The Skincare Ingredients that will Change Your Complexion

From improving our skin’s overall tone and texture to fighting the visible signs of ageing, there’s not a lot that retinol can’t do.

But the active ingredient can often irritate skin, leaving it feeling dry and looking flaky. While using the correct amount of retinol – not too much when your skin isn’t accustomed to it – is the best place to start says Dr Dendy Engelman, consulting dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Arden’s newest innovation combines the best of both worlds – retinol and ceramide – to help protect skin against irritation.

“Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum is pre-dosed so you don’t need to think about how much you’re using,” she explains. And because ceramide has been added to the formulation skin is protected against some of the unwanted side effects that can come with the youth-restoring ingredient. “By adding Ceramides to the formula, we are helping to moisturize with the application of the serum itself and helping to preemptively address the dryness and potential irritation that we know it can cause,” Engelman explains.

Skincare essential retinol might not be new to your beauty cabinet, but the innovative way that Elizabeth Arden has decided to deliver the active ingredient is. Like most active ingredients, it is highly volatile and loses its potency and efficacy when exposed to light and air. “The capsule format prevents any exposure to light and air, preserving the potency of the Retinol,” says Engelman.

While Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum can help to minimise the irritation that can come with using retinol, it’s still important to take the usual precautions when including the active ingredient in your routine. “Since Retinol can be unstable under ultraviolet radiation and skin can be hypersensitive to sunlight with Retinol use, the capsules are best used as part of your nighttime skincare regimen,” Engelman explains. “This is also the optimal time to enhance skin’s natural cell turnover since skin naturally resets overnight.” To ensure skin is well protected from harmful UV rays, Engelman says it’s crucial to apply a good sunscreen and antioxidant-rich skincare the morning after using retinol-based skincare.

Click here to shop the new Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum. 

What are Ceramides?
Ceramides are molecules made up of essential fats and they make up about 50 per cent of the skin’s upper protective layer. The molecules work to the skin’s barrier function and to keep skin firm and youthful. Unfortunately, as we age levels of naturally occurring ceramides in the skin start to decrease. Adding ceramide-based skincare to your routine can enhance hydration levels, strengthen skin barrier function and keep skin looking radiant and healthy. You can learn more about them here


Everything you Need to Know About Vitamin C Skincare

Know you need to include vitamin C skincare in your beauty routine but you’re not sure why? We find out what all the fuss is about this radiance-enhancing vitamin. 

Vitamin C has garnered a lot of attention in the beauty world over the last few years – and for good reason. “Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis and also acts as a powerful antioxidant that helps to neutralise free radical damage on the skin,” explains Dr Des Fernandes, founder of Environ.

And for those who after skin that really glows, vitamin C should be an essential in your routine. “It can also brighten your complexion and help even out skin tone and discolouration,” says Dr Ellen Selkon of Clinic 42. Ensuring you invest in the right type of vitamin C-based skincare is important. “Not all vitamin C is created equal,” adds Selkon. “It’s not as simple as selecting any old product with vitamin C on the label and smothering your face in it,” she adds. Both Selkon and Fernandes agree that to get the most out of vitamin C, you need to be using skin care formulated with L-ascorbic acid. “This is the form of vitamin C that the cells recognise,” says Selkon.

The problem with L-ascorbic acid, however, is that it is highly unstable. Purchase vitamin C-based skincare that’s been sitting on the shelf tool long or hasn’t been packaged sufficiently to keep the product stable and you won’t get the skin benefits you’re after. To see results it needs to be in stable formulation when applied to the skin explains Fernandes.“It’s readily oxidised in the company of water and heat, you need to take into consideration the stability – the ingredient must not be prone to oxidation or breakdown all products should be supplied in packaging with an airless pump which will protect the vitamin C from UV light as well as water,” advises Selkon. Once you have found the right vitamin C skincare for your complexion, and there are a plethora of effective formulations out there, Fernandes says results are generally visible in three to four weeks. “It most definitely has important skin benefits,” he says. “Vitamin C has proved to be very effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage such as hyper-pigmentation and raging.”

Read up on all the other skin-changing ingredients you need in your beauty routine right here. 




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