From improving our skinâ€™s overall tone and texture to fighting the visible signs of ageing, thereâ€™s not a lot that retinol canâ€™t do.
But the active ingredient can often irritate skin, leaving it feeling dry and looking flaky. While using the correct amount of retinol â€“ not too much when your skin isn’t accustomed to it â€“ is the best place to start says Dr Dendy Engelman, consulting dermatologist for Elizabeth Arden, Elizabeth Ardenâ€™s newest innovation combines the best of both worlds â€“ retinol and ceramide â€“ to help protect skin against irritation.
â€śRetinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum is pre-dosed so you donâ€™t need to think about how much youâ€™re using,â€ť 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. â€śBy 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,â€ť 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. â€śThe capsule format prevents any exposure to light and air, preserving the potency of the Retinol,â€ť says Engelman.
While Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum can help to minimise the irritation that can come with using retinol, itâ€™s still important to take the usual precautions when including the active ingredient in your routine. â€śSince 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,â€ť Engelman explains. â€śThis is also the optimal time to enhance skinâ€™s natural cell turnover since skin naturally resets overnight.â€ť To ensure skin is well protected from harmful UV rays, Engelman says itâ€™s crucial to apply a good sunscreen and antioxidant-rich skincare the morning after using retinol-based skincare.
What are Ceramides?
Ceramides are molecules made up of essential fats and they make up about 50 per cent of the skinâ€™s upper protective layer. The molecules work to the skinâ€™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.