Beauty Review: Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules – Advanced, Retinol and Vitamin C

Over the past few years I have featured a variety of Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules reviews on my blog but they are scattered all over the place, so I thought it would make sense to do a round up review of all the different types of Ceramide Capsules to make it easier to know which one would suit your skin best.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules

Advanced – Daily Youth Restoring Serum

The Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum are iconic for a reason! They help to replenish and restore the ceramides your skin, increasing moisture and strengthening your skin’s integrity.

Key ingredients:

Ceramides are crucial to maintaining the integrity of your moisture barrier, skin’s first defense against aging signs. With age, ceramide levels drop, resulting in visible aging signs. Enhanced Ceramide Lipid Complex (Ceramides 1,3, 6) reinforce the integrity of skin’s moisture barrier against moisture loss, and helps to visibly retexturize, exfoliate, and smooth skin. Advanced Ceramide Capsules help replenish and restore the ceramides your skin needs. They help to moisturise, preserve and strengthen skin’s barrier which is your first defense against aging signs.

Sea Fennel Extract and Phytosphingosine encourage exfoliation and skin’s natural repair as well as support lipid levels and visibly increase luminosity and skin smoothness.

Tsubaki Oil is a non-greasy, fast absorbing oil that contains essential fatty acids and lipids to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve elasticity.

Retinyl palmitate (a retinol derivative) is a mild form of wrinkle-busting retinol.

Potent botanicals promote skin’s natural repair process, diminishing the appearance of aging signs for firmer, smoother, healthy-looking skin.

Skin type:

Those with dry and aging skin will benefit from these capsules the most.


A lightweight, silky-smooth serum



Key benefits:

  • Strengthens the skin
  • Repairs the skin barrier
  • Targets visible signs of aging
  • Visibly improves radiance, skin tone and clarity.
  • Supports skin’s own natural collagen levels
  • Works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Retexturises skin for a noticeably softer, smoother look.
  • Revitalizes the look of skin.
  • Enhances skin hydration for a fresh feel.
  • Preservative and fragrance free.
  • Dermatologist tested.
  • Biodegradable.

Who would most benefit from this product?

These youth-restoring ceramides and potent botanicals offer a visibly smoother, firmer and youthful appearance so are ideal for those looking for anti-aging properties.

How and when do you use this product?

Twist the tab twice and apply the product to your cleansed face before moisturiser.

To get the best from these capsules use them every night. Each capsule contains a very generous amount of product so use it on your face and neck.

If you have oily skin consider using them every second night, if you have dry skin use them in the morning too and if you have combination skin use it as a leave-on hydrating mask overnight.

My review:

As we head into winter and the weather wreaks havoc on my skin making it much drier than usual I’m loving the extra moisture boost these capsules give my skin. The texture and radiance of my skin is immediately improved and feels less rough and dry. Fine lines and wrinkles are less noticeable too.


60 Capsules – R945

90 Capsules – R1 195


Retinol – Line Erasing Night Serum

The Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum are a new, targeted treatment containing retinol that is 76% more potent than an unencapsulated version. These aim to visibly diminish lines and wrinkles while improving skin texture and tone. Using a Retinol product that is rich in antioxidants will be one of the best ways to ensure beautiful, ageless skin.

Key ingredients:

Retinol is a form of Vitamin A, an ingredient that promotes skin renewal and enhances collagen production (which starts to decline in your 30s), as well as delivering many other benefits to the skin which are detailed below. Retinol is available over the counter. Retinoid refers to prescription Retinol. Many refer to Retinol as the only proven anti-ageing ingredient available! Retinol acts as an exfoliator on the skin, aiding in the production of collagen which results in less wrinkles. Retinol is one of the best ingredients to combat wrinkles and prevent fine lines as having additional collagen in your skin will make is harder for your face to create those lines in the first place! Retinol also fights free radicals. Discover more about the benefits of Retinol in this blog post I wrote.

Moisture-boosting ceramides formulated to help protect against the dryness often associated with retinol.

Skin type:

Suitable for all skin types.


A luxurious, lightweight, semi-translucent gel serum with a silicone feel



Key benefits:

  • Capsules contains more concentration of Retinol
  • Using Retinol as a night serum increases the results on skin texture and radiance
  • Improves radiance & clarity
  • Improves skin texture
  • Reduces the look of pores
  • Visibly firmer skin
  • Restores skin tone
  • Diminishes lines & wrinkles
  • Visibly diminishes age spots & discolorations
  • Preservative free

retinol ceramide capsules elizabeth arden

Who would most benefit from this product?

Everyone should have retinol in their anti-aging skincare routine. (Unless you’ve got a vitamin A allergy)

Retinol can be used by those in their 20s or in their 60s. It will benefit anyone who is serious about anti-aging, whether it be preventative or restorative but Retinol is best for 30+ skin with fine lines and wrinkles.

