The next video installment in the Where Beauty Begins campaign, featuring Diane Kruger, features Ms. Kruger discussing beauty. Check out the video below…
August 6, 2013
In the latest episode of the Chanel series “In Conversation with Dermatologist Amy Wechsler”, Dr. Wechsler, a trusted advisor to CHANEL Skincare, discusses UV protection. You can view the video interview below and read the interview provided by Chanel below the video. Let’s just say she wouldn’t agree with Coco Chanel’s tanning…
Why is it important to wear sunscreen?
There’s nothing more aging or damaging than unprotected sun exposure, which is why sunscreen should be an essential part of every person’s skincare routine every day. Not only does it cause skin cancer, the sun causes wrinkles, fine lines, extra blood vessels, and dark spots. Beyond the beach and the pool in the summer, there are all kinds of places where we get inadvertent sun. In fact, any skin not covered by clothing when you walk outside is getting sun exposure. This is why it’s so important for everyone, regardless of age, race, region, or season, to apply sunscreen on any exposed skin in the morning before leaving home. I’ve been really diligent about sun protection since my early 20’s, and I think my skin is aging at a slower rate, thanks to the care I’ve taken to avoid sun damage.
What sunscreens are best?
You should always use a broad spectrum sunscreen. “Broad spectrum” means it
protects skin from both UVB and UVA exposure. Broad spectrum sunscreens usually
contain a physical UV filter, like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Those two ingredients
seem to be the best, because they block UV rays and they do it right away. You don’t
have to wait a half hour for it to start working. Put it on and you’re protected. They don’t
get broken down by the sun, so you don’t have to put them on every hour like chemical
UV filters. Because they’re minerals, they don’t clog pores and, for the most part, they’re
water and sweat resistant thanks to the formulation. My favorite sunscreen is CHANEL
UV Essentiel. The texture is aesthetically great, and the protection it offers is superb.
Can you be exposed to sun damage indoors?
There are two different kinds of rays: UVA and UVB. We can see the effects of UVB right away in the form of sunburn or a suntan. UVB is a short wavelength that gets blocked by windows. If you’re inside, you aren’t exposed to UVB. But you are exposed to UVA, which also causes skin cancer and premature aging. I nicknamed UVA “the Silent Wrinkler.” It penetrates deeply, but doesn’t give you a tan or a burn. You have no idea that you’re getting exposed to it, but over the years, it accumulates and causes wrinkles, fine lines, brown spots, skin cancer and all the other bad things that UVB rays cause, too. It would be nice to think we’re protected from UVA rays when we’re indoors, but we’re not necessarily. Some windows have UVA shields, but many don’t, including airplane windows and car windows. If you always have your broad-spectrum sunscreen on, you know that you’re protected. I always keep sunscreen in my purse for on-the-go re-application. It’s also a good idea to keep a bottle at your office.
What level of SPF do you recommend?
You can adjust the level of SPF to the season, the climate where you live, your skin tone and your lifestyle. If you have pale skin, you may want to use an SPF 30 or above in colder months and an SPF 50 in warmer months. In the summer and in warmer climates, I think everyone should wear an SPF 50. In winter, an SPF 20 would be fine if you live in a place where it’s cloudy most of the time or if you spend most of your daylight hours indoors. Use your best judgment. Personally, I wear CHANEL UV Essential with SPF 50 every day of the year. I’m very fair and even in the winter and on rainy days, I want to protect my skin from UV damage. The most important thing is that you wear some form of sunscreen with SPF 20 or above every day. People go out to lunch or they’re commuting in their car or they’re flying on an airplane and getting all kinds of sun exposure and don’t even realize it. That’s why being prepared and having that layer of protection on is a great idea.
Can I skip sunscreen if there’s SPF in my moisturizer?
You should always use a sunscreen in addition to your daily moisturizer, in my opinion. There are some products that are a combination moisturizer/sunscreen, but I think an added layer of protection in the form of a sunscreen is a good idea. Think of it as an extra bit of insurance.
How often should I reapply?
If you’re not going outside, you don’t have to reapply. But if you’re going out to lunch or out for a walk, apply sunscreen to any exposed skin. Put it on your face, your ears, your hands, your neck and don’t forget the tops of your feet.
