RESTORADERM Skin Restoring Moisturizer

by Cetaphil  RESTORADERM
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$15.99 - 10 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Body Lotions/Creams/Balms/Butters
Last Updated:
11/18/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Cetaphil's most advanced body lotion is clearly an attempt to compete with CeraVe, a small brand of fragrance-free skin-care products from Texas-based Coria Labs. Just like CeraVe's body lotion, Cetaphil RESTORADERM contains ceramides (in the form of hydroxypalmitoyl sphinganine, also known as dihydroceramide) and the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. The base formulas are also very similar, though CeraVe's body lotion has the edge due to its greater amount (and array) of skin-identical ingredients. Cetaphil formulated a respectable option, and it is definitely gentle and fragrance-free as claimed. Although this can be a great option for dry, eczema-prone skin from the neck down, The Paula's Choice Team encourages you to try CeraVe's Moisturizing Body Lotion first and see how your dry skin responds. If you find the CeraVe option isn't emollient enough, consider Cetaphil RESTORADERM Skin Restoring Body Lotion.

This creamy, non-greasy body lotion is clinically proven to moisturize and soothe the skin of people with atopic dermatitis and eczema. Contains ceramides to help enhance the skin's ability to retain moisture. Clinically proven to provide immediate and long-lasting moisturization of itchy, dry skin.

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower), Pentylene Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Sorbitol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Panthenol, Arginine, Disodium Ethylene Dicocamide PEG-15 Disulfate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Sodium PCA, Ceteareth 20, Sodium Polyacrylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Alcohol

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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