These capsules are suitable for all skin types as they have been clinically and dermatologist tested and the formula has been designed to help protect against the dryness that can be often be associated with retinol.

A retinol product should be as integral to your skincare routine as a daily sunscreen.

How and when do you use this product?

Each capsule is single use and sealed tight for optimal freshness and potency. Twist the tab twice and smooth over face and neck each night before your moisturiser.
When first starting to use Retinol products it is important to start slowly and work your way up to a higher percentage which is what makes these Retinol Ceramide Capsules the ideal way to introduce Retinol into your skincare routine.

If a product says “use daily”, start by using it twice a week, and work your way up to every other day, then every day. Your skin will thank you for this slower introduction.

Gently twist tab around twice and squeeze onto fingertips then smooth the serum over your clean face and neck each night before your moisturiser, always avoiding the eye area. Apply straight after cleansing to get the most benefit from the vitamin A. For optimal results, wait at least 30 minutes before applying other skincare products to the skin. If you feel you need more hydration add a layer of moisturiser over the top.

You won’t see results overnight—it’ll take at least three months of consistent nightly use to notice some reduction in fine lines, dark spots, and acne – but you will see results eventually.

All skin types usually benefit from adding a Retinol into their night time skincare routine. Even blemish prone skins can benefit from the power of vitamin A. While Retinol is suitable for everyone, different strengths are appropriate for different skin types.

  • Oily skin tends to tolerate Retinol the best. The use of Retinol on oily skin should help regulate the skin for a beautiful, clear complexion.
  • Combination skin can reap the same benefits as oily skin, however, it is important to note that drier areas may need a lower concentration of Retinol to start with.
  • Dry skin – If you’re prone to dryness, you may want to start out with an over-the-counter Retinol, which will give give you anti-aging and skin-improving results in a much more gentle way.Retinol can be quite drying, so it is recommended for those with dry & dehydrated skin to seal the product in with a moisturiser.
  • Rosacea sufferers are highly advised to ease into the world of Retinols. If you are interested in trying out Retinol for your rosacea, definitely speak with a skin care professional first! It is also recommended that you start your regimen on a day where your skin is not acting up. You can also apply a moisturizer or face oil before applying your Retinol product to ease the impact of the ingredient.
  • Psoriasis – For those who battle psoriasis, one of the benefits of Retinol is the ability to slow down the cell growth in those areas. So instead of the buildup of thick, white or red patches of skin, Retinols can help reduce the pain and appearance of psoriasis. Again, speak to your doctor first.

If you’re already using the Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules you can continue to use both capsules as they play different yet complementary roles. Advanced Ceramide Capsules provide daily support to your skin, and Retinol Ceramide Capsules help improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and tone.

My review:

I started out using the Retinol Ceramide Capsules every second night and I found my skin texture improved. My face looked healthy, radiant and refreshed and certainly felt more ready to face the day (makeup free!)

I’m super excited to see the results now that I’ve (finally) found a Retinol product that I feel comfortable using often. I’m most looking forward to seeing a reduction in the pigmentation spots that have started to appear, as well as a reduction in the lines and wrinkles that have set up shop on my face!


30 Capsules – R640

60 Capsules – R1 095

90 capsules – R1 395



Vitamin C – Radiance Renewal Serum NEW

The Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum are sealed capsules of potent active ingredients, such as moisture-boosting ceramides and Vitamin C, that deliver pre-measured and portable single dose skincare.

Key ingredients:

Vitamin C helps to protect your skin against sun damage. It is an antioxidant that naturally helps to strengthen your skin and one of the more effective products for treating pigmentation and lightening darker spots. This ingredient is highly acidic so when applied to the skin, the skin is triggered to ‘heal’ itself by accelerating the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen is the protein fibers that make skin plump and prevent sagging; elastin are also protein fibers that help skin bounce back. The Vitamin C in these capsules is 178x more potent than traditional Vitamin C because it’s more stable. The oil in our skin is attracted to oil-soluble Vitamin C so it optimises the delivery of this Vitamin C to the skin’s surface where it’s needed for skin brightening. This ingredient is easily absorbed, ultra stable and helps with pigmentation communication. Expect skin to appear visibly brightened with even tone and protect against premature aging signs.

Ceramides prevent moisture loss and prolong skin’s glow.

Clary sage to soothe and protect skin against free radicals

Vitamin E to support Vitamin C efficacy and prolong potency

Emollient oils to help repair and protect skin

Avocado, sunflower seed and olive oils to impart skin with moisturising and skin conditioning benefits

Skin type:

This product is suitable for all skin types. Results show that after one application, 86% of women saw an instant improvement in skin radiance and luminosity, while in clinical studies 97% of women saw a clinical reduction in the appearance of dark spots, and 100% of women showed a 78% clinical improvement in skin tone.


A satiny dry oil serum that is a bit more liquid than the other EA capsules


Free from added fragrance.

