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Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15: ($11.19 for 4.0 oz)

Positives: As a sunscreen, this product is an excellent chemical-based one! Not only does it contain 3% avobenzone, but it also contains (drum roll please) 10% octocrylene, which will ensure the stability and enhanced performance of avobenzone and its ability to provide UVA protection. Granted, you should still reapply about every two hours if you’re in constant sunlight, but at least you know that you’re getting superior UVA and UVB protection! Haha there are so many exclamation points because I’m thrilled when I see a great sunscreen formulation! There is also a moderate amount of glyercin, which will help condition the skin, and a dusting of vitamin E.

Neutrals: Unfortunately there’s not much to say about the other ingredients because, well, there aren’t many other ingredients present. In this particular aspect, the Cetaphil product is sub-par. It would be nice to see the inclusion of various antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Antioxidants are important in sunscreens because they work synergistically with sunscreen actives to form a second layer of protection for your skin. Anti-inflammatories are important because they calm and soothe the skin as it’s bombarded by pollution, wind, etc… Not to mention that chemical sunscreen actives are can cause irritation.

Negatives: None.

Packaging: As long as the bottle is kept away from sunlight, the sunscreen will remain effective for a few years.

Overall: Other than a lack of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, this is an excellent and inexpensive chemical sunscreen that I would definitely recommend for all skin types except very oily.


PS = [[[PIS – 0] x WIC] + [TPS x WPC]] x 100%

PS = [[8.5/10 x 2/3] + [3/3 x 1/3]] x 100%

PS = [17/30 + 3/9] x 100%

PS = [51/90 + 30/90] x 100%

PS = 81/90 x 100%

PS = .900 x 100%

PS = 90.0%

AS = A-

Check the Product Review Rubric for a full explanation on how I rate products.


Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octocrylene (10%).

Other: Water, Diisopropyl Adipate, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer 940, Disodium Edta, Triethanolamine.

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4 thoughts on “Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15

  1. what would you reccomend for oily skin? that is also a little sensitive and with some acne. Another question is every summer i get back acne, what would you recommend?

    Posted by grace | November 26, 2011, 6:42 pm
    • Well, like I said in my review, I’d recommend this to everyone except very oily skin types. Now very oily is very subjective: what I think is oily, might be more combination-oily for you, or very oily. So just see what works with you. This product does contain quite a few factty acid-based thickeners giving it a quite creamy formula, but try it and see.

      As for your back acne, since the skin on your back is much thicker than your face, you’ll most likely need a stronger product in order to penetrate deeply enough into the skin to manifest change. If you don’t exfoliate regularly, I’d recommend doing so either mechanically (like with a rough washcloth like the Salux) or chemically with glycolic acid. Like my approach in my routine, I’d suggest using the glycolic acid to thin the stratum corneum, or the very top of the skin, in order to allow the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to penetrate more deeply. Let me know how that works for you, and like always I’m here to help you so don’t hesitate to ask anything!

      Thanks for commenting.

      Posted by John | November 26, 2011, 6:51 pm

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