I’ve been using and enjoying Cetaphil’s face wash for oily skin but recently ran out so I switched to another li’l borrel the brand gave me and that’s their iconic Gentle Cleansing lotion (R106, Clicks*). Created by a chemist back in the day, Cetaphil’s soap-free cleanser’s formula is still exactly the same as it was in 1947. A regte case of ‘hey, if it ain’t broke, you don’t have to fix it.’ As it is, a bottle is sold every minute in 82 countries across the globe.
But ja, brand back story aside, let’s talk about me. Right now, the lower half of my face is a bit dry and sensitised as I’ve been blitzing it with an intense regime of 1% retinol and AHA acid in a bid to lift a few dark marks that remained after a super fun chin breakout. (Hormones! How much do we love ’em?)
Anyway, Cetaphil’s Gentle Cleansing lotion’s hit the spot as its exactly that – gentle – and while it’s pretty low foaming it does a good job of removing light make-up, sunscreen and the general oil and grime that covers my gesig. Afterwards, my skin feels clean and not stripped and there’s nothing in it that’s aggravating my skin. (I used a glycolic cleanser the other day, a product I love, but I just can’t go there right now due to my skin being sensitized. It stung like a mother and left my skin looking super blotchy, so thank God for Cetaphil.)
One more thing I’d like to mention… the other day someone told me they wouldn’t want to use Cetaphil’s cleanser due to its alcohol content. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I don’t love alcohol in skincare as it’s drying and can cause cell death over time. (Get googling to inform yourself girls.) Thing is, Cetaphil doesn’t contain any alcohol. She’d spotted ‘cetyl alcohol’ on the ingredients list and that’s a different thing entirely – a fatty alcohol – that’s usually derived from palm oil. It’s perfectly safe and included in about a zillion cosmetic products you already own and has the total opposite effect of alcohol in that it’s a lovely hydrator. In fact, it’s one of the main reasons why Cetaphil leaves your face feeling supple as opposed to dry. So, next time you spot ‘cetyl acohol’ on any ingredients list please don’t stress about it. It’s a goodie. Alcohol, however, often listed as ‘alcohol denat.’ isn’t great if it’s sitting right at the top.
*Now is a good time to buy from Clicks as now, they’re not only R30 cheaper than Dis-Chem, but also running a promo until 13 Nov where, if you buy any 3 selected Cetaphil products, you’ll get the cheapest one free. Love that!