This fluid daytime moisturizer with sunscreen contains an in-part titanium dioxide sunscreen for reliable UVA protection. However, we take issue with their claim that the UV filters chosen are an "optimum blend" because that isn't the case. The blend is fine, but the combination of actives isn't unique to this product, nor is it the only one to provide such a high level of sun protection. Another questionable claim is that this is non-irritating. If titanium dioxide were the only active, we would agree with the claim, but that's not the case. It's disingenuous to state that your sunscreen is non-irritating when it contains sunscreen actives that people can (and sometimes do) react to. That's the reality, though it doesn't mean such sunscreens should be avoided (many people can tolerate any sunscreen active); just be aware there is the potential for a skin reaction. Although this is recommended for those with normal to dry skin, it absolutely isn't non-greasy as claimed. Also, the amount of titanium dioxide lends a slight white cast that cannot be blended away (though it's much less noticeable than that of many other mineral sunscreens). It's disappointing that antioxidants were given short shrift. A token amount of vitamin E is all that's included, which won't help this product compete with others at the drugstore that offer a range of potent antioxidants. Still, this deserves a Good rating for its sun protection ability, for its acceptable aesthetics, and because it is fragrance-free.
Specifically formulated as a facial moisturizer, Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer with sunscreen 50+ is clinically proven to nourish and hydrate your skin while helping to defend against sunburn. This non-irritating, fragrance-free moisturizer leaves skin feeling soft and smooth all day.
Active: Octisalate (5%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octocrylene (7%), Oxybenzone (6%), Titanium Dioxide (5.7%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Stearic Acid, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Chlorphenesin, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Xanthan Gum
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.