Ooh, happy Friday 13th!
And, completely unrelated to Friday 13th is the rest of my post today.
Lise Watier, a Québec, Canada-based luxury cosmetic and skincare line, recently released HydraForce, a line of “weatherproof moisturizers.” Even though Lise Watier is pretty much the premier Canadian beauty brand, I’d never actually tried any of their skincare—just their makeup (which tends to be very good). So, I was pretty excited when Glam Sense announced that they’d partnered with Lise Watier and I’d be receiving one of the new moisturizers to try out.
As a side note, Lise Watier announced earlier this week that Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal, Passchendaele, Wonderfalls) as their new brand ambassador. It appears to be a perfect match, as both Lise Watier and Dhavernas are from Québec.
I’ve made no secret of being a big fan of NBC’s Hannibal, in which Dhavernas’ character is almost always wearing the hell out of a wrap dress (be it from Le Château or Diane von Furstenburg). The costume, set, and food design in the show are absolutely first-rate—Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne get bespoke suits from Garrison Bespoke in downtown Toronto, by the way!
Poor Hugh Dancy, however, is usually seen dressed from head-to-toe in some nondescript combination of Dockers and Eddie Bauer.
But, I digress…
So, via Glam Sense, I received a full-sized tub of one of Lise Watier’s two new facial moisturizer to review. I got the Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme (for normal to dry skin); there is also a Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel for normal to combination skin.
I also received the Hydra-Detect Hydration Tool, which was quite a surprise when I first saw it in the box. I initially thought Lise Watier had just randomly sent some free audio equipment, too! It’s actually a skin hydration tester with a headphone jack that works in concert with your smartphone and the Lise Watier Hydration App (iOS, Android). The Android version has a few horrid reviews saying it didn’t work; I used the iOS version with my ancient iPhone and didn’t experience any issues. It was pretty fun to use!
Amusingly, the app icon looks like a blue macaroon (perhaps Schtroumpf-flavored?):
From Lise Watier:
The formula’s effectiveness lies on the remarkable power of Gaspé Algae Extract. 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.
Fortified and protected, the skin is soft, smooth and radiant.
Normal to dry skin.
The company also claims “[i]nstrumental measurements prove that skin is 3 times more hydrated” and that “100% of women confirm that skin is more hydrated, soft and protected against outdoor aggressions.”
Those are some aggressive claims!
The moisturizer comes in a hefty glass jar. They say that, ideally, tube or pump containers are best for moisturizers so that the product comes into less contact with air (sometimes I wonder about that, since plenty of air still gets into tubes and pumps, especially—unless it’s a vacuum pump, and most aren’t). Of course, tubs are definitely not as good from a hygiene-perspective since you’re always sticking your fingers in the product. Still, I can’t help thinking that hefty jars feel more luxurious, so I suspect that’s why many higher-end face creams are still packaged that way (I can’t explain how disappointed I was when my Nuxe face cream switched from a glass jar to a lightweight plastic one!).
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.
My Skin Type & Routine
I was very glad to receive a product that is meant for my skin type: dry! I am in my late 30s and while I don’t seem to be developing any wrinkles yet, I have always suffered from dry, flaky skin—my T-zone is just slightly combination—and I do occasionally get patches of eczema. Yay, Canadian weather! My skin is also a touch acne-prone (mostly due to stress and lack of sleep). Luckily, my skin is not super-sensitive, so fragranced products don’t typically cause any issues for me.
I typically switch up my cleansers quite a lot, but recently I’ve been sticking to Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil for makeup removal (plus a little philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser if I feel the oil didn’t wash off well enough, one of the things I really hate about oil cleansing), Nuxe Melting Cleansing Gel in the mornings when I have a bare face, and occasionally NeoStrata Acne Clear Clarifying Gel Cleanser when I want something a little tougher.
