Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion fits in nicely with Cetaphil’s range of simple, fragrance-free moisturizers for face and body. The Daily Advance version isn’t all that advanced, but it is a good option for dry to very dry skin types needing a bland yet effective moisturizer to ease and prevent dryness. The sole antioxidant is vitamin E (not too inventive and rather lonely), but the amount is more reasonable than what’s seen in many expensive moisturizers that brag about their vitamin E content (Lancome, we’re looking at you). This claims to be fragrance-free, but contains fragrance in the form of farnesol, an alcohol whose floral odor contributes to the smell of many essential oils, including citronella. Farnesol in this small amount isn’t likely to cause problems, but its presence makes the company’s fragrance-free claim inaccurate. Compared to Cetaphil’s longstanding Moisturizing Cream, Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion has a creamier texture and slightly greasy feel on skin.
Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion is clinically proven to hydrate for 24 hours. The moisturizing formula is fast-acting, long-lasting, and helps moisturize extra dry skin. Non-greasy, non-irritating, non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion is an ideal full body moisturizer.
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Stearoxytrimethylsilane, Stearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Farnesol, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
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 (the company's Web site mentions this consistently), 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.