Whether you’re looking to prevent TEWL, an inexpensive lip balm, or an all-purpose ointment, you’ve most likely heard of these two products. Below we discuss what makes them unique from one another so you can make an informed purchase (and not get stuck with a giant tube you hate)!
Feel & Texture
Out of the tube, both ointments feel pretty similar. CeraVe is a white-ish color but goes on transparent like the Aquaphor. They both spread well once warmed up in your fingers.
I would say the biggest difference is that Aquaphor – Healing Ointment Skin Protectant is more prone to be affected by the weather. In the summer, when the tube is exposed to warmer temperatures, the ointment turns more liquid-y and is easier to push out of the tube, whereas in the winter it goes back to a more solid consistency and can be difficult to squeeze out. It also retains its tackiness, especially if spread thickly. Think of the texture somewhere between a tacky lip gloss and straight Vaseline.
In contrast, the CeraVe – Healing Ointment is pretty immune to weather changes and will remain the same texture unless exposed to very extreme temperatures. When you warm it up on your fingers it is super easy to glide over your skin and thin out. It doesn’t drag. When applied thinly, the tackiness is almost non-existent.
Both have a little bit more than 40% petrolatum (Vaseline).
Both have mineral oil as 2nd ingredient.
Both have panthenol (a B vitamin).
The Aquaphor contains lanolin as its main emollient, aided by a little bit of glycerin acting as a humectant. This product’s one and only antioxidant is bisabolol – an extract derived from the chamomile plant. That’s pretty much it. The ingredient list for this product is super simple.
The CeraVe concentrates more on skin-nourishing ingredients and a more sophisticated texture (hence the lack of tackiness when thinned out). It has 4 different kinds of ceramides (ceramide 1, ceramide 3, ceramide 6-II, & phytosphingosine), cholesterol, proline (an amino acid), and hyaluronic acid (a humectant). It also contains dimethicone and a bunch of other texture-enhancing ingredients!
Which do I prefer?
Honestly, I use both. I have found the Aquaphor makes a great overnight lip balm when used after an essence/moisturizer on the lips and hands. The tackiness works in its favor and the lanolin and glycerin are very effective at moisturizing.
The CeraVe makes a horrible lip balm, IMO. The silky smooth texture is super luxe but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t leave my lips as soft. BUT the texture and skin-replenishing ingredients make it a great occlusive seal for all the skincare products I use on the rest of my face and it doesn’t leave my pillow a tacky mess!
This article was taken from Cherie to make it available to everyone, credit to user @Ali_Vrot