These travel-friendly, spillproof pods contain the most potent formulas.

By Melissa Goldstein
November 05, 2018
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Single-dose serums are about to become your new main squeeze. Each pod holds a measured dose of active ingredients that can treat whatever vexes you-from fine lines to dark spots. And thanks to their innovative delivery system, they don't lose efficacy: "The coating protects them from being exposed to the light and air that can break them down," explains Karelle Messner, a cosmetic chemist and vice president of global skin development for Elizabeth Arden, which first used capsules 28 years ago. "It eliminates the need for preservatives, so each ampoule is fresh and full-strength upon opening." The coatings are made of vegetable-based glycerin, purified water, and cellulose, so they're biodegradable. And they're simply convenient-just twist off and pat on skin. Here are four high performers that work in a pinch.

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Retinol

This go-to treatment for fine lines gets a boost from skin-barrier-strengthening ceramides.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, $48 for 30 capsules, elizabetharden.com.

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Peptides

Vitamin E and shea butter lend an assist to smooth lines around the mouth.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Lip Renewing Serum, $56 for 60 capsules, rodanandfields.com.

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Hyaluronic Acid

Give dehydrated skin a drink of this intense hydrator.

Beauty Pie Superactive Capsules Hyaluronic Acid & Biopeptide Microspheres, $13 for members (includes 60 capsules), beautypie.com.

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Vitamin C

This well-studied antioxidant helps improve skin firmness and brightens dark spots.

Exuviance AF Vitamin C20 Serum Capsules, $69 for 60 capsules, exuviance.com.

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