Review | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment*
I was recently sent a few products to trial from Direct Cosmetics, one of which was Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment*. You may have noticed me reviewing quite a few hand care products lately in my search for the perfect handcream; I suffer quite badly with eczema, especially on my hands, which is made worse by the frequent handwashing in my job as a carer. I'm therefore looking for something pretty heavy-duty to try and keep my hands in the best condition possible!
The product information on the box is as follows: "The perfect companion to our original classic. This fast-absorbing gel-cream for the hands moisturizes for up to eight hours. Soothing emollients smooth and soften rough, weather-exposed skin. Signs of dryness and cracking are reversed so hands look and feel soft and touchable. No greasy residue. To use: Apply liberally as often as necessary." Looking at the ingredients, I find it bizarre that a product of this nature would contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which is well-known as an irritant and personally, it's one of the major triggers for my eczema, so I was more than a little wary trying this out. There's also a long list of parabens which is another ingredient I try to avoid; for a high-end product, I have to admit I'm disappointed with the ingredients list here.
The cream has a light gel-like texture which absorbs quickly upon rubbing into the hands, without leaving behind any greasy residue or stickiness, so the product lives up to its claims on that point! It does have a strong botanical scent which I'm personally really not a fan of, and that does linger for quite a while after application, which honestly has put me off using the cream - I only really use it at bedtime as I can't stand the scent during the day, it's okay while I'm asleep... Honestly, this is far from the best hand cream I've used, as well as having one of the highest RRPs. I expected more and I have to say I've been disappointed. It provides some moisture to my hands, but it doesn't last anywhere close to eight hours, and I don't feel like it's offering any longer-term benefits to my skin. I wanted to love this but sadly, it just isn't for me. I'll probably finish the tube but I won't be repurchasing, and I'd be careful to check the ingredients before buying any other products from the Eight Hour range.
You can find Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment at Direct Cosmetics, priced at £9.99 for 75ml of product, which is a saving of £16 off the RRP; it's definitely worth ordering from Direct Cosmetics if you like the sound of it! I'd also recommend having a browse of the site as they have some great deals on a huge range of skincare, fragrance and make-up products so you'll be sure to find a bargain. Are you a fan of Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream? Have you tried the Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment? What's your favourite hand cream?