Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
1.7 fl. oz. for $19.50
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant lands on many fashion magazines’ “best of beauty” lists for its long-standing history and versatility. However, it’s just a blend of emollients with fragrance, salicylic acid (incapable of exfoliating in this product because the pH is too high), plant oil, vitamin E, and preservatives. (So much for the validity of the “best” lists in fashion magazines!) Plain Vaseline, which makes up the bulk of this formula, would work just as well.

One more thing: The “protectant” in the product name is especially misleading, since the best way to really protect skin is by using a product with an effective UVA/UVB sunscreen. Find a truly protective moisturizer that’s right for you on our Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen list on Beautypedia.


This rich cream contains natural oils and Vitamin E, which combine to quickly and effectively soothe your irritated and painfully dry skin.


Active: Petrolatum (56.8%), Other: Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Fragrance, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil, Corn Oil, Tocopherol, BHT, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Elizabeth Arden At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent serums and a few noteworthy moisturizers; praiseworthy concealers; a handful of well-formulated makeup products including foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick.

Weaknesses: No products for those battling blemishes; several products whose sunscreen lacks sufficient UVA protection; most of the foundations with sunscreen fail to provide sufficient UVA protection; lackluster eye and brow pencils; some problematic lip color products; jar packaging weakens some otherwise great formulas.

Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.

Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.

Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.

For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.

Elizabeth Arden Makeup

Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.

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I love EA's 8 Hour Cream

I love this stuff. I love the scent, I love the texture and I love the results. The Intense Body Cream formula is faithful to the original without the balm-ish quality--still has the same scent--clean like lemon verbena and lavender. I have never been as happy with any other product I have ever tried no matter what the cost.

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It did it's magic yet again!

I got my eyebrows waxed yesterday and they were hurting so bad. That last night I grabbed this product from my cabinet and by todayI was healed. I don't know why it hurt so bad. But, I needed relief desperately!were talking serious pain. I haven't had to use this product in literally years!

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Annette D.
The hype is for other rasons

Just read the PC review. I think that this cream is a fashion community darling because they use it for makeup effects and not as an everyday moisturizer.

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I love this product!

I used to apply this when I got my eyebrows waxed. I would apply this in the very sensitive area that no longer had hair. I believe this is good for promoting healing. At one point I no longer needed to use it. I eventually bought it. I always used to use the tester at Macy's while I was in pain. I even suggest it to other's I believe in it that much.

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Annette D.
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