As soon as I hear the words “Elizabeth Arden” I immediately think of the cult 8 Hour Cream, which has been around for longer than I can remember and has a reputation for being a handbag and kit essential for anyone who knows their beauty. When it comes to skincare, I prefer as little fragrance as possible as I’m always a bit concerned about the effect that added fragrance might have on my tricky skin, so knowing that many people feel the same way, the bods behind the Elizabeth Arden brand have released a fragrance-free version of their star product, which is fabulous news and means even the most sensitive skin types can now get stuck in! I thought I’d share five ways you can put the 8 Hour Cream to use to give you some inspiration:
- Lip balm – I’m sure everyone says this, but you really cannot beat 8 Hour Cream as a lip treatment for very dry or cracked lips. It’s also particularly handy for the current/impending matte lip trend as it softens and prepares lip for drying matte formulas.
- Cuticle treatment – I have horrendous cuticles that are so dry and made much worse by the fact that I always have my hands in hot water for washing-up Teddy bits and bobs. You can use this as an intensive treatment on cuticles by applying a small amount to each nail and taking your time to massage it in.
- Dry skin – I think this is probably what the original creators of the 8 Hour Cream had in mind (I’m guessing!) which is for it to be used as a concentrated dry skin treatment. It’s especially great for elbows, hands and feet, although, if you’re prone to very dry skin on your face then it’s apparently great for that too.
- Tan prep – Following on the dry skin theme, if you’re like me and have patches of dryness that don’t disappear with a good scrub and cream, applying this to these areas before applying fake tan will stop the tan clinging to the dry patches, allowing for a much more natural finish.
- Turning powders to creams – this is a great product for adding gloss to any make-up powder, such as eyeshadow or blusher. The easy way to do this is to work a little bit both products together on the back of your hand before applying it. It’s also great for adding a dewy light to skin, but again, use it sparingly as a little goes a very long way!
The fragrance-free Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream is available now for £26 here – link.