Can Skincare Really Make You Look 10 Years Younger? (Plus Why Ceramide Capsules Are Now A Regime Staple)

Right now I have an increasingly complex relationship with my face. On one hand I’m embracing the changes the years bring and celebrate the fact I’m older, wiser and more confident than I ever have been, but on the other hand I feel my youth slipping away one fine line at a time. I don’t want to look like a teenager again, but the onset of deep wrinkles really quite worries me at this stage in my life (I’m sure I’ll come to love them as they appear later down the line!) Anything I can do to delay the onset of the ageing process, make my skin more radiant and reduce the appearance of those little crinkles, I will – within reason. Personally things like botox and seriously invasive procedures just aren’t quite me, but give me any lotion or potion and I’ll slap it on happily with the aim of reducing those signs I see every day in the mirror. My skincare regime is expansive and I invest a lot of time massaging in expensive creams and taking my supplements, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t always something more effective and somewhat revolutionary around the corner.

Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules were launched in 1990 and have become a global best seller. This bio-engineered, skin-identical ceramide formula was available in a first-of–its-kind single-dose capsule format, removing the need for preservatives and making skincare incredibly portable. If you’re wondering what Ceramides are, then essentially these precious lipids form up to 50% of the skin’s moisture barrier and help to keep our complexions looking youthful; they’re the ‘cement’ that holds your skin cells together, creating a smooth and radiant surface. Inevitably the level of these Ceramides significantly drops as we age; although historically it was thought this didn’t happen until the later years, increasing research has shown the decline in quantity starts from when we hit thirty. (You will have lost about 40% of your skin’s ceramides by your 30s, and more than 60% by your 40s. Ouch.) This decrease in essential lipids causes skin to appear dry, dull and can result in wrinkles, unevenness and loss of firmness – all the signs we try so hard to counteract.

Can you believe that the science bods behind Elizabeth Arden were the ones to first discover and harness the power of Ceramides? So much so that they trademarked the name! The original Ceramide Capsules were incredibly popular because they worked; they contained a combination of oils and lipids to help nourish the skin while plumping the surface for a smoother and more radiant glow. In celebration of 25 years of the capsules, Elizabeth Arden are re-launching them with a new and improved formula that offers triple the power of the original. When used daily, they can enhance skin’s barrier repair function, increase moisturisation within
the surface of the skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and
wrinkles.That’s what I’m talking about! So what’s in these little gold capsules that makes them so special?

Fatty Acids (including Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid and Vitamin E) help maintain the integrity of the skin’s lipid barrier for healthy-looking skin; Cholesterol helps retain moisture levels to support the stratum corneum and help protect skin from dehydration; Phytosphingosine, a lipid naturally found in the skin, allows and encourages the skin itself to produce the ceramides it needs; Sea Fennel Extract helps to enhance skin cell renewal as well as increase luminosity and skin smoothness; a Botanical Complex features Alfalfa Extract, lipids from olives and hydrocarbons from coconut oil to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase hydration levels and soothe skin; Tsubaki Oil is rich in Oleic Acid, Vitamins A, B, D & E, and nourishing Omegas 3, 6 & 9, so has been added to help improve elasticity, minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing moisture for smooth, supple skin; and finally Retinyl Palmitate is a Vitamin A derivative that works to support skin’s own natural collagen for a firmer look.

That’s a lot of power in one little dose. Most ‘anti ageing’ formulas focus on hydration via hylaronic acid, increasing cell turnover for brightness and improved texture or encouragning collagen production; these capsules are full of so much more and actually help to re-build the skin from within. I’ve always been aware of these iconic capsules, but I made the (incorrect) assumption that they were targeted at 40 or 50+ skin rather than being able to meet my changing 30+ needs. After getting to know the science and evidence behind the skincare, I’m confident that this is what I need to take my skincare regime to the next level and help fend off those fine lines a little longer. I love the fact they’re portable (no more lugging huge bottles of serum away with me) and easy to integrate into my routine (they don’t have to replace anything but can just boost your existing products – I use after Elizabeth Arden SuperStart and before my usual moisturiser) even if they are a little expensive (roughly about £1.00 a capsule depending how many you buy at once.)

The texture is like a very lightweight non-greasy oil that glides over skin and absorbs pretty quickly to leave the surface feeling instantly smoother and more radiant; I’ve only been using these for a couple of weeks but I’m already hooked. I’ve yet to look 25 again, but with ongoing use I’ve no doubt I can certainly look my best. And as for the ten years younger claim? The capsules have been proven to take up to 10 years off the look of skin, based on a clinical study of 44 women aged 36-64 after 12 weeks of use. (They did this by measuring the characteristics of skin before and after the study, known to occur during certain decades; so much were the results, that many moved from one decade characterisation to the previous in only a few months!) In addition to this, 100% of women in the study showed an improvement in the overall appearance of their skin and 95% demonstrated a significant improvement in visible firmness after just two weeks.

A lot of brands try to make incredible claims or sell you pots of stuff you don’t need off the back of falsehoods, but in this instance I’ve seen the data and the corresponding images – and millions of women around the globe can’t be wrong. I’m slapping these on my face like there’s no tomorrow and can’t see that changing any time soon; who knew a little golden capsule could make such a big impact?

Have you ever used these golden capsules? Would you be tempted to give them a go?

The Elizabeth Arden ‘Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules‘ are available now priced as follows: 90pc £84.00 / 60pc £66.00 / 30pc £39.00.


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  1. Anonymous
    February 3, 2017 / 10:19 am

    I've been using these for years and I really love them. Very intrigued if they're now even better, although do I need to use less for the same effect?

    • Hayley Carr
      February 3, 2017 / 10:20 am

      Nope, you still use a full capsule – just the effect will be up to 3 x better than before, so you should see even better results!

  2. beano54
    February 7, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    Not tried these but the superstart has been on my shopping list. What do yoh think of this? Worth me purchasing?

    • Hayley Carr
      February 8, 2017 / 10:34 am

      I love it. I'm on my second bottle already and use it every day underneath my usual skincare.

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