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Penelope Cruz and Eight Hour Cream

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin
June 19, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
Penelope Cruz is responsible for outing me. The sultry celebrity, who appears in the new Woody Allen movie To Rome With Love, has revealed a beauty secret that prompts me to make a confession. Despite all I have learned about ingredients and my access to some pretty sophisticated products, I am, like Ms. Cruz, a devotee of Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream ($25).

When asked about her beauty secrets, Penelope Cruz said: “I’m the wrong person, because every day when I’m not working, I don’t wear makeup. I like messy hair, and I wear jeans and a big T-shirt. If I could, I’d be barefoot in the street.” In this context, it isn’t surprising that her go-to should be the multitasking Eight Hour Cream. And I mean multitasking.

More of a gel than a cream, Elizabeth Arden supposedly developed it for the legs of her (thoroughbred, of course) horses back in the 1930s. Eight Hour Cream’s formula was one of the first ever uses of beta hydroxy (salicylic acid) and it hasn’t changed since.  There are so many things that I would normally pass on – mineral oil (pore clogging), lanolin (an irritant), BHT, linalool, and a paraben (all possibly carcinogenic) -  that it is, frankly embarrassing to admit that I always have a tube on standby.

But here’s the thing, Eight Hour is handy, nea indispensable, for so many things:

1. Zapping zits

2. Soothing sunburn

3. Dabbing on insect (especially mosquito) bites

4. Nourishing jet-lagged skin – British Airways Flight attendants swear by Eight Hour Cream (warning: this is a gel, not a cream and slathering it all over your face during a long flight really does work but you will look and feel like a burn victim)

5. Moisturzing, like nothing else, brittle nails

6. Soothing chapped lips

7. In a pinch, it even works as a hair gel

8. Healing (according to Arden legend, in a mere eight hours) scratches and scrapes

See, indispensable. And, anyway, it seems I’m in pretty good company.

Ingredients: Petrolatum (56.8%), Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Salicylic Acid, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Castor), Vegetable Oil, Zea Mays Oil (Corn), Fragrance, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides
  • July 15, 2012

    by Holly

    Hi Marta - am intrigued by this post as I'm always looking for something that will strengthen my brittle nails - but am confused as to which EA Eight Hour Cream to buy? It seems as though there's at least eight different products according to Strawberrynet! Yours in confusion, Satajnuic

  • July 15, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi Holly, its the Eight Hour Skin Protectant.

  • June 21, 2012

    by Dennis

    I'll make a confession along the lines of yours, Marta. Despite using some of the best eye creams out there, the information and resources here and elsewhere, I have found that using vaseline around my eyes is the best thing so far. I started using it to relieve some of the dryness and redness after using my Palovia only to discover the skin around my eyes would look and felt softer, dewy, and really good! I was in the hospital recently and the attending Physician couldn't believe my age. I even panic when I misplace it. It's nuts.

  • June 20, 2012

    by Jan

    Go for the olive oil for your hair. It's nourishing and the price point is very doable. Many, many can also use on your legs and arms as a light moisturizer.....I sometimes slather it on before bed. It's pretty darn good!

  • June 20, 2012

    by JANE

    I have received so many small tube samples from Eliz Arden....but I find the smell I usually give it away

  • June 20, 2012

    by nadia

    I have heard about this from so many sources in the it must be good. That being said, what about (and bear with me here) simple olive oil that you can buy at the grocery store? I am considering using this sparingly, plus what is even crazier is I kinda want to try the spray olive oil for really bad dry hair.....anyone have any opinions on this?

  • June 19, 2012

    by Jan

    Wow! I've never heard of this.....I think I need to keep some on hand....not sure I would ever let it touch my face, but I'll find a use for it somewhere!


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