Extra Gentle Daily Scrub

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Cetaphil's Extra Gentle Daily Scrub has a name that makes it seem like it should go easy on your skin, but contains some ingredients that could aggravate it instead!

We'll give credit where it's due: The "micro-fine' scrub particles in this somewhat thick, clear gel aren't abrasive at all. The problem is since the bamboo particles are so finely-milled you can't even feel (or see) the scrub action.

In fact, the beads are so small as to be imperceptible, meaning that if you're counting on this for more thorough manual exfoliation, you're out of luck.

While it's true that this does effectively remove dirt and oil (not through scrubbing, but with gentle cleansing agents), what isn't gentle on your skin is in its inclusion of fragrance. This formula has both masking fragrance and the fragrance ingredient heliotropine, both of which can cause skin irritation.

Despite the nice size and price, you're better served by one of the options you'll find on our list of Best Scrubs.

  • Effectively and gently cleanses skin.
  • Inexpensive and sized above average.
  • Scrub action is too gentle, meaning little to no dead skin is being sloughed off.
  • Contains fragrance and the fragrance ingredient heliotropine, which can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This gentle facial cleanser removes dirt, oil and impurities while micro-fine granules buff away dry, dull skin to support natural surface cell turnover. Infused with skin conditioners and a vitamin complex, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and radiant.

Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Xanthan Gum, Heliotropine, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-10, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Masking Fragrance.

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!

If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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