Weathering Winter With Cetaphil (+ A $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!)

I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, also known as PCOS. Or to those of us suffering with it “THE BANE OF OUR EXISTENCE.” Because not only does it hinder your ability to have a baby, it also wreaks havoc on your skin. It’s a fun ailment, that one. Or not.

This is why I’m totally skin care obsessed, because no one told my pores that I am closing in on thirty for goodness sakes and could they please get their act together and stop breaking me out like a fourteen year old girl? I’m known to try every new skincare product that comes along promising drastic results. My husband is not fond of walking down the skin care aisle with me when we go to the store because I’m all “THIS ONE! I HAVEN’T TRIED THIS ONE!” and apparently my exuberance over exfoliating masks embarrasses him or something.

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The staple of my routine is Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser, ever since my roommate introduced me to it back in college. I admit to being disloyal and straying from it every now and then when a flashy bottle or an ad showing that cute girl from the Remember The Titans movie and her nice, clear skin catches my eye. But over the ten year course of our relationship, I always return to the dependable cream and blue bottle. Of all the skincare products that I own, this is the one I can’t live without, the one I keep a travel bottle filled with at all times.

The thing is, it doesn’t dry out my skin. And my skin is pretty dry any time of year. I know right? My skin is dry AND acne-prone. THANKS FOR NOTHING, OVARIES. But without fail winter comes and my skin is all “WHAT IS GOING ON?!” And I’m like “Baby, it’s cold outside.”

Oh wait, that’s not me. That’s Nick Lachey. (STAY OUT OF IT, NICK LACHEY! <- If you got that joke, then you and I would be the best of friends.)

Probably scientific studies could be done about how dry my skin gets in the wintertime while still managing to NOT BE CLEAR. I’m not at all bitter about this, obviously. And also? I’m really fair skinned. Do you know what runs in my family? Skin cancer. I am not even kidding. I was dealt an AMAZING genetic hand, right?

So any moisturizer I use has to have SPF in it, even when the sun is nowhere near the northern hemisphere (what, I paid attention in science, y’all) so that I am forced to rely on things like blush for a little bit of color. Because seriously, skin cancer is no joke.

In all of my years using Cetaphil products as my cleanser, I had never tried a Cetaphil brand moisturizer. Don’t ask me why. I don’t have a good answer. I could make up something witty but the truth is that I often overlook things that are totally obvious. Like how yesterday I was stacking blocks with Scarlette and Jeff said “Wow, if you get five stacked I will be really impressed!” and I answered “Well, I just did but Lettie knocked them down.” And he cocked his head to the side, patted my shoulder and said “I thought it was pretty obvious that I was talking to the BABY there, honey.” In other news, I am AMAZING at stacking baby blocks.

So Cetaphil brand sent me their Cetaphil® Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 to try out. I’m really working on being less long-winded, I swear. It’s pretty light for a moisturizer that has SPF in it; many other brands that I have tried feel heavy or oily. But it does help give the extra moisture I need for the colder winter weather. I can’t claim a long-term love affair with it like the one I have with my Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser, but I will tell you that I definitely have a crush. The ball’s in your court now, moisturizer. Play well, my friend.

Cetaphil brand and BlogHer are giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card to one of my readers! PLUS there is a coupon for y’all to print that will give you $3 off any two Cetaphil products! Click here to save up to $3. This makes me love them even more, because I know an unexpected $100 will be a great blessing to one of you and I LOVE COUPONS. To be entered, just leave me a comment letting me know of all the skin care products you own, which one could you not live without?

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  1. Fee K. says

    Ditto here…I haven’t found one I loved so much I couldn’t live without it. BUT I’m going to try Cetaphil…thanks for the coupon and the heads up!

  2. says

    I will have to try Cetaphil. I try a lot of things too and never stick with anything in particular. Half the time I end up using the bar of soap in the shower! Probably not my best choice. :)

  3. Lynn F says

    Dove body wash is the one for me. I’ve used some really fancy and expensive body washes over the years (I do not like bar soap) but I always come back to Dove. It leaves my skin soft and helps with dryness – although I still suffer from that a little. Will have to try the Cetaphil!

  4. Stacey says

    I cannot live without adding a drop of Vitamin E oil for each pump of lotion in the morning. It keeps my skin soft and moisturized all day without feeling greasy or sticky. Plus, having done it for a few years now, even the worst scar I had on my knee from my childhood is almost completely gone. I also credit that, and good skin genetics, to no pregnancy stretch marks. 😉

  5. Heidi G says

    Imagine my dismay at being 53 and still having breakouts!! Rosacea and me are not liking each other. My face is red, rough and patchy and all breakouts to that and it is not a pretty picture. I’ve gone from olive oil to prescription strength face wash to cleanse my face and haven’t settled on a must have product for washing. I do really like the Mary Kay Extra Emollient Night Cream to try to combat the extra dryness. I haven’t tried Cetaphil but am willing to give that a try too–especially if they pick me as the winner–you know, I’m sacrificial like that.

