Summary: Sun protection and hydration in one convenient formulation, however not “light-weight” as advertised.
When I went in for my first dermatological visit in 2008, my doctor stressed the importance of using sunscreen and moisturizer in the morning, among a bunch of other things. She raved about Cetaphil products, and provided me with several credible acne treatment resources, so naturally I gave them a go. The Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer initially seemed like a very lucrative product. It combines a sunblock (SPF 15) and moisturizer into one formulation. The product itself is sold in a 4 fl oz dispenser bottle with the bland, no-frills design we’re used to seeing from Cetaphil (not like this reflects on the quality of the product). If anything, the label adhered to the front of the bottle is a bit reassuring. It says “lightweight” and “non-greasy formula.” People, especially those who suffer from acne, are known to avoid moisturizer for fear it might exacerbate their oil problems. So, if anything, the product effectively piqued my interest at first glance.
The Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF features a well designed bottle, making it very portable and reducing the likelihood of messes. The pump at the top of the bottle features a very small opening that makes it easy to regulate the amount of moisturizer coming out. The top of the pump leaves plenty of room so you can leverage the strength of your finger to pump moisturizer out.
My first time using this product, I found it difficult to pinpoint any faults. The pump dispensed a white, workable substance, almost identical in appearance to the thousands of other moisturizers on the market. The people at Cetaphil are known for surprises, and the one I welcomed most was the lack of an overpowering fragrance. Although they claim that the product is fragrance-free, it does have a detectable smell, albeit one that’s subdued and mostly appealing. Application was a breeze, and the product didn’t clump with anything as other sunscreens have done in the past.
As I began to use this product more and more, it’s downfalls began to emerge. For one, I found the moisturizer to be far too greasy. Immediately after having applied it to my skin, I would look sweat-drenched as if I just finished running a mile. On hot days, beads of sweat would carry the moisturizer into my eyes causing some very aggravating stinging.
Overall, considering you’d be hardpressed to find discount prices for the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, I think you’re money would be better spent elsewhere. Sure, your skin may react favorably to the formulation, but the low SPF rating would have me looking elsewhere. Most stores carry this product at a relatively high price. Expect to pay ten or more dollars for a single dispenser. There are some generic formulations offered by Target and other stores that seem to be comparable to this product. The generic brand that I’ve used in the past from Target was similar in every respect, up to the greasiness factor. However, the price was nearly half of the Cetaphil. So, before your purchase, make sure you do some comparison shopping or explore generic alternatives.
Be aware that if you actually intend on using this product, it’s recommended that you purchase a high-quality moisturizer like the Cetaphil Daily Facial cleanser to remove all of the product before conducting your nightly regimen. For more advanced diagnostic scanning, try a mammogram clinic Toronto. These advancde diagnostic medical imaging scans can see several things we cannot see with the naked eye, and often you will find the root of your skin problems.