I’ve always been a fan of capsules – capsule wardrobes in particular have saved me a lot of stress in the fashion department. But skincare ampules – or capsules as they are also known – are perhaps my favourite. Why? They mean you get the exact amount of product that you need to dose your skin without wastage. And there’s no dunking fingers in pots (and then leaving the lid open) or trying force cream back in the nozzle once you’ve squirted too much out of the tube. Hands up if you’ve done that?! Ladies, we’ve all done that. The following two Elizabeth Arden products are new on my beauty radar – and ta da! – they are capsule-based. I just had to share them with you, and explain their benefits, which are more than simply waste-not-want-not.
Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (R825 for 60 capsules OR R995 for 90 capsules) are ideal for a powerful hit of anti-aging. Use them one at a time under your moisturiser (the latter is only recommended if you feel an extra shot of hydration is needed after you’ve applied the serum – see how you go). I’m 36 years old, but my frown lines are starting to deepen (especially as my eye sight takes a knock) and so this is a treatment product I can see the benefit in using now as an investment for later. But use it when you see the need as your skin matures. Active ingredients (to enhance the skin’s barrier repair function) include a triple ceramide complex (this blend really helps fight against water loss to keep moisture in the skin) as well as clever botanicals such as alfalfa extract, lipids from olives and hydrocarbons from coconut oil. This blend means aging lines and wrinkles are treated and skin is further hydrated (bonus!). Another ingredient is Tsubaki Oil, high in both Omega-6 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids. This is the good stuff, as these fats boost skin elasticity and help smooth out lines and wrinkles. This really is a wise investment from 30 onwards, and if you have yet to find a great anti-aging treatment serum since you’ve hit 40 (and you really should start to shop around by then if not before #justsaying).
Its partner is Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum (R655 for 60 capsules), and like the facial serum, the eye product has a triple ceramide complex as well as essential fatty acids. It also contains cholesterol, and this was an interesting ingredient for me – because who really wants put cholesterol on their face? Stay with me here. As I discovered cholesterol is all about helping skin retain moisture, so you – and your face – don’t look so dehydrated. If dehydrated (in other words, thirsty for water rather than simply dry), the under eye area can look like the skin is peeling or flaking slightly and may feel tight. At least that’s been my experience of dehydration – and it’s not a pleasant sensation! There are other ingredients in the formulation too (like botanicals that are soothing and smoothing), but the bottom line is that as an eye treatment, this is a beautifully moisturising one without being overly rich or heavy. Use it morning and evening before applying moisturiser.
Written & reviewed by Helen Clemson
Find both these products at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide. You can learn more about them at elizabetharden.co.za