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/8CZV44vywto?si=1oT3i9iPwRxjZj-r\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWhere to Buy CeraVe Vitamin C Serum for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeraVe Vitamin C Serum is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown at the time of publishing this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWalgreens: $27.99 (plus shipping)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eTarget: $24.99 (plus shipping)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWalmart: $19.32\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e (plus shipping, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/CeraVe-Vitamin-C-Serum-for-Face-with-Hyaluronic-Acid-Skin-Brightening-and-Fragrance-Free-Serum-1-fl-oz\/519078713?athbdg=L1600\u0026amp;clickid=RtR3IxR4exyNUVlX48yl1y7XUkFUydXgeQ8Izk0\u0026amp;irgwc=1\u0026amp;sourceid=imp_RtR3IxR4exyNUVlX48yl1y7XUkFUydXgeQ8Izk0\u0026amp;veh=aff\u0026amp;wmlspartner=imp_1460806\u0026amp;affiliates_ad_id=565706\u0026amp;campaign_id=9383\u0026amp;sharedid=\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/CeraVe-Vitamin-C-Serum-for-Face-with-Hyaluronic-Acid-Skin-Brightening-and-Fragrance-Free-Serum-1-fl-oz\/519078713?athbdg=L1600\u0026amp;clickid=RtR3IxR4exyNUVlX48yl1y7XUkFUydXgeQ8Izk0\u0026amp;irgwc=1\u0026amp;sourceid=imp_RtR3IxR4exyNUVlX48yl1y7XUkFUydXgeQ8Izk0\u0026amp;veh=aff\u0026amp;wmlspartner=imp_1460806\u0026amp;affiliates_ad_id=565706\u0026amp;campaign_id=9383\u0026amp;sharedid=\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAmazon: $19.32\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e (plus shipping, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3rfdOgC\" data-mce-href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3rfdOgC\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003elink to Amazon listing\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeraVe Vitamin C Serum is not currently sold on the brand’s website, and is 31% cheaper on Walmart and Amazon than at Walgreens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eReal Customers Review CeraVe Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeraVe Vitamin C Serum has been reviewed over 36,000 times on Amazon, with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “ShannaR” who gives the product a 5\/5 star rating and appreciates the product experience and aesthetic effects:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e“I didn’t know I needed it but \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003emy skin absolutely LOVES it! I love how my face feels after adding it to my daily routine. Like water for my skin. 4 cerave products in and I love what this 44yo face is looking like\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e since making the switch.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Jamie” who claims to have experienced side effects due to a packaging issue:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e“After using for only two weeks, I noticed it darkened my skin. After doing my research, it seems the product probably arrived oxidized. The poor packaging probably caused this.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeraVe has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Facebook.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCeraVe Vitamin C Serum has an average review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePros and Cons of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eMany research-backed ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eShould reduce wrinkles\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eShould improve skin barrier\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eShould increase skin hydration\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eAffordable\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eMostly positive online customer reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eHigh-quality brand\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eDoesn’t appear clinically tested\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eContains phenoxyethanol\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eContains sodium hydroxide\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eNot available for purchase on brand’s website\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cb data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eLike every CeraVe product that we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, we consider this serum likely to be effective for its intended purpose: it should have an anti-aging effect, hydrate the skin and improve skin quality in most customers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol and sodium hydroxide, although we do not consider this product likely to be harmful.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eMost of the online customer reviews of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum that we came across while researching this article were positive.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-style=\"font-weight: 400;\" data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003eFor consumers who plan to purchase this product, Walmart and Amazon currently have 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CeraVe Vitamin C Serum Review: Best Drugstore Serum?

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum Review: Best Drugstore Serum?


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CCeraVe sells a vitamin C serum that’s used to renew skin quality and have an anti-aging effect. The brand suggests that their product can “help visibly brighten your complexion and support soft, radiant, and healthy-looking skin.”

But does CeraVe’s serum contain research-backed ingredients for anti-aging, or are these just marketing claims? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe its effects? And which retailer sells it for the best price?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in CeraVe Vitamin C Serum based on medical studies to give our take on whether the serum is likely to have an anti-aging effect, or if it’s a waste of money.

We’ll explain if topical vitamin C can reverse the effects of aging skin, feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells this product for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum ingredients

The ingredients in CeraVe Vitamin C Serum are shown above.

Like every CeraVe product we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health, this formulation contains a large number of research-backed active ingredients.

Ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C, is clinically shown to improve skin quality.

A 2017 medical review reported that vitamin C at the exact same concentration as in CeraVe’s serum (10%) significantly reduced wrinkling when applied to skin.

Panthenol is clinically shown to moisturize the skin, as we documented in our SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic reviews article.

Ceramide NP, ceramide AP and ceramide EOP are members of a class of compounds called ceramides from which the brand CeraVe gets its name.

All CeraVe products we’ve reviewed contain ceramides, and for good reason. This class of compounds were shown in a clinical trial published in the Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology journal to enhance skin barrier function when combined with other bioactives.

Phytosphingosine is a compound produced by the body that was shown to increase skin moisture content in a 2017 clinical trial.

Tocopheryl acetate is a form of vitamin E, and this vitamin is clinically shown to help to protect against DNA damage from UV ray exposure.

Clearly there are a number of effective ingredients in this serum. However, there are also a few inactive ingredients that may be questionable.

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative shown to be toxic to human cells in a 2020 clinical trial.

Sodium hydroxide is a pH balancer that can irritate the skin, as we documented in our Skinbetter Science reviews article.

Overall, we consider CeraVe Vitamin C Serum likely to improve skin quality, have an anti-aging effect and to have a moisturizing effect. 

We don’t currently recommend this product due to the two inactive ingredients highlighted above, but these are relatively minor considerations and not ingredients we consider highly questionable like fragrance or synthetic dye.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of CeraVe’s serum? We’ll feature some unsponsored customer reviews in the next section of this article.

Real People Try CeraVe Vitamin C Serum

A YouTube creator named Lavinia Rusanda tested the effects of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum on her acne scars for two weeks:

A popular beauty vlogger named Abbey Yung shares her thoughts on whether or not CeraVe’s serum is the “best drugstore vitamin C serum” for the face:

Our Clean Skincare Picks

There are skincare products containing ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top anti-aging serum.

It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

HYDRAGLOW by CLEARSTEM is our top moisturizer pick.

It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects." 

Bulletproof Collagen Powder is our top skin supplement.

Collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to reduce visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

All of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy or unsafe.

Experts Review CeraVe’s Serum

A board-certified dermatologist named Daniel Sugai shared his thoughts on CeraVe’s serum:

A pharmacist named Yaseen Arselan compared CeraVe’s serum to a popular La Roche Posay vitamin C serum:

Where to Buy CeraVe Vitamin C Serum for the Best Price

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum is sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown at the time of publishing this article:

Walgreens: $27.99 (plus shipping)

Target: $24.99 (plus shipping)

Walmart: $19.32 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $19.32 (plus shipping, link to Amazon listing)

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum is not currently sold on the brand’s website, and is 31% cheaper on Walmart and Amazon than at Walgreens.

Real Customers Review CeraVe Vitamin C Serum

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand’s website in our opinion.

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum has been reviewed over 36,000 times on Amazon, with an average customer review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named “ShannaR” who gives the product a 5/5 star rating and appreciates the product experience and aesthetic effects:

“I didn’t know I needed it but my skin absolutely LOVES it! I love how my face feels after adding it to my daily routine. Like water for my skin. 4 cerave products in and I love what this 44yo face is looking like since making the switch.”

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named “Jamie” who claims to have experienced side effects due to a packaging issue:

“After using for only two weeks, I noticed it darkened my skin. After doing my research, it seems the product probably arrived oxidized. The poor packaging probably caused this.”

CeraVe has an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars on Facebook.

CeraVe Vitamin C Serum has an average review rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars on Google.

Pros and Cons of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum

Here are the pros and cons of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Many research-backed ingredients
  • Should reduce wrinkles
  • Should improve skin barrier
  • Should increase skin hydration
  • Affordable
  • Mostly positive online customer reviews
  • High-quality brand

Cons:

  • Doesn’t appear clinically tested
  • Contains phenoxyethanol
  • Contains sodium hydroxide
  • Not available for purchase on brand’s website
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Conclusion

Like every CeraVe product that we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health, we consider this serum likely to be effective for its intended purpose: it should have an anti-aging effect, hydrate the skin and improve skin quality in most customers.

We don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol and sodium hydroxide, although we do not consider this product likely to be harmful.

Most of the online customer reviews of CeraVe Vitamin C Serum that we came across while researching this article were positive.

For consumers who plan to purchase this product, Walmart and Amazon currently have the best prices.