Famous for the tiny golden capsules Elizabeth Arden Ceramide has a new gravity-defying treatment that offers a unique massage while you apply it. Editor Trudi Brewer puts this smart new product to the test.
The science behind some of the latest face creams is next level - case in point with this new firming gel from Elizabeth Arden. Here's how to use the latest addition to the anti-ageing Ceramide lineup.
Editor Trudi Brewer shares how to use the new roller applicator on this
The new gel - Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel, $151.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Sculpting Gel, $151.
Tip: Glide the roller applicator over the neck, jawline and cheek area in upward movements only, not side to side.
What is it?
A lightweight gel, housed in a nifty tube that dispenses the product onto the skin using a roller. Designed to firm and redefine the facial contours of your lower face and neck.
What's in it?
Ceramide skincare has a great pedigree for being an anti-ageing option. And this new gel is packed with peptides (protein) hyaluronic acid (super hydrating), gum extract called Commiphora Mukul and Hibiscus seed extract. Along with the famous ceramides 1, 3, 6, high in cholesterol that are naturally found in your skin. Finally, it's the peptide called Acetyl Octapeptide-3 (known in beauty circles as SNAP 8) that helps plump the appearance of surface lines and wrinkles.
How to apply it?
After applying your day or night cream, click the applicator to on, gently squeeze to release product (a little goes a long way), click applicator off, and then gently glide the roller over the neck, jawline and cheeks in upward movements and repeat twice. Leave the gel to dry on the skin, it firms the skin as it dries.
The day cream - Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream, $151.
Hydrating your skin is most effective when done from the outside in - it's the best way to smooth fine lines and prevent makeup settling in them. Made with 'cellular plumping technology' which includes SNAP-8 and the hard-working ceramide triple complex 1, 3 and 6, this day cream strengthens the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. That firming formula is supported by an essential UVA and UVB SPF 30 that helps to protect your skin while you are out and about during the day.
How to: We always apply day creams that contain SPF on dry skin. If your skin is still damp from cleansing it reduces the effectiveness of the sunscreen.
The night cream - Ceramide Lift and Firm Night Cream, $151.
Our skin rejuvenates while we sleep, so it makes sense to load it up with a heavy-hitting, firming night cream with ingredients such as ceramide 1 and 3 and wild yam, soybean, hibiscus seed extract, vitamin A and hydrolysed yeast protein. Pressing rather than rubbing on a cream is more efficient for helping it absorb quickly, and don't forget to treat your neck and décolleté. With any residue left on your palms, apply to the back of your hands.
How to: When pressing in a facial cream, move your fingers and hands in upwards sweeping motions to promote lifting and healthy blood circulation.
The serum - Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $150.
Elizabeth Arden kick-started the trend for measured dose skincare with these clever capsules. A shot of concentrated serum is housed in every capsule, silky-smooth, the blend of anti-ageing ingredients boosts moisturise which makes them ideal as a primer before foundation. Packed with even more advanced 'ceramide technology' they improve the appearance of fine lines while also firming and enhancing the skin's clarity.
How to: For busy women on the go, this shot of moisture is ideal in your beauty bag, for after a gym session, when you're going from work to a function or for travel. They are easy-to-use, portable, and can be used anytime or anywhere.
The eye cream - Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream SPF15, $109.
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area are a sign of a life filled with laughter and happiness, but a little softening with eye cream doesn't hurt. Try and introduce an eye cream into your beauty routine from the age of 25. This cream boasts the same firming ceramide technology with ceramide triple complex 1, 3, 6 and the SPF15 is brilliant for protecting the thin skin under the eyes during the day. For an extra cooling effect, keep this cream in the fridge.
How to: Always apply with your ring finger, and press rather than rub the cream around the delicate skin under the eyes. I like to take the excess up to the brow bone and above the eyebrow.