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Cetaphil Skin Care was kind enough to send me a personalised skin care kit to review.
I was asked what my skin type is and if I have any concerns. I reported back that my skin type is normal (I have moments of dry skin, like after a microneeding treatment, and an oilier t-zone during “that time of the month”) and that I don’t use any products with dreaded sulphates.
I was sent the following:
- Cetaphil Extra Gentle Daily Scrub
- Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion
- Cetaphil sun SPF50+ Very High Protection Lotion (it also comes in a Gel)
- Cetaphil Rich Night Cream
For someone with aging skin (I am 32 after all), I like to ensure my skin is as hydrated as possible. While products like retinol (or other vitamin A derivatives) assist with reversing the process of aging, keeping your skin hydrated and protected from the sun is the best form of prevention.
I used these products “exclusively” for 8 weeks before writing this post. I did not use any other SPFs, physical exfoliators (I only used my AHA pads, chemical exfoliator, twice or three times during this time), hydrating day creams, hyaluronic acid serums, or super-hydrating night creams. I did still incorporate my vitamin C serums, eye creams, retinol, etc during this time.
I was also super chuffed that the Cetaphil Skin Care Extra Gentle Daily Scrub had no harsh ingredients, such as parabens and sulphates. So often cleansing products do!
Here is my details review of each product…
Cetaphil Skin Care Extra Gentle Daily Scrub
Claims: All skin types, cleanses without over-drying, non-irritating, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, gentle with microfine particles. 178mℓ
My verdict: This is a 5 star physical exfoliator! I have already had 4 readers go purchase the scrub just from hearing about it on my Instagram stories. The micro-fine particles are not bad for the environment, in fact they are made using bamboo. whilst the particles are super fine they still give you a gorgeous exfoliation, mild enough for sensitive skin.
The scrub is also sulphate-free, making it perfect for all skin types – sensitive skin included! The scrub is also infused with skin conditioners and a vitamin complex. My skin feels gently exfoliated (between chemical exfoliators like my beloved AHAs), clean but not stripped of natural oils. I highly recommend it!
Cetaphil Skin Care Daily Hydrating Lotion
Claims: For dry and extra dry skin types, hyaluronic acid, provides immediate and lasting hydration, non-comedogenic, fragrance free, hypoallergenic. 88mℓ
My verdict: This oil-free lotion packs a punch as soon as you use it. It is very hydrating but perfect for day-time use as it doesn’t leave a layer on the skin like some night creams. It is glycerin-rich (high up on the ingredients list) thereby working to moisturise the skin by drawing water from the air into the skin’s outer layer.
The lotion also has hyaluronic acid included in the ingredients, but it is not very high up on the ingredients list. Hyaluronic acid, if you did not know, is the #1 active ingredient for hydration. It can retain up to 1000 times its weight in water! Whilst this lotion is perfect for dry and extra dry skin types, I would still recommend this kind of product to everyone as hydrated skin keeps wrinkles at bay.
Whilst this lotion goes a long way, you only need a small amount to cover your face, at 88mℓ for ±R350 I would say you can find products that work just as well at a better price.
Purchase at Clicks for R359, not currently available on Dischem’s website.
Cetaphil Skin Care Sun SPF50+ Very High Protection Lotion
Claims: SPF50+ with UVA and UVB protection, suitable for all skin types (including sensitive), suitable for body and face, water resistant, hypoallergenic, non-greasy, won’t block pores, suitable under makeup, water-resistant in both freshwater and salt water. 200mℓ
My verdict: Exceptional SPF for your face! I was really sceptical about this one. I wasn’t very comfortable about using an SPF that was suitable for your body and your face. I did some research on it and found that a face-only SPF is recommended as body SPFs are usually not created for skin that is sensitive to irritation. However, this SPF is exactly that. It is formulated for sensitive skin, won’t clog pores and is hypoallergenic. Win!
There is some debate over whether a physical or chemical SPF is better for the skin, and how it affects sensitive skin especially. A chemical sunscreen absorbs into the skin and then absorbs UV rays, converts the rays into heat, and releases them from the body. A physical sunblock sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays.
I asked a specialist what he felt about chemical vs physical sun protection. He says he is not adverse to chemical SPFs (containing benzoates like the Cetaphil Skin Care SPF50+ Very High Protection Lotion) as physical sun block requires a lot of physical protection to get a higher factor, it also creates that white cast which I hate. Where chemical sun protection has previously been seen as not suitable for sensitive skin types, this is not the case with the Cetaphil Skin Care variant. It has been tested and is deemed suitable for sensitive skin types. If you are worried, you can always do a patch test to see if there is any irritation. I highly doubt there will be, though.
I am very particular when it comes to my facial SPF. I use SPF50 every day, as you should be doing so too if you are in South Africa, and that means that it needs to be suitable under makeup and also on a bare face. This SPF leaves no white cast and makes your skin a little bit tacky, but not oily. It’s a match made in heaven.
I used this sunscreen when doing a 13km trail run recently, it was a risky move since I had never run that far before. I am happy, very happy, to report back that it did not run into my eyes with sweat. Ever had sunscreen + sweat trickle into your eyes? Not fun!
My other favourite SPF is a higher end brand and is R250 for 30mℓ, demonstrating how exceptionally priced this SPF is. It will last and age and it fabulous for every day use. Plus with the bang for buck that you get, you can slather it on your chest and shoulders when you have forgotten your body SPF at home. Score!
Cetaphil Skin Care Rich Night Cream
Claims: Suitable for dry and extra dry skin, re-hydrates and gently nourishes skin overnight, strengthens skin’s natural moisture barrier to protect from dryness, formulated with hyaluronic acid, a pro-vitamin complex and olive extract, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, fragrance free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. 50mℓ
My verdict: Bloody amazing! I have also had a few readers buy this already. I was staying at my friend’s house out of town and let her, with very dry skin, try this moisturiser overnight. She went to buy it the very next day! Despite not having very dry skin myself, I love using a very rich, hydrating moisturiser at night. This is especially true after using actives like a retinol serum or an AHA exfoliation. As this product is also fragrance free which will not create any irritation after using actives.
A little goes a long way so the price point is great for what feels like a mask, but is an every day cream. You skin will still have that hydrated sheen the next morning, but I am very okay with that since I am going to cleanse my face anyway. Be sure to let the cream absorb as much as possible before laying your face on your pillow.
Purchase at Clicks for R359 and not currently available on Dischem’s website.
Read: Clicks and Dischem Haul
I really am so chuffed with the products that were sent to me. I have never used Cetaphil before, shock, I know. I will definitely repurchase every thing showcased in this post except for the Daily Hydrating Lotion which I will purchase if I need an extra hydration boost.
While I love my pricier, high-end products, Cetaphil is a great, affordable brand that does deliver results!
*Disclaimer: I was gifted these products and paid for the partnership in return for a blog post and social media posts. The views on the post are not influenced by the sponsorship, they are true and my own.