  6. Nicole W says

    Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion! Awesome product! (thank you for the laughs you bring! I love reading your blog! This world needs more humor!)

  7. says

    Ooooh! Oooh! We can totally be best friends. Does it count if I only saw that clip on the Soup?? As far as skin care goes, I’ll just saw baking soda b/c I use it to exfoliate everything.

  8. wendy says

    I am another sucker for new skin care products! I am slightly older than you, and my skin still breaks out randomly. It is sooooo frustrating! My favorite product that I cannot live without is Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer, but I’m not opposed to trying something new!

  9. Lauren says

    Because both my parents had awful skin growing up, they got me started early with Proactiv. I use the (insanely time consuming) 5 step system every night and it really does work. It is still a staple in my daily routine.

  10. says

    My preteen daughter, (can’t believe I just said that or that I have one) was recommended by the dermatologist to use Cetaphil. So far so good. I have not used it but will try it for sure because I have oily, break-out prone, fair, skin-cancer genetics, history as well. I have also used sebamed and like it a lot. Would love the chance to win!!! Do they have anything to counteract my crow’s feet? (remember pre-teen daughter?)

  11. tiff says

    I love the original cetaphil cream in the large tub…it is amazing on my face and on my baby’s severly dry skin, love it.

  12. jenny says

    i think i too have tried everything new with pretty packaging and big promises, i have never found one that works. i haven’t even heard of cetaphil before!

  13. Chris Peden says

    I use the sensitive Cetaphil. Recommended by my dermatologist and I still use it. Used it with a face cloth and water and now use it with a Clarisonic and water. I used to sell very high end cosmetics-Cetaphil is a staple. I have been sent other things to try-always immediately go back to my Cetaphil.

  14. Holly says

    I managed to get all the way to 5 days before my 26th birthday before having crazy skin issues. I think my bio clock is off a decade or so. But this post is a godsend because I have been searching for something magical to heal my skin. And yay for coupons!

  15. Lindsey says

    The cetaphil gentle facial cleanser is my fav! I have über oily skin, and this is the only face soap that keeps my skin well balanced!

  16. sy says

    sorry your skin is dry and acne prone lol I can’t live without a moisturizer that’s fragrance free and has spf 15+, right now I’m using olay, would give cetaphil a try. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  17. Lika says

    I have serious skin problems, have tried numerous products and have yet to find one that works well on me! :(
    I don’t know WHY I haven’t tried Cetaphil. I will have to do that this weekend!

  18. Corrine Adams says

    Iam definitley foing to try the Cetaphil cleanser as that is one of what seems like 100’s that has never been on my radar. I can’t say I have love for any skin care products right now. I have really dry skin and every moisturizer I use causes breakouts. ugh.

  19. says

    I, too, have PCOS (shaking my fist!!) so my favorite skin care product is a little pill called Doxycycline prescribed by my dermatologist. I’m 28 and have probably tried every cleanser/ moisturizer combination out there. Nothing has worked like this pill. Oh yeah, I like to roll my eyes at the Proactiv commercials.

  20. BethVanVliet says

    I have always really liked Biore products–they sold me with that whole nose-strip cleaner years ago–but also resort to St. Ives when on a budget (which does a fine job, I must say). I would love to try out Cetaphil though after reading this review, especially the moisturizer. And PS–I LOVED that story about hte blocks :)

  21. Marie says

    I use Cetaphil face cleanser every day. I love that it’s so gentle on my very sensitive skin. I didn’t realize they also had moisturizer – I will have to check that out!

  22. Samantha Kerr says

    I totally got that OTH reference, so we could definitely be the best of friends! I used Proactiv and loved it for years, but it’s so expensive and it weirdly stains any towel I use while using it, so I’ve been on the lookout for a new go-to product. I will have to try the Cetaphil!

  23. Jenna says

    I use the same face wash, and love how it seems to work well for everyone in my family…clearing up what could be a lot of clutter in the shower! That being said, my ultimate can’t-live-without-it skin care product is Olay oil minimizing toner. This sounds totally bananas, since my skin is more on the dry side also, but this toner helps to balance out my moisture level.

  24. says

    I love Cetaphil! My sister-in-law is a (super hot) dermatologist and after trying for years to get my skin under control, I finally asked her and she said CETAPHIL. I need to try their lotion. I would by a million bottles with my Visa gift card (or at least as many as I could).

  25. Jo Ann D. says

    I love Cetaphil! It’s possible that you have Rosacea. It is very common in women. Talk to your dermatologist about it. I had the same symptoms for years and a small dose of mynocycline daily has cleared it…and the sometime splotch red nose and face…right up!

