Lubriderm vs Cetaphil | Which Body Lotion Is Better?

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: January 14, 2024

As a skincare editor who regularly tests body lotions, Lubriderm and Cetaphil are two drugstore brands I often recommend for dry and sensitive skin. While both provide effective moisturization, there […]

As a skincare editor who regularly tests body lotions, Lubriderm and Cetaphil are two drugstore brands I often recommend for dry and sensitive skin. While both provide effective moisturization, there are some key differences between the two.

The main similarity is that Lubriderm and Cetaphil lotions are fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin. Both contain emollients like mineral oil and glycerin to soften skin and retain moisture. However, Lubriderm relies more heavily on occlusive barriers while Cetaphil focuses on humectants that draw moisture into skin.

Lubriderm's Advanced Therapy Lotion contains mineral oil and glycerin for lightweight moisturization as well as petrolatum to form a protective barrier trapping moisture in. This allows it to provide long-lasting relief for very dry skin. Cetaphil Restoraderm body lotion feels lighter and absorbs more quickly thanks to humectants like glycerin and shea butter that hydrate without an occlusive layer.

For facial use, Lubriderm's Daily Moisture Lotion for Normal to Oily Skin is lightweight enough for acne-prone skin but still hydrates thanks to aloe vera. Cetaphil's Oil-Free Face Moisturizer SPF 30 offers similar lightweight hydration with sun protection. However, those with very dry skin may find Cetaphil's facial lotions not moisturizing enough year-round.

When it comes to ingredients, Lubriderm tends to rely on more occlusive petrolatum and mineral oil while Cetaphil uses chemical emollients like dimethicone. So those avoiding certain chemicals may prefer Lubriderm's simpler ingredients. But both are formulated for sensitive skin and avoid common irritants.

Based on user reviews, most notice effective moisturization and comfort from both brands. Fans of Lubriderm love the long-lasting hydration from protective petrolatum, especially for dry hands and feet. Cetaphil users report it absorbs quickly and layers well under other products. Negative reviews for Lubriderm occasionally report greasiness while Cetaphil's lighter textures leave some wanting richer moisture.

Pricewise, Lubriderm body lotions cost slightly more than Cetaphil's, usually around $1-2 more per bottle. However, the barrier-forming emollients provide long-lasting moisture so a little goes a long way. Cetaphil may need reapplied more often throughout the day. In general though, both offer good value for quality moisturization at drugstore prices.

Overall, those with severely dry, flaky skin will benefit most from Lubriderm's long-lasting occlusive barriers to lock in moisture. People needing a lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly for normal to dry skin may prefer Cetaphil. But in general, both brands provide non-irritating moisturization suitable for sensitive skin at an affordable drugstore price point.

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Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of TheDermDetective.com where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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