Cetaphil Skin Care Review

A few weeks ago I was kindly sent some samples from a skincare brand called Cetaphil. Before we begin I would like to stress that this post is not sponsored in any way. I was sent these with no obligations to do anything further.
I do like to do a bit of digging and researching before I write my posts to try and find out as much as I can about the brand or product I am writing about. For this post, Wikipedia was my best friend as it gave me a lot of useful information on both Cetaphil and it's parent company. If you would like to know more about either, you can find that information here.

Who is Cetaphil?

Cetaphil is a line of skin care products from Galderma Laboratories. The range includes; bar soap, cream, lotions, cleansers & moisturizers. Its target audience is people with dry, sensitive or acne-prone skin, an alternative to harsher soaps. 
It is highly known for its line of scent-free lotion and moisturizers. It is oil-free and can be applied to all types of skin because of its simplicity and non-harsh chemical build up.
I was able to find a list of Cetaphil ingredients on their Wikipedia page which are as followed; water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearyl alcohol, methylparaben, propylparaben & butylparaben. 
They sent me their mini trio which includes a cleanser, face moisturizer & body lotion. I do quite like sets like this, as you get a chance to try before you buy. There have been countless times where I spend money on a full sized product to not have it work on my skin, so things like this do make me very happy. 

What are the products?

First up we have the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. This is said to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. It is for sensitive or dry skin, fragrance-free & non-comedogenic. It retails for €15.15 over at McCabes Pharmacy.
The benefits and features of this product are as followed:
  • Clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. Quick absorption and long-lasting hydration of the (outer-most layer of the skin).
  • Helps maintain skin's natural protective barrier which provides immediate soothing and softening.
  • Fragrance-free and lanolin-free formulation, appropriate for the sensitive or dry skin.
  • Specifically formulated to hydrate sensitive or dry skin.
  • Recommended to re-hydrate damaged skin associated with common skin conditions and following dermatological treatments.
Next up we have the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. This is great for daily makeup removal. Originally formulated for dermatologists, this cleanser is gentle on your skin and sensitive to your skin’s needs. This cleanser retails for €15.15 also over at McCabes Pharmacy. 
The benefits and features of this product are as followed:
  • Daily cleansing of the sensitive or dry skin
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Recommended as a gentle, non-irritating daily cleanser for sensitive and dry skin.
  • Soap-free formula removing dirt, make-up and other impurities without drying the skin.
  • Helps skin retain needed moisture.
  • Leaves skin feeling soft smooth and healthy. 
  • Soothes and softens as it cleans.
  • PH balanced for effective and gentle cleansing.
  • Gentle yet effective skin cleansing even for baby skin.
  • Recommended for the cleansing of damaged skin associated with common skin conditions and following dermatological treatments.
Lastly, we have the Cetaphil Moisturising Cream. This contains a system of extra-strength emollients and humectants clinically proven to bind water to the skin and prevent moisture loss. This retails for €13.99 from Boots.
The features and benefits of this product are as followed: 
 • Intense and lasting moisture to replenish sensitive, dry skin — great for very dry skin
• Clinically proven to provide immediate, long-lasting hydration that soothes dry, sensitive skin
• Unique formula attracts water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss 
• Quick absorbing, rich, non-greasy
• Fragrance-free, mild, non-irritating

What are my opinions on these products?

Now that we have all of that information out of the way, it's time to get on to what I actually think of the products.
To start, my skin is extremely sensitive. I do break out from most new skin care products & have to be very careful about what I use but luckily, that wasn't the case with these. The fact that I didn't wake up with a tomato red face already earns this brand one point in my book, but in saying that, every skin is different and may react to different things. For me though, the sensitive skin label on these products definitely rings true.
Apart from being sensitive, it's also very dry, especially around my nose, jaw, and mouth. The rest of my face is sort of ok but can get bad at times. So as you can imagine it is mega important for me to have a lot of moisture on my face (and rest of my body) but to be honest, these products didn't give me the moisture I was really hoping for.
Don't get me wrong, they were moisturizing, but my usual go-to moisturizer and cleanser are from Simple, and I personally just think they do a better job. And they are half the price of the Cetaphil ones. That is however just my personal opinion. I do think they are good products, but they just didn't work as well as my everyday products.
Another thing I suffer from is redness, especially around my nose, chin & forehead. I noticed over the course of the two weeks that my redness decreased dramatically. I'm not entirely sure why it helped my redness, but it did and for that, I'm very grateful.
For me, the moisturizing cream seems a bit strange as the benefits and features are nearly identical to the moisturizing lotion. I know the cream is for body only and one could argue that they have different creams for different purposes, but the lotion can be used on both face and body and gives the exact same results, so for me, I'm not sure I personally would buy the full size of both.
I personally stopped using the cream once I realized it was the same thing as the lotion except for body only. 
Overall, I think these products are actually really good & I thoroughly enjoyed the mini trios but I don't think I'll be purchasing the full size of these products as I do prefer my normal everyday stuff. I do however have quite a bit of product left in the mini's as Cetaphil sent me two of each (thank you!) so I do think I'll continue using these alongside my everyday skin products as like I said, it cleared up my redness amazingly.
In saying that, I do think I will try some other products from Cetaphil as I was pleasantly surprised at how well it reacted with my skin.
Have you ever tried anything from Cetaphil? Leave me know in the comments below.

* I should probably point out that I used these skin products for two weeks, didn't wear any makeup and only used a small dab of Clean & Clears face wash, so there is nothing that would affect the results. 


  1. Awesome review! I have super sensitive and dry skin that reddens easily so it was so interesting to me seeing how your skin reacted to it :D the minis sound really great, I love that I don't have to purchase a full size to try it, so can trial it for less. Gorgeous blog and photos! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (I would love to follow each other on bloglovin if you like :D)

    1. Thank you! Yes I absolutely love minis, so good for travelling too! Aw thank you so much, will definitely follow you on bloglovin xx