Moisturizing Cream
16 fl. oz. for $13.49
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:04.08.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Moisturizing Cream is a thicker version of Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion. The fragrance-free, gentle formula is a workable but somewhat average choice for dry to very dry skin that is sensitive. The tiny amount of vitamin E is likely inconsequential for skin, but even if it was present in a greater amount if cannot remain stable once this jar-packaged moisturizer is opened. Jar packaging also presents a hygiene problem because with each use you’re dipping your fingers in the jar, introducing bacteria that stresses the product’s preservative system.

This product would do a lot more for dry, sensitive skin if it contained a range of antioxidants, repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients in packaging that minimized exposure to light and air.

Cetaphil also sells Moisturizing Cream in a 3-ounce tube which, while not as cost-effective as the large jar, is a far better way to package this formula. The tube version earns three stars and our recommendation for dry to very dry, sensitive skin; the far more common jar-packaged version keeps its two-star rating due to the packaging.


For dry, sensitive skin, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is a non-greasy cream formula that is excellent for the hands, feet, elbows and knees—anywhere that requires intensive moisturizing. It is also appropriate for facial use and is fragrance-free.

Water, Glycerin, Petrolatum, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PEG-30 Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide.
Brand Overview

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

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

Weaknesses: No anti-acne products; 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 (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.

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Doesn't enrage the eczema

My child has eczema and usually his elbows, hands, and backs of knees are so itchy he scratches himself bloody. This cream is one of the few that doesn't exacerbate his itchiness, including some recommended by his allergist. We've had good results recently with Argan Oil (straight up!) and lately with CapriClear spray (because he hates the feeling of EVERY thick lotion we've tried) but this is what we come back to first after failed experiments in skin care.

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Soothes very dry areas.

A great basic product for dry skin. Suitable for combo skin also. Non-greasy and surprisingly matte for such a thick cream. I apply as a last step where needed over my other antioxidant and sunscreen products, and at night on dry areas after Retin-a. Seems to "seal in" the other products and prevent drying out. This cream is the only product I have ever used that can correct the dry, flaky areas, while not making oily-prone areas worse. Also very good around eyes.

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Game Changer

This cream has transformed my skin and I've tried them all. It works well on my face (no breakouts) and on my body and on my dry feet. LOVE it. I used to use PC Recovery Moisturizer for my face and it was fine. But I found this and it works just as well at a fraction of the cost. I'm counting on my serum and boosters to give me the antioxidants and good stuff for my skin.

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Good for Dry Skin

In addition to its jar packaging, Cetaphil Moisturizer also comes in a three ounce tube, and this is what I use as a daytime moisturizer (over my serum) on my dry to very dry and sensitive skin.. It protects my skin and keeps it moisturized, so my skin feels good all day. I would prefer to use state-of-the-art products, but I usually can't because they're either not sufficiently moisturizing and/or they irritate my skin.

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