Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser review: Oily skin? You’ll LOVE this!

If you’re as acne-prone as I am, you’ll know how tricky it can be to find a moisturiser that, well, moisturises… without making your skin break out like crazy.

That’s what brought me to the Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser. I’d tried stuff from Cetaphil before – notably their SPF50 (spoiler: loved it) and their cult-status Gentle Skin Cleanser – and my skin hadn’t reacted at all.

One whole bottle later, here are my honest thoughts…

Cetaphil Hydrating Light Moisturiser packaging

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser review

Okay, so with this one, I was a little surprised. Why? For me, this feels (and acts) more like a lightweight serum than a creamy moisturiser. Read my full Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser review below to find out why…

Key product benefits & claims

Product: Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser

Key benefits & claims: A lightweight moisturiser that provides instant hydration to skin and locks in moisture to protect skin from dryness.” – Cetaphil

Suitable for: All Cetaphil products are recommended for ‘anyone looking for gentle but effective everyday skincare’.

Price: Typically £9 – £12.99 for 88ml

The texture & consistency

This stuff is lightweight. And I really mean lightweight. It’s got a watery, gel-like consistency that sinks into the skin within seconds of putting it on. I’m used to creamy moisturisers like the Cerave Hydrating Lotion and The Ordinary NMF that leave behind a slight glow and tackiness to the skin. But this is the opposite!

Once the Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser has sunk in, it’s almost like it was never there. It does leave my skin looking a little more plumped up and hydrated, but in terms of the slight glow/tackiness you get from most moisturisers, there’s nothing.

But actually, for the summer months – or when you’re on holiday and sweat the minute you walk out the door – this is the perfect lightweight product to use! I also think this would be a winner for anyone with very oily skin who needs a moisture boost without the thick, greasy feeling that comes with some other moisturisers.

Cetaphil Hydrating Light Moisturiser review

The results

Does it moisturise my skin? For sure. It has a lovely plumping, hydrating effect, which is probably down to the hyaluronic acid it contains.

Is it enough for my combination skin during the autumn/winter months? Nope. I find that I need something richer on top of this during the colder months – otherwise, my skin feels way too dry. If you’re looking for a rich Cetaphil moisturiser, try their Daily Defence SPF50 instead.

For the most part, I use this more as a serum than a moisturiser. I use it on damp skin (PSA: anything with hyaluronic acid works best on damp skin) and then slather The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors, CeraVe Moisturising Lotion or Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50 on top.

I must say, though – it works damn well as a serum! As someone who’s acne-prone, I’m constantly worried about hydrating serums breaking me out or causing congestion. This doesn’t at all, and it’s very soothing on my skin. For this reason, I’m going to continue using it as my go-to hydrating daily serum!

The scent

The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser has no scent whatsoever. Nothing. Literally zilch. A definite winner for sensitive skin, that’s for suuuuure!

The packaging

It comes in an 88ml plastic white bottle with Cetaphil branding on. Let’s be honest, it’s not a huge amount of product; especially when you compare it to the likes of CeraVe Daily Moisturising Lotion. However, it did last me a good few months with daily use.

The bottle has a twist-shut cap on it (I’m still yet to learn the actual terminology for these, someone please enlighten me!) so it never leaks if you’re travelling.

The product comes in a cardboard box which feels like a little bit of a waste – what’s the point of the extra layer? I’m all for reducing unnecessary packaging these days, so I think Cetaphil could be doing a much better job on the sustainability front. 

Cetaphil Hydrating Light Moisturiser box

The price

I’ve seen the Cetaphil Hydrating Moisturiser retail for anywhere between £9 and £12.99 – so make sure to shop around and find the best price! I tend to buy mine from Boots or Superdrug, as it’s often on 3 for 2.

The ingredients

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Aqua, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Erythritol, Glycine Soja Oil, Homarine HCL, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol.

Some of the most noteworthy ingredients (thanks SkinSort for your awesome ingredient decoder!) are:

✓ Glycerin: Acts as a humectant in skincare products, meaning it helps skin retain moisture by pulling moisture from the air.

✓ Hydroxyethyl Urea: Helps the skin to cling onto water to make it hydrated and elastic.

✓ Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid: A type of hyaluronic acid that has been broken down into elements small enough to penetrate the skin.

✓ Tocopherol (Vitamin E): An antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals (essentially, it’s anti-ageing).

Good for, bad for…

In my opinion, the Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser is best suited to those with oily, acne-prone skin who only need a light touch of hydration/moisturiser. If you’re looking for the most lightweight moisturiser on the market, this is your jam!

This isn’t a good option for anyone with very dry skin unless you’re looking to use it as a serum before a richer moisturiser. This just won’t be enough for you; my skin is combo and I find it doesn’t quite quench my dry areas enough and my makeup can end up looking a little dull and cakey.

It might also be worth knowing that the Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser isn’t fungal acne safe as it contains Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate and Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil.

How to apply Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser

As this product contains hyaluronic acid, I’d recommend applying it to damp skin.

Cetaphil Hydrating Light Moisturiser ingredients

If you’re looking for a decent SPF, try the Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50.

Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Moisturiser review: A lightweight summer staple

I’ve really enjoyed this product – just not in the way that I expected to. For me, it’s more of a lightweight hydrating serum than a moisturiser.

There’s positives to this, though. It’s perfect for the summer months when my combination skin is slightly on the oilier side. And it’s ideal for hot holidays abroad! This will be my moisturiser of choice for my upcoming holiday to Portugal as it’ll keep my skin hydrated without looking sweaty.

Even in the winter months, I’ll still use this as a serum under a richer moisturiser as I know it won’t aggravate my acne-prone skin. 

If you have oily skin or find that thick moisturisers break you out, this is well worth picking up – you can find it at both Boots and Superdrug!

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