Here, Melanie Grant, CHANEL’s Skin Expert, tells us exactly how to use Chanel’s new skin star and explains why it’s so special.
WHAT MARKS THE CHANEL CC CREAM DIFFERENT TO OTHERS?
The Chanel CC Cream is a beautiful skincare-makeup hybrid that offers a soft focus coverage while plumping and protecting the complexion.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY ITS FIVE SUPERPOWERS ARE IMPORTANT TO OUR DAILY SKIN HEALTH?
Strong, healthy, radiant and resilient skin is forged through a number of vital factors. The five super powers of the CC Creme being unifying, moisturising, corrective, protective and radiance boosting work synergistically to reinforce the integrity of the complexion and work from a preventative standpoint to keep it firm, nourished, hydrated and bright.
WHERE DOES THE CC CREAM SIT IN OUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE?
The CC Cream is incredibly unique in that blurs the traditional boundaries between skincare and makeup. Formulated with naturally derived active Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and UV Filters it sits perfectly alongside your active morning serums and creams, best applied as the final step in your regime to harness it’s ability to protect against environmental aggressors and perfectly improve tone, texture and bestow a healthful radiance to the complexion.
HOW AND WHEN SHOULD YOU APPLY THE CREAM? ARE THERE ANY TIPS OR SUGGESTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO APPLICATION OF THE PRODUCT?
I love applying the CC Cream by decanting a pea sized amount and warming between my finger tips before applying from the centre of the face outwards using a gentle “pressing” motion to work it into the skin. Applied over your serums as the final step in your morning regime, it blurs imperfections while still allowing the skin to breathe.
CAN IT BE USED AS A STAND-ALONE MOISTURISER, OR DO YOU RECOMMEND PAIRING IT WITH OTHER PRODUCTS?
Depending on your skin type and concerns, the CC Cream can of course be used on it’s own as a stand alone moisturiser. Particularly for normal, dehydrated and devitalised skins, it’s new generation Hyaluronic Acid offers consistent hydration over a 12 hour period, ensuring the complexion is kept plump, quenched and nourished over the course of the entire day.
CAN IT BE USED SOLELY AS SPF?
My approach to caring for skin is to always opt for preventative measures wherever you can. Layering your sun care will always yield the most comprehensive coverage, so while the CC Cream offers potent protection against UVA and UVB rays, it is always best to add in any additional care that you can. I love the CC Cream applied as the final step in my morning regime, over my serums it gives the skin such a beautiful, healthful glow without looking like you are wearing a trace of makeup.
CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE IMPORTANCE OF SPF IN BOTH SKINCARE AND MAKEUP?
The dire effects of the sun on our complexion are second to none. Prolonged sun exposure has long been frowned upon but really, it’s the repetitive incidental exposure daily that over time causes the most harmful assault on our collagen, elastin and tone and texture of our skins. I’ve always said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and the CC Cream perfectly embodies this. It considers the barrier function of the skin with non-comedogenic lipids and next generation hyaluronic acid to quench and plump fine lines, potent antioxidants naturally derived from the remarkable Murunga Plum to brighten the skin and shield from free radicals and most importantly, offers broad spectrum SPF 30 protection.
RECENTLY, THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT INTO HYBRIDISED MAKEUP-SKINCARE. WHY DO YOU THINK THIS IS SO, AND WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT IN THE CURRENT BEAUTY NARRATIVE?
For me, it’s never been about having a lot of products, just a couple of really potent, purposeful ones to work hard on your behalf. The CC Creme is the perfect example of this: it unifies the skin tone and conceals imperfections while delivering potent antioxidants, replenishing the skin’s Epidermal Water Content with Vectorised Hyaluronic Acid and shields the complexion from age-accelerating harmful UVA and UVB rays. We live in a dynamic, fast paced and results- driven culture so we all want to achieve the optimal effect with minimal output – the CC Creme is the ultimate cosmetic multi-tasker.
THIS CREAM IS ACTUALLY QUITE CLOSE TO HOME, WITH A LOCAL INGREDIENT AS ITS HERO. CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THIS INGREDIENT IS, WHERE IT COMES FROM, WHAT IT DOES AND WHY IT’S SO IMPORTANT FOR OUR SKIN?
Murunga Plum Extract really is a most wonderful skin care ingredient! It is proven to contain the richest Vitamin C content in the world and it comes from our very own Australia. Vitamin C is an imperative ingredient for all skin types and concerns as it is vital for skin immunity and most importantly, collagen synthesis. Vitamin C also works to brighten the complexion and ensure it is both firm and radiant, while shielding the skin from free radical damage, environmental aggressors and oxidative stressors that accelerate the ageing process.