I've been meaning to do this review for quite a while now, as I have been using the cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser for 2-3 months and wanted to give you my thoughts, so here we go!
As you may know I have been having problems with my skin for about the past year now. I had never had problem with break outs before and had been really lucky with clear skin all throughout my teens but for some reason my skin flared up out of no where last year. I've been through a variety of products since then..Liz Earle, Dermalogica, any form of ''spot treating'' brand..you name it! and although my skin is still not back to normal, I'm relatively happy with where it is at the moment.
I picked up the cetaphil cleanser and moisturiser when I was pretty much at my wits end with my skin, I couldn't afford to keep splashing out on expensive brands hoping that spending more money on skincare might make the difference to my skin and I had decided to strip back my skincare routine to as few products as possible and really take it back to basics.
I originally was only going to go for the cetaphil cleanser, however they were on offer in boots (£3 off at the time!) so I decided to give the moisturiser a try too.
The cleanser is a cream/gel like consistency, and it is non-comedogenic, soap and fragrance free. I use it to cleanse my skin morning and evening using the larger cotton pads from boots although you can rinse it off with water too. Firstly, what I really like about this cleanser is that it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft but not tight like some cleansers, especially those which are directed towards spot prone skin, do. This actually leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. Unlike some products, it has not irritated my sensitive skin at all, and it actually feels really kind and soothing.
The moisturiser is for sensitive or dry skin, something I neglected to read when I first picked this up - oops! Although my skin used to be dry, recently I would describe it as more oily-combination, so I had been sticking to oil free moisturisers. It is also fragrance free and non comedogenic. I am not as keen on the moisturiser as I am on the cleanser but I will definitely continue to use it. It is very thick and a little goes a long way. I was really worried that as it is quite a heavy, rich moisturiser it would clog my pores up and make my skin worse but it doesn't do this at all. It takes quite a while to sink in so I only use it on a night, sort of like a night cream. I particularly like to use it if I have used any face masks or treatments which my have dried my skin out before I go to bed.
But the big question is have they helped make my skin better? Yes and no. Although I havn't seen a dramatic improvement in my skin since starting to use this products, it definitely hasn't got worse which is a huge step in the right direction for me! I am definitely starting to see subtle improvements in my skin over time, although I can't pin it down to these specifically I do feel that they have helped and I am really pleased with them. Of the two, I am not sure if I will be repurchasing the moisturiser again but I will definitely use it all up (this will probably take me a while as after months of use it still feel practically full!). The cleanser is the stand out product for me, and I already have a backup on my bathroom shelf :)
Have you used cetaphil before? I'd love to know what your favourite skincare products are and let me know if you would like to see a skincare routine post :)
Have a fantastic weekend, enjoy the snow!