Hydrated skin is healthy skin: smooth, luminous and fresh. Unfortunately, my skin gets a little dry at times, but I’m learning the importance of moisturizing, especially while I’m still in the under-30 crowd.
Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Crème claims it will make normal to dry skin as soft, smooth and velvety as a flower petal. The key ingredient is, in fact, a flower: The cream is part of Chanel’s first line, Hydra Beauty, that harnesses extracts from the camellia flower, which has hydrating and moisturizing properties. (You might recognize the camellia as the company’s emblematic flower, apparently Coco Chanel's favorite.) The formula also includes shea butter, a canola derivative and blue ginger PFA, an antioxidant that is supposed to strengthen skin’s self-defense system.
I tested the moisturizer in the evenings, after washing my face before bed. The cream has a faint fruity, floral smell that is undetectable unless you bring the jar close to your nose. It's a little thick to apply, sort of like a high SPF sunscreen although certainly not as liquid, and leaves a bit of a moisturizing “kiss” that feels subtly sticky on my fingers and makes me want to wash my hands. But once it’s absorbed by thirsty skin—wow! The effects are immediate, and sure enough, my face has blossomed into a velvety, radiating flower petal. From the first application, I couldn’t stop running my fingers over my soft skin (a good sign but a bad habit), and I was beyond pleased to discover when I woke the next morning that my face felt just as smooth and fresh as the night before.
Although its rich texture could be minimally improved, Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Crème is a veritable watering can that will make dry skin bloom. The 1.7-ounce jar is sold at Chanel and Nordstrom for $87.
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