The feeling of a facial at-home.
Has anyone noticed a steep drop in temperatures this week?
Following a summer of sharp humidity, heat has bid us adieu by way of cool winds and unrelenting storms. Go figure.
And while we're just getting to grips with the idea of maskne, a myriad of other skin concerns have just entered the conversation. Most skin, especially the weathered Celtic skin most of us grapple with, can dehydrate quickly in changing weather, causing cheeks to become red and sensitive.
Serums and moisturisers are obviously the way forward here, but oftentimes they can lead to a heated sting or itch. I usually rely on my trusted The Ordinary Hyaluronic Serum (something I've since influenced my mum and aunt to use) but have seen the light by way of another hydrating wonder product.
The newest addition to Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Capsules line – the first ampoules of their kind when they launched back in 1990 – pairs moisture magnet hyaluronic acid (HA) with ceramides to provide deep hydration and support skin barrier strength.
Ceramides are the latest buzzy skin ingredients in beauty editor circles. A natural part of skin structure, they are part of the epidermis and help keep our skin strong, soft, moisturised, and supple. Specifically, they are polar lipids that make up the barrier between the outside environment and our body, locking in moisture and protecting our skin from damage.
We lose them, as a result of age as well as from environmental and lifestyle factors. UV damage plays a role in ceramide's depletion, as does pollution. You can also damage ceramides by using too harsh of exfoliation and skincare products that strip your epidermis of lipids (reminder: ceramides are part of your lipid structure).
The new Elizabeth Arden biodegradable capsule contains a single serving of serum – resplendent with ceramides and HA – enough to cover your face while never wasting product.
The pea-sized pods are to be used after a cleanse (double cleanse, if you've spent your day wearing a mask) and gently massaged all over your face. Some make use of a jade roller here to stimulate blood flow, but fingers can be used just as well.
I've tried the pods for three days now and can confirm that I wake up looking dewy and plumped even following a night of broken sleep (an achievement) and see benefits I only before linked with spa facialists.
Elizabeth Arden conducted a clinical study on the fragrance-free formula – which relaunched back in 2017 – where women reported a visible increase in skin firmness, improved appearance of wrinkles, improved skin texture and a more even skin tone.
While I remain sceptical on in-house reviews, this cult-product is definitely worth the hype.
While reuniting with aestheticians might not be on the agenda for 2020, this nightly treatment might just be the next best option in the interim.
Make it your mission to give it a try before indoor heating season creeps in.
Main image by @elizabetharden