How does Julia Restoin-Roitfeld maintain her beautiful skin? "I use lots of moisturizer — La Prairie Skin Caviar," responds Julia, "For everyday I prefer to go for a more natural look. I never wear foundation, just a bit of Yves Saint Laurent Touch Éclat concealer and some Shiseido Blush Stick on my cheeks. I use a lot of mascara and Chanel Ligne Extreme eyeliner in Encre Noire, and on my lips, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream." When I first read this, I was surprised, why would Julia use face cream on her lips? This product is widely used by discerning makeup artists and top models in addition to Julia's endorsement so I decided to investigate.
I understood the attraction once I saw the list of ingredients in Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. The active ingredients in the product include lanolin, vitamin E, and salicylic acid along with mineral oil, castor oil, corn oil, propylparaben, and iron oxides added to the base, 56.8% petrolatum. Lanolin is a rich source of cholesterol, an important skin lipid containing alpha hydroxy acids, derived from wool that protects against the effects of the environment. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and prevent oxidation; it can also work to remedy skin discoloration. Salicylic acid is arguably best known as an anti-acne treatment that induces skin cells to shed more rapidly, opens pores, neutralizes bacteria, and enhances cell growth.
Devoted fans have found myriad uses for Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: apply as a lip treatment before bed for better moisturizing and absorption than petroleum jelly; banish dry patches on hands, elbows, knees, and feet; soften cuticles and hangnails; highlight cheekbones to catch the light in a natural way (models swear by it) or mix with eye shadow for better coverage; groom your eyebrows with a small amount to tame them; reduce split ends, frizz, and static by applying sparingly to hair; soothe minor abrasions, irritations, scrapes, burns, and even insect bites with its anti-inflammatory benefits. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream — a true classic in skin care.
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