We forgive you, if at first glance you thought that this package of Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum was a gilded tub of vaguely cheesy-looking bubble bath pods. Don’t let appearances fool you: good things come in Cocoon-esque gold packages.
By gently twisting off the little nub/tail at the end of the capsule (recommended attack: pierce with a thumbnail while twisting and get ready for an expulsion of liquid all over your fingertips), you free a lightweight, non-greasy, almost-instantly absorbing serum for your face, neck, and décolletage. It feels like silk—if silk was massively hydrating. It's the exact right amount for your face, which means no more wasting serums with an over-pump of product, and for those who've complained about the hygienic implications of repeatedly dipping your fingers into a tub/container, well, your prayers = answered.
The magic ingredient, a ceramide lipid complex (Elizabeth Arden calls it “CLX'), claims to strengthen, support, and firm the look of “the stratum corneum' while exfoliating dead skin cells and increasing moisturization. Latin for ‘horned layer,' the stratum corneum is your outermost layer of skin, made up of 15 to 20 layers of dead and dying cells (that’s the way your skin works; take it up with someone else) that break down and lose their keratin and collagen and all the youthful stretchy goodness when they reach the top of the heap. The moral? Refresh that shit like it’s your web browser. Slather on some serum and let’s get some natural glow going.