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On Trial: Chanel Hydra Beauty Crème Riche

How the new science-laced beauty buy holds up

Imagine that a revolutionary skincare ingredient—one that fights those fine lines that show off your true age, that dry skin that highlights your every makeup mistake, and the age spots that hint at your lack of daily SPF use—has been discovered.

Well, one has. Camellia Alba PFA combines the antioxidant properties of Madagascar-grown blue ginger actives with the nutritive benefits of omega-rich camellia oil. The ultra-pure compound was fashioned through an purification technique developed exclusively by Chanel.

Camellia oil is a remarkable natural agent for the retention and enhancement of skin moisture thanks to the generous amounts of inherent polyphenol antioxidants, while blue ginger has been reputed to strengthen skin fibers and shore up skin’s structure, improving elasticity and firmness.

Some of you may be a bit reticent to jump onto the face oil bandwagon, but I’m telling you: Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Crème Riche ($87) gives skin the superbly hydrating benefits of an oil in a cream formulation. Fittingly luxurious and as indulgent as Chanel always offers, the texture is great for spring when you starting transitioning out of your heavier creams.

The hydrator goes on sheer, actually, without any greasiness, and works well on its own or when used over the anti-ager already in your regular rotation. Mine? Retinoids, which you know by now can leave you with the customary dry skin spell. The first time I used Crème Riche, I was hooked. Just two days later, my skin had a subtle luminosity and was wholly moisturized without that coated feeling, something sensitive skin types will appreciate. A week later, I happily have no breakouts to report. That alone feels like luxury.