If one more beauty editor crowns this stuff "Best" anything, I'm gonna- I don't know - blog about it. Or something. For years now, people have been pushing this goop as the low-cost alternative to... what? Cleanliness? Everyone, from Paula Begoun to Glamour Magazine, continues to tout Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser as good option for people with average skin. Best P.R. job ever.
The ingredients are - let's see now: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. None of those things are horrible. But which of them is good? The product description on Drugstore.com reads, "This unique, low lathering formula..." Can we stop the tape there? Rewind? OK, zoom in. Is someone out there getting this stuff to actually "lather"?
Look, I'm not an unreasonable person. I love that mod, the-doctor-gave-me-this packaging and I would love to sit it on my counter. I'll buy that it doesn't strip the skin of moisture (that's supposedly the big selling point). But that's only because, in my experience, it doesn't get rid of anything at all. I can conceivably see someone with ultra-sensitive-and-dry, immune-to-acne, or newborn skin skirting by with using Cetaphil - although I have a sneaky suspicion they would still need to "clarify" at some point. Heck, it might even work as a morning cleanser, as long as you use something else at night. So I'm not saying it's rubbish or has no practical use. I just don't understand the rave reviews. But, could someone please explain to me what is really so great about this stuff so I can hop aboard the bandwagon.
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