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PRICE: £7.19 (was £8.99) at Boots for 236ml
PACKAGING: Nothing fancy here - what you see is what you get (it's like it looks in the photo). It's a white with blue and green (quite medicinal looking) and has a blue pump-action top. It's big! Yes, you get a lot of product for your money. But this isn't some L'Occitaine Precious cream that you'll want to display proudly on your dressing table. It's functional - but boy does it work (more on that below)
ABOUT THE PRODUCT: Cetaphil claims to be specifically formulated to soothe chronically dry skin. Once applied, skin feels soft and smooth. It is non-greasy, non–irritating and non–comedogenic (won't clog pores), leaving you feeling more comfortable in your own skin.
Purified Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Macadamia Nut Oil, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.
If you're after a 100% natural product, this isn't it. Yet it has been around for years and is recommended by dermatologists. It doesn't have any whizz-bang anti-aging products contained within it; it's a very simple formula really. So if you're looking for your retionols and peptides, you won't find them here. Yet, this is still one of the best moisturisers I've ever used.
MY VIEW: I've used tons of moisturisers over the years. To put my own needs into context for you, I'm 43. I don't have many wrinkles yet, I still get the occasional spot - my skin is combination. I can get oily around the forehead but very dry-feeling on my cheeks (especially in winter). Over time, I've bought everything from Simple to that £70 L'Occitaine Divine Cream. It was nice enough but not worth £70. Just before trying the Cetaphil, I'd spent around another £70 on a number of Vichy products - including Vichy Idealia. The thing is, my skin was feeling very dry and dehydrated and nothing was making much difference - although I did try to up my water intake. Finally I decided to go back to basics. You often read that celebrities use quite simple products, like Ponds. And I believe Jennifer Aniston and Claire Danes use Cetaphil.
From day one, Cetaphil made a difference to my skin. A little goes a long way - it's sort of between a liquid and a cream (a lovely consistency; not thick but not runny either). It's easily absorbed but leaves your skin slightly moist (not greasy though). It's a great base for foundation - and I noticed that my foundation went on better and looked more polished. But the biggest test was that after a day in the office (with the air conditioning on, which normally dries out my skin), my face still felt smooth and comfortable. In my opinion, this is the best moisturiser I've probably ever used (and that includes the L'Occitaine). Experts may say that it's a 'surface' thing, and that the lack of fancy ingredients means it's not doing anything beneficial at the deeper layers for the long term. However, I do wonder about all the anti-aging things they shove into products now. My skin never felt more irritated than when I was chasing that elusive anti-ageing product. And despite all their claims, I never noticed a difference. I did notice (and continue to notice) a difference with Cetaphil. And unlike some of the expensive brands which come in jars with screw tops (thereby letting in air and bacteria and breaking down the effectiveness of the product over time), Cetaphil is preserved by its pump action. I just love this. And I do believe that most of our lines/wrinkles come from UV damage, smoking, drinking, what we eat. No product is a miracle cure for time or genetics. So if you top Cetaphil with a good sun protector, you probably don't need to stress that you've given up on your peptides!
TOP TIP: I have discovered that if you pat a teeny amount of Cetaphil under your eye area after you've finished your makeup, it keeps it looking dewy and hydrated (but won't make your makeup run). Or dot a little along the top of your cheekbone for a lovely dewy look.
TOP TIP 2: Mix together with a little Bio Oil of an evening for a really hydrating overnight skin treat.
After trying lots and lots and lots of products on my very dry, flaky, scratchy and sensitive skin i finally found cetaphil lotion with a great result which was prescribed by my doctor. It stays on my skin for bit longer and make it feel very soft and smooth. I use it almost three times a day after every wash and at night as a night cream. It doesn't give me any allergy and burning feeling like other moisturizers. After founding these good result i started to use it for my baby as well which keeps his soft and supple.
I gave it 4 starts because only the point i don't like about it is it's smell as its medicated product and it's bit pricey but it does it's job very nicely so i would definitely buy this product again and would highly recommend it for those who have extremely dry, flaky and sensitive skin.
I use this on a large post operative (skin graft donor site) scar. It is completely fragrance free. It is 'light' and soaks in quickly, it even soaks into you hands quickly following application. I used the cream version on a scar (skin graft) which I felt needed slightly more TLC as the cream is more expensive. This lotion is a good all rounder, it is not the cheapest when used as body moisturiser but I feel I can trust it. I've had several bottles over the last 3 years and I would still buy it again. Especially good value when purchasing on special offer, great to stock up on and to keep a bottle handy in the home. One application can last all day but subsequent applications can also go straight on top without my skin feeling 'claggy', it still feels clean which is important to me as i'm not a fan of the thick body butter feeling.
I have researched moisturisers more often than a male ought to and tested more than my student budget is comfortable with. However, the appearance of one's face is worth the extra investment of time and money for it is more exposed and under more scrutiny than any other part. Finding Cetaphil was therefore somewhat of a relief. As anyone with sensitive skin will empathise with, dry facial skin not only looks unattractive but is fairly stubborn and delicate. I say 'delicate' because a certain moisturiser may very well cause spots and simply exacerbate the problem, whereas others are more suitable to your particular skin type. Cetaphil has certainly been a good match for mine and is specifically targeted for those with sensitive skin.
Importantly, it is fragrance-free. I personally very much dislike the horrible scents of men's moisturisers from brands such as Nivea and L'Oréal. Moreover, the lotion is not too thick and viscous; it is light and feels fresh and clean. Most significantly, it absorbs quickly and thus does not cause that uncomfortable wet stickiness after application which other brands produce. Rather, after gently rubbing the lotion in it both disappears and begins working rapidly, most useful for the morning rush!
