Counter In­tel­li­gence: Cap­sule Col­lec­tions

For tar­geted skin care in a snap, try sin­gle- dose pods.

Martha Stewart Living - - Contents - TEXT BY MELISSA MILRAD GOLD­STEIN

When you rely on skin-care in­gre­di­ents to do the heavy lift­ing, it pays to en­sure they’re up to the task. Snap open one of th­ese travel-friendly, spill­proof pods for the most po­tent for­mu­las.

SIN­GLE- DOSE SERUMS are about to be­come your new main squeeze. Each pod holds a mea­sured dose of ac­tive in­gre­di­ents that can treat what­ever vexes you—from fine lines to dark sp ots. And thanks to their in­no­va­tive de­liv­ery sys­tem, they don’t lose ef­fi­cacy: “The coat­ing pro­tects them from be­ing ex­posed to the light and air that can break them down,” ex­plains Karelle Mess­ner, a cos­metic chemist and vice pres­i­dent of global skin de­vel­op­ment for El­iz­a­beth Ar­den, which first used cap­sules 28 years ago. “It elim­i­nates the need for preser­va­tives, so each am­poule is fresh and full-strength upon open­ing.” The coat­ings are made of veg­etable-based glyc­erin, pu­ri­fied wa­ter, and cel­lu­lose, so they’re biodegrad­able. And they’re sim­ply con­ve­nient—just twist off and pat on skin. Here are four high per­form­ers that work in a pinch.

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