Beauty Low-down: Face lotions
Chanel Hydra Beauty Lotion Very Moist (HK$395/150ml)
Claim: this alcohol-free lotion contains an active ingredient derived from camellia, the brand's emblem flower, which boosts hydration. Blue ginger extract, rich in antioxidants, reinforces the skin's health and self-defence system.
YSL Forever Youth Liberator Lotion (HK$380/200ml)
Claim: a gentle lotion suitable for all skin types, including sensitive, that boasts anti-ageing properties - courtesy of the brand's exclusive Glycanactif scientific complex which stimulates cellular activity. It creates a more transparent complexion and erases signs of fatigue.
Helena Rubinstein Prodigy Powercell Daily Activator Lotion (HK$880/150ml)
Claim: contains vegetal cells of Oceanic Crista which promotes cellular regeneration, tissue repair, and protection against free radicals. Vitamin E and a hydrating complex containing a rich polymer and hyaluronic acid provide 24-hour hydration, firmer skin and radiance.
Verdict: Helena Rubinstein's lotion may not absorb as quickly as the other two, though its silky fluid leaves the skin feeling best. It gives the skin a brighter, healthier touch, but you'll need deep pockets for this made-in-Japan product from the American beauty brand. Chanel's formula appears gel-like but dissolves into a lightweight fluid that absorbs quickly when applied. The skin feels moisturised without being sticky. Its subtle floral scent is refreshing. YSL's lotion gives the skin a similar pleasant, hydrated sensation, while the other two work better in the dry winter conditions.