Just what is it about the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream that’s made it a cult staple in the bags of everyone from runway makeup artists and top fashion models to beauty editors and celebrities like Prince Harry, Kate Moss, Kourtney Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon?
And yes, that’s the very same Prince Harry, of the British royal family (drama) fame.
Mr. Meghan Markle was armed with this potent cream while trekking in arctic conditions for the Walking With The Wounded Allied Challenge to the South Pole.
So what makes this almost-century-old formula stand the test of time?
It doesn’t have hi-tech stem cells (in fact, the core ingredients — petroleum jelly, mineral oil, natural lanolin, salicylic acid, and vitamin E — have remained unchanged since the award-winning skin protectant was formulated in 1930), it’s not super-expensive (clocking in at $24), and it’s not pretty.
But. It. Works.
And works so well that a tube of this unique formula is sold every 30 seconds.
Which is a LOT of tubes amidst the number of skincare products out there, vying for attention! And there’s a reason for that: It’s that good.
The 8-hour cream was created by Miss Arden herself as a multipurpose, do-everything, take-everywhere beauty product. She even used it to soothe the legs of her famous thoroughbred horses!
Why “8 Hour”? The name, which has become a moniker of excellence in the beauty industry, is based on the suggestion of a devoted Elizabeth Arden client who exclaimed that the miracle cream had healed her son’s grazed knee in just eight hours!
And while there are a myriad of its uses that underline the cult status, here are 12 of the very best ones.
Super-saviour for dry or sensitive skin
The cocktail of petroleum jelly, skin-soothing oils and anti-inflammatory vitamin E soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin.
This makes it perfect for protecting skin from drying winds, central heating and air conditioning… just add a dollop of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream onto your hands, rub your palms together to let the product heat up a bit, then apply it over the face and neck as a protective moisturiser!
With its legendary soothing and moisturizing benefits, it’s the ideal after-sun treatment to relieve sunburns and calm dry, irritated sun-exposed skin.
Effective results means skin looks happier and healthier almost instantly.
Dab a bit of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on your lips, then gently scrub with an old toothbrush — goodbye flakes and chapped lips!
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream makes an excellent treatment for dry lips, healing them quickly and leaving behind a soft shine and a light, glossy effect.
Dry hands? The Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream also doubles up as a superb conditioning balm to soften rough, dry cuticles, keeping them smooth, supple and beautifully manicured.
Especially perfect for brutal winter months!
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is brilliant at keeping unruly brows in place, providing a bit of sheen and creating a perfectly defined arch that will stay in place all day.
All it takes is a dab and a spoolie brush or wand to comb it through the eyebrows.
Found in top makeup artists’ kits worldwide, this versatile formula is perfect for adding a soft glow or a hint of red-carpet-ready sheen.
For best effect, add a dab of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream at the highest point of your cheekbones (post-foundation), or along the collar bone, knees and shins.
Glow up the eyeshadow
Want romantic looking eyes with a bit of shine?
Take a touch of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream on your fingertip and apply it into the center of the lid, over your eye shadow. This will really open up the eyes and give them a sheer, ethereal glow.
You can also apply it on bare skin at the highest point of the brow bone, right below the brow. This will create a subtle highlight, without the dated look of a shimmer. All you need is the tiniest amount.
Level up your brows!
‘Tis the time for some edgy sexiness and one of the easiest ways to incorporate it into your look is by mixing a bit of soft taupe or light gold eye shadow with the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and brushing it through the brows.
This will create a gorgeous ombre effect that’s very young Hollywood.
Thicker patches of skin — like the elbows and knees — can get dry and ashy as you grow older, making them visible markers of your age.
Counter by rubbing a small amount of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream into these areas regularly… goodbye dry patches!
Overnight body skin healer
Massage Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream into your hands and feet before bed every night to heal even the roughest, driest skin while you sleep.
Worried about your sheets? Don a pair of cotton socks and cotton gloves.
The best inflight moisturiser
Flying leaves your skin dull and dehydrated?
Take a dime size amount of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream in the palms of your hands, warm it up by rubbing the hands together and pat onto face and limbs as the best way to boost skin’s in-flight moisture levels.
This legendary skincare formula calms irritation, reduces redness and leaves legs super-smooth and silky-soft.
This also makes the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream great as an after shave or after wax treatment.
Fried or frazzled hair?
Rub a little of the 8-Hour Cream into the dry areas — especially the ends — leave it on for half an hour, then wash with your regular shampoo for smooth strands.