Move aside, triple espresso. If you’ve had one too many last night and are now mustering every ounce of energy you have to look awake for your meeting later this evening, look no further than this instant perk-me-up, says founder Tan Lili.
Just 10 seconds into trying it, I had a mini freak-out. The tingling! The fizzling! The slight stinging! GAH THE TINGLING! Five minutes later, I was relieved and indisputably wide awake. Oh, and my skin looked a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
What in the world does this supposedly potent stimulator have got to do with Elizabeth Arden? Well, everything, considering I was talking about their Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial. Perhaps I should begin with a proper introduction to this new at-home facial treatment.
An addition to Elizabeth Arden’s range of Ceramide youth-restoring skincare products, the Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is a two-step detoxifying treatment comprising Self-Foaming Mask and Replenishing Serum. Ideal for use one to two times per week, it improves skin elasticity, clarity and skin tone while boosting the effects of using Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, giving you a younger-looking, radiant complexion.
Here’s how it works: First, dispense a cotton ball-sized amount of Self-Foaming Mask. It doesn’t matter if your uncleansed skin is dry or damp; apply a thin and even layer of the mask onto your face and neck, then leave it on for two minutes. For the love of all-things beautiful, please avoid your eye area, because this is when it gets interesting. One of they key ingredients of the Self-Foaming Mask is a combination of alpha hydroxy acids and an enzyme, which is activated seconds upon application. And by “activated”, I mean it starts to fizzle on the skin, leaving behind a tingling sensation that feels so foreign at first, you’d be forgiven for freaking out a little – or a lot. What actually happens during this stage is that the abovementioned key ingredient is exfoliating, drawing out and dissolving surface impurities, hence all that tingling action. It takes two minutes for the activation to complete. Once the time is up, rinse the mask off and pat your skin dry.
The next step is to apply the Replenishing Serum on your now-primed skin. It is made up of a whole host of youth-restoring ingredients, including Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Triple Complex (a combination of Ceramides 1, 3 and 6), which strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, boosts hydration, improves skin texture and soothes sensitive skin. Massage the serum into the skin in a circular motion until it is fully absorbed. If you have very dry skin, follow with a moisturiser.
The Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial is suitable for all skin types, particularly for those concerned with visible signs of ageing. Because it leaves you with radiant, renewed skin, it is also recommended for use the night before a special occasion or as a replacement for the Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum.
Would I recommend this five-minute facial treatment? Hell, yes! The initial fizzling left me equal parts flabbergasted and intrigued, but it gets less daunting every week. Perfect for combating post-lunch drowsiness, I must say; even when you’ve prepared yourself for the self-foaming action, it will still shock you awake.
More importantly, this treatment works. My oft-lacklustre skin is positively glowing and feels healthier and rebooted post-facial – and it only takes five minutes!
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial, $149, is available at department stores islandwide.
Elizabeth Arden worked with Material World for this post to review the Ceramide Boosting 5-Minute Facial. All opinions are the author’s own and have not been vetted by the client. Read our advertising policy here.
About The Author: A founder of Material World, Tan Lili has previously worked in magazines The Singapore Women’s Weekly and Cosmopolitan Singapore, as well as herworld.com (now herworldplus.com, the online counterpart of Her World). She is now a freelance writer who works on this website full-time. Lili hopes to travel the world, work with wild animals, and discover more awesome Twilight fan-fiction. Follow her on Twitter @TanLiliTweets.