Beauty product of the week: Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules
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It's much more than an anti-ageing serum.
Why we love this product
I have to admit that anti-ageing products aren't something that I've really given too much thought to in the past. The closer I get to 30 though, the more it's beginning to occur to me that my skin regime could probably do with a slightly more proactive approach. Which is why, when I was given the opportunity to try out Elizabeth Arden's Retinol Ceramide Capsules, I decided to give them a go.
Using the product for the first time, I wasn't really sure what to expect, especially because I am (thankfully) yet to see any real fine lines or dramatic signs of ageing. However, it turns out that it didn't really matter because the product is so much more than just an anti-ageing serum.
The quick verdict
Why is it good? It delivers on hydration, resulting in smooth, plump and glowing skin.
How much is it? $75 for 30 capsules or $150 for 60 capsules.
As someone who suffers from incredibly dry skin, intensely moisturising products are an essential part of my skincare routine. And, because retinol can be quite drying, the Elizabeth Arden capsules include moisture-boosting ceramides to provide a nourishing hit of hydration to the skin. This made it pretty simple to incorporate into my night-time skincare regime and, by the time the next morning rolled around, I was already feeling the difference.
Not only was my skin glowing, but it also felt velvety smooth, which anyone with dry skin can tell you is quite the achievement. Better yet, it didn't irritate my sensitive skin which I had been concerned about given that this retinol is particularly potent.
With continued application each night for the next few weeks, I also began to notice an overall improvement in the plumpness of my skin, which is why I am inclined to believe that the capsules do work as an anti-ager too, even if it's difficult to see the results on my own skin.
Because oils keep skin moister and smoother, those with oily or normal skin tend to age at a less rapid pace than those with dry skin (if we ignore other factors like lifestyle and environment, that is). Providing intense hydration to skin is therefore helpful in slowing the ageing process. The smooth and plump texture of my skin tells me these capsules do an impressive job of that. In fact, I am confident enough that I have now included it in my everyday skin routine and am counting on it to keep me line-free for (hopefully) many more years to come.
In terms of application, the capsules are also incredibly convenient to use. All you have to do is twist the tab of the capsule and squeeze onto your fingers before applying it onto your face and neck. As well as assuring me of the potency of the product (retinol is extremely sensitive to light and air), I also loved knowing that I was applying the right amount every time instead of having to guess at a rather ambiguous portion recommendation (what is "slightly smaller than a pea size" anyway?).
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The capsules cost $75 for 30 capsules or $150 for 60 capsules which isn't exactly cheap but, given the high-quality nature of Elizabeth Arden's products, it's hardly surprising. Whether or not you're willing to pay the price is a personal choice, but for how it makes my skin feel, I am personally willing to invest in the capsules both as a hydrating solution and as a long-term anti-ageing product.