Growing up, I remember having severe skin irritations and my mother would reach for Elizabeth Arden‘s Eight Hour Cream. It’s because of my mother that I’ve kept this as a staple in my personal and makeup artist kit. I always reach for this when I have dry patches of skin or an eczema flare up, perfect for this winter weather. It really works wonders to calm and eliminate the dryness in as little as 8 hours. It’s like a best kept beauty secret that’s not really a secret because it’s loved by so many… no wonder this product has won over 100 beauty awards worldwide. Not only does this protect and rehydrate the skin but there are a multitude of ways it can be used.
8 WAYS TO USE EIGHT HOUR®
Apply head-to-toe to seal in moisture and experience hours of hydrated, healthy-looking skin with each use.
AT FACE VALUE: Simply rub a dime-sized amount in the palms of hands to warm through, then pat onto the face to seal in moisture.
COMES IN HANDY: Deep condition by working the formula into palms and over the fingers, then wrapping each hand for 10 minutes in a warm towel.
HEEL-TO-TOE HEALING: Relieve weary feet by massaging the cream generously onto soles, pads and heels, then topping with cotton socks for deeper moisturization to heal dry skin.
A FLASH OF BRILLIANCE: Create instant radiance wherever skin normally catches the light, including legs, shoulders, collarbone, cheeks and bow of the lips.
LAVISH THE LIPS: With its effective moisturizing ingredients, this do-it-all wonder perfectly re-hydrates chapped lips.
THE MANE BENEFITS: In addition to its properties as a “skin savior,” the cream’s petrolatum and natural lanolin help smooth strands and moisturize dry ends.
FROST SMITTEN: It can be smoothed onto skin as protection from windburn, particularly when adventuring outdoors.
KEEPING IT HIGH-BROW: Run the tiniest amount through eyebrows to groom hairs, helping neaten and define the arch.
The Eight Hour Cream has since expanded into a full line up of products which I’ve been loving for this winter weather. I’ve shared a few of my favourites from the line up below.
You ever wake up with dry, cracked lips? There’s no worse feeling than having to get ready for work but your lipstick can’t sit right because your lips aren’t properly hydrated. I struggle with this every winter and it always seems like no matter how much I moisturize or drink bucket loads of water, my lips are still extra parched. I love applying this lip balm liberally at night and it’s a guarantee that I wake up with soft, kissable lips… or so the hubby says.
Petrolatum, Shea Butter, Palm Tree Butter, Essential Fatty Acids and Honey Extract — this intense mixture of emollients helps seal in moisture as it smoothes and softens lips.
Petrolatum and Arnica Flower Oil — help heal dry, chapped lips and create a protective film to help hold moisture on the skin.
Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Watercress Extract — help condition, smooth and repair the look of lips.
Menthol Lactate, Menthol and Defensil – provide immediate soothing relief.
I’m a sucker for oils and this one has to be one of my favourites. Not only can I use it head to toe, but when I’m on a time crunch or King won’t give me a second to breathe after I’ve stepped out of the shower… this does the trick. I get immediate hydration without having to slather myself in moisturizer.
A potent blend of moisturizing ingredients, including Tsubaki Oil, combine to deliver intensive all-over moisture for face, body and hair. Clinically proven to moisturize for up to 12 hours, this multi-use formula leaves skin hydrated, smooth and looking luminous, without a greasy after-feel. Hair regains its moisture and shine.
This has to be my most reached for item in my bag. I’m always washing my hands because running a household full of boys is a pretty gross job and doing makeup and hair daily for my clients makes it necessary. So my hands have become quite dry and in fact, I’ve gotten eczema from washing too frequently. Dry, cracked hands are not a pretty sight when they’re in clients faces every day. This has been a saving grace and what I love is that it does the same job as the original 8 hour cream but dries much much quicker. My hands are left soft and hydrated and now I’m not embarassed to show off my amazing nails.