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Beauty product of the week: Cetaphil gentle cleanser

Posted: 14 September 2018 12:14 pm

Switching back over to Cetaphil has given me the best skin of my life.

Why we love this product

If you've been a teenager in the last 30 years, then you've probably tried or at least heard of Cetaphil. Famous for its gentle skin cleanser, Cetaphil is one of those brands recommended for problematic teenage skin.

As a kid, my breakouts weren't bad. My main problem was blackhead-ridden, hyper-oily skin. On the advice of doctors, pharmacists, friends and my mum, I turned to this cleanser to help normalise my teenage skin. Unfortunately, I had terrible results. I needed something harsher, more abrasive and drying to clear out my blocked pores. This product was not the answer for me.

It's been more than 10 years since that time and I now review beauty products for a living. Recently, I was on the hunt for a new cleanser. The one I had been using was $120 and I really don't believe I was getting $120 of value out of that product, so it was time to find something new. After receiving a press kit for Cetaphil, I decided to give it another go. These days, my number one skin concern is ageing rather than congestion so I was hoping for a better result this time.

I'm happy to report that my renewed interest in Cetaphil has paid off in a big way. Owing significantly (but not entirely) to my switch back to Cetaphil, I now have the best skin I've ever had.

Cetaphil's gentle skin cleanser cleans your skin without drying it out. It's so gentle in fact, that you don't actually have to wash it off. This product cleans all the dirt off your skin, even my heaviest makeup, without stripping the moisture and water from your skin. Used in tandem with my Face Halo, my skin feels, fresh, bright and clear, and I never get that tight stingy feeling.

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Containing just eight ingredients, it's easy to understand how this product works and exactly what goes into it. Full disclosure, this product does contain parabens – additives that stop mould from growing – so you may want to steer clear if you have an issue with those. I personally don't, I like well-preserved and mould-free beauty products.

There's nothing fancy in here. No vitamin C, no rich oils, no lactic acids or other resurfacers, no retinol. And I think this is a big part of the reason why I am really loving this product. All my serums and moisturisers have a strong buffet of high-performance ingredients, so I just see no need for my cleanser to have them too. It's nice to be able to wash my face with something simple, with no irritants, and give my complexion a bit of a break.

Since the switch, my skin is plumper, smoother and my pores are smaller. It's also helped to bring the luminosity back into my skin, now that I'm no longer stripping off all the natural moisture.

I now know why people around the world, and celebrities like Pharrell Williams, swear by the product.


At just $17 a for a 500mL bottle, you would be hard-pressed to find a more affordable cleanser in my opinion. Especially if you're looking for something dermatologically formulated and with proven results.

So when and where can you buy it?

You can shop Cetaphil at Priceline or your local supermarket.

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