Autumn has well and truly arrived, and like our closet, our skin care routine needs a bit of a revamp in the run up to winter too. With temperatures dropping, our skin really needs that extra bit of oomph from our beauty products, which is why at BBTG HQ, we’re all reaching for our autumn staple…Elizabeth Arden’s Eight hour skin protectant cream.

Elizabeth Arden has been an essential in make up bags since 1930, so it has stood the hardest test of all – the test of time. It is a powerhouse product in the beauty industry and is used by people worldwide to ‘calm, protect and hydrate skin for up to 8 hours’. Let’s take a look at the ingredients to see why.

When it comes down to protection of the skin, petrolatum is our guy! It is an occlusive moisturiser, which simply means it reduces the water loss from our skin’s top layers into the air, by forming a water resistant barrier and trapping the water in our skin. Petrolatum can also behave as an emollient, conditioning the skin and improving it’s overall look and feel.

Next up is salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliant (true beauty geeks will be familiar with this fab ingredient by now) that loosens the connections between skin cells, making it easier for dead skin cells to be shed and revealing the new cells beneath. This can improve your complexion as well as helping those of us who have spot-prone skin, as it will help stop dead cells accumulating in our pores!

Although salicylic acid has been linked to causing skin dryness at higher concentrations, when combined with the highly moisturising petrolatum in this product, we don’t think this will prove to be much of an issue!

Lastly, Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E) is an excellent anti-oxidant so can fight off free radicals that if left unchecked could lead to premature skin ageing like wrinkles. Topical application of vitamin E has been found to improve the barrier function of the skin too, to reduce water loss and increase the skins hydration. It looks like vitamin E and petrolatum together could be the key combination that gives this product its revered protectant qualities!

Not only is 8 hour cream a favourite in the BBTG office, it has a number of big blogger fans too and has won several beauty awards! If it’s moisture you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place!

You can buy yours HERE (and it’s HALF PRICE NOW WOO!!)

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