What other steps can you take to prevent sun damage?
To prevent sun damage, it’s important, first, to know that it’s damaging and to not be in denial. Not to fool yourself into thinking that you’ll be able to undo it or fix it in the future. Yes, there are some things that we can do to address sun damage, but protection is critical if you want healthy skin. It’s good to think about sunscreen not just as sun protection, but as sun avoidance. Seeking shade is a really good idea. Walk on the shady side of the street. Wear sunglasses. When you’re walking in the shade and wearing sunglasses, you stop squinting; your whole face just relaxes. When your face relaxes, you’re not producing wrinkles around your eyes. None of this means you should stay inside and never enjoy the outdoors! Just protect yourself with a good broad-spectrum sunscreen, be mindful and have fun!
August 1, 2013
Chanel just debuted its new skincare ad campaign, called “Where Beauty Begins”, featuring Diane Kruger. You may remember that back in April, I posted that Diane Kruger would be the new face of Chanel skincare. Her natural beauty is a lovely canvas for the ad campaign.
For CHANEL, beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself. When you choose to believe in yourself. With the conviction that you are unique. Beauty begins with self-confidence.
CHANEL. Where beauty begins.
Here’s a video interview featuring Diane Kruger speaking about the new CHANEL Skincare campaign Where Beauty Begins… more will be released throughout the week.
July 25, 2013
Lisa Eldridge shows us how to create an effortless evening look with Chanel’s Les Beiges. I’m especially loving the eye shadow and nail polish – they’re not new products but they look really pretty.
In Woody Allen’s latest film, Blue Jasmine, Cate Blanchett is in the title role. Lucky Magazine reports that the costume designer, Suzy Benzinger, stated: “I called up Karl Lagerfeld and, I have to tell you, I was astounded…I sent a note and in two days he shipped out two custom made jackets for Cate Blanchett with the most beautiful note. And I just thought, ‘Oh my god,’ and he just said ‘For Cate, I’d do anything’”.
I wish Karl would say, “For Gabriella, I do anything.” Sigh. I’m still looking forward to seeing Blue Jasmine though – I love Woody’s leading ladies.
WWD asked a group of designers to sketch a hypothetical gift fit for a little king — here’s Karl Lagerfeld’s sketch of a crown-themed pacifier.
Karl Lagerfeld is collaborating with Italia Independent, founded by Lapo Elkann, a man who is also often seen with statement glasses. An Italian industrialist and entrepreneur, Elkann has worked on many projects, including the Fiat x Gucci collaboration. One of the categories that he produces is eyewear, which he has perfected a velvet-like finish.
The two eyewear lovers, (I mean, when was the last time you saw Karl without glasses?), will create three pairs of optical glasses and sunglasses each, with two being unisex. When asked about the collaboration Lagerfeld stated: “I love velvet gloves on iron hands and velvet sunglasses on steel eyes.” (WWD).
We’ve seen many photo art projects depicting Chanel — from burgers, lollipops and ice cream cones. Artist and photographer Clara Hallencreutz is throwing her hat in the ring with a series of still life photographs of the infamous double C’s done up in food and flowers. You can buy her prints on her online store.
July 22, 2013
Chanel celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin created a look that was natural, yet glamorous, for Lake Bell at the 2013 Espy Awards. Read on to see how to get the look…
Inspiration: I wanted Lake’s ESPY Awards makeup to have a glamorous yet laid back feel to it.
Skin: First, I hydrated her skin with Le Jour de Chanel serum to give her a fresh glow.
Foundation: I wanted to allow her natural skin to come through, so I lightly applied CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to her skin.
Blush: I sculpted her cheekbones with CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in No. 30 for a healthy but natural looking glow.
Eye: To define her beautiful eyes, I lined the upper lid only with CHANEL Automatic Liquid Eyeliner in Noir.
Mascara: Lashes were curled and coated with two coats of Le Volume De Chanel Mascara in Noir.
Brows: I filled in her brows with CHANEL Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Brun Cendre. Lips: I finished the look with Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Favorite a beautiful orange red.