We Tried CeraVes New Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum Heres what We Thought

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / Honayst

CeraVe calls it an introductory serum for your skincare routine It’s not hard to see why it’s seen so much success – we love its cleansers for treating our acne, moisturisers for tackling dry skin and body creams for post- shower hydration. As a result, new launches from CeraVe are few and far between, and they often prompt huge anticipation. In 2020, its cream-to-foam cleanser ended up rivalling its bestselling hydrating cleanser.

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And 2021 is also proving to be an exciting time for fans of the no-frills, fuss- free skincare brand, as it has just unveiled the latest addition to its line- up: a hydrating hyaluronic acid serum. Costing £16.99, the brand calls it the perfect introductory serum for your skincare routine. It contains the brand’s signature ingredients and ceramides, and it's designed to tackle dehydration and help restore and protect the skin’s barrier. To see if it delivers on its claims, we got our hands on it and have been putting it to the test. We’ve rated it on texture, absorption rate, how it made our skin feel and any changes we noticed after using it.

Does it work?

Over the course of a few days, using it morning and evening, we saw a big difference in texture, particularly on our cheeks, which are prone to dryness. Instead, the area gradually became smoother and plumper, giving a healthy- looking, natural radiance that we’d previously long lost to lockdown. The results were not drastic or life-changing, but CeraVe doesn’t claim it will be – the brand calls it an introductory serum, and we couldn’t agree more with that assessment. It's super simple to slot into your routine and if there’s anything we’ve learned from lockdown, it’s that when it comes to our skin, less is more. Maybe it’s time to ditch the 10-step routines for something simple like this.