Last year, we were all about the Vitamin C – serums, moisturisers, cleansers even. This year, it looks like it will be all about retinol. One of the products that popped up on my radar late last year was the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum. Quite a mouthful!
These are eye-catching, as they come in pink, cute single-use capsules, much like the usual Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules. This not only ensures freshness of product each time you use it, but also keeps it hygienic and makes it very portable.
But what is it and how do you use this?
Why should I use retinol serums?
I do not profess to be an expert in this field. I am only just learning myself. There is a lot of literature out there that you can easily search for (as I have and still do). But as a quick introduction and overview to this active ingredient, I suggest reading this post from Caroline Hirons, and to watch the accompanying video.
In gist, Retinol is an active ingredient that is also known as Vitamin A. There are many derivatives these days, so it will only get complicated over time.
But generally, what retinol does or can do is help skin look and feel firmer by improving collagen production, reduce lines and wrinkles, improve uneven skintone, and smooth and refine the surface of the skin. It is what you would use if you are worried and concerned about aging and want something that works.
Because it helps encourage skin cell turnover, it is also an ingredient recommended for those with acne. For this reason also, many products to fight acne that contain retinol/retinoids e.g. Tretonoin or Differin, are also used by people for lines and wrinkles. Not saying they’re the same or that they’re different, but they are primarily intended for acne, and that’s all I’d say on the subject 🙂
Retinol comes in different strengths, from prescription strength available only at doctors to milder over-the-counter versions. Which you should go for depends on what your skin can tolerate, whether you are comfortable with down time (retinol can sometimes cause skin to react or flake or peel) and what you want to use, really.
NOTE: Retinol serums must only be used at night. It breaks down in sunlight, and can cause photo-sensitivity in skin. Always use a good, high SPF sunscreen with broad-spectrum UV protection in the day to protect skin. But aren’t you already? 😉
Is the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule worth trying?
Much to my surprise, although I was initially unsure about it, I’d say yes.
The primary reason I wasn’t too sold on the idea of these Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules was because I felt the texture and read the ingredient list (below), and scrunched up my face after feeling and sighting silicone in it.
I have nothing against silicone as an ingredient. It helps make a product feel smoother and comfortable on skin. Most people take well to it, the odd person may break out. I have nothing against it, but I’m not a fan of the texture.
That said however, I quite like this because it’s not terribly strong as far as a retinol product goes, which makes it good for a starter retinol product.
To use it is very simple. Take a capsule, twist or use your nail to ‘cut’ at the neck of the capsule, then squeeze out the product.
If you look at the amount of product on the spoon, that is basically how much product there is in each capsule. It is a generous amount, but for hygiene purposes, and for proper efficacy, it’s recommended to use it all in one go.
You just literally smooth it all over your face (that’s what I do). The texture is fairly light silicone-based. From what I can tell, this is a water-free formula. It is fragrance-free which I appreciate, and it feels comfortable.
We aren’t told what the percentage of retinol there is in the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules, but because it is low on the list of ingredients, I’d say it’s quite low.
It isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We all want everything to be of the highest percentage because we perceive that it’s the only way to see results. But it isn’t always the way to go. Some people cannot tolerate high percentages of an active ingredient and if you’re new to the active ingredient, you’d want to start low.
For this reason, I take the view that the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule makes for a good starter retinol product.
What is nice to see in this product aside from the retinol, is the inclusion of ceramides, pepties and antioxidants. So to me, this makes this less of a retinol product, and more of an all-in-one “anti-aging” serum.
What does it do?
I started out using it about 3 times a week. Then, I went on to almost every night, just to see if my face would fall off. Happy news, it didn’t 😛
But I also found that it was a little superfluous because I don’t have a big problem with lines and wrinkles. Do note that this is labeled a “Line-Erasing Night Serum” and while retinol can help, this wasn’t a key problem for me. I’m just lucky, what can I say 😛
Instead, what I noticed most was smoother skin the next morning. It feels like nothing when you apply it on, and I wasn’t sure what to expect the first few times. But what I did notice was how my skin looked and felt the next morning.
My skin felt noticeably smoother. Makeup went on much more smoothly, and my skin felt lovely and soft and wonderful. Could it be my cream? Yeah, why not. It could well be a combination of products that work.
But I do try to introduce new products one at a time, so I know what to eliminate if I run into trouble. And this wasn’t trouble. This made my skin look and feel good.
Did I experience a “glow”? I have come to hate that word LOL! 😛 I will rant about it another day, but no, there was no “glow” per se. My skin looked good. It looked even in tone (pigmentation aside), it felt smooth, and it looked smooth and reflects skin health better (commonly referred to as “glow”).
Did it feel firmer? It’s hard to tell. I dislike testing products that promise “firmer” skin. You can never tell, unless you look like a bloodhound to begin with 😛 But my skin looked and felt nice, and for me, that is most important of all.
