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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner versus CeraVe Hydrating Toner .

Last updated on July 18, 2023. Published on August 16, 2022

Overview

What they are

These products are both fungal acne (malassezia) safe and reef safe toners. They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Cool Features

They both contain niacinamide and Vitamin E

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for fighting acne, anti aging, dry skin, brightening skin, oily skin, reducing pores, scar healing and dark spots

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Toner American Brand United States
Toner Canadian Brand Canada

Toner

Toners are used as a “last-step” cleanser, a pH balancer, add moisture to the skin, or may help in reducing impurities on the skin. They have a liquid consistency and are usually used after cleansers but before treatments.

Toner

Toners are used as a “last-step” cleanser, a pH balancer, add moisture to the skin, or may help in reducing impurities on the skin. They have a liquid consistency and are usually used after cleansers but before treatments.

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Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Notable Ingredients

AHA
Vitamin E
Niacinamide

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing
Skin Texture
Reduces Large Pores (2)
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Scar Healing (2)
Acne Fighting
Brightening (4)

Concerns

Irritating (2)
Rosacea

Notable Ingredients

Vitamin E
Niacinamide
Ceramides (3)
Hyaluronic Acid

Benefits

Hydrating (6)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (5)
Reduces Irritation (3)
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging (4)
Dark Spots
Scar Healing
Acne Fighting
Brightening (3)

Concerns

Irritating
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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 1.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 1.

2
What it does: Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 2.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 4.

3
What it does: Smoothing
Community Rating: Loved

Niacinamide has emerged as an all-star ingredient due to its many benefits.

It is known to treat acne by reducing inflammation. It also helps fade dark-spots and strengthen the skin by promoting the growth of the ceramide barrier.

Other benefits include smoothing wrinkles and minimizing redness.

The cherry on top? Niacinamide can also help build keratin, a protein that keeps skin firm.

When incorporating niacinamide into your routine, look out for concentration amounts. Typically, 5% niacinamide provides benefits such as fading dark spots. However, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to begin with a smaller concentration.

Niacinamide can be mixed with other ingredients to boost benefits. For instance, it has shown to be effective when used with copper, folic acid, and zinc to treat acne.

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 3.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 13.

4
What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 4.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 3.

5
What it does: Buffering, Masking
Community Rating: Disliked

Citric Acid is an AHA derived from citrus fruits (think oranges, lemons, and limes!).

If you spot Citric Acid near the end of an ingredient list, it's likely there as a pH adjuster rather than an active ingredient.

As an AHA, Citric Acid removes the top layer of skin cells from the newer layer of skin underneath. This helps skin to remove dark spots and look more even.

Read more about some other popular AHA's here:

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 7.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 22.

6
What it does: Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Ethylhexylglycerin (we can't pronounce this either) is commonly used as a preservative and skin softener. It is derived from glyceryl.

You might see Ethylhexylglycerin often paired with other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol. Ethylhexylglycerin has been found to increase the effectiveness of these other preservatives.

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 8.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 25.

7
What it does: Buffering, Masking
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Sodium Citrate helps maintain the pH of a product. Normal pH level of skin is slightly acidic (~4.75-5.5). The acidity of our skin is maintained by our glands and skin biome. Being slightly acidic allows our skin to create an "acid mantle". This acid mantle is a thin barrier that protects our skin from bacteria and contaminants.

Sodium Citrate is a chelating agent. It neutralizes metal ions from water and prevents them from binding to other ingredients. This ensures the other ingredients will not be altered.

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 12.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 15.

8
What it does: Antioxidant, Masking, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Tocopherol (also known as Vitamin E) is a common antioxidant used to help protect the skin from free-radicals and strengthen the skin barrier. It's also fat soluble - this means our skin is great at absorbing it.

Vitamin E also helps keep your natural skin lipids healthy. Your lipid skin barrier naturally consists of lipids, ceramides, and fatty acids. Vitamin E offers extra protection for your skin’s lipid barrier, keeping your skin healthy and nourished.

Another benefit is a bit of UV protection. Vitamin E helps reduce the damage caused by UVB rays. (It should not replace your sunscreen). Combining it with Vitamin C can decrease sunburned cells and hyperpigmentation after UV exposure.

You might have noticed Vitamin E + C often paired together. This is because it is great at stabilizing Vitamin C. Using the two together helps increase the effectiveness of both ingredients.

There are often claims that Vitamin E can reduce/prevent scarring, but these claims haven't been confirmed by scientific research.

Learn more about Tocopherol

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner contains this as ingredient number 13.

CeraVe Hydrating Toner contains this as ingredient number 21.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

47% are loved or liked
24% have mixed ratings
6% are disliked or very disliked
24% have no rating yet
48% are loved or liked
16% have mixed ratings
24% are disliked or very disliked
12% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Toner 17 ingredients

4.0 /5
from 1 review
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Feb 9, 2024

I’ve been using this for maybe 3 years now as my everyday toner. Great with or without layering.

Perhaps my first dabble with niacinamide, it slowly evened up and brightened my skin tone. Does a little bit of hydration, moisturising,...

I’ve been using this for maybe 3 years now as my everyday toner. Great with or without layering.

Perhaps my first dabble with niacinamide, it slowly evened up and brightened my skin tone. Does a little bit of hydration, moisturising, evening skin tone, brightening. A simple all-rounder for the less risk-taking but there are definitely more effective stuff out there.

It’s very gentle, a slow going change but it was a level up from my previous toners. It was my staple as my skin started to stabilise through my early 20s from thin dehydrated oily skin to mostly normal type skin so if I had to pick just one toner to bring with me at the time, it would be this one.

However, this is not enough for dry and dehydrated skin. Medical issues ruined my body and my skin abruptly changed to being constantly dehydrated, super dry, extremely irritated, rashed up, dull, uneven, and SAGGING. There were prominent wrinkles on my forehead and my face looked so sunken that I completely lost the youth in my face within 2 months. What I saw in the mirror was the wake up call on just how devastated my health has become. If you ever reach that point, this will not be enough. Hence, I have been using this less because I need more hydration and moisture, but I can still come back to it on the days when my skin is more okay.

I breaks my heart to say this since I have relied on this for years, but I don’t think I will be buying another bottle after this one. My skin has just changed too much and it’s no longer the one for me 🥺

Hydrating
Light
Absorbs Well
No Scent

CeraVe Hydrating Toner 25 ingredients

4.7 /5
from 3 reviews

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