You would think that your average celebrity would splurge the cash on anti-aging products, in order to keep their skin looking as young as possible. But a budget beauty cream has got us ladies rushing to our local pharmacies, after it was revealed that Cetaphil is the A-Lister favourite.
Beauty fans include Hollywood actresses Charlize Theron and Olivia Wilde, with Monster star Miss Theron, 39, stating that she loves the ‘clean smell’, and Miss Wilde, 31, describing Cetaphil as ‘the best’ facial cleanser.
Cetaphil (pronounced see-ta-fil) is manufactured by an American pharmaceutical company Galderma, who are now owned by Nestle. Galderma also make an acne drug called Differin, a botulinum toxin called Azzalure and Restylane dermal fillers.
The gentle formula contains the same original eight ingredients: water, cetyl alcohol, propylene glycol and stearyl alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben.
It started off with just one product, a cleansing lotion which was invented by a pharmacist back in 1947. As the Gentle Skin Cleanser is soap and fragrance-free, it is ideal for those with sensitive skin who are allergic to soap products.
Nowadays there are over five different categories and around thirty available products. The company has also won 84 skin care awards.
Part of Cetaphil’s attraction is that the products are suitable for all ages, from the very young, mothers and the elderly.
Harley Street cosmetic dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains the appeal of Cetaphil:
“Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser is well tolerated by most patients,” she says.
“Even those with reactive or irritated skin can usually use it as it doesn’t deplete skin’s barrier function, has a pH that doesn’t disturb the skin’s acid-alkali balance and doesn’t clog the pores.”
There are some experts however, that prefer the substance sodium lauryl sulphate to be excluded, as in some cases it can cause irritation. Others object to the inclusion of parabens, but Dr Bunting disagrees:
“Parabens are effective preservatives and, given how widespread their use is, in practice they are an uncommon cause of allergy. This is especially true in the context of a cleanser that stays in contact with skin for, at most, a minute.”
There is evidence to suggest that spending more money on serums, which tend to stay on the skin for longer, is a much better way of dividing your cash up, rather than dishing it out on cleansers. This is because the job of a cleanser is to wash off the dirt and make-up from your face, so it does not stay on the skin for long.
Far better then to splash out on expensive anti-aging serums, which actually do stay on the skin, if you have the money.
Cetaphil is available in 82 countries, with one bottle of Gentle Skin Cleanser sold every minute.
For more information visit cetaphil.com