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Doing Drugstore: Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion

When a tube of Cetaphil DailyAdvance Ultra Hydrating Lotion ($10) crossed my desk, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, I am a huge fan of Cetaphil's cult (and dermatologist) favorite Gentle Cleanser, but on the other, I feared it would probably just be yet another greasy body lotion.

Now that I've used it for five days in a row, I'll admit that I should have given this moisturizer the benefit of the doubt. It is nowhere near "heavy" in consistency, but you can tell while rubbing it in that it is going to hydrate better than your average, watery body lotion. It has a silky-fine texture that forms a light, non-greasy film on your skin that reminds me of a glycerin based hand cream–smooth, yet not slippery. It soaks in pretty quickly, maybe a little too quickly for my liking. Nonetheless, it left my skin feeling very soft.

While I am a big fan of this moisturizer for daily use, I am not sure it is deserving of the "Ultra Hydrating" title. It would probably be better suited for those of you with normal to moderately dry skin, rather than those of you battling severe dryness. It is also worth noting that although the product is "fragrance-free," it has that distinct "non-smell" kind of smell, which Mr. Bella accurately described as that of water balloons. It's not strong, but it's not exactly fragrance-free, either.


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emalove emalove 8 years
I'll have to try this, but probably not until it gets to be cold and dry weather again...I've always love Cetaphil cleanser.
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I picked this up while at the beach this past weekend. I got too much sun and felt like my face was burned to a crisp, I put the lotion on in the evening before bed after washing my face with the cetaphyl gentle cleanser (which I swear by and have been using for the last 5 or 6 years). the next morning my face felt completely refreshed and there wasn't even a hint of burn. I'm not attributing my unburnt skin completely to the lotion but I do believe it helped. I agree that while it is hydrating and very nice and non greasy (and I do agree with the weird smell, their spf lotion has the similar smell) but I wouldn't venture to say it's ULTRA-hydrating. I'll continue to purchase the lotion, I'm noticing a little goes a long way so I don't have to use a lot every night (:
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I picked this up while at the beach this past weekend. I got too much sun and felt like my face was burned to a crisp, I put the lotion on in the evening before bed after washing my face with the cetaphyl gentle cleanser (which I swear by and have been using for the last 5 or 6 years). the next morning my face felt completely refreshed and there wasn't even a hint of burn. I'm not attributing my unburnt skin completely to the lotion but I do believe it helped.I agree that while it is hydrating and very nice and non greasy (and I do agree with the weird smell, their spf lotion has the similar smell) but I wouldn't venture to say it's ULTRA-hydrating.I'll continue to purchase the lotion, I'm noticing a little goes a long way so I don't have to use a lot every night (:
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
Cethaphil products (cleanser) mess up the skin on my hands from Eczema so i try to stay away from them.
laura6567 laura6567 8 years
I haven't used this kind, but I've had eczema since I was a baby, and the only thing that keeps it at bay is the Cetaphil that comes in a tub.
thasugardude thasugardude 8 years
I happened to just pick up a tube of this stuff and you pretty much nailed it with your description. It is very easy to apply and leaves a nice silky feeling. And Mr. Bella is definitely onto something with the smell, it's a plastic/rubbery smell, but you have to get up close and personal to get a whiff. Regardless, I'm a fan of this stuff.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting...
piksie007 piksie007 8 years
Why is this different from Cetaphil's heavier original cream? (not the lotion, but the thicker one that comes in a jar)
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 8 years
A dermatologist on the Today Show recommended this last week. I was waiting for another review. It might be worth checking out when my current lotion runs out.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 8 years
Might be good for the summer?
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I'd probably skip it, but it might be worth a look sometime.
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