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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Review

 By: Brittany

The Cetaphil product line has long been one that my family has sworn by for as long as I can remember. I've been using it personally since elementary school and I know cousins who have been using it since they were born. My family loves Cetaphil products! But, is the brand really all that they make it out to be? Below is my Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Review.

What the Cetaphil Daily cleanser claims to do:

  • Ideal for combination to oily skin
  • removes excess surface oils, dirt and makeup
  • Won't dry or dull your skin
  • Safe for sensitive skin

What I like about the cleanser, first and foremost, is that it can be used by essentially any skin type. The bottle itself says that it's made for normal to oily skin and as a girl with oily skin, this is appreciated.  

As for what the facial cleanser says it will do, I'll break it down one-by-one to give a more in-depth explanation of my experience.  

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Claim: Gentle Enough for Daily Use 

This, I can attest for. I used this cleanser for years both morning and night every day and my skin never grew irritated, broke out, or had any other reaction that would have forced me to stop using the product. Although it doesn't lather much, the cleanser is easy to glide across the face and massage into the skin. You really don't need much, either. I usually pumped ½ to ¾ of a full pump onto my fingers and had enough to cover my face, neck, and decollete.  

Claim: Does not strip the skin 

This claim, in my experience, is also true. This is pretty impressive considering how often I used the cleanser. Never in my years of using this product has my face been left feeling dry or tight. This is a promising sign because it shows that natural oils that are necessary for healthy skin were not being picked up and washed off with the cleanser. After washing it off, the cleanser never left any heaviness or leftover product on my skin; therefore, I do believe that it rinsed off properly.  

Claim: Removes surface impurities  

Lastly, this facial cleanser was designed to remove any residue left on the skin: oils, makeup, dirt, etc. This is the one point that I find myself disagreeing with. Quite recently, I realized that I may not be cleaning my face properly. Simply massaging this facial cleanser into my skin may not be as effective as I thought. To test this, I decided to dampen a cotton pad with water and run it across my face after using the facial cleanser. When I looked at the cotton pad, to my chagrin, the white fabric had turned slightly brown. Evidently, the cleanser had not cleaned all of the dirt from my face. Maybe it's time to reevaluate how I clean my skin.

The ingredients in Cetaphil Daily Cleanser:

On cetaphi's website the cleanser ingredients are listed as: 

Water, Glycerin, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Masking Fragrance, Panthenol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben

To me, the ingredient's list is short but not the greatest.  For the price of it being under $7 dollars for a large bottle, It's not surprising. Breaking it down, the ingredients are mostly water and glycerin which is a humectant, thickening agents, preservatives, and some  detergents or surfectants. It does have parabens along with a lot of other preservatives.  It does contain fragrance but it's called masking fragrance.  This is to cover up the scent the product has so that it appears to not have a scent.  Not the best ingredients, but it is simple and will cleanse skin. If you're on a budget and you haven't had any reaction to the ingredients before it's worth a try.

If you decide to go with a different cleanser, one of my favorites is the all clear mint cleanser that works great for calming acne prone skin. 

Final Thoughts:

All in all, the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is pretty good, but I recommend a second cleanser or makeup remover if you are going to be wearing makeup.  I have been using it for a few years so it did become an essential part of my routine. It's gentle, non-irritating, and does a decent job of cleaning the skin.  Because I noticed it doesn't clean my skin completely and the ingredients are pretty basic, I don't think it's the best, but at under $7, it won't hurt to give it a try and let me know what you think yourself!

Always remember: the key to good skin is good skincare that works for you, dedication and consistency, positive attitude, and taking care of yourself mentally too. 

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