Where can I find CeraVe Healing Ointment in Canada? and Is it the same as CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment? kept coming up when I was searching for Canadian online retail sources for this menopausal skincare story, so a clarification post seems like a good idea. Plus Staff thinks the absurd amount of time my brain spent investigating should count for something, summer notwithstanding. Hope you find this helpful!
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH CERAVE HEALING OINTMENT ?
CeraVe Healing Ointment, an occlusive, ceramide-dosed barrier protectant originally formulated to soothe skin with eczema (see Fun Facts near the end of this post), is enjoying a surge in popularity as an option for a hydration-boosting face-care trick made new again by social media and a memorable moniker: slugging.
Everything about slugging and how it went viral via straight-talking skinfluencer Charlotte Palermino (aka @charlotteparler on Instagram and TikTok, and previously a health-and-beauty writer for Hearst) is in this Washington Post story written by beauty/wellness journalist Janna Mandell.
Basically, though, slugging refers to topping your skincare with a thin layer of petrolatum – Vaseline – before bed to lock moisture in as you slumber. As a Vaseline alternative, CeraVe is 46.5% petrolatum (the gold standard of occlusives), with a side of ceramides and a hit of hyaluronic acid. Ceramides are the draw: a key to a healthy natural moisture barrier, they're especially helpful to compromised skin as well as to complexions with more mileage.
In a four-season climate, slugging is likely more a wintertime activity than summer, when dehydration and dryness aren't as problematic. But posting this now means it'll be here when you need it come Fall. (Fingers crossed we won't have to revisit Aug-tober.)
CeraVe Healing Ointment is sold by lots of US retailers – and officially not available in Canadian stores. But we do have CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment. 👍🏻
IS CERAVE HEALING OINTMENT THE SAME AS CERAVE BABY HEALING OINTMENT?
Well, the ingredients are the same. In the US, CeraVe Healing Ointment and CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment are identical, just wearing different outfits. In Canada, however, the Baby Healing Ointment ingredients, while the same as those in the US, are listed in a different order after petrolatum. That suggests an altered formula, one I suspect might be a touch more suited to our climate.
According to a nice customer-service rep, and later the brand's equally lovely PR agency in Canada, the Canadian CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment has been tweaked to make it more appropriate for delicate baby skin. Let's look.
Is American baby skin different from Canadian baby skin? Is baby skin more delicate than skin with eczema? 🤷🏻♀️ Either way, is the formula difference a Big Deal? As a Not-A-Chemist and Not-A-Scientist, I'm going with maybe Not.
Based on the concept that ingredients are listed in order of percentage of the final product, the Canadian CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment has a bit more water, which gives hyaluronic acid something to work with for hydration, and a higher ceramide content, which helps dehydrated and dry skin retain moisture better. Perhaps that slight ceramide boost serves as a literal Added Bonus during Canadian winters, for babies and not-babies alike?
So the shortest answer is that although CeraVe Healing Ointment and CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment in the USA are exactly the same, CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment in Canada is slightly different. (And maybe better in sub-zero weather?)
WHERE CAN I FIND CERAVE HEALING OINTMENT IN CANADA?
AMAZON Canada (no surprise) is the easiest source of 🇺🇸 CeraVe Healing Ointment ($25 CAD at amazon.ca) in the dark blue packaging BUT read the negative reviews before making an order decision. This seller is an unknown independent; there's zero guarantee the product is authentic. You can try amazon.com, but sellers either won't ship across the border or the pricing is nuts with high delivery fees.
For the real thing, stick to the CeraVe store on Amazon.ca for 🇨🇦 CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment ($12.99 CAD at amazon.ca), shipped and sold by Amazon.com.ca, Inc.
SHOPPERS DRUG MART carries 🇨🇦 CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment ($13.49 CAD at shoppersdrugmart.com) online; best confirm with your local store before heading over. The one in my area has it – for $14.49 CAD ($1 more than on the website).
REAL CANADIAN SUPERSTORE* has 🇨🇦 CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment for $11.99 CAD if you're shopping in person, and via Instacart* if that store is one of your options (service fees apply, plus a tip for your nice shopper).
LONDON DRUGS* has stores in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and can deliver 🇨🇦 CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment ($12.99 CAD at londondrugs.com) across the country.
CERAVE HEALING OINTMENT FUN FACTS
CeraVe Healing Ointment was launched at the end of 2015/ beginning of 2016 as "an appropriate skin care therapy for people with eczema." At the time, the brand was still part of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian company.
L'Oreal bought CeraVe in 2017. In 2021, they updated the existing CeraVe Bébé collection (released in mid-2015) as CeraVe Baby in Canada, too, and included the Healing Ointment in the new Baby packaging.
At some point in Canada, CeraVe Healing Ointment was discontinued – or was never available, according to the press agency. So CeraVe Baby Healing Ointment in bilingual packaging is our most accessible option.
As to whether the Canadian formula is better suited to our winter weather, please share in the comments if you have insight! I'll have to get back to you on the subject. *grin*
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