Cetaphil has not picked up a huge following in the UK until more recently because it is not readily available. It can now be purchased in Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy. I have not seen any other places that offer it in-store and it is most likely cheaper to order online. The 236ml bottle costs approximately £6-9 and lasts for a surprising amount of time with only a tiny amount required for each application. This is actually cheaper and better value than those big shelf-filling brands such as L'Oréal which I believe to be substantially inferior to Cetaphil.
Lastly, it is worthwhile to note that the reader ought not to take this review (or any for that matter) as a guarantee that Cetaphil will work for them. Facial skin is delicate and very different for each person; finding the most effective product for your skin type may take some time, but Cetaphil is certainly a good starting point.
I have Cetaphil in a 250ml bottle, and it is a moisturising lotion which is fragrance free, especially for sensitive or dry skin.
It is safe to apply Cetaphil as much as you desire, depending on how dry your skin is.
I have suffered from acne for about 5 years now, and i have went through every medication in order to try and get rid of it for good! Currently, i am using a topical treatment which dries out my face really bad; it causes it to flake on the areas which i apply it. This was a major problem for me, as i can not leave my house without wearing make up, i use foundation to cover up my acne, yet the flakiness brought on by my new treatment meant that it was hard to apply the foundation, and it just looked cakey and horrible!
This all changed when my friend told me about Cetaphil- it has worked wonders! All i do is put it on my face in the morning after i have washed it, then i put my foundation straight on top! I still get a bit of cakey looking effect towards the end of the day, but i am extremely happy with the results from Cetaphil!
Everyone needs a good moisturising lotion and all the ones I have at the moment are just not cutting it. They are either too greasy, leave a nasty film on my skin, break me out in spots, are mattifying and drying, irritates, the list goes on. While searching for a new moisturiser endlessly on the internet, reading review after review about a product I had never heard of before called Cetaphil. Cetaphil is an American brand that has come across to the UK as it is so popular. The magic of the internet means you can search for this moisturiser and pick it up anywhere for a reasonable price.
The reason why I went for this brand of moisturiser and no other was because this moisturiser is good for acne/spot prone skin, good for sensitive skins as no scent is present, lanolin free, which is an ingredient that has been proven to irritate, great for dry skin, none-comedogenic (doesn't cause congestion), good for people with rosacea for its calming effect, and can be used on children due to its pH balance. Cetaphil has clinically been proven to bind moisture back into skin to prevent moisture loss and clinically proven to double moisture levels in the skin after four days of use.
Cetaphil comes in a white bottle that is wider at the base and gradually thins out as it gets to the top. The flip top lid that can be screws off when you need to get to the last of your product out and the lid is blue in colour. Cetaphil logo is green and blue with Cetaphil written in white.
You receive 250ml of product and I bought my bottle from www.chemestonline.co.uk for £6.51. Even though this may seem like a lot of money you need such a small amount of product for it to do it's job properly 250ml will last you a long time, unless you are applying it to your body everyday.
When I tried to pop open the flip lid this was the first problem I encountered, because the lid is very secure when closed I can't seem to be able to open the lid without breaking a nail.
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion is pure white in colour and is quite a thick texture when squeezed out, which I thought was a bit misleading as when I think of a lotion I think of something that is light in texture and not thick at all and wasn't looking forward to using it on my face as I thought it would be too greasy and not for me. Once you have applied it to your skin you will find it is actually turns into a light lotion that glides on smoothly.
Cetaphil has been used by celebrities and makeup artists alike for many years and was once a trade secret to use when celebrities or models come in for photo shoots and their skin wasn't up to scratch being either too dry, irritated, spot prone, flaky and is also used as a great body moisturiser.
It states on the packaging this product is none scented but if you smell it closely, they are right there is no fragrance present at all apart from a clean smell.
You need such a little amount to cover the whole facial area and it can be used up to the lash line as well with no irritation.
Once applied to the skin the lotion melts with your natural body heat and glides on perfectly creating a light lotion that sinks into the skin quickly. Even with a heavier layer Cetaphil sinks in quickly. If applied lightly this moisturiser does not leave any residue however if a heavier layer is applied and you have oily/combination skin like me your body drinks up what it needs and a light layer of moisturiser is left on the skin like a greasy film. When you are satisfied your body has took enough that it needs you can gently tissue off any residue to leave your skin shine free and ready for makeup application.
Makeup applies very smoothly without sliding off through the day and without any streaks.
I find this moisturiser to be great for dry skin, which I don't have often but when I do I know about it.
As it is a heavy/light lotion I find it to be a great barrier with the cold harsh weather and protect my face well without leaving it dry at the end of the day.
The one thing I am disappointed with this lotion is there is no SPF present, so I mix a little of my usual SPF in with my moisturising lotion and I am good to start the day without worrying about damaging my face caused by UVA and UVB rays.
I have applied this to my daughter on her body as she suffers from eczema and have found it to be soothing for her and within a few days her eczema has cleared.
I would recommend this product to everyone with any skin type, especially those with dry skin as your skin will love it. As with acne suffers as you can rest assured while applying your moisturiser it won't clog you up causing more spots.
Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion is a non-greasy formulation designed specifically to soften ans soothe dry, sensitive skin / Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion's unique formula contains emollients and humectants to bind moisture to the skin. Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion can be used all over the body and as it is non-comedogenic, it can be used on the face as well / Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion can be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, acne and rosacea, it is also / and lanolin free / Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion is: ; / , Lanolin free , Suitable for sensitive skin , Non Comedogenic.,