Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
4 fl. oz. for $16.99
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is one of Cetaphil's older products, and not much about it has changed over the years. In this case, that means that the formula now doesn't match up to some of the best facial moisturizers with sunscreen out there (including many at the drugstore), which is why it only earns an average, two-star rating.

Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 comes in an opaque plastic bottle with a pump-style dispenser. It has a lightweight, lotion texture that isn't greasy, and is fragrance-free. While Cetaphil says it's non-irritating (and that will be the case for most skin types), the synthetic sunscreen actives included do have the potential to irritate very sensitive skin.

The formula itself is fairly standard, with no real standout ingredients to speak of; the majority are beneficial emollients and some preservatives, with the antioxidant tocopheryl acetate near the end of the list. As far as the sunscreen, this does provide broad-spectrum protection with an in-part avobenzone formula, but that protection only goes up to SPF 15. The prevailing recommendation is that your daytime sun protection product be rated SPF 30 or greater, with SPF ratings between 25 and 30 falling into the acceptable range. This revised recommendation is due to the fact that most do not apply sunscreen liberally enough to earn the stated level of protection on the label; therefore, a higher SPF rating will be more advantageous.

Overall, this is just an average moisturizer with sunscreen that is outperformed by many of its competitors, which you can find on our list of Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen.

  • Fragrance-free.
  • Lightweight formula isn't greasy.
  • Contains beneficial emollients.
  • Only provides SPF 15 sun protection.
More Info:

Sunscreens Rated SPF 15: A growing body of current research has demonstrated that it's better to use a sunscreen rated SPF 20 or greater to ensure adequate defense against the sun's aging UV rays. SPF 15 is an option, but only if you're willing to apply liberally and your skin will be seeing five hours of daylight or less. While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients. Applying an SPF 15-rated sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. Plus, this layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection even if you're not applying liberally.

For a list of UVA sunscreen actives, see the Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary entry on PaulasChoice.com.


Under your makeup or after shaving, Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 is a gentle moisturizer suitable for all skin types. Daily use improves your skin's ability to retain vital moisture.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (10%), Other: Water, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer 940, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine

Brand Overview

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.  Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!

If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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It's alright

The moisturizer does not burn my skin because i have oily skin. But I don't know how I feel about this moisturizer, I feel like my skin after is very greasy. I would recommend acne.org regimen if you have acne it's AMAZING you won't regret buying, it has helped thousands of people and now they have clear skin. Go check their page at acne.org trust me you will thank me later (;

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Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

Feels emollient, soothing and hydrating. For my oily skin it provides too much of a shine otherwise it would have been rated higher. Overall I thin it's a great value, and product worth trying.

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Sarah W.
eww, stings

I heard many good reviews about this product so i bought it and ITS SO BAD IT STINGS! But i still continuously use it to see if my skin could adapt to it for weeks, the sting never subside and burns too.. and my acne seem to flare and then i threw it aside .. i just can't.

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only moisturizer that worked

I had red patchy flaky skin on my face. Not even the creams the doctor gave me worked. I was buying moisturizers like they were going out of style, until I asked the pharmacist and he said this was the best moisturizer there was. He was right. I've been using it for years daily and now I only need it weekly, if that, to keep my skin feeling super soft and smooth. I love my cetaphil. it does burn if i put it on too quickly after a shower but my skin is very sensitive.

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Sandra W
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