Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Skin Fix - Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream & Clinique Moisturising Gel

February was a bit of a rashy month for me. I came out in this horrid red rash just below my cheeks and around my mouth, as well as on my forehead. It was grim and I looked like a s t r a w b e r r y. 

In my quest to rid myself of the rather grim rash I decided to cut out bread and milk in case I had some form of dietary intolerance, I tried different shampoos and even avoided going near my cat - it was a harsh and cruel existence. I was using a No7 moisturiser and Johnson's makeup cleanser at the time that my rash appeared so I stopped using them and replaced my daily routine with my Clinique [uber gentle] face wash whilst completely avoiding moisturiser altogether. 

Unfortunately, this just made things worse... My rash became SO dry and almost scaly. I couldn't wear makeup because it aggravated it even more and there's nothing worse than having to go to work with a big rashy face that you can't hide. Because my rash had become so dry, one evening I thought it would be a good idea to try Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant on it. So I plastered my face in the stuff and went to bed, slept like a trooper and in the morning my skin was slightly better. RESULT. 

I used the Eight Hour Cream morning and night, and within a couple of days the rash had disappeared completely. One month later, I'm still using Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant every day (for fear of the rash coming back) however to make it stretch further I've been mixing it with my Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising gel. For those of you Eight Hour Cream pros, you'll know it's not the cheapest of substances to obtain...  I mean you're probably looking at spending around £25 for a 50ml tube of the Skin Protectant, but I tell you now, it's bloody marvellous stuff. If you've got some dry rashy tings going on and you need to sort your face out, then this miracle cream is definitely for you.


EIGHT HOUR CREAM PROS & CONS

PROS - Works wonders and made my face go from a lumpy, scaly mess to a super smooth visage in the space of two days.

CONS - Smells a bit weird and is quite pricey. 

TOP TIP - Mix with a light moisturiser or moisturising gel [such as Clinique Dramatically Different moisturising gel] to make it last longer.

What are your experiences of Eight Hour Cream? Do you rate it? Or is one hating it?

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    1. No problem, hope it comes in handy :)

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  2. Sounds awful hun but glad it's on the mend. I have quite sensitive skin and eczema which likes to flare up now and again and I've tried nearly everything for it. Clinque is the worst for it! I've used the 8 hour cream before but I hate the smell, but I didn't try mixing it with another moisturiser. If you're still looking for something you should try Avene products, they are really gentle and scent free x

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    1. Ahh man my Dad is prone to eczema so I've always had quite dry skin. Clinique isn't too bad for me when it's mixed with the Eight Hour Cream, my skin is a bit combination so in some places it'll go dead dry and rashy and in others it'll be greasy! Weird. Will keep an eye out for the Avene products :) xx

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  3. I had crappy skin in January and eight hour cream helped so much! I find it's quite a difficult texture to apply (and I'm with you on the smell) but it did help soothe my skin a lot x

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    1. Yes I hate the texture cause it's so gloopy!! If you mix it with normal moisturiser it dilutes it a bit and makes it easier to apply though :) xx

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  4. I bought the fragrance free version of the eight hour cream not longer ago and it saved my skin whilst I had a nasty cold, I get ill quite alot so I'm sure it's going to be a staple in my makeup bag, It' such a great product and so versatile and it smells a lot better than the original, Glad you found a way to sort your skin out lovely
    Rosalie x
    rosaliejayne.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I think I might have to try the fragrance free version! It's the one thing that puts me off the stuff, the bizarre smell that it has. Thanks for sharing :) xx

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