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