Over-The-Counter Intense Hydration: Why It May Be All You Need

So, you’ve got dry skin. We hear you. And depending on your DNA and where you live, these face- and body-based conundrums can look and feel as parched as the Sahara Desert. So what are you going to do? In the past, your best bet would’ve been to book an appointment with your GP who would then refer you to a Dermatologist and six weeks to three months later (possibly longer), you’d be in. This route still works, but we’ve also talked to the pros at CeraVe about a faster and over-the-counter option that may just do the trick. Here’s what they had to say.

Should you consult with a Dermatologist if you have severely dehydrated skin?
It’s always a good idea to speak with a Dermatologist if your skincare issues are persistent and you’ve tried traditional over-the-counter products to no avail.

What’s CeraVe’s point of difference?
Our product lines were developed by Dermatologists to hydrate, strengthen and repair the skin’s natural barrier. Every moisturizer, lotion and cream contains ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11, along with fatty acids and lipids, which are released all day and night long thanks to a special delivery system called MultiVesicular Emulsion Technology.

What are ceramides and are they as good as prescription skin care?
It depends on the person, but yes, they can be. Ceramides are natural fats that live in high concentrations in the upper layers of the skin. They make up approximately 50 per cent of your skin and play an important role regarding how your face and body’s skin looks and feels and responds to the weather, the environment, pollution, stress, aging and so on. Plus, they act like a protective barrier, keeping moisture in and protecting it. Factors like DNA, sun damage and aging can deplete your skin’s ceramides causing drier, rougher skin that can be irritated, red, sore and wrinkled. Ceramide-fueled skincare products like CeraVe SA Cleanser, SA Cream for Rough and Bumpy Skin and SA Lotion for Rough and Bumpy Skin include salicylic acid to exfoliate soften and smooth dry, flaky, rough skin so that it can better absorb the plumping and hydrating ceramide formulations.

How soon can I expect to see results?
And you’ll have noticeably increased hydration with every day you continue to use the products. They’re very accessible, inexpensive and available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Adriana Ermter

Adriana Ermter

Adriana is an award-winning writer and editor. The former beauty director for FASHION magazine and editor-in-chief of Salon and of Childview magazines has hosted beauty videos for fashionmagazine.com, as well as contributed to Men’s FASHION, Chatelaine and chatelaine.com, Flare and flare.com, Huffington Post Canada, National Post, AmongMen.com, thekit.ca, iVillage.ca and thewhaleandtherose.com. She lives in Toronto with her very spoiled feline, Trixie-Belle, and a fantastically large perfume collection.

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