>> Wednesday, December 12, 2012
I have an ongoing battle with my skin, particularly my face. It started in my teenage years with lots of acne and oil slicks and, much to my dismay, continued into adulthood. During my pregnancy, I was blessed with a balanced, blemish-free complexion. I used nothing but a bar of soap, in fact. And that blessing continued for several months postpartum.
Now I'm dealing with issues again, but they are different than before. A difficult combination of sensitive, dry, oily, and -- again -- acne-prone skin is frustrating to me. I've tried to keep my routine simple and relatively product-free, but it's just not working any more. I was happy when BlogHer offered up an opportunity to review Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.
This isn't my first experience with Cetaphil brand. Several winters ago, my dermatologist suggested I give the cleanser a try when my skin was particularly acting up (dry and chapped from bitter, cold weather). So, I'm not surprised to learn that Cetaphil products are recommended by more dermatologists than any other brand.
The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser can be used in either one of two ways. On a dry face, I can simply rub some on my skin and then wipe it off with a cloth. (I use it this way when I want to remove makeup.) However, since I don't wear makeup terribly often, I usually opt to use the wet application in the shower. I rub the product onto my wet face -- like I do with most cleaners -- and then rinse with more water.
What I notice with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is that it doesn't necessarily feel totally rinsed off my face. Of course, this make sense, as the product is designed to not strip the skin of natural protective oils or emollients. In some ways I like this feature -- if I'm having a particularly dry day, for example. It's like an extra layer of protection. But when my skin feels oily, which is half the time, I'd rather it feel totally free of residue.
Combination skin is hard to please, unfortunately.
The cleanser leaves my skin feeling soft and not irritated, though. (I've used many, many different face washes, so I have quite a bit of experience with irritation.) I wouldn't necessarily use it if I am trying to combat zits, but for everyday, basic cleaning -- especially in winter when my face is drier -- it's definitely a good defense.
As far as the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream goes. I first tried it on my face, but it was far too quenching for the oily parts on my nose and forehead. I have extremely dry elbows, though. The instant I put some cream on them, they felt much less like elephant skin. The same goes for my knees.
Overall, I would say that as we head into winter, the season when my skin is by far the most temperamental and dry, Cetaphil products will work well. In the summer months, I need more drying agents and help with blemishes. Yeah. The battle never ends -- but it's good to find ways to fight on all fronts.
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