  26. Alisa Vogt says

    I love Cetaphil too. I use the face wash for normal to oily skin and it just makes my face feel clean and refreshed! I also use the lotion in the jar that I mix in a prescription ointment for dry skin. I love the way it makes my arms and legs feel! It’s very thick and creamy. I haven’t used their facial moisturizer though. I may have to give that a try.

  27. Ashley says

    My skin issues aren’t quite as drastic as yours, but I definitely have dry skin that breaks out-but instead of pimples that come to the surface and then heal, they become cysts under my skin. Never had a problem ’til I hit my 20’s; go figure. I haven’t tried Cetaphil but it sounds like I should! I plan on trying it out, whether I win or not :-)

  28. Ashley C says

    I use olive oil at night when my skin gets really dry. I smell like fried foods, but it works amazing!


  29. Wild Orchid says

    I couldn’t live without my lipbalm. My lips get so dry – especially in the winter.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  30. says

    I could not live without my Oil of Olay lotion. It’s the only thing I’ve used on my face for as long as I can remember! But I’m always looking for a good face wash, so I’ll be trying this!

  31. Laura Benjamin says

    I use Olay Ultimate Moisture Body Wash, My skin is dry , I feel like a aligator sometimes. But I’m always ready to try something new that will be better for my face

  32. Sandrasandra says

    I, too, have PCOS. Ain’t it wonderful? NOT! I totally get your oily/dry skin.
    I don’t have a favorite product yet. Nothing has EVER worked for me. I am using Clean & Clear Sensitive Skin Foaming Facial and Neutrogena Moisturizer for now. I only use the Neutrogena Moisturizer because I read in a magazine Hayden Panattiere say you should always moisturize no matter how oily your skin is. And we know she’s got bomb looking skin. Otherwise, I would’ve never thought about it.

  33. says

    The one product I have found I cannot live without is my DDF Amplifying Elixer. It makes any product you apply over it soak into your facial and neck skin like a sponge. It is one product i can’t live without!

  34. tess says

    i dont have any products- but i wish i did- i need major beauty help- all i use is dove soap and i can live without it
    tcogbill at live dot com

  35. Christina Tong says

    I can’t live without my moisturizer with SPF or my skin would be very dry but would like to try Cetaphil products. Thanks for this review and giveaway.


  36. Sonya Morris says

    I have a drawer full of skincare products and I cannot live without Burt’s Bees Night Cream and Nivea Lip Balm. I use it morning and at night because my skin is extremely dry. Isn’t it weird how different everyone’s skin is?

  37. says

    I love cetaphil! My kids have eczema and Cetaphil has been the best solution for them. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I can buy a ton of Cetaphil with that giftcard!

  38. ANGEL JACKLYN says

    I was thinking face/body wash, but REALLY, truthFULLY, I use these makeup remover wipes everyday that I’ve yet to take into consideration… As I don’t wash my face/body everyday, the wipes being efficient enough would have to do! Thanks for the chance!

  39. Natalie Vandenberghe says

    I think I need my (Cetaphil–dermatologist recommended to me years ago) cleanser AND moisturizer! I use both every day!

  40. says

    Of all the skin care products I own, I cannot live without lotion! My skin will be all too tight and dry. I need rich and creamy lotion in the winter for sure!

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  41. Thomas Murphy says

    I couldnt live without facial moisturizer because my skin gets really dry especially after shaving


  42. angielilly says

    I would DIE without my lip balm! I have one everywhere I hang out in my house and always carry one in my pocket when I leave home. I can’t handle dry lips ever!!
    14earth at gmail dot com

  43. elizabeth anderson says

    My dad has used the lotion for years, did not know about the washed, would love to try them. I have very itchy skin, and like to use those items geared for sensitive skin.

  44. Sara says

    For me, it’s been Cetaphil face wash for years. Now, I’ve added a sonic cleaning device and it’s like Cetaphil squared!

  45. Jennifer Essad says

    people are still commenting and Cetaphil is still facing booking this link – it is still an open contest, if you so – please enter me, I am a new user of Cetaphil and need to stock up or try a different product they offer, thank you for the chance to win

  46. Doreen says

    My daughter has terrible acne and is on accutane which really dries out her sking and Cataphil is the only product that works for her!

  47. Carolyn says

    Everytime after I shower, I need a body lotion that will keep my skin moisturized and protected. I have tried the Cetaphil moisturizing cream and love how rich and quickly my skin drinks this up :)

  48. Mia E says

    I’ve got PCOS and the hubby has ectopic dermatitis. We’ve got bad skin issues all around. We use Cetaphil because the dermatologist recommends it above any other soap. My skin on my face is so dry it has moved into my hairline. So now I look like Josie from Josie and the pussy cats with a white strip in my hair even after I was it.

  49. Brandi Becker says

    Cetaphil Cream! I’ve been using it for half of my life, love it!! From acne in my teens to rosacea as an adult, it always works wonders on my skin.

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