CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser review

Quick verdict: This hydrating cleanser is effective at cleansing without stripping the skin.

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Quick verdict:

This hydrating cleanser is effective at cleansing without stripping the skin.

What we liked

  • Hydrating ingredients
  • Free from soap, fragrance and parabens
  • Cheap and easily accessible

What we didn't like

  • May not be suitable for oily skin types

CeraVe is one of those skincare brands that has blown up on social media, especially thanks to the COVID pandemic. More time at home means more time to spend on your skincare routine – and why not do so with an effective yet affordable skincare regime?

The brand was first introduced to the Australian market in 2019, marketed towards those who were on a budget and wanted fuss-free skincare. CeraVe also works well for those with sensitive skin types, for example, eczema.

I've tried every cleanser CeraVe has to offer and this new product – the Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser – is by far my favourite.

What does it do?

CeraVe's Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser is designed to effectively strip the skin of oil, dirt and makeup without it feeling tight or dry.

It's dispensed out of the pump as a rich cream, but once it's mixed with water, it lathers into a beautiful foam.

The cleanser is formulated with hyaluronic acid and an amino acid complex, both working to attract and retain moisture in the skin. It also contains 3 essential ceramides, which also help to restore the skin's protective barrier.

Does it work?

I use CeraVe's Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser day and night, going through 2 full pumps each time. I like to work it into my skin, adding water as I go which helps transform the product from a cream into a foam.

After using it, my skin feels cleansed and balanced at the same time.

The CeraVe range also offers a hydrating and a foaming cleanser, but it seems like this new product is the best of both worlds.

The Hydrating Cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished, but it doesn't leave me with that "clean" feeling. The opposite can be said for the Foaming Cleanser – it effectively cleanses but can feel a little drying.

If you're dealing with a normal/combination skin type (like myself), I think you're going to love this cleanser.

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Should you buy it?

  • Buy it if: You have normal/combination skin.
  • Don't buy it if: Your skin is either overly dry or overly oily.

Overall, I have to give the CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser 5 out of 5 stars. I do not have one negative thing to say about this product – it works, it makes my skin feel great, it's easily accessible and it sits at a super affordable price point. I have absolutely nothing to fault.

Even comparing the cleanser to the other choices in CeraVe's product range, I can confidently say that this one is by far my personal favourite.

It's important to keep in mind that everyone's skin is different – so what may work for me, may not work for you.

My skin isn't overly sensitive, so unfortunately I can't comment on whether this cleanser would work for you. In saying that though, CeraVe does specialise in eczema-approved products.

Pricing and availability


RRP $19.99

Where to buy

How did we test this product?

The members of our editorial team review hundreds of beauty products and reflect on their own personal experiences when testing each one. To test the CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser, our reviewer used it day and night for a few weeks – noting how her skin felt after each use and comparing it to other CeraVe cleansers.

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