Of the many cleansers that sit in my bathroom right now, (very) few I will gladly repurchase over and over and over again. Some cleansers come and go, bought only to satiate a fancy or curiosity. But this one's here to stay. For good.
Ladies (and gentlemen), meet Cetaphil - my best friend in a bottle.
How can it possibly be that we've kept a beauty blog all this while, and NEVER reviewed this Holy Grail cleanser? I have no idea. So much has been said about this legendary product that I will be frank to mention that I'll just be one more rave from among its legion of fans.
So read on for my take!
Cetaphil really is what is says - a gentle skin cleanser. Many dermatologists recommend it for people with dry, sensitive skin. I've also read it's highly recommended for people with eczema. Even though I don't fall into any of the listed categories, what with combi-oily skin and all, I find it works perfectly well for me.
One pump is sufficient to cleanse my entire face, and I usually go over it a second round - this time with a bit of my fave Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub added in. I find that that way, it's emollient yet exfoliating, which results in really clean and happy skin.
Don't expect foam and lather. You will find none of it. Instead, you'll find a thick translucent liquid that goes on very smoothly and easily. After a wash, there is no pulling, no tightness, nothing. It's gentle as gentle gets. I love that it's also very kind to the eyes and does not sting, which is a huge plus is my books.
Generally, at the end of a work day with my usual makeup on (ie. powder foundation, blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow), this cleansing routine is enough to get everything off. For those who wear heavier makeup, you might need to use a makeup remover beforehand.
I first started using Cetaphil early this year, after somehow including it in my daily cleansing regime. By and by, used together with several other amazing products, I noticed that my skin had cleaned up and started looking much happier.
Those of you who have been following this blog will know that for a long time, my favourite cleanser has been the Himalaya Herbals Gentle Face Wash Cream. But guess what? Cetaphil has officially bumped off Himalaya Herbals from first place. I love it thaaat much.
Available in most major pharmacies, it's not too pricey with the current promotions going on everywhere. I recently bough a pack of two huge 473ml bottle for only RM40ish. Totally worth the dough, if you ask me.
And so, while this won't stop me from trying out different cleansers (because I have itchified fingers), Cetaphil will certainly have the top spot on my bathroom counter for a long, long time.
This really is love. Have you tried it?