“Treat yourself.” That’s the motto and was the case when I happened upon the Chanel counter at the mall near my home. I had been wanting to buy into the brand for a little while and thought I would start with their skincare. Ideal for dry, weakened skin, the rich texture of the Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Cream works to gently repair, protect and smooth skin leaving it feeling comfortable and looking radiant. But, was it worth it?

Somewhat. I mean, it doesn’t have an SPF so it cannot be the only moisturizer I use when I step out of the house. Instead, the Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Cream has made it to my side table as a twice-a-week nighttime indulgence. I say “indulgence” because 1.) the price tag – R 1 200, and 2.) it’s a super rich nourishing cream. According to, expensive facial creams are commonly known for one thing – being centered around one ingredient. With the Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Cream, the “active” ingredient used is the plant Camillia alba. Its purpose? To promote “optimal moisture retention within skin cells”.  Being someone who has dry/combination skin, I have found that a pinch of product is just enough. While I often experience dryness and dehydration even after the very last step in my skincare routine, even this nourishing cream can be overwhelming if too much is applied. Thus by using it only twice a week, it has the potential to last me a good six months.

Do you need it? If you’re asking whether it’s time for your skin to go designer, sure – why not. But is it a necessity? No. Your skin needs more than one beneficial ingredient in order for it to perform at its best. If your skin concern is severe dryness amongst other things, a pharmaceutical is probably the only thing you should be on the market for. There are far more potent, hardworking moisturizers capable of doing this and more at a more palatable price.

However, I have to say that I have been enjoying my experience with it. Post-application, my skin feels like silk. It smells absolutely incredible – like fresh cucumber – and when upon waking up, it still feels blanketed in that same velvety freshness. As winter approaches and my skin tends to lean a lot more towards the dry side, this beaut will be the perfect mid-week boost of hydration I need. Also, considering the fact that the texture of my skin largely improves after use, I can see it working wonders before foundation application.

Have you tried the Chanel Hydra Beauty Nourishing Cream? If so, share your experience with me below…