March 22, 2011
Review: Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream
I have been trialling a skincare system over the last number of weeks (more about that later) and, unfortunately, one of the products proved too harsh for my skin after continuous and prolonged use. Though I avoided my eye area, the skin around my tear duct and outer corner was zapped of moisture and became angry, red, raw and flaky. Not nice. The same thing then began happening to the corners of my nose and above my top lip.
Needless to say, I was distraught as this was in the run up to my birthday and I knew I was getting my make-up done in MAC and I didn't want them to have to contend with my bumpy, flaky skin or me to have to contend with a less than satisfactory result. Now, I know, I know there are many worse things going on in the world than my irritated skin but, a girl's gotta deal with the hand she's been dealt and, having struggled with eczema for a long time, I have no tolerance for my skin acting up.
I discontinued using said product for a few days and, on a whim, I asked my mam could I use some of her Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream (the original Skin Protectant one). Within a few hours, the difference was visable. My skin didn't feel as tight or sore and, while it looked as though I was sweating up a storm on patches around my face (the product doesn't really sink in, it kind of provides a barrier between your skin and any external aggressors), I didn't feel as though I was going to rip my face off with my bare hands.
I even resorted to using the range's Body Treatment when my mam had gone out, taking the skin protectant with her. Granted, it's not meant for your face as it is extremely thick and gloopy but, my skin felt like butter afterwards and all the flakiness and soreness had totally died down.
I will have no hesitation now, when I have a bit of spare cash, to buy my own tube of this revered beauty product as I have seen and felt the wonders it can do for upset skin. I will say that I don't much like the scent. I'm not sure what it is but, it is definitely unique to this brand. It seems to sit in your skin for hours, which surely is a testament to the longevity of one application but, since it was applied around my nose, I got kinda nauseous inhaling it constantly! I can live with that though as, as I said before, it saved my skin.