CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion vs. CeraVe Baby Lotion: What's the best choice for all ages?

The baby version is a great option for people of all ages because it includes beneficial ingredients like niacinamide, allantoin, and vitamin E.

My Q&A with Dr. Gupta got me thinking about something…should I start using more baby products? I’m not talking about doing a full sweep, of course, but just making some small adjustments here and there. One such product I’ve been considering is CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. It’s an oldie but goodie that I’ve been using for a long time now, but the “baby” version of this product seemed like it could be a an even better option.

Before we get any further, please indulge me as I explain a bit of the backstory that led to this new (very blue) photo…it all has to do with the following quote.

This pretty much describes how I feel about the world of skin care. Not all skin care products are wonderful. All you have to do is search for “vitamin C serum” on Amazon, and you’ll see thousands of options from questionable companies. It’s that overwhelming-ness that first led me to start this blog, and that continues to make me more likely to trust brands like CeraVe over generic options. CeraVe’s products make sense to me right away—like one times one, not one hundred times one thousand. They’re not trying to be something more than they should be, and that’s what makes them as beautiful as blue roses in my mind…like Laura in Tennessee Williams’s classic play, The Glass Menagerie.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion vs. CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion

This is all my long-winded way of explaining why I chose to take a picture of my trusty old bottle of CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion against a backdrop of blue roses. Still, sometimes I wonder if I could be getting more out of the minimal skin care products that I do use. That’s why I chose to conduct this comparison and ask my dad for his input on the matter.

Without further ado, let’s get into this comparison of CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion vs. CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion ingredients

CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion ingredients

Upon first glance, it looks like the main difference between these two products is that the baby version doesn’t contain any parabens. Instead, it uses EDTA as its preservative. The baby lotion also contains some extra ingredients that the adult version does not, including niacinamide (which is included in the CeraVe PM moisturizing lotion). It also lists dimethicone as an active ingredient, for use as a skin protectant.

CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion vs CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion ingredient comparison

I ran my script on these two products to see how their ingredients stacked up against each other. Here were the results.

Ingredients in CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion but not in CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion:

cetostearyl alcohol, lauric acid, zinc citrate, edta, allantoin, behentrimonium methosulfate, emulsifying wax, polygylceryl-3 diisotearate, arginine pca, tocopheryl acetate, sodium pca, niacinamide

The good:

The neutral:

  • cetostearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol, used to increase the viscosity (thickness) of formulas. It is also used to create a luxurious velvety feel.
  • emulsifying wax: used as a way to bind oil and water together (emulsify them).
  • polygylceryl-3 diisotearate: used as an emulsifier and conditioning agent
  • arginine pca: used as a humectant and conditioning agent

The (maybe?) not so good

Ingredients in CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion that are missing in CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion:

polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate, glycerin, polysorbate 20, behentrimonium methosulfate and cetearyl alcohol, disodium edta, propylparaben, ceteareth-20 and cetearyl alcohol, methylparaben

ingredients in both CeraVe products:

xanthan gum, dimethicone, hyaluronic acid, dipotassium phosphate, ceramide 6-ii, phytosphingosine, cetyl alcohol, purified water, potassium phosphate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sodium lauroyl lactylate, carbomer, cholesterol, ceramide 3, ceramide 1

It looks like these products both contain the same trio of ingredients that is in most CeraVe Products: the ceramides (6-ii, 3, and 1), phytosphingosine, and cholesterol. Hyaluronic acid is also in both lotions.

My Dad the Chemist’s review of CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion vs. CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I sent my dad these two ingredient lists, with CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion (adult version) as Product 1 and CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion as Product 2. Here’s what he had to say.

My dad also likes the baby version of the CeraVe lotion better, mainly because it contains a higher amount of dimethicone (enough to list as an active ingredient in the baby lotion). He also says that this could make it a pricier product.

The FDA allows product labels to list some types of ingredients as “active” ingredients if they’re included at the listed percentages in this document. For example, if a product contains between 1 and 30 percent dimethicone, it can list this as an active ingredient for “skin protectant” purposes.

The same goes for allantoin at a concentration that falls somewhere from 0.5 to 2 percent. It’s interesting that the CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion contains allantoin, but doesn’t list it under “active ingredients”—does this mean that it doesn’t contain enough of this ingredient to meet the minimum threshold to list it as an active skin protectant ingredient (0.5 percent)? Perhaps, or perhaps not. Everything is purely speculation at this point. Other skin protectants include colloidal oatmeal, glycerin, lanolin, and petrolatum. Read the full list here.

My dad also liked that the CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion included some beneficial ingredients like niacinamide, allantoin, and vitamin E, which he says will provide additional benefits to the skin.

Baby soft skin, here we come

It turns out in this your skin (and mine) could probably benefit from using the slightly pricier CeraVe Baby Daily Moisturizing Lotion rather than the regular CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Just because a product is labeled for “babies” doesn’t mean that adults can’t use it, too. After I finish up my current bottle of my regular lotion, I think I’ll switch over to the baby version just because it contains all those extra goodies (niacinamide, allantoin, etc.).

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