Since I have sensitive combination skin with hormonal acne (i.e. a tendency to break out more around my period), I’m very careful about what facial moisturizer I put on my face.
Some brands claim to be gentle (*coughAveenoUltraCalmingMoisturizercough*), but they’ve made my skin itch.
You can think of Spectro as the Canadian version of Cetaphil. Spectro’s dermatologist recommended, very gentle, and highly affordable. So I thought it was worth giving this brand a chance.
Spectro HydraCare (Dry Skin) was a pleasant surprise. My skin loves it – let me tell you all about it.
Spectro HydraCare Pictures
√ Hypoallergenic, non-irritating & non-comedogenic
√ Moisturizes for soft, smooth, healthy-looking skin
- Name: Spectro HydraCare (Dry Skin)
- Amount: 140mL
- What I Paid: $4.50 CAD (Got in a bonus pack for $8.99 with the cleanser on an incredible sale)
- Formulas Available: Blemish-Prone, Normal to Combination & Dry Skin
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Pharma Plus, many Canadian drugstores & some Canadian grocery stores
Spectro HydraCare Review
I chose the dry-skin formula instead of the one for combination skin because I wanted a heavier moisturizer since fall is coming up.
Although this is fragrance-free, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a smell. It just means that they don’t put in any scents to mask odors. I get a faint bitter smell when I put this on, but it isn’t something noticeable enough to make you gag.
I really appreciated how even though it made my skin feel softer and smoother, it didn’t feel heavy like a thick mask on my face. Instead, my skin felt cleansed and refreshed! However, the one thing it’s lacking is SPF, so it’s better suited for nighttime use. (Although I admit to wearing it sometimes during the day.)
It absorbs really fast into the skin with barely any rubbing, and it doesn’t leave you with greasy-looking skin. Plus I didn’t break out when wearing this, so I believe its claims of being non-comedogenic (i.e. it doesn’t clog pores).
My skin doesn’t usually get really dry, and this provided just the right amount of moisturizing for me. If you have truly dry skin, I don’t recommend this because it isn’t as intensive as you need it to be.
Also, if you get the occasional pimple like I do, you’ll appreciate how this contains salicylic acid – an anti-inflammatory agent that also promotes a healthier skin turnaround (i.e. old cells shed to reveal new skin). Just make sure that you don’t use it in conjunction with any acne treatments containing Benzoyl Peroxide or you’re just looking for trouble a la lobster-colored skin.
Spectro HydraCare (Dry Skin) Ingredients:
Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Polyglycerin-10, Decaglycerol Decaoleate, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide.
Final Verdict: 8.5/10
What facial moisturizers are you loving? Which will you never repurchase again?