Product Comparison

Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser versus The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser .

Last updated on January 25, 2024. Published on October 08, 2020

Overview

What they are

These products are both reef safe face cleansers. They have a total of 4 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin and scar healing

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens or silicones

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Face Cleanser Canadian Brand Canada
Face Cleanser Canadian Brand Canada

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
ph level
5.5
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
ph level
6

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

Vitamin E
Ceramides (3)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (6)
Redness Reducing (4)
Reduces Irritation (3)
Anti-Aging (4)
Scar Healing
Brightening (2)

Concerns

May Worsen Oily Skin
Acne Trigger
Irritating

Notable Ingredients

AHA
Vitamin E

Benefits

Hydrating (3)
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Scar Healing (2)
Brightening (3)

Concerns

Irritating (3)
Rosacea
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Ingredients Compared

Ingredients that are highlighted in purple are present in both products.

Water β€’ Glycerin β€’ Cetearyl Alcohol β€’ Peg-40 Stearate β€’ Stearyl Alcohol β€’ Potassium Phosphate β€’ Ceramide NP β€’ Ceramide AP β€’ Ceramide EOP β€’ Carbomer β€’ Glyceryl Stearate β€’ Behentrimonium Methosulfate β€’ Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate β€’ Sodium Hyaluronate β€’ Cholesterol β€’ Phenoxyethanol β€’ Disodium EDTA β€’ Dipotassium Phosphate β€’ Tocopherol β€’ Phytosphingosine β€’ Xanthan Gum β€’ Cetyl Alcohol β€’ Polysorbate 20 β€’ Ethylhexylglycerin

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

2
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 4.

3
What it does: Antioxidant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Tocopherol (also known as Vitamin E) is a common antioxidant used to help protect the skin from free-radicals and strengthen the skin barrier. It's also fat soluble - this means our skin is great at absorbing it.

Vitamin E also helps keep your natural skin lipids healthy. Your lipid skin barrier naturally consists of lipids, ceramides, and fatty acids. Vitamin E offers extra protection for your skin’s lipid barrier, keeping your skin healthy and nourished.

Another benefit is a bit of UV protection. Vitamin E helps reduce the damage caused by UVB rays. (It should not replace your sunscreen). Combining it with Vitamin C can decrease sunburned cells and hyperpigmentation after UV exposure.

You might have noticed Vitamin E + C often paired together. This is because it is great at stabilizing Vitamin C. Using the two together helps increase the effectiveness of both ingredients.

There are often claims that Vitamin E can reduce/prevent scarring, but these claims haven't been confirmed by scientific research.

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 19.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 15.

4
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 24.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 19.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

50% are loved or liked
4% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
4% have no rating yet
30% are loved or liked
20% have mixed ratings
25% are disliked or very disliked
25% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 24 ingredients

3.6 /5
from 48 reviews
AnneR's Avatar'
Nov 29, 2020

Nice but boring
Skin felt OK but not as hydrated as I was expecting

Nice but boring
Skin felt OK but not as hydrated as I was expecting

sameteamdwight's Avatar'
Mar 9, 2021

Reasonable
This is a fine cleanser but leaves me feeling a little dry. It's the HG for a lot of people but I only use it at night and I feel facial tightness immediately. It is genuinely an okay cleanser and does take off makeup/SPF...

Reasonable
This is a fine cleanser but leaves me feeling a little dry. It's the HG for a lot of people but I only use it at night and I feel facial tightness immediately. It is genuinely an okay cleanser and does take off makeup/SPF adequately but I'm still looking for something a little more... exciting and moisturizing.

OhDearTheBees's Avatar'
Nov 20, 2020

Decent
It not for everyone, yes it cleans the face but it left my skin feeling rather dry and irrated.

Decent
It not for everyone, yes it cleans the face but it left my skin feeling rather dry and irrated.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser 20 ingredients

4.6 /5
from 15 reviews
Someone_Else's Avatar'
Oct 28, 2023

gently removes make-up and excess oil

gently removes make-up and excess oil

CustardBunny's Avatar'
Sep 22, 2023

Godsend for my acne
I previously had a different routine and didnt expect much from this brand as its cheap, but oh my god my acne cleared so much from just a month of this set. Amazing.

Godsend for my acne
I previously had a different routine and didnt expect much from this brand as its cheap, but oh my god my acne cleared so much from just a month of this set. Amazing.

gemmajaws's Avatar'
Jan 10, 2022

Meh
It looks, smells, and feels like you are spreading Elmer’s glue all over your face although it does seem to work as a gentle cleanser. Packaging is good, simplicity of ingredients is nice, as is the price. I've not repurchased it...

Meh
It looks, smells, and feels like you are spreading Elmer’s glue all over your face although it does seem to work as a gentle cleanser. Packaging is good, simplicity of ingredients is nice, as is the price. I've not repurchased it though.

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