Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
Cetaphil enters the cleansing cloth market with its Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths—but these cloths are so gentle as to be minimally effective at what they're supposed to do: cleanse skin and remove makeup, which is why they only earn a two-star, average rating.
The cloths feel sturdy and they don't fall apart during use, but they require a lot of effort (and at least two cloths per use) to remove a full face of makeup. As for removing eye makeup, well, most mascaras and eyeliners won't budge unless you really rub your skin, which we never encourage (rubbing can lead to sagging and inflammation).
Formula-wise, we were left wondering why Cetaphil used so many preservatives, including one (2-bromo-2-nitropane-1,3 diol) that releases formaldehyde and is known to be sensitizing (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, February 2003).
In the end, from a formulary, usage, and value perspective Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths are not the cleansing cloths to buy. They're only recommended for AM use, and only then if you rinse skin afterward—so you may as well just wash with a water-soluble cleanser! We recommend instead the options you'll find on our list of Best Cleansers (Including Cleansing Cloths).
- The cloths are good quality.
- Terrible at removing most types of makeup, especially eye makeup and long-wearing lip color.
- Requires at least two cloths to remove a full face of makeup.
- Contains a formaldehyde-releasing preservative that can be sensitizing, so you'll want to rinse the cleansing solution from skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths will leave skin feeling fresh and clean - without drying out or disturbing skin's natural pH balance.
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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