Spectro Cleanser, Daily Moisturizer For Combination Skin #DramaFree Skincare Review, Photos

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

spectro cleanser for combination skin, spectro daily facial moisturizer for combination skin

Sometimes, you need to go back to the no frills of the basics. While Spectro Skincare* may not look as appealing as the vibrant, colourful and yummy-smelling cleansers and moisturizers on the shelves, that doesn't mean it should be overlooked. I recently tried out a couple products, and here are my thoughts!

spectro cleanser for combination skin

Spectro has products for all skin types -- dry, blemish-prone, or combination. Since my skin is as indecisive as the rest of me, I chose to try two combination skin products, the first being the Cleanser for Combination Skin (around $12.99 CAD for 500ml). These products are designed for sensitive skin, meaning they are free of potential irritants like fragrance, dyes, soap, etc. It promises not to clog pores while also moisturizing dry areas.

First, the 500ml size is pretty huge! I'm very grateful for the pump, as I'm sure I'd end up dropping this on my foot at some point if I had to pick it up to pour in my hand.... The cleanser has a medicinal, plastic-y scent which I don't completely dislike, but it might be a turn-off for those used to prettier-smelling cleansers. The consistency of the cleanser is a bit milky, and doesn't foam (mainly due to not including ingredients like SLS). It leaves my skin feeling clean but not dry or tight, and it's good at preventing blemishes. It also removes (non-waterproof) makeup well, and doesn't sting my eyes! Yay!

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin*, Hydroproxypropyl Methylcellulose, Isopentydiol, Polysorbate 20, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrated silica, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Diazolidinyl Urea, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sorbitan Oleate

(*Note: The glycerin in Spectro products is animal- and vegetable-derived, so not vegan-friendly!)

spectro daily facial moisturizer for combination skin

Next, the Daily Facial Moisturizer for Combination Skin (around $12.99 CAD for 140ml), another product formulated without common irritants. This moisturizer doesn't have much of a scent compared to the cleanser, and it has a thin but not greasy consistency. Spectro also promises this won't clog pores or cause irritation, and I can attest to that. The moisture level is light and good for my skin for the warmer months, but my skin tends to get a lot drier in winter so I'd reach for something heavier then (possibly Spectro's Moisturizer for Dry Skin!)

spectro daily facial moisturizer for combination skin

My only gripe with this moisturizer is that it doesn't contain SPF, which is really vital all times of the year! Still, this is light enough you could layer it over a facial sunscreen, or if you don't need a lot of hydration, use it at night (which I've been doing). Oh, and the pump nozzle has a locking mechanism (turn it to the left to lock), which makes it great for travelling.

Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Polyglycerin-10, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide

spectro cleanser for combination skin, spectro daily facial moisturizer for combination skin
Cleanser (left), moisturizer 

I really liked these two Spectro products, especially that they do not contain common irritants. I think they're great for all ages and genders -- my husband has even been using the cleanser, and I doubt he'd do that with my more flowery ones! The price point is good too, especially for the GIANT 500ml cleansers! Spectro products are available at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs, well.ca, etc.

I also really like their website, which is very informative and even explains the purpose of each ingredient. I wish more brand websites were so candid!

*Products provided for review. No monetary compensation given. All opinions are my own.

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