What's in Cetaphil Lotions for the Body? A Review of our Ingredients.

Knowing how skincare ingredients can benefit your body will help you to pick the best product for your skin type. The following information will help you learn more about the selected ingredients for Cetaphil body lotions and how they are used to benefit your skin.

Moisturizing Lotion Ingredients

What Are The Key Ingredients in Cetaphil's Body Lotions?

Body lotions provide a crucial way to lock in moisture around the body, allowing your skin to stay hydrated in different environments. Cetaphil lotions and moisturizers use a wide range of ingredients to support your unique skin needs, including lotions tailored for dry, oily, and combination skin types. In this review of Cetaphil lotion ingredients, we’ll discuss the benefits they provide for your skin and which products you can use to take advantage of the various ingredients.



Glycerin is a substance that is made from natural fats. It is a potent humectant that hydrates and draws in moisture into the epidermis (the outermost layer of your skin). In skincare products Glycerin is often paired with other ingredients called occlusives, such as shea butter, these act to seal in the moisture that glycerin has drawn into the skin. This key ingredient is found in many of Cetaphil moisturizing lotions, such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, where it works to boost hydration as well as supercharge other ingredients.


Panthenol is a derivative of vitamin B5 and is an excellent moisturizer that prevents the loss of water from the epidermis. Studies have shown panthenol containing products can help improve the skin barrier or help prevent loss of water. Panthenol helps maintain the skin’s integrity and its ability to retain moisture, making it an amazing ingredient for body lotions, such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is packed full of vitamins A, D, and E which provide key nutrients to the skin. Other nutrients found in avocado oil include omega 3 fatty acids. These nutrients are easily absorbed into the outer epidermis to support the skin, this helps skin to stay smooth, strong, and elastic. Avocado oil is therefore used in body lotion, such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, to smooth rough areas.


Tocopherol is a form of vitamin E. Tocopherol contains unique properties which allow your skin to be protected from environmental damage through antioxidant effects. As well as protecting your skin, tocopherol is both an emollient and a humectant. Humectants hydrate the outer layer of skin by drawing water from deeper layers or from the air. Tocopherol’s emollient properties mean that it also provides a film of moisture around the skin and softens it. Together, these features of tocopherol make it a powerful ingredient in Cetaphil lotions, such as Cetaphil Advanced Relief Lotion.

Shea Butter

Shea butter has been used for centuries for skin care due to its light consistency which soothes the skin. Packed with fatty acids (including oleic, stearic and linoleic acid), shea butter is a natural and effective moisturizer that can smooth and condition the skin. Oleic acid and linoleic acid both balance each other out, which ensures skin is not oily after using shea butter.

Shea butter lotion is quickly absorbed and it can help to restore the skin’s fats as well as moisturize rapidly. This fast absorption helps the skin's natural barrier function - making shea butter lotion particularly beneficial for sensitive skin.

To gain the benefits of shea butter for your skin, you can try Advanced Relief with Shea Butter.


Ceramides are found within your skin cells - in fact, they make up around 50 percent of the epidermis. Over time, through the natural aging process, the ceramide content in skin cells can get depleted. This loss of ceramides can lead to dry skin with a dull complexion. You can tackle this issue by supplementing the skin with ceramides through a ceramide-containing lotion.

One of the key functions of ceramides is to support the skin barrier. The skin barrier function helps to protect your body from environmental stresses and pollutants. Ensuring your skin has an appropriate level of ceramides will help your skin maintain a healthier and stronger barrier.

If you suffer from rough, dry, and flaky skin then try Intensive Healing Lotion with Ceramides for intense hydration and a soothing effect. This lotion is particularly suitable for daily use on the feet, hands, knees, and elbows.


Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, and it has a range of skin benefits including its contribution to keeping the skin barrier functioning. Additionally, niacinamide can help to ensure that oil production from the sebaceous glands in your skin stays well-balanced. This prevents skin from becoming too oily and remains moisturized.

Another key benefit of using niacinamide containing body lotions is that they can minimize redness and blotchiness within the skin. Over time, these lotions can reduce the appearance of your skin pores which can improve the tone and texture of your skin.

To gain the skin benefits of niacinamide, you can try Cetaphil’s Restoring Lotion. This restoring lotion can help replenish your skin overnight and to help your skin appear healthier with a natural glow.


Urea is naturally found in the skin and can provide a keratolytic effect. This effect can encourage dead skin cells to shed, so the outer layer of skin can become softened. Cetaphil use this property is useful for body lotions to help skin renewal around the body. Urea also gently exfoliates skin to help smoothen roughness and reduce the appearance of skin bumps.

If you have rough or bumpy skin then try Cetaphil’s Daily Smoothing Moisturizer for Rough and Bumpy Skin which contains 20% urea.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is naturally found all over the body, including in the eyes, skin, and joints. It works as a lubricant and also provides a cushioning effect to the skin. Around fifty percent of the hyaluronic acid within the body is found in the skin, here it binds to water to enable the skin to retain moisture. As we get older and as the skin is exposed to environmental stressors, the levels of hyaluronic acid can decrease. Using a body lotion that contains hyaluronic acid can help your skin to recover from these losses. Having an adequate level of skin hydration can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too.

To gain the benefits of the hyaluronic hydration effect for your skin, try Sheer Hydration Replenishing Body Lotion this contains an exclusive HydroSensitive Complex with soothing blue daisy to provide deep hydration and a soothing effect whilst keeping skin non-greasy.


Dimethicone has a silicone base, and it is a useful ingredient for a body lotion: it helps bind ingredients in the formulation to create a smooth and silky texture. When dimethicone is applied to the skin, it creates a physical barrier that locks in hydration. Although dimethicone provides a seal to the skin, it won’t clog your pores.

In particular, dimethicone can be a great ingredient for cracked skin, such as on your heels. Cracked Skin Repair Lotion can help tackle very rough, cracked and sensitive skin: it is enriched with dimethicone to provide hydration and a restorative effect to any rough skin.

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil)

Sunflower seed oil, also known as helianthus annuus, is a great ingredient for body lotion as it is packed with multiple benefits for the skin. This beneficial skin oil can help other ingredients get absorbed into the skin and boasts non-comedogenic properties, which means that pores do not get clogged following application. This feature makes it suitable for all skin types.

Sunflower seed oil is full of linoleic acid which can help the skin maintain its barrier function, this helps skin to keep hydration locked in.

To gain the moisturizing benefits of sunflower seed oil, you can try Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion which has a lightweight formula clinically proven to provide instant soothing and long-lasting hydration.