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21 February 2015

First Impressions | Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Collection



Ceramide Premeire Intense Moisture & Renewal Activation Cream - £70

The cream leaves skin looking radiant and feeling soft

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules Refill - £46

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules x30 - £38

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Purifying Cleanser  - Free



the cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and looking dewy


You could be forgiven for overlooking this range, but please don't be put of by the gold plastic packaging or you are sure to miss out on a good thing. The Ceramide Collection is designed for people who want to diminish/reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as deeply moisturise the skin. Although it's quite a splurge, I think it is definitely worth it.

First off, let me tell you a little bit about why ceramides are important in skin function. Ceramides are lipids that are generated by epidermal cells and basically assist the skin to lock in moisture and promote radiance by reflecting light away from the skin. Ceramides also assist in forming part of a healthy protective barrier against the elements and keep skin firm within the outer layer, known as the stratum corneum. Ageing causes a loss of ceramides and although there are some thoughts on it being more beneficial to take supplements in tablet form, I'm currently sticking to the topical versions.

I had previously used the ceramide capsules when I was in my mid twenties and even though I loved the way they left my skin feeling, I don't think that I saw the maximum effect of these capsules as I simply didn't have the fine lines that I have now... but alas, maybe this collection will eventually reverse time and take my skin back to how it used to be. One capsule gives me two treatments, I just dab it on the under eye area and let it get to work. You can also use one capsule for your whole face, I shall warn you though, these little blighters aren't the easiest thing to get into. I tend to use a nip and twist approach, being careful not to squeeze the whole thing over my fingers. The serum doesn't leave an oily finish, it absorbs quickly, is lightweight and leaves you with a wonderful natural glow.

The EA shop assistant advised that you can use the cream to lock in the serum to the skin and it feels fantastic either on its own or over the serum. I'm not sure this is required, but it was on offer, so it found its way into the shopping basket.

The cleanser was a free gift, I believe it retails for £25 and usually has different packaging. It feels deeply moisturising on the skin and you can either rinse or tissue off. I personally would rinse as I find it is slightly oily in texture and would encourage make up to slide off. It is good at breaking down make up, but not quite as good as my Garnier Micellar Water


Please note, these products were purchased with my own money. Boots did have a 3 for 2 offer on in store that day and the cleanser was given to me as a freebie.

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