As someone who’s always battled with breakouts and a less than perfect complexion, I’m constantly on the lookout for the ultimate skincare product that will finally sort my skin out for good. So when I read that celebrities like Charlize Theron, Claire Danes, and Zoe Saldana all swear by Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, I immediately rushed out to buy myself a bottle.
That was almost a decade ago, and I still keep a bottle on hand for those times when my skin is less than it’s best, or for when I’ve had a reaction to a new product I’m trying. It’s one of the few products that instantly soothes my skin, gently cleansing it without stripping it or further damaging my skin’s barrier function. It’s also one of most recommended cleansers by some of the beauty editors, local celebrities, and dermatologists I’ve interviewed throughout my career in the beauty industry – and it was also my ‘gateway’ product into the Cetaphil brand.
Since I first started using Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser, I’ve slowly noticed the brand beginning to dominate my beauty shelves… an Ultra Hydrating Lotion here, the SPF50 Sun Gel there, along with a smattering of Cetaphil Baby products dotted all over Beanie’s bathroom.
Known for their simple, fuss-free, and super-gentle formulations, Cetaphil’s skincare products cater for all skin types and concerns. Whether you battle with breakouts, dryness, or a sensitive skin, these are the Cetaphil products that I’d recommend for the beginnings of a basic skincare regimen that truly delivers…
STEP ONE: CLEANSE
Being prone to oiliness and breakouts means that I’ve become very fussy when it comes to cleansing my skin. Just a couple of years ago I’d often use a bar of soap or any old cleanser I had lying around, believing that it’s more important to focus on serums and moisturisers than anything else. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Since I started becoming more picky with the cleansers I use, I’ve found that my skin has done a complete 180. I rarely use a foaming cleanser, and find that my skin prefers a creamier texture – and the fewer ingredients it contains, the better. That’s why I’m such a fan of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser’s multiple-award-winning, 8-ingredient formulation. It’s super simple, but it works!
Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser (R267) feels a bit like a lotion, and contains fatty oils to create a barrier of sorts on the surface of your skin. This helps to prevent moisture loss or stripping of the skin. It’s incredibly mild and can be used by even the most sensitive skin types, effectively removing excess sebum, dust particles, and debris.
It’s so gentle that I sometimes find that it doesn’t cut through heavy makeup, so if I’m wearing a full coverage foundation or heavy eye makeup, I’ll use one of Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (R154) before cleansing. These dermatologist-developed, fragrance-free wipes have a bit of texture to them, which really helps to get rid of every last trace of your makeup – without irritating your skin. The soap-free formula won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or emollients, or disturb it’s natural pH – which is exactly what I look for when choosing a cleanser or pack of face wipes. I’m also a big fan of the resealable packaging, which means that there’s less chance of the wipes drying out over time.
STEP TWO: MOISTURISE
After cleansing your skin, it’s vital that you ensure that your skin is protected and hydrated by applying a moisturiser. Most moisturisers contain one (or more) of three different types of ingredients:
- humectants, like glycerin, which draw more water into the skin
- emollients to soften and smooth the skin, helping to reduce flakiness or roughness. Emollients are oils that repel water, so although they certainly make your skin feel incredible, they won’t actually provide moisture
- occlusive agents to form a protective layer on the surface of the skin, sealing in moisture and preventing water loss
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream (R213) for face contains all three different types of ingredients, which means it not only draws moisture into the skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft and smooth, but it also forms a protective layer on the skin to help prevent moisture loss and improve barrier function. It’s a simple, lightweight formulation that I reach for often, especially after using a serum that contains potent actives, such as Retinol, or when my skin has reacted to another product.
A newbie to my beauty stash is Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion (R360), which has a thinner, more watery consistency compared to the Moisturising Cream, but is actually formulated for dry to very dry skin types. Given the chill in the air over the past week or so, I’m thrilled to have this beauty in my arsenal – I can already tell that it’s going to be a winter staple!
So, you may be wondering what differentiates the Ultra Hydrating Lotion from the Moisturising Cream? It all comes down to the Epidermal Replenishing Complex5 contained in the DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion. This exclusive complex boasts a unique combination of five key ingredients (think glycerin, shea butter, vitamin E, panthenol, and macadamia nut oil) to improve your skin’s hydration while protecting it at the same time.
I love that this product can be used on both your face and your body, and is suitable for the whole family – even babies. (Because, let’s face it: sometimes there’s just a little extra month leftover after your money, so one handy tube that can be used on the whooole family’s face and body is very welcome indeed!)
STEP THREE: SUNSCREEN
Arguably one of the most important skincare steps (after cleansing), is to apply a sunscreen – regardless of whether the sun is shining or not. This is something that I hammer on about incessantly, but until I stop coming across friends or family members who are still skipping the sunscreen, I won’t stop!
Apart from preventing premature lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, and a number of other beauty concerns, skipping on sunscreen could potentially result in skin cancer. As someone with a skin that errs on the oily side (and who’s married to someone with a sensitive skin), I get it: many sunscreens on the market are overly thick and greasy, and often result in a shiny T-zone or worse – skin irritation. But I’ve done the hard slog for you and tested half a gazillion sunscreens, and can confidently say that Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Gel (R355) is an absolute delight to use.
It’s specifically formulated for sensitive and oily skin types, and can be used on both your face and your body, minimising the need for dozens of different products to cater to all skin types, body parts, and family members. The hypoallergenic, water resistant gel formulation isn’t greasy in the slightest, and it simply melts into your skin without clogging pores. It spreads easily, and doesn’t have a distinctive scent, so you can comfortably wear it to either the beach or the boardroom, without reeking of that tell-tale sunscreen scent!
These three, simple steps form the basis of an affordable skincare routine that will work for just about every skin type, leaving your skin more hydrated and healthier in the long run. If you’re a bit of a beauty fanatic, like myself, you can simply add in any additional steps – think facial mists, essences, serums, and more. The simple, hard-working formulations won’t clash with any actives, and will provide the ideal basic routine from which to build upon. All of these products can be bought at your nearest Clicks store, but if you’d like the chance to win them all, read on!
WIN with Cetaphil!
I’ve partnered with Cetaphil to give one reader the chance to win a hamper worth over R1 200, containing all five products mentioned in this post:
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (R267)
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths (R154)
- Cetaphil Moisturising Cream (R213)
- Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion (R360)
- Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Gel (R355)
To enter, leave a comment below this blog post telling me which product mentioned above you’re most excited to try, and why.
The winner will be announced on the For The Beauty Of It Facebook page (click here to follow) on Friday, 19 April 2019. Good luck!