Rich Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid
There's so much we like about Cetaphil's Rich Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid that we wish we could give it a higher rating… but unfortunately its packaging does the overall impressive formula a complete injustice!
True to Cetaphil's claims, this soufflé-type cream feels hydrating on dry to very dry skin. In addition to the hyaluronic acid mentioned in the name, skin is also aided by emollients, skin-replenishing ingredients, and research-proven antioxidants. It's also fragrance free, making it a gentle option for even those with sensitive skin (but of course fragrance free is best for all skin types!).
The problem is that all this good stuff comes packaged in a jar. Some of the best skincare ingredients (particularly antioxidants) need to be protected from routine exposure to light and air, because if they aren't they quickly lose their effectiveness. This moisturizer's packaging means that over time, your skin won't be getting the full benefit of its good ingredients.
It's a shame, because otherwise this is a good, inexpensive drugstore moisturizer for dry skin. But not to worry, you'll find similar products in better packaging on our list of Best Moisturizers.
- Souffle-type cream feels hydrating.
- Contains rich emollients and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Offers skin some research-proven antioxidants.
- Jar packaging causes light- and air-sensitive ingredients to lose their effectiveness over time.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
This rich, nourishing night cream helps retain skins natural moisture, protecting it from dryness throughout the night while gently soothing skin.
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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