Daily Archives: November 9, 2013

HGB :: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


I was in the shower the other day, thinking thoughts, inspired to do so by my latest stalker-y obsession (yeah, Theresa! Shouts out to you!), when it hit me.

My daily regimen. It’s got a lot of steps. It’s just HGB fodder at my fingertips. It’s a myriad Saturday posts waiting to happen. It’s the no-brainer of topic generators.


Also, if I take it in order of appearance, so to speak, I won’t even have to worry about deciding what to write about first.

NOTE: Before we embark on this journey, you have to know that I am a night shower person. I’d rather got to bed with wet hair and deal with bed head the following day than surrender my precious minutes of sleep by showering in the a.m. If you are the opposite, or if you are like my hubby and – gasp! – shower both in the morning and at night, then just humor me, mmkay?

And thus, we begin with today’s offering: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

When I get up in the morning and stumble into the bathroom, this is what I grab first. I was never a “wash your face” in the morning kind of gal, but when I started applying make up for reals, I noticed that my 40+ year old skin needed some sort of priming before I began slapping on product. I’m not prone to oil – have dry skin, in fact – but night sweats and oil build-up tend to be problematic for a night shower gal like me.

My mother introduced me to this cleanser because it’s super gentle and super light. I don’t experience a slick film on my face when I’m done, and neither do I feel that tightness I get after I use my stronger face wash (more on that in a later post). What I do get is the benefit of a morning shower wake up without the fuss and time and excessive water consumption. I also get a clean slate upon which to “put on my face”.

Do I recommend it for an apr├Ęs cleanser? That is, would I use it to take my makeup off? Not really. I don’t think it has the cleaning mojo of stronger formulas. I tried it a few times and found I had to cleanse, rinse and repeat several times before I was makeup-free enough to dry off. But I also don’t scrub or use face towels or poufs; I just lather up using my hands and do a gentle circling on my cheeks. When I used it with my Clarisonic, the same thing occurred, though, so you be the judge.

That said, then, I reserve the Cetaphil goodness for my morning, pre-makeup routine. It’s a good thing too, because it is a bit pricey for drugstore. But it makes my skin feel supple and smooth , it has never caused me to break out in acne or splotches, it has an inoffensive scent and it’s mom-approved. That makes it HGB-worthy in my book.

Just make sure you buy the kind that says “all skin types” and not the one that says “for normal to oily” (unless you have oily skin, of course). I made that mistake when I was at Yale. No bueno. But that’s a story for another day.

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