Last month I was selected to receive a product from Lise Watier’s newest skincare line HydraForce, courtesy of Glam Sense. This line contains Gaspé Algae Extract, described as a “…survivor of harsh environments, the Gaspé algae has developed a highly efficient resistance system, enabling it to thrive in severe conditions. Its extract guarantees the skin’s global hydration, transforming it into a veritable defensive shield.” (source).
I received the Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme, which is meant for normal to dry skin. Unfortunately this wasn’t really a match for me as I have combination skin so I feel the Creme-Gel would have worked better with my skin type. I do tend to experience dry patches every once and while though so I decided to give it a try. In addition to the creme, I also received a hydra-detect device that was meant to test the hydration levels of my skin (more on this later).
First up, I have to say the packaging is beautiful. The jar is a thick, heavy glass and it feels and looks really luxurious and high-end. The creme itself has a thick, rich and creamy consistency and after applying this before bed for a period of 2 weeks, I definitely noticed a difference in the hydration levels of my skin.
One thing I’m not a fan of is its’ strong, perfumey scent; I have very sensitive skin and I tend to stray away from skincare products that have added fragrance. I think I could stand the scent more if it dissipated after applying, but it lingers for quite a while after.
This is also just a little too rich for my skin, at least right now. Not much of a surprise, given that it’s for normal to dry skin types. I think if we had more of a true winter here, this may work better for me as an overnight mask, used a couple of times a week. This has been a very mild winter and we haven’t had much in terms of blustery winds or really cold, dry air so my skin isn’t in need of this level of hydration. However I think if you struggle with dry, parched skin, this could work wonders on you!
Lastly, I have to say that I find the hydra-detect device a little..okay, a lot gimmicky. Basically you download the Hydra-Detect app and hook the device up to your phone. The device has a sensor which is to be place on different areas of your skin before and after applying the product, in order to measure hydration levels. The problem is – I could only get this to work on my hand. Its intended to test the T-zone and Cheeks but every time I pressed the device in those areas, it wouldn’t move past the “testing” stage and the results never came through. So I found that frustrating but I wouldn’t depend on this to determine how hydrated my skin is anyway, because how accurate could this really be? It did show that my hand was much more hydrated after applying the creme but of course it would be, and I don’t really need a device to tell me that.
The price point for this product is $45 CAD for 45 mL; if I compare that to other higher-end skincare brands I’ve used, I find the price reasonable.
Overall, I think this is a decent product and would probably work well for those needing some serious hydration and moisture added back into their skin, assuming you’re okay with the fragrance.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Leaf Cell Extract, Squalane, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Peg-8, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol
Cost: $45.00 CAD for 45 mL
Thanks to Glam Sense and Lise Watier for giving me the opportunity to try out this product!