March 22, 2011

Review: Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream

I feel like this is one beauty product that has withstood the test of time and still reigns victorious over all others. While I never used it before, I was long aware of its popularity having seen it on dressing tables of my aunts, cousins and friends. I had never needed to use it and, mind you, because of the price tag, I couldn't afford to. However, over recent weeks I have had call to nab a bit of my mother's (with her permission, of course) and it has, quite literally, saved my skin.

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.


S x


  1. Oh it sounds like I could have done with this last week for the very same reason you described above. I'm also trialling a new skincare regime and one of the items has left my skin so raw and dry, I found Silcocks Base worked but it took a few days.

  2. Haha wouldn't it be funny now if it was the same product! Yes, it would definitely be worth picking up even a travel size just to have in emergencies! x

  3. I have a tube of this, its brilliant and lasts forever. I also love the smell now, didnt at first but now I really do.

  4. Hopefully it'll grow on me because it's a total miracle cream!

  5. Oh my gosh I LOVE this product, it is the best lip balm I have ever used, could not live without it :) the lip balm stick is also great!

  6. Yeah I used the cream on my lips too and it was great!

  7. I have had this in my kit for years, I have one in my handbag and there is one in our bathroom. I LOVE it, such an amazing product and no other brand, in my opinion, has ever managed to top it. Great post Sinead xx

  8. Thanks Simone! I can't believe it took me so long to try and now I'm a total convert! Can't wait to get my hands on my own tube! xx

  9. Would you say this is for more problem skin Sinead? I'm relativly "normal" not sure what it would do for me?

  10. As I understand it Laura this is the type of product to have on hand if ur skin acts up. My skin is normal too so I wouldn't use this on any kind of regular basis. On the back it says for use on burns, dry skin, chapped skin etc so I think it's defo just meant for occasional use! But defo worth having just in case! X


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