Goodbye to sensitive skin



There are two kinds of people in the world. The first scrutinise every line on the packaging of their skincare products, and the second are the folks who just grab anything and go.

If you belong to the latter group, it’s time to start looking at what goes into the stuff you’re slathering on your face. Is it suited for your skin? Will it cause an allergic reaction? You’re putting it on your face – you need to understand it.

If you’ve paid a visit to a dermatologist recently, you may have seen tubes of Cetaphil lining the shelves. They say that it’s non-greasy, fragrance free, and it works like the Holy Grail of skincare. Cetaphil is a skin product recommended by most dermatologists. Here are 10 reasons why.


1. It doesn’t upset your skin’s pH levels


This might be a little bit science-y, but draw upon your secondary school chemistry knowledge, and bear with me for a bit. It will all be clear shortly.

Our skin has a protective layer around it that’s acidic, with a pH of 5.5 (pH 0 is completely acidic, and pH 14 is completely alkaline). Using products that are more alkaline strips away dirt from your skin – but also strips away that protective layer.

Cetaphil’s products have a pH between 5 and 7. It’s slightly acidic and cleans out your pores, without ruining your skin in the process. Their products are close to the neutral pH of 7, keeping your skin healthy and happy.


2. It doesn’t irritate your skin


Cetaphil’s products are not heavily scented, making them less likely to cause skin irritation. Yes, that rose-scented facial scrub smells wonderful, but it may not be good for your skin.

Cetaphil is gentle and doesn’t irritate most people’s skins. As a matter of fact, their Gentle Skin Cleanser and their range of moisturisers are so gentle, they’re safe to use on babies and young children.


3. It contains natural oils that work wonders


Some ingredients that you can find in your tube of Cetaphil include shea butter, macadamia nut oil, and sweet almond oil. Shea butter has been known for its moisturising properties since the time Cleopatra was queen of Egypt, and macadamia nut oil helps make your skin soft, pliable and hydrated. Sweet almond oil is also known for nourishing dry skin!

Basically, Cetaphil contains all these wonderful goodies given by Mother Nature to keep your skin perky and fresh.


4. It creates a protective layer that locks in the moisture


One of the worst feelings ever is the sensation of wanting to crawl out of your own skin because you feel so dry and itchy. We spend 80% of our time in air conditioned settings, and while aircon keeps us from sweating, it dries up your skin like a preserved prune.

Cetaphil’s new DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion creates a layer of moisture around your skin, locking in the feeling of smooth silky hydration. Cetaphil’s products also help improve the skin barrier function, which essentially means that they help repair your skin’s own protective layer and keep your skin hydrated. That’s why it’s so good for folks with eczema!


5. Its special formula gets you on your way to baby-soft skin


Cetaphil’s DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion has a special blend of five ingredients, known as the Epidermal Replenishing Complex5 (ERC5) to ensure that you feel moisturised with minimal effort. There’s shea butter and panthenol in ERC5, which binds water to the skin, as well as sodium pyroglutamic acid (sodium PCA), which enhances the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

These words sound foreign, but all you need to know is that when put together, this magic gathering of five will give you firm and moisturised skin that’s as soft as baby’s skin.


6. It has the stamp of approval by many dermatologists


Two of my colleagues in TSL suffer from eczema, and they both use Cetaphil after being recommended it by their dermatologists. Many doctors recommend the use of Cetaphil skincare range to complement treatments for skin-related problems.

According to the IMS Index for Jan – Mar 2014, it’s the No. 1 dermatological skincare brand in Singapore. That explains why you’d see this on shelves at the National Skin Centre too!


7. It’s a versatile product…


Most of us have a dedicated moisturiser for our face, and another one for our bodies. Along with a whole host of other facial washes, toners and creams, we usually end up with a thousand different bottles. I’ve been known to misplace one of my cleansers because there’s just too much going on on my bathroom counter.

The Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion can be used for both face and body, which cuts down on the amount of product you need to have around, streamlining your skincare routine.


8. …that also speeds up your skincare routine


Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF15 comes with built-in protection from the sun, so you can skip on slathering on an extra layer of gooey sunblock on top of your moisturiser.

It comes with SPF15 and is non-greasy, so you won’t need to walk around with a face reminiscent of a disco ball. It’s very useful especially here in Singapore, where the sun is a constant companion.

Combined with the fact that it won’t clog your pores, this is a two-in-one timesaver that should totally be a part of your skincare arsenal.


9. It’s suitable for ALL skin types


Let’s examine the list of Cetaphil qualities we’ve gone through. A near-neutral, non-alkaline product that’s close to your skin’s pH levels? Check. A non-irritating range of cleansers and lotions that you can use on the littlest of children? Check. The use of natural moisturising oils to keep you feeling fresh all day? Check.

The best part about Cetaphil is that no matter what your skin type, the chances are, Cetaphil will work for you.


10. And offers the greatest bang for your buck


The worst thing in the world is buying a tiny tube of moisturiser and realising that it costs more than all your meals for the week put together. It makes me re-think just how much my face is worth.

Cetaphil lotions aren’t the cheapest in the market, but at $49.90 for 473ml of their DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion, one bottle will last you at least 3 months. Considering all the wonderful things it can do for your skin, that’s quite the bargain.


Give your skin the best!


Whether you suffer from terrible eczema or you’re just looking for something to help streamline your skincare routine, Cetaphil is the product for you.

It’s got something for everyone, and considering how easy it’ll be to integrate into your lifestyle, it makes taking care of your skin a straightforward process!

If you want to give Cetaphil a try but still aren’t 100% sure, they’re giving away boxed sets of their Gentle Skin Cleanser (29ml) and DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion (14g). All you need to do is click here! There are only 30 sets available, so fastest fingers first!

Find out more about this buzzworthy skincare brand here, and keep an eye out for it at drugstores and supermarkets near you.

This post was brought to you by Cetaphil.