Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream has been around since the 1930s, and has achieved cult status worldwide. Used by thousands as a way to ‘calm, protect and hydrate skin for up to 8 hours’, it is a much-loved product that has a loyal fan base.
Originally designed to treat her Horses, this cream works just as well for humans, too! This is a product that I could have in my ‘YouTube made me buy it’, because that’s where I first heard about it. It goes to say I was immensely curious to what was so amazing about it, and after researching its benefits I bit the bullet and brought my first tube from Boots. It cost me £26.00, which is more than I’ve ever spend on one single item of skin care (At the time!). Do I regret spending this on a cream? Not one single bit.
First off, I know the scent is a bit of a sticking point with some people; some love it, some hate it. Personally the scent doesn’t bother me. It has a slight citronella smell which is strong, granted, but I don’t find it too overpowering. Don’t be put off; luckily, there is an unscented version that you can purchase if you don’t like the smell. I’ve tried both the fragranced and unfragranced version and don’t really notice a whole lot of difference. Whilst it is unscented compared to the original, I do find this has a slight smell to it – not massively strong, but it is there nonetheless.
The best thing about this product is the multi-faceted uses you can find for it. It’s a great investment buy if you’re looking for one product to do multiple things. I mostly use this on my lips, skin and hair. It makes an AMAZING lip balm – far better than anything I’ve ever brought from shops. I put this on before bed each night, and come morning my lips are smooth and flake free: perfect for liquid lipstick season. It’s also long-lasting and gives the illusion of a fuller pout. I also smother this onto any dry skin that appears, particularly on the heels of my feet or on my elbows. Again, due to the consistency of the product I do this overnight to allow it to soak in fully, but come morning my skin feels lovely and soft. It’s also perfect for any cracked skin; I tend to get it on my knuckles at winter time. A smear of this over the top – gone. It’s ability to provide relief against that dry and chapped feeling makes it an excellent product to take onto a place with you whilst travelling.
Other uses I’ve found for it is sunburn; I don’t like to spend too long in the sun because I’m paranoid about wrinkles and aging prematurely, but in the instance I get any sunburn, this stuff helps to eliminate any redness or soreness. Whilst on the holiday theme, it’s perfect for mosquito bites – both easing itchiness and prevention of future bites! I think this might be related to the citronella-esque smell; insects hate this smell, and when I use it on holiday mosquitoes tend to avoid me. My Dad is bitten frequently, so I always recommend this to relive the itch. I also use it to tame any flyaway hairs – both on my head and my eyebrows! Because it has such a thick consistency it acts similarly to a wax, and can slick down any loose hairs or to set brows. On occasion I’ve also put it onto any spot breakouts, again to relieve any irritation and to calm down any inflammation.
But it doesn’t stop there; you can use it for your cuticles, as a face-mask, burns, a makeup remover, a highlighter, to ease redness for a stuffy nose, and so many more. It really is your one-stop shop for everything you could ever need. What’s more is it works. You get so many of these so-called miracle products that look nice and make your skin smell good but don’t really do a whole lot more – this certainly isn’t one of them.
The price may seem a little steep, but I’ve had my recent tube for a little over a year and I’ve barely made a dent in it. You need the tiniest amount as it is so thick, so £26.00 for a tube will last you forever. I honestly don’t think I could survive without it at this stage, I’m completely addicted!