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From my previous reveiws you may have gathered that I have horrible temperamental skin that reacts to absolutely everything. In fact, just splashing plain water on my face can dry my skin out so much! Which of course as a Beauty student is very annoying as I am expected to have an 'airbrushed' look.
So as you can imagine I am always on the look out for that 'miracle' product that will not cause me to look like a certain pizza topping while actually nourishing my skin and making it look healthy.
While having a moan about my skin to my auntie she kindly gave me a small tube (probably a tester) of Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture cream. It was a little white tube with 0.25 fl oz of cream in it. The directions state to use the cream in the morning and evening to achieve visable effects.
The cream itself smells floraly. The smell itself is quite 'heavy' but it is not unpleasant in any way. When I squeezed the tube I did notice that the cream is very thick and has a creamy consistency.
After cleansing my face I decided to attempt this cream. I squeezed a small amount from the tube and gentley massaged into my face. I was happy to find that 1) a little cream goes a long way and 2) its very easily absorbed into the skin. Immedietley I noticed that my skin did not have its usual dry, mask like feeling. So I continued to use it.
A week on: Lots of people are actually commenting on my skin. The cream has improved the tone and texture of my skin while keeping it amazingly hydrated. I have not had any flakey patches which is great. I even used the cream on my nose as I had the cold and any soreness was gone almost right away.
Having researched this cream I have found that it is highly recommended for people who do react to things easily. I know that I react very badly to Lanolin or any derivatives of it, and unfortunately this is found in many creams designed for very dry skin.
I am very glad that I found this cream as I quite literally beleive that it is amazing. The only downside is the price. I looked at Boots online and 50ml is about £39 - eeek! I have seen it on eBay for less though. As I say a little goes a long way and I could imagine 50ml lasting at least 6 months. I am looking at it as a worthwhile investment.
Elizabeth Arden is a famous cosmetic brand offering top quality products.
Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 cream is enriched with advanced filagrinol complex which helps skin retain natural moisture beneath the layers. This cream helps skin to feel smooth and hydrated. It is clinically, dermatologist and allergy tested to ensure it is safe to use on all skin types.
How do i use this product?
Use your fingertips or a cotton pad to apply a thin layer over cleansed face in the morning and evening before bed. Massage into your face until absorbed and avoid eye area.
Where can i buy this product?
Elizabeth Arden is stocked in major department stores such as Debenhams and Frasers as well as larger Boots Stores. The normal cost is around £32 for a 50ml size jar.
Can i recommend this product?
I began using this product at the age of 18 whilst in Boots they were running a promotion. I asked the skincare advisor for advice on a moisturiser that may help the dry skin on my forehead and she let me try this one and i was instantly taken by it. At the cost of £32 it was alot of money to spend and i did end up spending £70 in total at the counter that day! I apply this in the morning and when i remember at night time! It has a lovely smell to it which just reminds me of a fresh smell and it is a good consistency to it. You only need a small amount and it goes on nicely. My skin feels hydrated and very smooth and it does help the dry skin issue. One thing i will say is to shop around for this as i have found that Semi Chem, Savers and Superdrug have them behind the counter at less than a tenner which is a bargain!
During my quest to find the perfect moisturiser I stumbled across Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 Cream. I like Elizabeth Arden products so I was willing to give this a try but I previously tried a refining cream and didn't find it moisturised my dry skin enough. For this reason I bought some small tubes of the cream, three 15ml tubes to be precise and I got them on ebay for £5 for the three including p&p which is a great price. The full size jar which is 50ml costs anywhere from £15 to £30 so it pays to shop around for this product.
The tubes I have are white and say very little on them except for the product name and that they are not for individual resale. I'm wondering if the fact they are white means they are either old packaging or just because they are from a gift set as the jar looks to be green! Anyway, packaging isn't a big deal for me and I'd managed to buy 45ml for £5 so I was pretty happy.
The cream is white, very lightly fragranced with a fresh scent and has a degree of oil in it as when you squeeze some onto your fingers ready to apply it slides down your hand as soon as it comes into contact with your skins heat. The consistency is the same as other moisturisers though, it's not noticeably oily except for the melting aspect.
I find a squirt about the size of a large pea is enough for the face and neck and it smooths on very easily. The cream absorbs really well too and for dry skin this is a must to make the skin feel more comfortable. Within a very short space of time it has absorbed to the point where my skin feels very smooth and soft with no excess residue. I was actually amazed at how soft my skin felt after using this and I had no tight areas or dry flakey patches. I have even mixed it with foundation for a lighter make up base and applied to unmoisturised skin and like that it goes on brilliantly and moisturises just as well.
The only problems I have with it are the lack of anti-aging ingredients and there's no mention on my tubes or online about any sun protection factors in this cream. The anti-aging aspect probably bothers me less than the sun protection as I'm getting very sceptical about retinol A etc as I've tried lots of creams containing these kind of ingredients in the past with no noticeable results. The sun protection is a must for me though as I have an allergy to the sun but to be fair my allergy dictates that I wear sun block throughout the summer on everything that is bare to the sun, including my face, so my moisturisers have to take a back seat and become night creams during the sunny days.
Overall though I'm very impressed with this cream. I think it would be too heavy for oily skin but normal skin may be ok with it. It's excellent for dry skin and so soothing and moisturising. It lasts all day long keeping my skin soft but I haven't tried leaving it on for the 24 hours it claims it works for so I can't really say if it does. If I had to guess by the performance over 12 hours though I think it's got a good shot at living up to the claims.
I thoroughly recommend this for dry skinned people, it's excellent, but just be aware there is no SPF (not that I can find info on anyway). It certainly pays to shop around for this with ebay being the best option I've found.