AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
- Made For: All Skin Types
- Helps With: Hydration; Sun Protection
The AM and PM Facial Moisturizing Lotions are a hydrating duo of face lotions for all skin types that are formulated with beneficial ingredients like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and ceramides. They also take on vital roles in an acne treatment regimen by alleviating common side effects of prescription creams, such as redness, dryness, and irritation.
Moisturizer and sunscreen are two essential steps in any skincare routine for healthy-looking skin. To help keep things simple, you can use a facial moisturizer that includes broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, like our AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. Facial moisturizers with sunscreen allow you to hydrate your skin and help protect it from the sun’s rays in one convenient step. However, sunscreens must be reapplied at least every two hours for sunscreen protection.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizer is a morning skincare multitasker that moisturizes and nourishes your skin while helping to absorb and reflect the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. It’s formulated with three essential ceramides, along with hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing niacinamide, InVisibleZinc™ Technology (microfine zinc oxide), and our MVE technology—which releases a steady stream of moisturizing ingredients for continuous, all-day hydration.
Our moisturizer with SPF 30 sunscreen offers both chemical and mineral sun protection, spreads easily and evenly, and is formulated to help maintain the skin’s protective barrier. This formula is lightweight and non-comedogenic (meaning it won’t clog your pores), which makes it an ideal pick for all skin types. Allergy-tested, oil free.
Key Features & Benefits
Recommended by the Skin Cancer FoundationThe Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation for Daily Use
InvisibleZinc™ TechnologyMicrofine zinc oxide that spreads easily, dries with a clear finish
Non-ComedogenicWon't clog pores
Fragrance FreeFragrance-free formula
CeramidesHelps restore your skin's natural barrier, helping to keep moisture in and harmful elements out.
Hyaluronic AcidEssential for maintaining skin's moisture balance. Helps give skin a smooth, plump texture.
NiacinamideMay help calm skin, reduce transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and increase moisture in skin’s uppermost layer.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: HOMOSALATE (10%), MERADIMATE (5%), OCTINOXATE (5%), OCTOCRYLENE (2%), ZINC OXIDE (6.3%)
INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: WATER, NIACINAMIDE, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, BEHENTRIMONIUM METHOSULFATE, DIMETHICONE, BHT, CERAMIDE NP, CERAMIDE AP, CERAMIDE EOP, CARBOMER, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, METHYLPARABEN, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, CHOLESTEROL, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PROPYLPARABEN, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, HYDROLYZED HYALURONIC ACID, PHYTOSPHINGOSINE, XANTHAN GUM
Please be aware that ingredient lists for the products of our brand are updated regularly. Please refer to the ingredient list on your product package for the most up-to-date list of ingredients to ensure it is suitable for your personal use.
How To Use
How To Steps
1Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure
2Reapply at least every 2 hours
Time of Day:
- Unlock the pump for first time use by twisting it to the left and pressing down several times until the product comes out. (Note: You may actually have to press down on the pump as many as 10-20 times to initially begin dispensing lotion.)
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating
- For children under 6 months of age, consult a doctor
- Sun Protection Measures: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad-spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher, along with other sun protection measures, including:
- Limit time in the sun (especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses
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Frequently Asked Questions
When should I use this sunscreen moisturizer?
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. It should be applied to clean skin every morning as the final step in your skincare routine. If you wear makeup, apply it after CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion, once the product is fully absorbed. For sunscreen protection, always reapply at least every two hours.
How long should I wait to go outside after applying this product?
Apply CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion liberally 15 minutes before heading outdoors. This is the approximate amount of time it takes for your skin to fully absorb the sunscreen ingredients and begin providing protection from the sun’s damaging rays.
Do I need to reapply CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion?
When using this (or any) sunscreen product, it’s important to reapply at least every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating. In addition to reapplying sunscreen as recommended, other sun protection measures should also be followed. This includes avoiding sun exposure during peak hours, seeking shade whenever possible, and wearing protective clothing. If you’ll be swimming or sweating, we recommend using a water-resistant sunscreen for your face and body, such as CeraVe Hydrating Sheer Sunscreen.
Does this moisturizer with sunscreen include chemical or mineral sunscreen ingredients?
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is a hybrid sunscreen formula, meaning it contains both chemical and mineral sunscreen ingredients. Chemical sun filters work by absorbing the sun’s rays, and mineral sun filters (like zinc oxide) work by reflecting sun rays off the skin’s surface. To learn more about these two types of sunscreen ingredients, visit our guide to mineral vs. chemical sunscreens.
Who should use CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion?
Protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays is essential at any age, including during the winter or when staying indoors. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion offers both hydration and sun protection in one straightforward skincare step. This makes it a convenient option for anyone seeking a simple, yet effective way to help care for their skin. This formula is also non-greasy and non-comedogenic (which means it doesn’t clog pores), making it suitable for all skin types. Always remember to reapply as directed to maintain sun protection.
What’s the difference between moisturizer with sunscreen and a standard face sunscreen?
These two types of skincare products can offer multiple benefits for your skin. In general, moisturizers with sunscreen (SPF) are moisturizers that have sunscreen ingredients built into their formulas. They can be used as a sunscreen if reapplied as directed. Standard face sunscreens, on the other hand, are formulated for the primary purpose of sun protection. When it comes to specific ingredients and benefits, this can vary depending on the formula you choose.
When used correctly per the instructions on the ingredient label, moisturizers with sunscreen and standard face sunscreens can both help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends choosing sunscreen products that include broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher, along with additional sun protection measures.1
Should I use CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion or Hydrating Sheer Sunscreen?
Both of these formulas make great options for your daily skincare routine. They feature three essential ceramides, broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen, and both mineral and chemical sun filters to absorb and reflect the sun’s harmful rays. These formulas are developed with dermatologists, non-comedogenic, and suitable for all skin types. When used consistently, and in combination with the other sun protection measures described above, they can help protect your skin from sun damage. Additionally, these hydrating formulas help promote a complexion that looks and feels its best.
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion is a daytime face moisturizer with sunscreen that combines hydration and sun protection into one convenient step. This makes it an excellent morning multitasker for anyone who wants to simultaneously moisturize and help protect their skin, while keeping their routine simple. Remember to reapply as directed if used as primary sun protection.
CeraVe Hydrating Sheer Sunscreen, on the other hand, is a hybrid sunscreen formula that can be used on your face and body. It’s water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, which makes it an ideal choice for anyone who is spending a lot of time in the sun, swimming, or sweating. For additional help choosing the right products for your skin’s needs, head to our Skincare Solution Finder.
Should I use CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion or PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion?
Our AM and PM Facial Moisturizing Lotions make the ideal hydrating duo for all skin types, including sensitive skin and oily skin. We recommend using both, one in the morning and one at night. When used together, our AM and PM moisturizers provide continuous hydration and can help support smooth, radiant, and healthy-looking skin. Both products are formulated with beneficial ingredients like niacinamide, hyaluronic, acid, and three essential ceramides to help maintain your skin’s protective barrier.
1. “Tips to Stay Safe in the Sun: From Sunscreen to Sunglasses.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 10 Sept. 2021.