Counter Intelligence: Capsule Collections
For targeted skin care in a snap, try single- dose pods.
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.