These capsules are merely an interesting, hygienic way to package a silky serum whose core anti-aging ingredient is vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Vitamin C alone cannot perfect sun-damaged skin. Thinking that one ingredient is all your skin needs is like thinking a balanced, healthy diet is eating only oranges. Yes, oranges are good for you (and a great source of vitamin C), but if that's all you eat, you'll soon become malnourished and your looks will suffer (to put it mildly).
The contents of these capsules will make your skin feel very silky, but so do many other serums that offer your skin a broader range of beneficial ingredients. This product also contains several fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation. It is not preferred to the other encapsulated serums from Elizabeth Arden.
- Makes skin feel silky.
- Contains a good amount of antioxidant vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
- Packaged to keep the vitamin C stable during use.
- Pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid) can be irritating due to its acidic component.
- Formula contains several fragrance ingredients that cause irritation.
- Lacks a broad range of beneficial ingredients, which isn't what you want, considering these capsules cost more than $1 each.
The fragrance ingredients in this serum include such offenders as citronellol and linalool, which are known to cause allergic reactions. Plus, the irritation they cause hurts your skin's healing process and damages collagen.
Each Vitamin C packed, preservative free nighttime capsule works way past your bedtime, targeting signs of stress and sun damage while you catch up on your beauty sleep. Age spots, discoloration, even the dark traces left by acne scars seem to do a fast fade.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid, Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Isoceteth-10, Silica, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Linalool
Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.
Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.
Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.
For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.
Elizabeth Arden Makeup
Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.
In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.