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Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Review
My Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant
A few years ago I used to run a lot. The weather didn't put me off. I would pound the streets in driving rain, icy wind or scorching sun. After a while I noticed that my face was taking a pounding too. Chapped lips, dry skin and the occasional wind and sunburn. I was in danger of becoming the possessor of a toned body topped by a grizzled old face, so I decided that some research into skin protectors was in order.
After perusing the cosmetic counters and quizzing the consultants I decided that the cream I needed was Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant. I,ve been pretty happy with my purchase and bought more.
To my mind, 8 Hour Cream is a five-star product, although I know that it does have its detractors - here's my review, pointing out its good and the not-so-good.
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Shimmering Kylie in 8 Hour Cream?
Celebrity 8 Hour Cream Fans
The general public love 8 Hour cream; a tube is sold every 2 minutes in the UK. Celebrities have added to the cream's iconic status. Amongst those said to use it are:
- Victoria and David Beckham
- Thandie Newton
- Cate Blanchett
- Catherine Zeta-Jones
- Claudia Schiffer
In Kylie Minogue's video for "Can't Get You Out of My Head" (see right) it is claimed that her shimmering body was the result of a liberal application of 8 Hour Cream.
How Did 8 Hour Cream Get the Name?
Legend has it that Elizabeth Arden came up with the name after a client used the cream on her child's skinned knee. She told Arden that the skin was healed after 8 hours.
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8 Hour Cream Uses
8 Hour Cream is not a daily moisturising cream. If you buy it as a simple moisturiser you will be disappointed, because it's not really suited to the task. It is, however, a multi-purpose balm that will provide you with endless cosmetic uses. Look on it as an addition to your existing daily skin regime and you will be delighted.
I use 8 Hour Cream chiefly when I go out in cold, windy weather. I find that a thin veil, particularly around my lips and nose, prevents dryness. It's great for chapped lips too. Here are a few more uses for 8 Hour Cream.
- Dry skin anywhere - elbows, knees, hands or face.
- A small dab will slick down frizzy hair.
- Intensely moisturising over-night face mask.
- Removes eye make-up (including waterproof mascara).
- Glossy highlights on brow bones, cheek bones and cleavage.
- Great for softening cuticles.
- Softening scars.
- Helps soothe minor burns - not just sunburn, but burns from the cooker too.
- Some people say it soothes itching from eczema - careful if you're sensitive to lanolin though.
Honey-Coloured 8 Hour Cream
What is 8 Hour Cream Like?
8 Hour Cream isn't so much a cream as a thick balm. Imagine Vaseline, only a bit thicker and stickier. In fact, I've heard 8 Hour Cream described as "Vaseline on steroids". When you apply the cream it does initially feel sticky, but it seems to melt into the skin after a while and you don't notice it. The cream is honey-coloured and has a distinctive smell: slightly bitter with a medicinal edge. Like the stickiness, the odour soon fades.
This is a heavy-duty cream and a little really does go a long way. You only need a dab for most uses. The amount I have on my finger in the photo is way too much for chapped lips for instance. After the photo I rubbed it on the backs of my hands and am now typing feeling very glossy and moisturised! 8 Hour Cream is expensive, but it can literally last years. My tube says it will last for 3 years after being opened and I've had it a year. I've heard of a woman who had hers for a decade.
Pros and Cons of 8 Hour Cream
This is Great!
This is not so Good!
Not to be confused with a daily moisturiser
The texture and smell aren't to everyone's taste
Hugely popular since 1930!
Contains Lanolin - can irritate some people