Cold-Weather Arsenal: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
Even those with normal skin can suffer from chapped lips and flaky noses in wintry weather. So for those of us with already dry skin, cold-weather and central heating can make exposed body parts – namely face and hands – a real bitch to deal with.
Eight Hour Cream has a cult following for a very good reason. It works. Even at the worst of times I don't get chapped lips because this is my lip balm. My face routine am and pm is sealed off with a thin layer as it is my occlusive of choice. Those little cracks between my fingers are protected and allowed to heal with this. It really is a multi-purpose product that I carry about my person at all times and when I don’t have it with me, I want to cry.
I have four points to makes about Eight Hour Cream. First of all, it is not a cream. It is a balm, thick but not in a heavy or sticky way that Vaseline can feel like. Second of all it contains Lanolin so not for you if you have an allergy. In fact, before I started using Eight Hour Cream, I thought I might be allergic to Lanolin and some research led me to this article on Colin’s Beauty Pages that may help you too. Thirdly, the fragrance free version stinks to high-heaven. The original version, which is the one I use, has a medicinal smell which I personally like.
And lastly, please do not pay the RRP which rips you off given the ingredients are cheap. This product is always available online for much cheaper than in the shops; I never pay more than between £12 and £14 for a 50g tube, so neither should you!