Beneficial Ingredients in Cetaphil & What They Can Do For Your Skin?

Beneficial Skincare Ingredients

What Ingredients Are Used in Cetaphil?

Different skincare ingredients can benefit your skin type in different ways. In this guide, learn more about some key ingredients used in many of Cetaphil’s products, and how they can support your skin’s individual needs.

Scientific Skincare Ingredient Research

Cetaphil Ingredient List

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil is a natural ingredient that is produced from almonds and found in many skincare products, such as Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Cream. It boasts emollient properties, which means it can soften and soothe skin. This allows sweet almond oil to tackle rough skin and improve the skin’s texture, complexion, and tone.

Additionally, sweet almond oil has moisturizing benefits and can help the effects of environmental stressors. The oil contains vitamin E and fatty acids, these can combat skin damage.

You can learn more on the Sweet Almond Oil page.


Niacinamide is vitamin B3, an essential vitamin for the skin. Niacinamide has both moisturizing and antioxidant properties: these can help seal moisture into the skin. Vitamin B3 also supports skin firmness.

Another role of niacinamide is its involvement in the skin's lipid barrier and protective function, which is important for all skin types. It can ensure hydration without exacerbating oily skin - this makes it an ideal product ingredient for both oily and dry skin types.

Since niacinamide keeps skin firm, smooth, and hydrated, it can also help reduce the appearance of pore size and tackle red and blotchy skin. Some of the skincare products that feature niacinamide are Cetaphil’s Moisturizing Lotion, Deep Hydration Healthy Glow Daily Cream, and Gentle Skin Cleanser.

You can learn more on the Niacinamide page.


Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5. This natural vitamin is an excellent skin soother that can alleviate the effects of skin sensitivity. Vitamin B5 is easily absorbed into the skin, and it helps the skin to retain moisture, which enables your skin to remain supple and soft. Our Daily Facial Cleanser and Advanced Relief Lotion both contain panthenol.

You can learn more on the Panthenol page.


Glycerin is a water-soluble emollient, which means this ingredient can soften and moisturize skin. It not only draws water into the skin layers but also helps the skin retain that moisture too, making your skin feel both smoother and softer.

Our Moisturizing Lotion, Moisturizing Cream and Advanced Relief Lotion are some of the products that contain glycerin.

You can learn more on the Glycerin page.


Tocopherol is the name given to vitamin E. Vitamin E is an essential vitamin for the skin with a powerful antioxidant effect: Tocopherol helps protect the skin from free radicals that result from environmental stressors. It also provides hydration and a soothing effect, which can alleviate skin sensitivities.

You can learn more on the Tocopherol page. Add tocopherol into your skincare routine with our Moisturizing Cream too.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a natural fat from the nuts of the shea tree. Although a solid at room temperature, it’s easy to apply as it quickly melts on the skin. Shea butter is packed full of vitamins and fatty acids, which are vital for supporting a strong skin barrier and helps keep skin hydrated without making the skin oily. Shea butter is a wonderful ingredient to soothe, smooth and condition the skin.

Our Advanced Relief Cream contains shea butter. You can learn more on the Shea butter page.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a clear, viscous component that naturally occurs in the skin. This acid can help to hydrate and boost the elasticity of the skin effectively. The intense hydration from hyaluronic acid makes the skin become plump, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, due to environmental stressors and the aging process, our skin can become depleted of hyaluronic acid. This means it's a welcomed ingredient in many skincare products like our Deep Hydration Healthy Glow Daily Cream.

You can learn more on the Hyaluronic acid page.


Ceramides are a type of lipids found in abundance naturally within the skin. They form an important part of the skin’s protective barrier; this functions to help the skin retain moisture and prevents water loss. When you use a product containing ceramides, such as our Intensive Healing Lotion with Ceramides, your skin can become more resilient against drying and sensitivity.

You can learn more on the Ceramides page.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera comes from a green succulent plant of the same name. This plant contains a thick gel within its leaves that is rich in amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. The aloe vera gel may be used for its many benefits to the skin: it provides coolness leaving the skin feeling refreshed, it is useful in helping to address mild skin irritations and can soothe the effects of sunburn. Aloe vera is also easily absorbed into the skin which can help to seal moisture into dry skin.

You can learn more on the Aloe vera page. To access aloe vera’s skin benefits, try our Ultra Gentle Body Wash Fragrance Free or Soothing Gel Cream with Aloe.


Urea is part of the natural moisturizing factors (NMF) found within the skin which help the skin to stay naturally moisturized. It is a humectant - it can draw moisture into the outer layer of the skin from deeper layers or from the air. Urea also has keratolytic properties at higher percentages, these can act to break down keratin within the top layer of the skin; this produces a gentle exfoliating effect which can soften and rejuvenate skin.

You can learn more on the Urea page. Cetaphil’s Daily Smoothing Moisturizer Lotion for Rough and Bumpy Skin uses Urea in its formulation.


Bisabolol is extracted from the chamomile plant and has soothing effects for the skin. This essential skincare ingredient, as found in our Deep Hydration Refreshing Eye Serum, helps the skin to remain firm. It can also facilitate the absorption of other ingredients into the deeper layers of the skin.

You can learn more on the Bisabolol page.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is produced from the avocado fruit and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, D and E. These nutrients nourish the skin as they are easily absorbed and can help rejuvenation. The essential fatty acids and oleic acids within avocado oil have been found in studies to keep skin elastic and hydrated. This makes it a star ingredient for our Moisturizing Lotion.

You can learn more on the Avocado Oil page.