27 July 2015

The Many Uses of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

It's amazing how some products just stand the test of time due to their quality, miracle abilities, and cult following. Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is one of these products. Developed for the first time in 1930 to soothe skin, it was also the first product to carry Miss Arden's name. It was such a hit among her clients, that she used it to soothe the legs of her thoroughbred horses. How the name "Eight Hour" came about is also an interesting story: one of her loyal clients used the skin protectant on her child's skinned knee, and "Eight Hour"s later it was all better. I have been using Eight Hour Cream (the fragrance free version as I cannot stand the original one's smell) for a few years now and thought it was time I collated all the different uses in one post. 

What makes Eight Hour Cream so special is its blend of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy (salicylic acid that gently exfoliates for smoother skin), and Vitamin E (protects the skin from free-radical damage and soothes the skin).

Personally I have used Eight Hour Cream mostly as a lip balm and on very dry areas such as elbows or heels. It is really good for hands, especially during winter, when the skin can get very dry, itchy, and flaky. It is also amazing for keeping cuticles healthy and soft. Eight Hour Cream can be used to tame unruly eyebrows and to smooth onto eyelids for this season's glossy eye looks.

When we went to Mauritius for our honeymoon nearly three years ago, I stupidly forgot to pack in after-sun lotion. I applied Eight Hour Cream to my sore, tight skin at night, and the next morning everything felt more smooth, supple, and less-burnt. I've also since applied it to mosquito bites, and it soothes the itchy red patches fast. The latest use I've found for Eight Hour Cream was a few weeks ago when my eyelids suddenly became dry, rough, and flaky. I freaked out when I saw it and immediately applied oils and eye cream, but nothing worked. Out came the trusty Eight Hour Cream! I applied it at night and by the next morning the flakiness was gone, and my eyes were back to their old self later that day.

Do you have any other uses for Eight Hour Cream? Please let me know in the comments section!

Until next time!


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