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How to Use Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Without Water

Did you know that the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser can be used both with and without water? This post contains a video demonstration showing you exactly how to use the Cetaphil cleanser without water.

how to use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser without water

The Cetaphil cleanser is gentle, non-irritating and soap free, so it’s perfect for sensitive or dry skin types. Whether you use the product with or without water, it will leave your skin soft, smooth and moisturised.

If you’re going to use it without water however, you’ll need some extra products. These include either cotton wool pads, tissues or a soft towel. This is to wipe the excess cleanser from your skin.

The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser can also be used for cleaning a baby’s skin, so you can also remove it using baby wipes, or general face wipes.

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Is it better to use Cetaphil cleanser with or without water?

If you have access to water I would recommend you always wash your face with water if possible. This is because washing your face with water will ensure all dirt, skincare products and excess sebum are removed. If you regularly cleanse your face without water, you are more at risk of acne breakouts.

If you know you won’t have access to water however, such as at a music festival, on a long road trip, or when travelling, the Cetaphil cleanser is a great option to help you freshen up!

When I went to Glastonbury music festival a few years ago, I used this cleanser along with micellar water to clean my face every day. I found it was great daily cleanser when I had no access to water for three days.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

How to Use the Cleanser Without Water

You can either massage the cleanser into your face and then wipe it off using cotton wool pads, or apply the cleanser directly onto the cotton wool pad and sweep it across your face.

You can also use a clean, soft cloth or towel instead of a cotton pad.

Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser without water on a cotton pad

The cleanser has a very watery consistency and spreads easily across the skin. I found I needed to use several pumps of the product to completely cleanse my face.

Removing the cleanser with cotton wool

My video demonstration above shows how easy it is to remove the product using cotton wool. After I’d removed the product, my skin felt like I had applied a light moisturiser. It didn’t feel sticky at all. I also noticed that the cleanser had removed small particles of dirt and fibre that were on my skin.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Ingredients

Cetaphil are known for having very minimalist ingredients. The cleansing agent in this product is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) which is quite a harsh cleanser. Despite this, I did not find that this cleanser dried my skin out at all.

Aqua/water, Cetyl alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Bulylparben, Methylparben, Propylparben, Sodium lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol.

A photograph showing the consistency of the cleanser

Who Should Use this Product

This gentle formula is targeted at dry or sensitive skin types. In my opinion it would not work well on oily skin or acne-prone skin because it wouldn’t completely remove all the excess oil.

If you already suffer from acne I wouldn’t recommend using this cleanser without water as it leaves a thin film on the surface of the skin, and I think this might cause further breakouts. Since the formula is non-comedogenic, however, I think it would be ok on acne-prone skin as long as you are using water.

Overall I would recommend the Cetaphil skin cleanser to anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It’s a very mild cleanser with a fragrance-free formula. It helps to protect the skin’s natural ph balance, and can be used as both a face and body cleanser.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, Cetaphil or CeraVe are both excellent brands for producing good cleansing products which won’t cause allergic reactions.

When to Use this Cleanser in Your Skincare Routine

I would not regularly use this cleanser without water as part of your daily skincare routine. I would only recommend using it without water if you have no other option.

If you are at a camping festival like Glastonbury, where you know there’s no access to water, I would recommend using it twice a day. Apply a liberal amount of cleanser in the morning and at the end of the day, and wipe it off with cotton wool. I believe this is a better option than using facial wipes which can dry the skin out.

I would also not recommend using this cleanser to remove heavy makeup. If you are wearing makeup, first remove it using micellar water, and then apply the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser afterwards.

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Thanks for checking out my post about how to use the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser without water. This is a great cleanser that helps to protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier, and soothe irritated skin. I would recommend it to anyone with a dry face, or signs of skin sensitivity.