Daily Advance Ultra Hydrating Lotion
16 fl. oz. for $15.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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® Lotion is designed for all-over body use - head to toes. It is fast acting, long lasting and great on even the toughest, extra-dry skin.


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

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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Member Comments
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Recommend it to patients

I use this 1-2 times daily. I find that putting it on while my skin is still damp from the shower truly unlocks it's potential. It's easier to apply and is not at all greasy once the skin has dried. It leaves my skin so soft. I have keratosis Pilaris and this is the only non-medicated cream I currently use. I also recommend it to my patients who have eczema or irritated skin. Another emollient plus cetaphil works great.

Reviewed by
Katie w.

I got this as a sample product. Just like the Cop's review, this is a very simple moisturizer. Very ordinary. I use it as an occasional hand cream. I appreciate the fact that they don't make absurd claims like other brands though.

Reviewed by
Karla K
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