I’ve been using Quantum Hydrox Protecta Facial Day Fluid for a few months now. I’m using it far more regularly than any of my other moisturisers, mainly because it suits so many different skincare situations and sits so well alongside other products.
The light moisturising fluid has exfoliating properties (10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid), it’s also very rich in antioxidants to keep skin in tip-top condition. So a bit of a one-step wonder! I can use it completely alone, layered over a serum, layered beneath a richer cream – its lightness makes it a brilliant companion to all other skincare elements.
The formula is packed full of potent actives — stable Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Astaxanthin, Green Tea, Tiger Grass, Superoxide Dismutase, and Ferulic acid to name a few — that address inflammation and strengthen the skin’s barrier as well as providing antioxidant protection.
Those with oilier skin may love the Quantum Hydrox Protecta Facial Day Fluid purely on its own. It is non-greasy and there’s no sense of product overload but hits the spot perfectly when it comes to hydration. I’d say though, that this moisturiser really comes into its own with normal to combination skin. It’s moisturising enough for the drier areas and nicely balancing on the t-zone, it’s wonderful underneath sunscreen and equally fantastic last thing at night if you’re worried about breakouts.
I have no idea why the Protecta Facial Day Fluid is a day moisturiser, because there’s no reason you couldn’t use it at night and it doesn’t contain anything that’s better for daytime use (there’s no SPF, which would be the main differentiator). My guess is due to the antioxidants but they’re just as needed at night! If you apply an antioxidant in the morning, it will absorb UV-induced free radicals before they can harm the skin. But in that process, that antioxidant gets destroyed and never fully gets into your skin cells where it’s really needed. Antioxidants have natural anti-inflammatory effects and they can help the skin repair itself — they work best at bedtime if those are the benefits you’re after.
Like the fantastic Kalma Facial Toner by Quantum Hydrox that I also reviewed a few months ago, availability is its major downside. Quantum Hydrox is a Canadian skincare brand from Vancouver and the products cannot be bought outside of Canada (sorry!) in-stores or online. The brand is sold exclusively at Shopper Drug Mart and Pharmasave. The Protecta Facial Day Fluid is CDN$34.50 for 120ml here (delivery in Canada only).