Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15
4 fl. oz. for $16.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 is a good, avobenzone-based sunscreen in a standard moisturizing base that is OK for someone with normal to dry skin. The product is fragrance-free; adding antioxidants and a broader array of ingredients that mimic the structure and function of healthy skin would make this good daytime moisturizer superior.


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

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

Weaknesses:No state-of-the-art moisturizers; the original Gentle Skin Cleanser is a dated formula that isn't nearly as elegant or efficacious as many other water-soluble cleansers.

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, but it's disappointing that their SPF-rated products utilize active ingredients that can be a problem for sensitive skin. A mineral-based sunscreen would be a welcome addition for a line that stresses its value for sensitive skin!

We'd have expected the company to keep pace with the latest research into what it takes to create a truly great moisturizer, but that hasn't occurred either, and it could be done while still keeping the products suitable for those with sensitive skin.

As for their original Gentle Skin Cleanser, it is no longer one we recommend. Why? Although we were a champion of this cleanser for years (back when hardly anyone knew about it and good water-soluble cleansers were scarce), the formula has become dated and just isn't worth strong consideration over several other cleansers at the drugstore.

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

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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.

Reviewed by
Sandra W
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