The brand CeraVe is owned by the giant cosmetics company L’Oreal. CeraVe is a dermatologist's go-to brand for sensitive skin and has also gained popularity during quarantine when a lot of skincare enthusiasts and estheticians recommended this brand on TikTok. The product I am reviewing is the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser that is widely available in supermarkets in the US and ships to many parts of the world. CeraVe is known for its minimal ingredients and low prices ($15/16oz). The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser comes in a big bottle that lasts almost a year and has really good value for money. There is no conclusive evidence on animal testing on the CeraVe website which makes one wonder why people continue to buy a product that holds no accountability and to top it all off, all their products have single-use plastic packaging. It is no doubt a product with fewer ingredients and works well on sensitive skin but this brand has been here since 2007 and no efforts have been made towards sustainability. It has the resources and is well-funded by L’Oreal to make their products more environmentally friendly, they need and can do better.
In this face wash, the ingredients are a combination of parabens, silicones, SLS, and SLL. Parabens are a big source of pollution in wastewater and harm sea life. Silicones are used in skincare as a preservative and are the ‘less obvious’ plastic, some are biodegradable and some can accumulate and become toxic, thus causing harm to the aquatic environment. The website, however, only features ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that claim to restore the skin’s barrier, give hydration and calm the skin. I looked up some of the ingredients and found that it uses many ingredients that are either sourced from animals or made in a lab which makes you wonder if you should be putting it on your skin at all. The brand CeraVe is owned by the giant cosmetics company L’Oreal. Overall, this product is much cleaner than some of its counterparts in terms of ingredients like Garnier, St. Ives, Neutrogena that use a combination of ingredients bad for the skin and the planet.
The brand is not a vegan brand and an example of some non-vegan ingredients are glycerin, fatty acids (emollients), and lipids which make the spreadability of the product easier; these are mainly sourced from animals or plants. It is also not cruelty-free and the brand does not claim to do so either as the brand is also sold in China, where there is still law for testing on animals. The packaging is fully plastic and single-use and the bottle does not state whether it's recyclable. Their website makes claims that they’re working on driving toward an entirely cruelty-free product line, but selling in countries where these laws exist means they would have to continue testing on animals unless the law itself changes. There is very little information on the website regarding how ingredients are sourced and almost no statement on sustainability.
CeraVe was acquired by L’Oreal in 2017. It was said L’Oreal was the top-performing global company on sustainability in 2017. All L’Oréal production sites use 100% renewable electricity as it claimed on their website. The products are made and manufactured in the US and then shipped to different countries around the world. It may be advisable to check the ingredients beforehand to avoid disappointment as the CeraVe line is not cruelty-free and therefore, CeraVe is not PETA approved. It is also important to note that this brand has a high water consumption as water is the only natural ingredient in a facial cleanser and there should be more transparency on the production methods for this brand. I know it can be challenging sometimes to look up every product especially if you are a skincare enthusiast like me and want to be sustainable.