A recession is coming, and hoarding rice is not going to take your makeup off at night. An occasional series by Sephora Spy stenographer Loren Hunt on the cheap beauty supplies that will carry you through a credit crisis. •Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: So ubiquitous that there is probably not a woman over 25 who has not already tried it, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser has made its name by being the all-purpose, can't-fuck-it-up, good-for-everyone workhorse of the skin cleanser universe...[Click pic for more]

A short list of ingredients often connotes a certain degree of skincare integrity, and Cetaphil delivers on that, containing only "Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben" Its packaging also screams integrity, claiming that "Unlike soap, CETAPHIL is completely non-alkaline, non-comedogenic, and fragrance free. Soothes and softens as it cleanses, helping the skin retain needed moisture." Does it do all of this? In a word, yeah. Is it exciting? No. If you get the big 16 oz. size that comes in a pump (for around twelve bucks), and the pump gets slightly stopped up, does it sometimes go squirting across the bathroom and stick to the wall like a load of slightly iridescent semen from hell? Absolutely. Should you use it? If you haven't already, you have probably been stuck in a basement for some portion of your adult life.

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