Elizabeth Arden claims that their Retinol capsules are 76% more potent than their rivals – because it comes in these single-use capsules that protect the product from light and air. A little bit of a stretch, if you ask me, but these capsules are handy, that much I’d say.
Must you use each capsule in one go?
I’d say yes. Otherwise, that puts paid to all the hard work putting it in a capsule in the first place doesn’t it? 😛 To be honest, it isn’t too much product at all. For me, it is about right for the face and neck. (And this is why you don’t need a neck cream, folks!)
But I am generous with my skincare use while I know many people prefer to use just a dab of product. In this instance, I’d say to please just follow instructions. Otherwise, if you REALLY want to space out your use into 2 uses, keep the balance in the capsule, inside an air-tight bag or box, in the fridge.
All that said, it is expensive. Granted, if you use it 2-3 times a week, you can stretch it out for quite a long time, which is great. It really does perk up your skin overnight, which I like. But the initial cost outlay is high, and that can be off-putting especially if you’re in the market for a true retinol serum.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule Line Erasing Night Serum is less of a full-on retinol serum and more of an “anti-aging” serum that contains retinol. The retinol percentage should be fairly low, so unless you have very sensitive skin, I hazard a guess that you will not experience redness or discomfort. The texture is quite silicone-y, which some like and some don’t. The single-use capsules are perfect for travel and to keep it fresh for each use. I find that it makes my skin feel and look smoother and more even in tone. I do not have significant lines and wrinkles (a God-send at my age) so I cannot attest to that aspect. But my skin feels nice, it looks nice, and I think it makes a good starter product for someone who wants to try a retinol serum or a pretty decent anti-aging serum.
Not irritating to skin
Skin feels and looks smoother with regular use
May help lighten lines and wrinkles with regular use
Low percentage of retinol despite its name
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a good anti-aging serum, Anyone new to retinol or who has very sensitive skin
PRICE: US$48 for 30 capsules and RM476 | US$84 for 60 capsules
WHERE TO BUY: Elizabeth Arden counters, Zalora, Hermo (out of stock), Ulta, Escentual, LookFantastic, HQHair
For those interested, this is the ingredient list for the Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bht, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Camellia Senensis Leaf Extract, Ceramide Np, Ceamide Ns, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Laurylmethacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phytosphingosine, Phytosterols, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Retinol, Sorbitan Laurate, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Phenoxyethanol.
One of the earlier retinol based products I used was Sunday Riley’s Luna, which is an oil-based serum. I noticed the similar results from that after using these Retinol capsules, which is how I am able to gauge its efficacy.
If you are used to using a high percentage of retinol in your products, then skip this. You will not notice much, if any results.
I know many people use Tretinoin (Retin-A) or Differin which are sold as anti-acne products. Yes I know they are very affordable. No, I have not used them. Maybe one day. Maybe never. Many retinol based products target lines and wrinkles and as I’ve explained, despite my advanced age, it isn’t something that truly bothers me, nor is very obvious. So, I am quite happy not using anything too intensive 🙂
Have you tried this Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsule? Any retinol based products I should try?
There are already many in the market, and we can expect to see more coming out from the more mainstream brands soon. Not a bad thing. It’s a known active ingredient that works and I don’t see why we shouldn’t use it (unless you can’t of course) 🙂
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I have used Paula’s Choice retinol products with success. It’s available in Malaysia and not as pricey as Arden.
Paris B says
I have heard many good things about Paula’s Choice retinol and it’s on my to-try list 🙂 I’m building up to it as I read that it can be quite strong and I prefer not to go straight for a very strong active ingredient for fear of my face falling off LOL!
I really want to try this but I just opened a new retinol serum (Inkey List to replace Mad Hippie Vit A) so I might get this later. I also have the Clinique retinol which I got then promptly forgotten until I read this. If anything, I should use that first before I use this! I too am blessed with no wrinkles (yet), but retinol for me does so much more then plump up lines. I’ve used retinol for the past 2 years, alternating with a few different forms (except tret or prescription strength) and I really think anyone above the age of 30 should use one! Think of it as precautionary or as maintenance. There is so many good ones to choose from and not all of them cost prohibitive. Cos if you start soon enough, you stand to reap the benefits much later on. I truly think it has helped with every skin problem I’ve ever had, from textural issues to hormonal acne. I don’t know if Retinol will take over from Vit C as the “IT” ingredient of 2019, from a recent beauty press event that I attended, it seems everyone is still nuts about Vit C 😛
Paris B says
I can let you have a few capsules to try if you like! 😉 I still havent’ gotten round to buying the Inkey List Retinol. Will wait for your verdict before I do haha! I also have the Clinique retinol queued up but I really should put it into rotation soon. I think people are obsessed with retinol for the wrong reasons. Or maybe there are more people obsessed about fine lines and wrinkles (that most of us can barely see) than I thought. Most products for retinol push the lines and wrinkles bit, without telling us that it can do so much more! Unlike with Vit C, I am quite happy going low percentage, and slow and steady with retinol. I just feel that some is better than none, but also that I don’t need anything too dramatic coz I use so many other products anyway haha! Vit C is easier to understand. Retinol takes a bit more brainpower, and you know how it is – people rather have the easy way out 😉
Yo creo que la vitamina c y el retinol no son incompatibles sino complementarios. Básico de noche, el retinol Fundamental de día un antioxidante, sobre todo la vitamina C y la niacinamida.
