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Battle of the Cleansers: CeraVe vs Cetaphil
Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
Battle of the Cleansers: CeraVe vs Cetaphil

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 

This cleanser has a thick and creamy texture, perfect for those with dry skin, however, it has more of a pungent chemical-like smell. Having a more liquid, thick slippery texture, this may make it harder to wash off. Containing many hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide which removes excess oil without it feeling tight, glycerin which is a humectant (an agent great at retaining moisture), vitamin E which has anti-oxidant properties and ceramides which are lipids that help form your skins barrier, helping to protect against environmental irritants. This formula is also fragrance free, alcohol-free and oil-free, however not paraben-free. 

Cetaphil Gentle Facial Cleanser

This cleanser has a thinner consistency and is more transparent in colour with a neutral smell, boasting only 8 ingredients- a no-frills gentle cleanser, which contains propylene glycol, a humectant. Having a more foaming mixture that is softer to the touch when lathering on your face, it offers a deeper clean that washes off more easily. Unfortunately, it contains sodium lauryl sulfate, a known irritant to some skins. It is alcohol and fragrance free, however, not paraben-free. 

The Verdict

Both cleansers leave the skin feeling supple and refreshed immediately after applying, with CeraVe having a more moisturising effect but Cetaphil having a more cleaner feel. While both companies are good contenders, CeraVe's cleasner caters more toward those with dry skin offering ceramides, while Cetaphil caters more toward those with sensitive skin offering a shorter ingredient list as well as caters to those with a tighter budget, being a fraction of CeraVe's price.

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