Everything you need to know about capsules

All the power of a serum, contained in a single-serve, travel-friendly dose without the clunky packaging? Prepare to fall in love…

For all your good intentions, making and sticking to a skincare routine isn’t always straightforward. 

It’s hard to know where to start, and even if you’ve got a perfect edit of products, there’s always the possibility you’ll be too tired to do it, forget the products when you’re away or just quite simply not know how much of everything to use. 

Happily, there’s a hack for that: skincare capsules.

Also known as ampoules, capsules are a serum or lotion that comes pre-sealed in individual doses. 

All you do is simply twist off the top (they’re not glass, so no danger of slicing your finger open), and then squeeze all the goodness out and apply it. 

Usually, a capsule will contain just enough for your face and neck, so no waste and no fuss.

Ready to learn more? Let’s dive in…

They keep products potent


One of the big draws of using a skincare capsule is that the capsule itself has a very special role to play. 

By individually sealing each dose in an opaque little chamber, you’re safeguarding the efficacy of the serum from light, air and heat, which can degrade the active ingredients. 

It means with every use, from the first capsule in the jar to the last capsule 60 days later (provided you use them within that 60 day period), you can be sure you’re getting the same supercharged skincare with zero compromises. 

This isn’t always true with other kinds of products – think about it, if something is in a jar, every time you open it, light and air swoop in. 

Even with a pump, it’s not totally sealed off from the outside world, meaning slowly but surely, the product loses efficacy. 

If you’re serious about your skin and want skincare that is too, capsules are for you.

They’re a targeted wonder


Capsules are brilliant for giving you super-precise results, and with more than 30 years of experience in encapsulated technology, Elizabeth Arden should be your first port of call. 

Take a look at the new Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum for a case in point. 

The unique blend of hyaluronic acid (which binds with water to hold 1,000 times its own weight in hydration) and ceramides (fatty acids that act as the building blocks to hold water in your skin cells) is formulated with Elizabeth Arden’s famed Zero H2O Technology™, which allows deeper delivery into the skin’s surface layer, for immediately smoother and more supple skin. 

Better still, there’s a capsule for each specific skincare requirement, and you can mix and match them morning and night, depending on what you want to achieve.

Looking to get smoother skin? Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum is the product for you. 

Want to build a strong foundation for healthy skin and nourish and firm your complexion? The Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum will help with barrier repair, meaning less moisture loss.

Then if you want to combat dull-looking skin, try the Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum, which pairs concentrated vitamin C with ceramides to restore brightness and radiance.

Each silky serum is housed in biodegradable capsules that can dissolve in water, plus the capsules are all made from 100% vegetable and mineral derived extracts, so they’re pure and planet-friendly, too. 

They’re travel friendly


Frequent flyer? Gym bunny? Just really into sleepovers with your friends? 

This is another arena where capsules really shine.

Instead of umming and aahing about whether you should take all your skincare, whittle it down and inevitably forget something, or begin the messy process of decanting into smaller bottles, you can slip as many capsules as you’ll need into your bag and be good to go. 

No more wondering how much to use, either – one capsule is the exact dose you need, so less waste, too. 

Some of us dispense too much and then end washing our lovely skincare products down the sink, but some of us don’t dispense enough and end up skipping the neck and chest region.

It’s an area which needs just as much of the TLC as your face - one capsule  in the morning and one in the evening will see you right for both.

They take the guesswork out of skincare


If you’ve never really been sure how much to use of certain products, which ones you really need or which order to use them in, a skincare capsule is the ideal solution. 

Combining multiple benefits in one little ampoule, you won’t be left wondering if you’re doing it right. 

Instead, you can relax and let the capsule do the hard work for you. 

Exactly crafted to your skin’s needs and easy to use, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the benefits of a multi-step regime in, well, a single step. 

What could be easier?

Super-charge your skincare routine with new Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum. Blending hyaluronic acid with ceramides, ginger extract and emollient oils, each capsule is formulated with Elizabeth Arden’s famed Zero H2O Technology™, which allows for delivery up to four time deeper* into the skin’s surface layer, with 98% of women seeing visibly plumper skin.**

* Based on the smallest molecular weight of Elizabeth Arden hyaluronic acid versus traditional hyaluronic acid. Extrapolated calculations based on published articles and molecular weight of hyaluronic acid.

** Consumer study, 55 women after 4 weeks.

Illustrations: Ana Hard