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I purchased the gel version of chanel hydramax for my girlfriend, this is the latest range of moisturers from chanel. These are very expensive especially when you compare them to £2 moisturisers off the shelf like nivea and E45 so it's hard to see why you would want to spend £40 on a moisturiser. I researched which moisturiser to get as a gift in a very scientific way, being a guy and the first thing I noticed is that some high-end moisturisers can do more damage than good. Hydramax is fragranced which can cause an allergic reaction but to my surprise this was a great gift that works really well. The moisturiser is clearly superior to anything off the normal shelf and gives normal skin a luxiorious glow and texture without any allergic reactions (for my girlfriend anyway). The fragrance is very pleasant and a great contrast to the chemical smell of cheap moisturers.
You may notice that you get very little actual liquid but the quantity required to improve the quality of your skin means that this will last months.
I tried Chanel Hydramax when staying at a friend's and had forgotten my moisturiser. We had been drinking and my skin always dries out a lot when I drink so she lent me this and told me it was a miracle cream.
She has very dry skin and so uses the cream but you can get a gel for combination skin or a thinner lotion for oily skin. I tried the lotion as a sample and really did not like the consistency. The cream for dry skin is wonderful though.
The creams smell lovely. They are quite a strong fragrance for a moisturiser but I like this. They aren't at all floral, in fact a masculine scent if anything.
It really moisturises well but maybe too well and so it is better to use at night, rather than go around with a shiny face all day. Having said that, it does absorb into the skin well but takes a little while, due to how thick it is.
They cost £35 so rather expensive. I would probably not buy it, just because of the price tag. If you can afford it though, it is well worth it. Really luxurious stuff!
I am a 20 yr old lad. I take skincare very seriously. I've spend around £300+ on skincare in the past year!
My skin type is combination to very dry. As in my t zone area I have oily skin and where I shave I have very dry skin. So finding a product I can use on my both area is rather difficult.
I have tried all the products in the Chanel Hydramax range.
Chanel hydramax have a cream for dry skin, gel-cream for conbination skin and a lotion for oily skin. Each (£35)
And now a serum new for 2005 for all skin type. They say if you use the serum with one of the hydramax product it provides 80% more hydration (£38).
For Christmas 2004 I had the hydramax lotion bought me as a presant. It was lovely but I found that it was not enough for my drier area, but it kept my skin on my t zone matt all day long. Now I only use this range at night.
So because it was not enough for my drier areas I decided to try the other products in the hydramax range. I had samples of the gel cream, cream and serum.
The woman at the chanel counter said that i had combination skin so she said I should buy the gel-cream. I tried it and found it still was not enough for my drier area where I shave.
So in the end after trying all the samples I bought the chanel hydramax serum (£38 for 30ml) and the cream (£35 for 50ml).
The cream was fantastic alot more hydrating than the lotion I already had and was also better than the gel-cream.
At night after cleansing my face, I apply the serum all over my face including the t zone and neck, then wait 5 minutes and apply the lotion on my t zone and the cream where I shave. And it smells divine! This leaves my skin feeling hydrated, cool and refreshed. I keep all my skincare products in the fridge as it leaves my skin feeling cool and fresh because the products are cold. The products all last longer by not going off also.
One thing I like about chanel hydramax range is the smell. Its absolutely divine! You have to smell it!
The only thing I don't like about this range is it does not contain sun factor (spf) protection which is why I only use the chanel hydramax range at night now. As the most important thing for keeping skin young is coming out of the sun due to the sun causing 90% of skin aging.
One point about the serum is it can be a bit stinky. but its nice and hydrating. £38 is alot of money but the product that lasts around 4 months. I have found as you only need a small amount unless you are really dry. I've heard it ones of the best selling serum's of 2005.
Due to using the lotion of on my t zone a bottle will last for around a year.
Personally I will buy the serum and the cream again but not the lotion or the gel-cream. I've found that apart from keeping my skin matt thats all the lotion does. The cream and the serum work very nicely together and if you have dehyrated skin it is excellent.
I would try all the samples before making a choice of which one you buy and try using them alone and with the serum.
Hydramax is a mini range of moisturisers in the Chanel range which caters for the younger customers, its a kind of "prevention" series. (The anti-wrinkle range is available later!) There are three types, the balancing gel, the oil free gel and the cream. I have tried two of there, the balancing gel and the cream. The consultant recommended the balancing gel to me, as this mattifies the T-zone area (the oily forehead, nose and chin) and moisturises the cheek area. I found the gel did work well, particuraly for warmer days as it is light and refresing. However, I used this with the Gel cleanser and Gel Tendre toner, which meant by the end I felt rather over-gelled. It did feel a little sticky at times around the nose, and I can't say I had less spots around that area. Then on to the cream, as I was sure (against the consultants advice) that my cheeks deserved full on moisture, I bought the Hydramax cream too. This is a light pink cream, which smells like heaven; that kind of subtle, blossomy scent that stays all day. This comes in a stylish tub (superficial, moi?) and this cream was extremely moisturisng, but I don't think it was too greasy, even on my forehead and chin. I felt that my skin was brighter and softer after only a few days, and I suppose the cream texture was sooting on my skin, something that I do prefer over gel-textures. Also I think the price is extremely acceptable at £24, it is cheaper or the same as other leading brands such as Clinique and Dior, and lets face it, Chanel has the superior brand image! So remember, just because the consultant tells you something, they can be wrong! (well not all the time, but a little self diagnosis is acceptable!)
Hydramax from Chanel is an excellent range, I have purchased the Balanced Hydrating Gel. Which you are directed to apply twice daily after cleansing. It moisturises and refreshes the skin, and absorbs excess oil leaving a matte finish. It has an anti-enzyme ingredient which is supposed to help fight harmful things that cause the loss of elasticity in the skin. When you go to buy you Chanel skin Care product, they have this fancy way of finding out your specific skin type and the best products for you. Apparently there are over 17,000 possible combinations of skin types! I use it once a day, and my skin does seem to be less greasy and a little firmer, but i'm not old enough to worry about wrinkles yet!!! Buy it,