Sensitive skin meets silky soft hydration with this active-packed duo

We’re saying see you later to dry skin…

Content Producer / January 18 2024

The product

If you’ve heard of a certain spellbound aqua cream but can’t justify a lofty price tag, we’re here to introduce you to the affordable (and active-packed) solution. Introducing Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser and the Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel.

This oh-so-effective duo works doubly as hard to give your skin the ultra-nourishing, moisture-boosting hydration it so longs for. You might be wondering why we are singing the praises of a two-step approach (especially from the same brand). A totally valid query, answered by our Review Crew® members who found that this method has worked to give them the best skin hydration results possible. And of course, using products across a brand’s range means that you’re getting the most out of how the (science-backed) active ingredients were designed. 

Starting off with step number one in each and every beauty routine, a cleanse. Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser works from a cream consistency into a foaming lather to deeply remove all pore-clogging build-up caused by makeup and oils, all while leaving your skin barrier protected and not stripped of essential oils.   

And because we’re in our ‘slathering moisturiser on’ era (we don’t make the rules, we just enforce them) the  Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel is the flawless secret to giving our complexion an unmissable (enviably long-lasting) glow. This gel makes our skin feel like it’s just guzzled its mandatory two litres of water and has no signs of slowing down. 

The panel

BEAUTYcrew sent the Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser and Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel to a panel of women aged 18 to 40 with normal to dry skin aiming to up their hydration levels.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about the Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser and Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel

The nourishing effects: With a 4.5 star rating it’s clear to see that our Review Crew® members loved trialling this duo. And with the science-backed ingredient list and the long-lasting effects, we know why. It’s clear to us (and our members) that using this duo will give your skin non-stop nourishment. 

The long-lasting hydration hit: With specially designed slow-releasing technology, this duo just keeps on giving your skin that parch-quenching hydration boost it so needs. Boasting up to 72 hours of hydration, our members saw their skin plumped and found the gel to create a brilliant base for makeup. 

The ultra-lightweight formulation: Sure, with water in the name, no one is expecting this gel to be a thick heavy-feeling formula. But there’s always something to be said for a luxuriously lightweight moisturiser that swiftly sinks into your skin. And our Review Crew® members were keen to comment on just that, with member after member raving about not only the formula type but how suitable it is for people suffering from dry and sensitive skin. 

The verdict

“I have been using this cleanser for the last month or so. The pump packaging is so easy to use. I love the creamy texture that emulsifies beautifully into foam. I love how it cleanses my face and leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. It's always been a struggle to find an everyday cleanser for my dry skin, especially one that is non-drying and not stripping for my skin. My skin feels hydrated and very nourished after using it. I would highly recommend this cleanser to anyone who is looking for something that one can use everyday.”
Nada K
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I recently tried the Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser, and it's been an absolute game-changer for my persistently dry and dehydrated skin. It comes out of the bottle as a creamy liquid, and with a gentle touch, it transforms into a luxurious, light foamy face wash. This magical elixir not only effectively cleans off the day's impurities but also manages to do so without leaving my skin feeling parched like a desert. What's more, it's an absolute champ when it comes to effortlessly removing makeup, saving me valuable time during my nightly skincare routine. The fact that it's fragrance-free and formulated to be gentle for sensitive skin is a tremendous bonus, making it suitable for those with even the most delicate complexions. In fact, this cleanser has officially become an indispensable staple in my daily skincare regimen, making it easier than ever to maintain healthy and hydrated skin. I can confidently say that this Cetaphil cleanser is a true lifesaver for anyone grappling with the challenges of dry skin!”
Belle M
REVIEWcrew® Member
“This gel is so gentle on my sensitive skin, it is very soothing and hydrating. It's a light gel texture that sinks in quickly and is non greasy, it does not sting around my eyes where I'm most sensitive. My skin can be quite reactive when I use too many actives on it and I find this is a wonderful way to calm my skin while softening, hydrating it and soothing it. It's also extremely soothing on my skin when I'm having problems with dryness and once again find it soothes and calms the area and makes my skin feel soft and quite hydrated and definitely less reactive. I definitely will be using this product again when I run out and I highly recommend it to just about any skin type, it's been a pleasure to use and I will continue to use it. The price point is amazing as well, such a wonderful product for a very affordable price is wonderful in today's climate.”
Milly S
REVIEWcrew® Member
“This moisturiser is great! I was so pleasantly surprised by the product's texture and effect. The moisturiser is light, and feels so hydrating on the skin. Like most Cetaphil products, the scent is non-existent and it melts into your skin. Honestly, it feels like a much more expensive product. Sometimes you want a thick moisturiser that sits on the skin and you can feel absorb, but this product is great for everyday over serum and under makeup & sunscreen. I have not experienced any piling whatsoever, it really is a great light moisturiser that my skin is soaking up!”
Lucy E
REVIEWcrew® Member

Want to know more about this sensitive skin-saving duo? Read more Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser and Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Cetaphil to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser and Cetaphil Optimal Hydration Skin Replenishing Water Gel is based on a combined total of 295 reviews submitted and is correct as of 18/01/2024.

Main image credit: Are Media

Emma Allcock began her career in the world of fashion and beauty in 2015, interning for various PR fashion houses. Naturally her love for style soon extended to beauty, and Emma landed firmly in the beauty and wellness world thanks to an internship-turned-role at local Australian fragrance brand Maison Blanche. One thing that remained consistent whether unpacking accessories or creating social content? Her commitment to an always-perfect manicure. Luckily, she’s since turned her talents to helping her readers achieve the same, writing about all things beauty and wellness. Emma is now a Content Producer for BEAUTYcrew, with her words and recommendations also appearing across beautyheaven. Emma loves the process of diving deep into the world of testing (and writing) about everything from haircare to fragrance. When she’s not slathering her skin in something new, she’s going for an early morning stroll to catch a stunning sunrise (coffee in hand, of course), because life’s all about that wellness balance after all.

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