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.