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Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum – Deborah Tan

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide CapsulesLast week, Joey – the PR and Marketing Manager of Elizabeth Arden – invited me to Capella at Sentosa for a treat. And it turned to be an extremely enjoyable 90 minutes for me.

You see, Elizabeth Arden is launching 2 limited edition sizes of its very popular Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum. Currently, these capsules are sold in jars of 60. The limited edition sizes will feature a 30-capsule jar and a jumbo 90-capsule jar. The former is targeted at those who have always been tempted to try this acclaimed skincare product but worry if 60 capsules (which retails for $139) were too much. The latter is limited only to Red Door Club members.

I’ve never been much of a oil-serum fan. My 90-minute treat turned out to be a facial using these Ceramide capsules. When the therapist started massaging the serum onto my face, I got a bit worried. I had a couple more events to attend after the session and I wondered if I would be walking around town with super oily skin.

The skilful massage techniques used by the therapist soon sent me to sleep. When I woke up 15 minutes later, I couldn’t resist touching my face – I really wanted to see how oily or sticky it felt. The serum was nowhere to be found – it was absorbed completely without a trace.

Later in the afternoon, Denise mentioned how my skin looked super smooth and radiant. I mentioned to her about the Ceramide capsules treatment earlier and even she was amazed!

Anyway, I have given more Ceramide Capsules to try, and this is my review:

Research
Before trying the Ceramide capsules, I did a research on what ceramides can actually do for the skin. The top layer of your skin (which is the biggest organ of the human body) is the epidermis. The top layer of the epidermis is the stratum corneum – thin but functions as the main barrier of the skin, and keeps chemicals from being absorbed by the skin into the body.

The stratum corneum contains three types of lipids – ceramides, cholesterol, and free fatty acids. There are 9 different types of ceramides, conveniently named Ceramide 1, Ceramide 2 … Ceramide 9.

All three lipids have to be maintained at certain ratios for skin to have a healthy barrier function. Scientists have found that sufferers of eczema have significantly fewer ceramides in their stratum corneum. Psoriasis sufferers, however, have the same number of ceramides as non-sufferers BUT they have less of Ceramide 1, 3, 4, and a sub-set of 5 and 6. With age, our ceramide levels also fall – which explains why skin gets drier, takes longer to heal, and isn’t as radiantly healthy as when we were young.

Ease Of Use
First, never dip your dripping wet fingers into your jar of Ceramide Capsules. The capsule shell is made of a vegetal ingredient that will slowly disintegrate when in contact with water. Pick one out, twist the top and push your nail into the neck to break the capsule. Then pour the content out into your palm.

As with most skincare products, you should apply it only after you’ve warmed it slightly by rubbing your palms together. Then spread the serum evenly over your cheeks, forehead, chin, and neck. Avoid the eye area. After that, slowly massage the serum into your skin until it mostly absorbed.

Conclusion
The serum gets absorbed by the skin really easily. There is no after-shine, no excess oiliness to be seen. In fact, after it sinks in, you’ll need to follow up with a moisturiser.

I was sunburnt on the neck area after an afternoon of go-karting on Saturday (I had forgotten to apply sunblock there). After two days of using this serum on my neck, the burn has subsided and I am not seeing any sign of peeling.

Obviously, it’s too early for me to report any results regarding improvements to lines and skin texture.

But if you’ve been worried whether a serum such as the Ceramide Capsules would cause your skin to become oily, I’d recommend you start by using it every other day, and at night only. That way, as your skin gets blown dry by the air-conditioner, the serum can protect it from becoming too dried out. Then after a week or two, use the capsules every day.

Personally, I like how smooth my skin feels whenever I touch my face and this is definitely something my oft-neglected neck needs.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum (60 capsules) retails at $139 at all Elizabeth Arden counters. The limited edition 90-capsule ($165) and 30-capsule ($70) sizes retails exclusively at the Elizabeth Arden counter at Takashimaya in May. You’ll need to be a Red Door Club member to purchase the 90-capsule size.

Please check with your favourite Elizabeth Arden counters in Metro, OG and Robinsons when these limited sizes will be available at these counters.

The Ceramide Capsules were given to Material World for review purpose. All opinions are the author’s own. 

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About The Author: Deborah Tan is a founder of Material World. After 10 years of working in magazines Cleo and Cosmopolitan Singapore, she is now a freelance writer/editor who works on this website full-time. She likes liquid eyeliners, bright red lipsticks, tattoos, rock & roll, Mad Men, Suits, and hopes she’ll look 25 when she turns 45. Follow her on Twitter @DebTanTweets.

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