"The skincare classic that soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. Soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations."
This stuff barely needs an introduction - created by Elizabeth Arden herself in 1930, the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant was an instant success and remains a classic, cult beauty product to this day, often raved about by celebrities and makeup artists for its hydrating and protecting properties. It has a multitude of uses and is perfect for moisturising any dry spots such as elbows, knees and lips; but can also be used on cuticles, scratches and burns, for smoothing unruly brows, and for adding a touch of shine to cheeks, lips or even eyelids. As a huge fan of multi-use products, I was pretty excited to try this out.
Somewhat strangely, this isn't actually a cream. It's an apricot coloured (though it goes on clear) petroleum based balm, similar in consistency to something like vaseline. In fact, there's a bit of an ongoing debate in the beauty world over whether this is simply a glorified tube of vaseline. Personally, I don't think they compare. I find the Eight Hour Cream is much more powerful and effective. It's also handbag friendly (can you imagine carting a tub of vaseline around with you?), which, as one of those people who likes to carry half of my skincare and make-up collection around, is a big bonus for me. The smell is something which seems to divide people. It's clinical and slightly herbal, with a bit of a citrus edge. I love it, but Elizabeth Arden do have a fragrance free version if it's not for you.
The cream is very heavy duty so you only need to use it sparingly - a teeny dab will suffice for most uses. I've been using it on my lips, the ends of my hair to smooth out any frizzy bits, as a prep before applying matte lipstick, on dry patches around my nose... The list goes on. This is such a versatile product that I already can't imagine being without it. It's also said to be amazing on flights - the low humidity in aeroplane cabins is notorious for sucking any moisture out of your skin, and the Eight Hour Cream forms a protective seal which helps prevent your skin from drying out. I'm already excited to test this out when I next fly!
I really do think that the Eight Hour Cream deserves its cult following. While it's nothing completely groundbreaking or thrilling, it works and it works well. It's a really great staple to have in your collection, and although at £25 a pop it initially seems quite pricy, you get a lot of product and I can see it lasting a while - some people even claim that one tube of this iconic cream can last them several years!
What do you think? Have you ever tried Eight Hour Cream?