Key benefits:

  • Visibly diminishes dullness, brightens skin and improves radiance
  • Helps improve the look of uneven skin tone
  • Fights hyperpigmentation and minimizes the look of dark spots and discoloration
  • Protects against free radical damage that contributes to aging signs
  • Supports skin’s natural collagen and elastin matrix

Who would most benefit from this product?

Those looking to treat uneven skin tone and dark marks or mild pigmentation. Those looking to maintain healthy, youthful-looking skin and correct the visible signs of aging – especially if you need enhanced skin barrier repair and moisturisation at the same time!

How and when do you use this product?

Begin each Ceramide regimen with SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster.

To open capsules, gently twist tab around twice and squeeze into fingertips. Squeeze 3 drops onto palm of hand, press palms together, and smooth over face. Smooth remaining serum into the neck and décolleté.

Use morning and/or night before moisturiser.

Capsules are clinically and dermatologist tested, biodegradable and made without preservatives and fragrance.

My review:

These capsules deliver a mono-dose of potent, active ingredients that allows for zero wastage, easier travelling and a more targeted treatment. I used these to tackle my dullness and love the instant glow these give. These are easy to add in to your existing skincare regime. Just pop one open after cleansing and before your moisturiser and sunscreen.


30 Capsules – R640

60 Capsules – R1 095


Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

These Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum visibly firm and reduce the look of crow’s feet and puffiness for eyes that look younger and brighter.

Each golden capsule is biodegradable, fragrance and preservative-free—designed to deliver a fresh, concentrated dose of moisture-boosting serum packed with even more advanced Ceramide technology than before.

Key ingredients:

Elizabeth Arden has updated the existing Ceramide Eye Capsule formula, adding 9 new ingredients to not only replenish essential, naturally-occurring lipids, but also help support skin’s natural renewal process and target the key signs of aging around the eyes for a younger and brighter look.

An Enhanced Ceramide Lipid Complex (ECLX) combines Ceramides 1, 3 & 6 to help support skin’s own natural protective barrier against moisture loss, and help to retexturize, exfoliate, and smooth skin.

  • Ceramide 1: Ceramide 1 helps to strengthen and firm the look of skin.
  • Ceramide 3: New to the formula, Ceramide 3 forms an effective barrier against moisture loss.
  • Ceramide 6: With its AHA-like structure, Ceramide 6 supports skin barrier renewal for a smoother, softer complexion.

A blend of essential fatty acids to instantly help support the integrity of the skin’s lipid barrier for healthy-looking skin.

Cholesterol has been added to help retain moisture levels to support the stratum corneum and help protect skin from dehydration upon application.

Sea Fennel Extract helps promote natural skin cell renewal as well as increased luminosity and skin smoothness.

Botanical Complex Technology is a blend that features Alfalfa Extract, lipids from olives and hydrocarbons from coconut oil and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase hydration levels, and soothe skin.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant fights free radicals and helps to keep skin hydrated and conditioned.

Tsubaki Oil is rich in Oleic Acid, Vitamins A, B, D & E, and nourishing Omegas 3, 6 & 9, Tsubaki Oil has been added to help improve elasticity, minimizing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while enhancing moisture for smooth, supple skin.

Vitamin A Palmitate is a Vitamin A derivative is added to help smooth lines and wrinkles and help support skin’s own natural collagen for a firmer look. Retinyls also help improve skin’s clarity for a more even-toned appearance.

Palmitoyl + Hexapeptide – 14 are peptides that help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Hops Extract is a powerful anti-inflammatory has been added to help increase the brightness and radiance of the eye area.

Butcher’s Broom Extract from the root of this plant helps to improve the appearance of firmness around the eyes.

Skin type:

Aging, dry skin


A lightweight, silky-smooth serum



Key benefits:

  • Enhances skin’s natural barrier
  • Increases moisturisation within the surface of the skin
  • Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and Crow’s feet
  • Improves firmness and elasticity
  • Enhances skin texture and clarity
  • Reduces puffiness and under eye discolorations

Who would most benefit from this product?

Those who are looking to target the fine lines and wrinkles around their eyes. The eye contour has the thinnest, most fragile skin on the entire face. Advanced Ceramide Eye Capsules are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye and to target visible imperfections such as crow’s feet, crepiness and puffiness.

How and when do you use this product?

Squeeze serum onto fingertips and pat gently around the eye area, staring at the inner corner of the eye and move outwards, emphasizing the outer corners. Use day & night before your moisturiser.


60 Capsules – R740




Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum – 60 Capsules R740

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum – 60 Capsules R945

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum – 90 Capsules R1 195

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Night Serum – 30 Capsules R640

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Night Serum – 60 Capsules R1 095

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum – 90 capsules R1 395


Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum – 30 Capsules R640

Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum – 60 Capsules R1 095



Find all these Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsule products at the following stores in South Africa…



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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

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