In an ideal world, your skin’s functions would perform in perfect balance. However, daily life, lack of sleep, travel, and hectic schedules disrupt the skin’s natural rhythms, causing signs of dullness, fatigue, and stress to appear. The complexion can appear tired, with an uneven texture [or worse]. To restore the complexion to its optimal state, Chanel created three skin-care products, customized to your weekly needs. Together, the products help to resynchronize your skin’s natural rhythms throughout the day, the night, and the weekend for a perfectly balanced complexion - even-textured, smooth, supple, and beautiful.
Le Jour de Chanel Morning Reactivating Face Care ($85) is designed to energize the skin so that it can adapt to its environment throughout the day. Jasmine extract from Grasse invigorates the skin, while salicylic acid gently and gradually exfoliates to visibly minimize pores. Your complexion will appear smooth and radiant - and ready to face the day.
I applied it before I read that it contains salicylic acid (SA) - then I nearly died, anticipating a burn. I am extremely reactive to SA, which is too bad because it's an effective ingredient. When I applied the serum, I found it very firming on my face. I'm not sure whether that's normal or just my skin's reaction to the SA. As soon as it dried, I followed it with a peptide-rich moisturizer. Whether the moisturizer protected me or the SA is formulated to be gentle, as advertised, I had no reaction beyond a minimal flush. By the way, all of these products are fragranced, and this one smells divine with the jasmine in it.
I read the directions after I used it. Le Jour de Chanel is supposed to offer gentle micro-exfoliation, with a very low dose of SA. Chanel says it will tighten your pores (check) and visibly even your skin tone. You are supposed to wear it under your day moisturizer, so I instinctively did the right thing.
La Nuit de Chanel Evening Recharging Face Care ($85) is a very nice night cream. It is designed to soothe and moisturize the skin to encourage nightly recovery. Frankincense extract calms the skin to prepare for the process of overnight repair, while hyaluronic acid, nature's sponge, helps restore the skin’s plumpness and hydration. Your complexion should appear supple upon awakening, with no signs of dullness. This is the most highly fragranced of the three products, although I didn't notice the fragrance five minutes after application. It did its job nicely overnight. I'd like to know what else is in it, but complete lists of ingredients did not come with the samples I received.
Le Weekend de Chanel Weekly Renewing Face Care ($115) is the one that blew me away. If you can only invest in one, this is it! The directions are slightly confusing, but between the written directions and its name, I figured out how to use it. "Every week morning and evening, Le Weekend de Chanel enhances skin renewal while providing intense hydration." What does that tell you? To use it every day? No, the name says weekend, so I believe it means you can use it on either one or both weekend days, morning and evening. That's what I did.
Le Weekend de Chanel combines relaxing rose water (which smells fabulous) and a proprietary complex of high-tolerance glycolic acid for a gradual exfoliation and lasting hydration, with instant effects. Overnight, my skin was smoother, softer, and more even in appearance. I couldn't believe it when I awakened after the first use. A repeat confirmed my initial impression. This treatment works.
The milky "cream" was gentle on my skin, but my skin likes glycolic acid. Chanel warns that those with sensitive skin might feel gentle tingling on application, but that the tingling should quickly disappear. I felt none. There are two more warnings: 1) don't use it close to your eyes (normal), 2) don't use it on irritated skin, and 3) glycolic acid will make your skin less sun tolerant, so make sure to use adequate sunscreen for a week after using the product. I am sold on Le Weekend de Chanel and plan to pick up some the next time I can.
Have you seen or tried Chanel's new trio? What do you think? I'll be interested in hearing your reactions.
I do not know if the Resynchronizing Skin Care has arrived at counters, but it is available at Chanel's Web site. My package insert provided a May 15 date for ordering it.
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