In this post, I am sharing my ‘can’t live without’ essential morning skin care products. I spent years trying out different day creams from Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser, Clarins Beauty Flash balm, Comfort Zone Skin Resonance to name a few but there was always something about each product that wasn’t perfectly suited to my skin; too heavy, too light, too greasy, or simply didn’t sit right under make up. My essential morning products include a serum and a gel creme. These products are both from Chanel’s Hydra range which provides ample moisture to keep skin hydrated through the Winter months and replenished from the Summer sun. I’ve been using them for over two years now so read on if you want to know why they are my firm favourites.
Would these products be suited to you? I have combination skin that includes an oily t-zone with red undertones and occasional dry patches and I find this range gives the perfect balance of shine / grease free hydration, the products absorb quickly and leave my skin feeling plump, hydrated and protected with a light, radiant glow.
Is it essential to use a serum and a moisturiser? Serums and moisturisers both benefit the skin in different ways. Serums are usually lighter in texture due to having smaller molecules and a lipid-soluble base that can penetrate deeper into the epidermis and they are filled with a high concentration of active ingredients. Serums are great for targeting specific issues such as anti-ageing, promoting cell renewal, reinforcing cell hydration, adding antioxidants etc. Moisturisers on the other hand hydrate the skin at surface level, creating a barrier to protect the skin and preventing water loss. Serums are best applied twice daily after cleansing and toning. I use a different serum at night and choose Chanel Hydra Micro Serum for the morning as it is quickly absorbed and gives smooth, non-sticky finish.
Chanel Hydra Micro Serum pros and cons
The serum spreads very easily and a few pumps will be sufficient to cover the face so the product will last you a long time. It’s quick to absorb and leaves your skin feeling silky soft. The ingredients are simple which is great for overly sensitive skin and for using every day, it plumps and hydrates and leaves the skin with a healthy, natural glow. The downside is that it costs £66 for 30ml or £98 for 50ml so for this price it would be understandable to expect a “wonder” serum that targets a couple of different skin concerns and offers more than long lasting, skin deep hydration. However, if hydration is one of your skin concerns and you’re looking for a product that will be absorbed quickly leaving smooth, plump, healthy and hydrated skin then invest in this product and your skin will thank you for it.
What is the benefit of using a gel moisturiser?
Gel moisturisers sink in quickly without adding shine and are less likely to clog pores in comparison to a moisturiser. A gel formula will offer up oil-free hydration and is especially suited to combination skin types. Many people choose to use a cream moisturiser in Winter but change to a gel moisturiser in hotter months. For oily, combination or acne prone skin I think gel moisturisers are a must!
Hydra Beauty Gel Creme pros and cons
This product is light and fresh with a cool, gel texture. My combination skin desperately needs hydration but when applying thick moisturisers in order to hydrate my thirsty complexion, I often found they wouldn’t sink in properly and I was left with product residue shining on top of my skin that would almost curdle with foundation if applied. Well those problems are now firmly in the past as I have fallen in love with this product, the texture works perfectly for quick application and a shine free finish. Skin is left feeling hydrated, soft and radiant and instantly ready for makeup to follow (if desired). This is the perfect lightweight moisturiser and costs £51 for 50ml but it does last a long time and has beautiful dressing-table perfect packaging. A cheaper alternative may be Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water gel.
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