Fashion Quarterly - - Beauty -

Skin­care fans will know El­iz­a­beth Ar­den’s Ceramide Cap­sules. Orig­i­nally launched in 1990, the golden pods pi­o­neered sin­gle-dose serum, mak­ing know­ing how much to ap­ply fool­proof. It’s a life hack that’s only in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity, and has evolved again with the ar­rival of the brand’s new rose-pink Retinol Ceramide Cap­sules Line Eras­ing Night Serum, $162, on Septem­ber 24. The ap­proach is per­fect for the de­liv­ery of ef­fec­tive but no­to­ri­ously un­sta­ble retinol. Ac­cord­ing to New York der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Dendy En­gel­man, “Retinol helps with over­all tex­tu­ral and tone im­prove­ment, and can be ben­e­fi­cial for nu­mer­ous signs of age­ing. It helps with cell turnover, mak­ing skin look more youth­ful, and sup­ports the skin’s nat­u­ral col­la­gen and elastin, im­prov­ing the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles.”

The pow­er­ful for­mula is buffered to pro­vide ex­tra hy­dra­tion and min­imise ir­ri­ta­tion. “Since it’s pre-dosed and en­cap­su­lated with­out ex­po­sure to light or air, it has an in­creased po­tency [com­pared with other bot­tled equiv­a­lents],” says Dr En­gel­man. “Adding ce­ramides helps mois­turise and pre-emp­tively ad­dresses the dry­ness and po­ten­tial ir­ri­ta­tion that we know retinol can cause.”

Al­though retinol is ex­cel­lent at re­vi­tal­is­ing skin, it can in­crease sen­si­tiv­ity to the sun, which is why the new of­fer­ing is de­signed to be used af­ter cleans­ing in the evening only.

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