Monday, 6 December 2010

Cult Beauty: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Given all the great things I've heard about Cetaphil's cult Gentle Skin Cleanser, I had to pick up a bottle when I spotted it in New York.  Billed as a gentle but effective cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and impurities without stripping the skin, it can be used with or without water.

Strangely, despite the ultra-gentle claims, it's largely made from water, SLS and parabens.  So this isn't going to be one for you if you like your cleansers organic and paraben free.

The texture is that of a light, cooling gel - although I've begun using this in winter, I'm sure it'll be very refreshing for summer mornings.  On application, it spreads easily, and even when applied to a wet face, doesn't really foam.  I've tried mixing a bit in my palm with a touch of water to see if vigorous rubbing produces any foam at all, and I've largely been disappointed.

Despite the lack of visible proof that it's working, once rinsed away, my skin feels very soft, clean, and not at all dried out.  In fact, it almost feels like it hasn't been washed at all - but a slightly paranoid sweep across my face with some cotton wool and cream cleanser confirms that there's no dirt left on my face.  Magic.

I'll definitely be ordering more Cetaphil from the UK stockist, Victoria Health, when this bottle runs out.  I've recently tried cleansers which left my face feeling too squeaky, and which didn't make me feel really clean.  This one leaves my skin feeling just like my skin, which makes it pretty much a winner for me.  If you'd like to try this for yourself, you can buy it online from Victoria Health in the UK, where a 250ml bottle will cost you £7.95.

What do you think?  Tried this yourself?  Heard good things about it?  Share your opinion in the comments!


  1. I bought this on my first visit to NY in Sept, unfortunately, its not really working for me. I think its a bit harsh for my skin, Ive been using cream cleansers this season too as my skin gets a bit dry this time =l .

  2. I really want to try this but I've never seen it for sale anywhere in the UK. Thanks for the link to Victoria Health :) x

  3. That's a shame Imo - I had heard that Cetaphil was great for sensitive skin, but with the SLS I did have my doubts.

    And you're welcome Lily!


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