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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturizer Face SPF 15
Advantages: Eases & Soothes Dry Skin, Lasts for Ages & Works Well.
Disadvantages: Looks Like Runny Ear Wax!
I'd never heard of the cream before which is produced by Elizabeth Arden and is more commonly known as 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant. In fact I'd never actually bought or used anything by Elizabeth Arden before but have since learnt that her real name was Florence Nightingale Graham and she was born in Canada back in 1878. When she was 30 she moved to America and began work with a chemist to make her first beauty cream.
The 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant was actually the first product that was made by the company and came out back in the 1930s. Obviously it has been updated greatly with new knowledge and technology since the 1930s but the idea behind it remains the same. Since then the company has grown and grown, now boasting a range of make up and skin care products as well as producing famous fragrances for stars such as Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
The cream comes in quite a basic and hygienic looking white tube with a screw on white lid that also enables you to stand the tube upright on any flat surface. The tube is decorated quite sparingly and features the brand name at the top of the tube and then some basic information towards the bottom of the tube. All in all the packaging is not really what I'd expect when I'm paying quite heavily for the cream although it is classy in a very understated way.
The cream itself actually made me feel a little ill, especially when my friend described it in a very accurate way to me as runny ear wax! However I can assure you that it does look like runny ear wax somewhat as it's a medium brown in colour and is quite thick in consistancy. The smell is also quite chemical and reminds me very much of the sanitised smell of a chemist or hospital, although somewhat less astringent in a sense to make it a little more pleasant.
To apply the cream, which is slightly more like a gel than a cream, you need to dispense a little onto your fingertip and then apply to the area in question quite sparingly. It doesn't soak in immediately and can leave your skin looking a little like you have Vaseline on it and also just a little greasy as well which isn't ideal. After about three or four minutes all traces of the cream will have disappeared and it will have been fully absorbed into the skin, leaving only a little trace of greasiness.
This cream can be used all over your face but if you're going to do that I would recommend doing it at night or about twenty minutes before you apply the rest of your make up to allow it to fully soak into the skin. I tend to just use it on particular problem areas of skin which are often brought about by dryness as although it can be used all over I don't really want to give my skin so much moisture that it may result in greasiness or spots from too much moisture!
It does suggest that it will help to soothe, restore, soften and protect chapped, dry or mildly irritated skin so it's clear that it should be used sparingly and only on real problem areas. It doesn't need to just be used on the face as it is suitable for the whole body, although this could work out expensive! Just be careful not to overload the skin with it as if it becomes too moisturised this can also lead to problems which are equally as undesirable as dry skin!
Now after all that is taken into account (including the disturbing appearance and smell of the cream) I have to admit that... I love this stuff! I applied it on the first instance to just particular areas of my face and within a couple of hours any signs of peeling had all but disappeared. If you have any particularly troublesome areas you may find that you do need to use the cream consistantly over a couple of days to really get rid of them although smaller problems will be solved almost instantly!
I've had my tube for over a month now and will certainly be replacing it when it runs out, in fact I can't see myself ever being without this product again! Before now it's taken me weeks sometimes to sort out some dry skin on my face, however this product not only makes it much easier but also much quicker as well - a sure fire win! It's dermatologist, clinically and allergy tested which means it will suit most skin types and is suitable for those with dry or normal skin.
I've actually discovered a few different usages for this cream other than the ones actually suggested on the tube itself:
As a lip gloss, once you get over the taste.
As a nail cream to soften tough cuticles.
As a hair serum, to reduce frizz on a night out.
As a highlighter, models use it on their cheekbones.
I absolutely adore this product and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It is priced at £20 for a 50ml tube in Boots and so is rather costly when compared to other creams. However I've had my tube for over a month now and reckon I've used about a tenth of it as I do use it quite sparingly, even though it's always in my handbag. As long as you're sensible and don't cover your whole body in it then it should last you at least about six or seven months. If you do suffer from dry skin on your face or on a small area of your body then this is the cream for you!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A miracle moisturising cream from Elizabeth Arden.