For months before trying out Lise Watier’s new moisturizer, I had been using First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream day and night. It’s a deluxe 2 oz sample that just will not finish! Arrrgh. I bought it mainly because I had heard it was good for eczema, but, while it’s a passable moisturizer and didn’t cause any problems for me, it didn’t really do much else, either.
I also use a facial oil a few times a week, usually Cocoon Apothecary Organic Rosehip Oil Moisturizing Serum, Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil, or Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil.
I had been lax on using any masks and other treatments—it’s all the tiredness, I tell you!
Performing the Lise Watier Hydration Test
The test was really easy to use: load up the app on your phone and connect the Hydra-Detect Hydration Tool via the headphone jack. You get to select the area you’re testing: T-zone (I used my forehead), cheek, and hand (presumably the back of the hand) are the three options. When ready, you place the detecting side of the tool on that area of skin, and within seconds, the app gives you the hydration level of that skin in a percentage.
I did find that sometimes, the test result would be very wonky, like 5%. But if I re-ran the test a few times, I’d usually get a few numbers that would be within a very close range, so I’d average three numbers per test (discarding the clear outliers).
It also graphs your results quite nicely:
Here were my results without having done anything at all (it was in the morning and I hadn’t washed up yet):
Nothing Done to Skin
Here were my results a few minutes after washing my face with Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (which is not normally what I’d use in the morning, admittedly):
After Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (Day 1)
As you can see, my face became drier after the cleansing. My hand didn’t, which was a bit weird! But the number is only slightly off, so I look at it like there was basically no change. I guess the back of my hand was kind of dry as it was, so maybe it couldn’t get too much drier.
Here are the results about 5 minutes after moisturizing with Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme:
After Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme
|T-zone||50.2% (up 15.6 pts)|
|Cheek||53.2% (up 14.8 pts)|
|Hand||36.9% (up 3.3 pts)|
Not bad, huh? Here’s how it stacks up against another moisturizer, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, which is what I had been using prior to this experiment. Again, I cleansed in the morning with Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil.
After Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil (Day 2)
And 5 minutes after the FAB moisturizer:
After First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
|T-zone||42.9% (up 6.8 pts)|
|Cheek||37.6% (down 0.1 pt)|
|Hand||33.6% (up 2.1 pts)|
What the hell, my cheek got drier! Anyway, you can see that the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream results are much shabbier than that of the Lise Watier HydraForce Creme.
The results of the Lise Watier Hydration Tool were quite interesting, although I don’t want to put too much stock into it as I have no idea how it actually works! Lise Watier didn’t provide any documentation whatsoever, so I’m hesitant to draw any real conclusions from the numbers.
However, I could tell after just a few days of use that the Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme is a much better option for me than the First Aid Ultra Beauty Beauty Cream. I had tested these products last month, in April, and it was still quite cold and dry here. I had a small patch of eczema on my cheek which had been bothering me, even though I’d been continuing to use the First Aid Beauty Cream which was reportedly good for eczema! After using the Lise Watier Creme only a few days, the eczema patch was already somewhat visibly reduced and less flaky.
The Lise Watier Creme also, by contrast, feels very lightweight and it sinks well into the skin. Texture-wise, it reminded me a lot of a Garnier cream-gel I had used in the past, so that might help give you an idea of what the Lise Watier’s texture is like. There is an aquatic-floral scent to the cream, which may bother those who are sensitive to fragrance, but I liked it.
I’ve been continuing to use the Lise Watier Creme for over a month, now, morning and night, and I’m really liking it a lot. I’d say that when I run out, I’ll be very likely to purchase a new jar. I’m curious to see how it fares for me over the summer months, when I’m not as dry and in need of moisturizing. It’s such a lightweight formula that I think it will do really well!
Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme retails for CAD/USD $45 and contains 45 mL. There is a version of this product for combination/oily skin, as well. The company is cruelty-free.
Lise Watier Cosmétiques is a private company based in Montréal, QC, Canada.