I’ve written before about my superhero special power for surviving long plane rides. And one new addition to my dry skin toolbelt is Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, the cult product long revered by makeup artists, beauty editors, and celebrities. A welcome contrast to my beloved gel formula moisturizers, the hydration for the Eight Hour Cream comes in balm form with an ingredient list of Vitamin E, lanolin, and salicylic acid. With its thick paste, vaguely-Vaseline-y texture (56.8% petrolatum,) and slightly medicinal scent, at first, I didn’t really get the hype. At then I applied it to an oven burn I got earlier in the week. I dotted it on my eyelids for an all-natural makeup day. And I dabbed it in my lips prior to a outside run and I finally “got it.”
Eight Hour Cream is one of those mystical products that is appears to be able to do everything: condition, add shine, and hydrate. My burn healed faster, my eyelids had that “backstage makeup” freshness, and my lips were completely unaffected by the winter winds. Legend has it that Elizabeth herself, used it to rub down her thoroughbred horses. Since it does err on the paste side, it is best used as a preventative measure and sealing in moisture, rather than adding. I suggest using it in those forgotten areas that get easily neglected (cuticles, elbows, that tricky place underneath your ankle you always seem to miss when exfoliating) and then slathering it all over your hands and lips once you settle into what passes for an airline seat nowadays. But don’t just take it from me: Allison Williams of Girls is also a fan, picking some up last week at the Elizabeth Arden pop-up shop.