CeraVe's lotions and creams use the same proprietary formula, though the creams are thicker than the lotions and recommended for problematic skin areas, such as the knees, feet and elbows. CeraVe's manufacturer also recommends that people use the cream during the winter months when skin tends to become extra-dry.
All CeraVe skin care products help maintain the "skin barrier," which forms the top layer of the skin. Made up of dead skin cells and the skin's natural oils, this barrier helps to lock in moisture and keep skin soft. CeraVe's products help to replenish the skin barrier when it is damaged by exposure to soaps and cleansers, extreme temperatures or very dry air.
CeraVe lotions and creams are available in different formulas to work on different types of skin. The company makes products for normal-to-dry skin, normal-to-oily skin and dry-to-extra dry skin. It also makes products specifically for hands and feet. These formulas come in a number of different sizes and dispensers, including pump dispensers, jars and easy-to-carry tubes.
In addition to moisturizing lotions and creams, CeraVe makes several specialty items, including an eye repair cream made with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. The company also markets a stretch mark cream that contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, argan oil and various botanicals.