Sebamed: Europe’s Answer to Cerave?

I am sure that everyone who is seriously into skin care and is an avid follower of it on social media has heard of CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser or CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. Unfortunately for us in Europe, as far as I have researched, we cannot obtain this produce as there doesn’t seem to be any European distributors.

After seeing it constantly raved about by YouTube makeup guru’s, I was really hankering to try it. The problem is, if I order it from America then I have to pay around €20 import tax and that is IF they would deliver to Cyprus where I live.

What to do what to do! I realized that I had to buy the next best thing but it was difficult to find a facial cleanser that doesn’t contain harmful ingredients such as alcohol that has some anti-ageing benefit. Then one day while visiting my local drugstore, I remembered that over here in Cyprus drug stores stock up on a variety of brands that focus on non-irritating skin washes so I headed over to the skin section and began reading the ingredients on the facial washes.

One of the most important ingredients to me that made me attracted to CeraVe is Niacinamide so this is what I was looking for as I read the backs of the products. I wanted something that did not contain alcohol or any other harmful chemicals that was going to strip my skin of its natural oils which leave my skin tight and dry and I wanted ingredients that would benefit my skin rather than be just a basic face wash.

Let’s be straight; I am just not going to spend €30 on a face wash that doesn’t stay on the skin, especially when I know there are cheaper and effective facial cleansers like CeraVe out there. It was also important to me to find a more gentle approach to face cleansing as I had recently began using Tretinoin.

It is important that I mention that I never use a facial wash to remove makeup; I have a 4 step cleansing program for removing makeup and the 3rd cleanse is when I use the face wash which is to remove anything that is left on my face from the previous 2 steps. When I am not wearing makeup (I don’t wear makeup every day) I use a face wash morning and night to clean my face to remove sunscreens from the day and to cleanse my face of the serums and creams I have used at night.

After checking the various washes I came across Sebamed Face and Body Wash for Sensitive Skin and it contains Niacinamide and various other vitamins. Ok, it does not contain the Hyaluronic acid that CeraVe does but I decided I could live with that.

I bought the 200ml bottle and went home, excited for when I could use it on the night (yes, I know I’m sad).

From the first time that I used this product I noticed how soft the skin on my face felt; it didn’t feel dry and tight and did a good job of cleaning my skin of the sunscreen that I am frequently applying throughout the day.  You literally need a small, pea sized amount of product and this is sufficient to wash the whole face.  It doesn’t really produce a lather but the product is visible on your skin.

6 months of using this product and it has continued to perform excellently, leaving my face with a plump appearance and hydrated feeling.  I still have half a bottle left so it is truly economical.  Another great thing is that this product can easily be found in many American stores so if any of my American readers want to try this you can!

There are times that I haven’t applied my skin products until hours after I have washed my face and there has never been an oil film on my combination, very oily T-Zone skin. Usually when I have done this in the past using other face washes my face was like an oil slick. This is a clear sign that this face cleanser does not strip the skin of its natural oils as the skin does not then overproduce oil to compensate due to the attack on its natural balance. This is something that I learned later in life; however oily your skin type, do not use harsh products to cleanse your skin; use products that are going to work in harmony with your skin and then you will not have an overproduction of sebum. Not only will this help to balance your skin but it will protect it in later years from premature ageing.

So let’s look at the description that the Sebamed website gives for this product:

Soap-free face and body wash with pH value of 5.5 of healthy skin for ensure the maintenance of moisture balance in the skin.”

*Supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle
*With the pH value of 5.5 of healthy skin

Product features:
*100% soap and alkali-free
*Gentle deep cleansing of the pores
*Natural moisturizers, Allantoin and Pentavitin leave skin soft and smooth
*Panthenol regenerates the skin
*Unique after washing feeling – skin feels clean, soft and supple
*Economical in-use: one drop sufficient to wash face and hands
*Good skin tolerance

Ingredients for Sebamed Face and Body Wash for Sensitive Skin 

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Laureth-2, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glycol Distearate, Fragrance (Parfum), Saccharide Isomerate, Allantoin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Pyridoxine HCI (Vitamin B6), Glycine, Magnesium Aspartate, Alanine, Lysine, Leucine, Biotin (Vitamin H), Glycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Citrate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Yellow 10 (CI 47005), Blue 1 (CI 42090)

Ingredients for CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Purified Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

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