As a skincare editor, I've thoroughly tested moisturizers from both the Clinique and CeraVe lines. While both brands effectively hydrate the skin, there are notable differences when it comes to ingredients, suitability for skin types, and value.
A key similarity is that both Clinique and CeraVe formulate their moisturizers without common irritants like fragrances and dyes. However, Clinique relies more on botanical ingredients while CeraVe uses ceramides to repair the skin barrier.
For example, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion contains glycerin, soy extract and citrus derivatives to hydrate skin. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion has ceramides, hyaluronic acid and glycerin to strengthen and plump skin.
Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream focuses on anti-aging with peptides and collagen-boosting extracts. CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream hydrates with ceramides and peptides for barrier repair overnight.
For eyes, Clinique All About Eyes Rich soothes with botanicals like cucumber extract and shea butter. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream hydrates the delicate eye area using ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
In terms of texture, Clinique moisturizers tend to be lighter gels and lotions that absorb quickly. CeraVe moisturizers have a thicker, creamier feel that provides richer hydration.
Based on reviews, fans love Clinique for lightweight moisture ideal for oilier skin but not always intensive enough for very dry skin. CeraVe earns praise for repairing dryness and skin conditions like eczema thanks to its ceramides and hyaluronic acid.
The biggest difference is in price - Clinique moisturizers can cost $20 to $60 more than CeraVe for the same size container. However, Clinique invests heavily in research and development to justify their premium prices.
In summary, those with normal to oily skin who want lightweight botanical hydration may prefer Clinique. People with very dry or damaged skin need the richest ceramide repair CeraVe offers. Both provide quality moisturization but CeraVe is better value for extremely dry skin.
Tom is the founder and editor of TheDermDetective.com where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.