Sí que me interesaría saber el porcentaje. Llevo mucho años usando retinol y no me gustaría dar un paso atrás ni avanzar demasiado y destrozarme la piel.
I’ve tried the Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye cream that contains retinol. Unfortunately, it was slightly stingy on my eye area and wasn’t as comfortable to use on a daily basis.
I wouldn’t mind using it if it improves my undereye fine lines, but it didn’t. So it’s rarely touched. 🙂
Paris B says
I have read that some people can be sensitive to retinol so in those situations, it’s better to be safe than sorry! 😉
Beauty Bee says
Wow… it really is listed at the end of the ingredient list LOL… but I totally understand and suggest starting slow with retinol. This is why so many Beauties are struggling with the new Drunk Elephant retinol treatment (whatever it’s called) which is at a 1% strength. They go from using no form of vitamin A to 1% retinol
I’d consider myself a ‘sort of, self-declared expert’ (ha!) only because I’ve been using it since I was a teen both topically and orally to treat acne 🙂 My number one recommendation is the Futurederm slow release retinol. It comes in concentrations of 0.5%, 0.75% and 1%. Sensible progression! It’s slowly released into the epidermis, to lesson the chance of irritation, bit also to keep it working for longer. It’s just a seriously well-thought out product! The only annoying thing is that you now have to email them for an overseas order.
Would I recommend using prescription tretinoin for you Paris? hmmm… maybe not. Retinol turns into tretinoin in the skin, so it’s just a larger, instant ‘hit’. Unless you are combatting a serious issue (like me being acne and texture issues) I don’t think it’s necessary (you would then have to put up with the side-effects). I do think using a retinol is smart for anyone who wants to keep their skin looking and feeling good (prevention is better than cure!) and it will also help with pigmentation and skin firmness.
Sorry if I gave you way too much information 😛
Beauty Bee says
Before someone mis-interprets what I wrote above, I was poking fun of myself – if I’m a self-declared expert that means esentially nothing LOL
I can only share my experience and knowledge of using retinol and tretinoin primarily for treating acne. And if you have a serious issue like that, you need to see a dermatologist and not Google Doctor!
Paris B says
I’m sure no one did! I definitely caught the tongue-in-cheek references, but then, you don’t know what people are thinking these days anyway. People can be so sensitive! 😛 And you are absolutely right – too much score is placed on online advice when the best person to see in any given situation is a trained medical professional
Paris B says
Not too much at all, Sylvia! I’m glad you chipped in to share your experience, because as you can tell, I’m new to this 🙂 You know, I had been wanting to try Futurederm’s retinol forever! The thing that held me back before was the shipping costs! Thanks for letting me know I have to email them to order! I basically gave up when I saw that they no longer ship overseas. I hope the cost of shipping isn’t astronomical. Like you, I do think using products with retinol is a good way to prevent and maybe even help with lines and wrinkles. But we should all move at our own pace – not jump in at the 1% deep end and have our faces fall off LOL!
Beauty Bee says
Oh great, I’m glad! 😀
From memory, Futurederm’s international shipping was always a flat rate of $20 USD. A little expensive… it’s not Tatch’s $35 USD shipping at least! But….
I now just use WS1, which is a parcel forwarding company in the US. I find it to be less of a hassle (in comparison to sending lots of emails). It costs nothing to set up a PO Box with them and it’s yours for life. You just pay for shipping. So I get Futurederm products sent to this PO Box for free (shipping is free for orders over $50 or something) and then a standard small parcel sent to Australia by FedEx costs $18.90 USD. So it’s a $1.10 cheaper LOL also, Futurederm send things via normal economy post, while wS1 uses only courier mail. Not sure if this is an option for you, but both are fantastic (Futurederm products and WS1) 😀
Paris B says
Ah there are many parcel forwarders these days. I haven’t yet used any primarily because I’m loathe to increase and feed my shopping wants LOL! But it’s most certainly something to think about!
I want to know what packaging is used to make the outer layer of the capsule? after using that serum that outer cover get wasted right. it is increasing the amount of waste. and will it get recycle?
Paris B says
I’m afraid it’s something you’ll have to ask the people at Elizabeth Arden as I don’t know for sure.