How can you know what skin care products to use?
There are so many skin care products out there. It can hard to choose among these and find one that actually works.
Go on a site like Amazon or walk into your local drugstore and you’ll be bombarded with bright labels making claims to be the ‘Holy Grail’ for skincare. Fortunately, when I walk into the drugstore I know exactly what I’m going to get: Cetaphil.
I use Cetaphil products for acne and always have since I was younger. Because I’ve had acne for years, this does not mean these products cured my acne, but they never irritated my skin and helped me on the path to clear skin.
This is really the best you can hope for with over the counter skin care products. They won’t outright get rid of acne, but they do serve a purpose and I think they’re important to have in your acne fighting toolkit.
The reason Cetaphil sets itself apart from other skincare brands is because of the composition of the products. If you look at Cetaphil products, they tend to have a lot less components than do their counterparts.
While some might equate more ingredients with a more effective product, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, too many ingredients is just asking for irritation and breakouts. Cetaphil products only stick to what’s needed and doesn’t experiment with ingredients at the expense of the customer.
Cetaphil Products for Acne and how to Use Them
While Cetaphil offers a wide variety of products, unless you’re having a specific skin issue, there’s really no reason to go beyond the moisturizer and cleanser.
To use the Gentle Skin Cleanser, run some warm water over your face. Then apply two pumps to your hands and lather it up. Apply the cleanser to the skin and rub gently (or use the Clarisonic Mia if you have one). Then wash off with warm water.
I recommend using it no more than once a day (if you even feel like you need it).
For the Moisturizing Lotion, gently apply it to your face after cleansing. Also, if you’re going to be spending time in the sun then it’s a good idea to apply the moisturizer before going outside.
You may notice that your skin looks ‘shiny’ or oily after using the moisturizer. That’s okay to an extent, just make sure you’re not using excessive amounts. Just a little bit is all that’s needed.
Alternatives to Cetaphil
I personally have never used any skin care products for as long of a duration as I have Cetaphil, so I don’t feel comfortable going in depth on another line of products. However, based on some personal research and anecdotal evidence, Cerave seems to be an awesome brand as well. Just make sure to do your own research to find what’s right for you.
I know I seem to be pushing this brand pretty hard, but the reason I’m doing so is because I’ve spent tons of money on skincare products only to have my skin end up worse than when it started. These products are truly great, and not only have I used them for years, but my family has too (as you can see in this awfully taken photo).
I know you’ll love them.