I really wanted to like this moisturizer because of the low price and pump container. My sister uses it and loves it. It was just too heavy for my skin. After washing I applied and it never really absorbed. I felt that I was careful not to apply to much. It just sat on the surface feeling sticky and greasy. About an hour later I actually had to re-wash to remove and apply a different lotion.
After trying many high end to low end moisturisers, I thought I may as well give this a go. I have acne-prone skin and use Retin-A every night, and Cetaphil Lotion works well with my skin. It can feel a little greasy when it's first put on, but I find after half a minute it's absorbed. It hasn't aggravated any acne at all and is also good to use in place of a primer before putting on foundation. The product is very cheap too, especially for the amount you get in the bottle though I'm still deciding if I'd want to re-purchase or try something else.
I have used a good many bottles of this along with its cleanser. I prefer the pump bottle as it allows easier dispensing when I use it.
I love how it does not irritate my oily acne-prone skin and provides adequate moisture to my dry spots without leaving my face shinny.
I can find no wrong with Cetaphil. Their barrier cream is also fantastic and it is the only hand cream I use.
Feels clean and soft on the skin, but leaves you feeling a little greasy too. Good for someone with acne-prone skin who has to use a lot of drying products too.
I've been using this Cetaphil Lotion daily for the past 2 months and it has been A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! I was using Cerave(which is wonderful too) prior to trying Cetaphil again, but my derm insisted I use the Cetaphil instead of the Cerave...dont ask why??? Anyways, I was hesitant to try the Cetaphil Lotion again b/c it had left me so greasy in the past, but for some reason it's been working wonders lately MINUS the grease. I used to have fairly oily skin, but for the past year or so, it has become more and more dry. I'm assuming my topical acne treatments have a lot to do w/that. This Cetaphil Lotion has a nice lighter consistency (not as light as your average everyday moisturizer), but moisturizes like crazy and NEVER irritates my skin or breaks me out. It works great under makeup and the moisturization lasts ALL day. I would rec it to anyone w/dry sensitive skin, but if you have oily skin, you may just want to steer clear of this one b/c it can get greasy. This stuff is a lifesaver and I plan on purchasing it for years to come!!!
It does exactly what it says it will do. I have dry super-sensitive skin and nearly every moisturizer out there has either broken me out, made my skin flaky or (scented) ended up making me smell rancid..
CVS generic own brand lotion was a little less oilier and the smell was different therefore it didn't work as well even though the ingredients list looked exactly the same.
Rite Aids version is as moisturizing but leave a smooth greasy feeling on your skin which I like better that Cetaphil as it helps my make up go on better.
UPDATE 7 months later
After months of using this all over the original lotion stopped working on my face and started giving me zits.
UPDATE 3 months later
I went back to it . It works great on my body by my face/neck a definite nope. Using it around my eyes it attracts a lot of moisture thus making these water bubble appear on my upper or lower lids which is irritating until they pop.
Update - 4 months later
Weird. It's now summertime and every lotion I had started breaking me out. Even Palmers Cocoa butter so I dug this out of the drawer and tried t again and it works great again. No zits. No eyelid moisture bubbles (maybe the last bottle wasn't good).
My whole body loves it including my face. I'm also attracted again ot the lack of any scent when on the skin. Coupled with my unscented deoderant gel I know I can wear perfume and have the scent of that stand out without other smells getting in the way.
2 Year Update: This STILL doesn't work for my face so instead of buying two things to use on my face and body I gave up on Cetaphil.
2.5 year update:
Yes I know I switch a lot but bear with me, i'm a woman and it's our duty to change our minds every 5 minutes! Instead of digging this out of the closet again I discovered a new Cetaphil lotion and am currently trying that so check out my other review for details
This review will be for the regular Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion (the one that is huge bottle without spf). I hate to review this so early but my experience is pleasant that I want to share =). I've had it for a week mainly bought it for my body and now been using pea size in my face day and night. I don't go overboard applying this on my face because it can tend to be greasy by the end of the day, otherwise it is great under make-up. Tip for body lotion: this is a scent-free product and I love my stella perfume that I would add a drop of it to this lotion and mix before applying..the scent last a whole day.
Packaging is sanitary - Check
Price - got it on sale for $7 - Great!
I bought this in desperation after I started using Differin which dried my skin out and made it crack. I had heard good things about this product and decided to try it, sadly finding that it doesn't work so well for me.
My skin is very acne prone and a combination of dry and oily at times. The real issue I had with this is that it felt so greasy. I would get out of a shower and put this on and feel incredibly grimy, as if I hadn't been in a shower at all. It has a really bad shine on it, which makes you look as if you've been sweating excessively all day or you haven't washed your face for a while.
And to top it all off, it didn't do much for my skin. It sometimes agitated it, which I've discovered after reading a wonderful review on this product by someone before, that it was most likely because of the glycerin in it. Bummer.
I use this as an evening moisturizer and I like it so far. It locks moisture in without being too harsh or pore-clogging, even on my combo/oily skin.
As I got to my mid-twenties, my skin has increasingly become more on the normal/combination side instead of combo/oily. In the past I would've steered clear of anything that wasn't oil-free. But now pretty much all my skin care stash is for all skin types, such as this moisturizer. It works very well with the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I was using the Mary Kay Timewise MIracle set and it's been working wonders with my skin, yet not so good for my wallet. I figured Cetaphil would give me more for my money and it does. I have the big pump bottle which saves me time in the am and pm. I don't have time to mess with fussy jars or lids. One pump is all I need for my face. It also works very well for prepping my skin for makeup. My pores look smaller, my skin glows and stays soft all day long. It's gentle enough to use as a moisturizer around the eye area and even as a hand/body lotion, but I only use it for my face. Overall, I'm very happy with my new Cetaphil skincare regimen. It's my new HG. A definite staple! :D