Review Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Review

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a holy grail drugstore cleanser? Cetaphil is a well-known drugstore brand and their gentle skin cleanser is among one of their bestselling products. I've seen these sold in huge tubs too and it seems that some fans couldn't get enough either. Is this cleanser really good as it claims? Read what Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser has to offer.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid to write a review but that does not affect my thoughts on it. Do take note that my experience with this product may not be the same as yours as each skin type is different. Your Milage May Vary (YMMV). I am also not a skin expert, I'm only a skincare enthusiast. Hence, I do not qualify to suggest dermatological advice, please seek a certified medical practitioner for further advice if needed. 

What is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser?

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a dermatologist-recommended gentle daily cleanser. Cetaphil claims to be a gentle cleanser that actively hydrates and gently cleanse without stripping the skin’s natural oils. It has a soap-free and fragrance-free formulation and is ideal for both face and body. It's said to defend against 5 signs of sensitivities that are dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness, weakened skin barrier.

What Cetaphil Claims on Its Gentle Skin Cleanser

Refer website:
1. 99% of women agree that Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser gently cleans and moisturises
2. Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivities 
3. Soap-free and fragrance-free
4. Ideal for both face and body
5. Hypoallergenic and clinically proven non-irritating formulation
6. Can be used with or without water
7. pH-balanced 
8. Dermatologist-trusted cleanser 

Product Details
Global: website
Price: 24MYR | XXUSD (125ml)
Origin: USA
Skin Concern: Gentle cleansing
Skin Types: Sensitive, All Skin Types
PAO: 12 Months
Full Ingredients List (INCI): 
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Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben

My Thoughts on Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

I've heard about Cetaphil for the longest time but I never really tried it even though it's a really popular drugstore brand. My sister uses this brand and I've seen her used it for the longest time so it indeed sparked some interest in me. Now I finally tried this popular drugstore brand and this is my review for Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
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Looking into the full list of ingredients for Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, it consists of only 8 ingredients. Honestly, this is one of the first INCI lists I've seen without an active, it's mainly emollients and preservatives which makes it less pleasing to me. It also contains alcohol but it's suitable for sensitive skin? But I guess since the formulation is approved by dermatologists, so it should be good.

It comes in a plastic tube with a flip cap, but sometimes I confuse it with body wash since it's not shaped in a sleek tube-like cleanser usually do. The packaging works just fine but it does feel a bit bulky for me.

It's a cloudy gel form. The texture is like water and completely absorbs once rubbed in.

It has minimal to no scent at all

When I read that it can be used without water too I didn't quite believe it until I tried it for the first time. The texture is like water and is gone within a few seconds when rubbed in. However, I don't feel comfortable cleaning without water, it just doesn't feel cleansed. So I usually damp my face before applying this cleanser to cleanse my face. I did not experience and any irritations or bad reactions while and after using this cleanser. But, this cleanser doesn't seem to cleanse well enough, especially with sunscreen.

Overall Thoughts
I kinda get why this cleanser is a popular choice, firstly it's easily available, online and offline. Secondly, it is gentle and would suit many skin types. However, I feel like this is too gentle for me, and I'm so used to having actives in my cleansers that I feel like this cleanser isn't complete. I tried a quarter of it before I passed it to my sister who was indeed glad to receive her favourite brand.

My Rate
Rate: 3/5
Repurchase: Probably 
To Purchase: | laz/cetaphil

Other Products From Cetaphil

1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Face & body moisturizing cream

2. Cetaphil Sun SPF50+ Light Gel
Face & body sunscreen