Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Skincare (Cleanser and Mousturiser)

I have long been a fan of Cetaphil cleansers and moisturisers after I had heard rave reviews on youtube and blogs alike. I bought my first bottle of the daily cleanser and moisturiser when I was on a J1 in America a few years back and I loved it. I have oily/combination skin with my cheeks being dry but the rest of my face, especially my chin being quite oily.
I wouldn’t say I was acne prone but I definitely experienced quite a few breakouts in my time and tried and tested just about every cleanser and moisturiser out there. Every single one seemed to break me out especially moisturisers, the only thing I could find to work for me was Clinique’s dramatically different moisturising gel which is a little on the pricey side for my budget but I was willing to pay the price if it meant spot-free skin.
Then I discovered Cetaphil! When I was using Clinique’s moisturiser, although it kept my skin spot free I would find that my cheeks, the drier area of my face, would become very dry and flaky with only using a gel moisturiser especially in Ireland’s cold winters.

The Cetaphil Moisturiser is quite thick in comparison to a gel so I was afraid to use it at first presuming my face would react in the same as it always did with creamier moisturisers and break-out, but it didn’t, it keeps my cheeks moisturised while not over moisturising the rest of my face to cause break outs. I still sometimes use the Clinique gel as I still have the remains of a bottle I bought before I got my hands on Cetaphil and I do like it but I need that extra bit of moisture on the dry areas.

In my hunt for a holy grail cleanser I tried all the usual drugstore/pharmacy brands…neutrogena, simple, no. 7 ….I also tried the very famous Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, and although it was fine and didn’t break me out like many people have noticed happening to them when they first use it, I didn’t feel like my skin was as well cleaned after I washed my face with it and the consistency was a little strange to me.

I have also tried the Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser(I don't have a photo of this one as my little brother pulled the labels off the bottle so it just a cream bottle now with no labels!); this is more of a creamy cleanser which I would use on cotton wool pads rather than with water at the sink. It is an ok cleanser and does what it says on the tin, although I thought it was a horrible texture when I tried to use it with water, I sometimes use it now with cotton wool before I wash my face with the daily cleanser, I think I just prefer a cleanser you can use with water as I feel I get a better clean and it doesn’t leave any residue etc in my face which I feel the gentle one does.

The Cetaphil website

I do agree with all the statements Cetaphil make about their product, the one thing negative I can say about the product is that it made no impact on my blackheads which are mainly around my nose, I think this has to do with the fact that the cleanser etc do not contain salicylic acid or BHA’s which apparently help with blackheads so I am currently searching for an exfoliator which will help remove my blackheads and contain those ingredients.

All suggestions are VERY welcome!

It is also a hard product to get you hands on in Ireland, I have noticed it in a few private chemists and usually see the gentle cleanser in Boots, however I know you can purchase it on Amazon a lot cheaper and they have the Daily cleanser for sale also. I get mine brought over to me from the states any time I know of someone going over or from my aunts who live there which is quite lucky but I am considering purchasing on Amazon when I run out of my little stock!

So all-in-all Cetaphil is my holy grail cleanser and moisturiser, although I do dabble in other brands from time to time as I hear about them on youtube or reading blogs, I always return to my old faithful every time!

P.S. Sorry for such a long post but when you find a holy grail any product you have alot to say about it!

1 comment:

  1. i have never heard of trhis product - must check it out x