In-Shower Moisturizing Oil
In-Shower Moisturizing Oil is not a cleanser; rather it is meant to be your moisturizer you put on before exiting the shower. It's applied to wet skin when you're done showering. You massage it in, rinse, and then towel dry as usual.
The minimalistic, mineral oil-based formula does leave skin feeling smoother and softer, but delivers few beneficial ingredients found in the best leave-on body lotions. If you have dry, compromised skin, you'll be left wanting more.
The oil can leave skin feeling a bit greasy unless you rinse thoroughly but then most of the smoothing benefit is rinsed away too. What's left on skin can come off on your towel, and not rinsing well enough can result in oil building up on towels, yuck!
The packaging for this fluid body formula isn't the best, either. The flip-top cap with dispensing hole isn't the most convenient way to apply this product, especially because you have to hold the extra-large bottle in one hand, and the bottle eventually becomes slippery from the oil and can easily slip out of your hand. Given the larger bottle, a pump dispenser would've been a better choice.
- Leaves skin feeling very smooth.
- Fragrance free.
- Very basic formula pales in comparison to today's best body moisturizers.
- Mineral oil base can leave skin feeling slick and a bit greasy.
- Not the most ideal packaging for this type of product.
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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