Cetaphil is the 12th best-selling product on Amazon.com this week. It’s supposedly a mild moisturizer; does it live up to its hype? Let’s look at the label.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream Ingredients
Always a good ingredient for a moisturizer.
Polyglycerylmethacrylate (and) Propylene Glycol
Most lotions use a combination of surfactants to mix oil and water together. This one uses and acrylate to suspend the oil and water which should make it milder.
Although some people treat petrolatum like it’s Osama bin Laden it’s actually an excellent occlusive agent which helps skin retain moisture.
Coconut oil derived emollient that provides a soft, powdery feel.
Peg-5 Glyceryl Stearate
A non-ionic emulsifier which helps stabilize the cream.
Another good ingredient for a moisturizer because it helps bind moisture in the skin.
Dimethicone (and) Dimethiconol
If petrolatum is Osama bin Laden then dimethicone is Adolf Hitler. Doesn’t matter though, it’s still a good moisturizer.
This is the fatty kind of alcohol and is actually good in moisturizing lotions.
Sweet Almond Oil
Good, and natural, emollient.
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
A polymeric thickener that also helps stabilize the system.
Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA
Preservatives. Note the lack of parabens for the paranoid folks out there.
Sodium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid
pH control agents. Also, at high enough levels like that acid is another good moisturizer. If it wasn’t for the sodium hydroxide raising the pH this lotion might even exfoliate.
If you’re in the market for a bland moisturizer , and we mean that in the best way possible, then you can find Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream here. Shopping through our link helps support the Beauty Brains.