I distinctly keep in mind the first skin-care product my mother ever launched me to. I used to be perhaps seven years previous, and at the time Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser got here in a frosted plastic bottle with a blue label. “It’s so gentle, you don’t even have to really rinse it off if you don’t want to,” she mentioned. I stood on my little zebra step stool, fastidiously learning her technique. She rinsed quite than tissued off, so of course, I rinsed.
The bottle could have modified its look a number of occasions since then, but it surely’s nonetheless the identical multiple-award-winning, eight-ingredient formulation inside. And all these awards preserve rolling in for a cause. This face wash is loopy mild. We imply dermatologist-gold-standard sort of mild. (Derms advocate the stuff to sufferers who wrestle with zits and delicate pores and skin and in addition to individuals who undergo from eczema and rosacea.)
And as one reader who took our Readers’ Choice Survey explains, it “doesn’t make my skin tight, and [it] leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.” That could be due to the fatty alcohols in the formulation, “which coat the skin to prevent the detergents from drying it out,” says beauty chemist Ni’Kita Wilson.
When I had an unlucky incident with retinol (sensitivity, redness, burning), the Gentle Skin Cleanser was the solely face wash I may tolerate. It truly felt soothing to coat my pores and skin in the lotion-y formulation. And as a result of I’m slightly nuts about skincare, I additionally preserve a travel-size bottle at my desk for a delicate, pre-workout wash. I really feel prefer it will get the each day grime off my face with out drying it out, which is essential since I don’t reapply moisturizer earlier than hitting the treadmill.
The solely draw back to this magnificence staple is that as a result of it’s so mild it doesn’t all the time reduce by heavy make-up. I often wipe merchandise like waterproof mascara and liquid lipstick off with a cotton pad soaked in micellar water earlier than reaching for the Cetaphil. And in case your pores and skin is aggressively oily, you would possibly want one thing slightly extra foamy or gel-based to get rid of the grease. Cetaphil additionally makes a face wash for regular to oily sorts, however I’ll all the time be loyal to the skin-coddling mild formulation.