Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist
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Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

3.40 fl. oz. for $ 20.00
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Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist contains some great ingredients, but it’s perfume-like aroma is a red flag for inciting irritation that weakens skin. Read on for the full analysis…

Housed in a frosted plastic spray bottle, this liquid formula dispenses as an ultra-fine mist that weightlessly settles skin rather than drenching it with large dew drops. Skin is left with a lightly hydrated (but not greasy) finish. We found this even works well spritzed over makeup (it won’t disturb foundation yet helps give it a fresher look if you need to refresh dry areas or creased lines).

The formula starts out on a positive note treating skin to humectant glycerin and a bevy of plant extracts that deliver skin-strengthening antioxidants and soothing properties. Then things take a nosedive with the inclusion of fragrance, which puts skin in a compromising position (see More Info for the full scoop on why fragrance is bad for skin). We’re not just talking about a faint scent… this straight-up smells like eau de parfum, and it can also irritate eyes and nostrils.

We also have to point out that the frosted packaging isn’t ideal for protecting the stability for this formula’s delicate antioxidants (light exposure allows them to break down prematurely). Normally we’d just suggest keeping this stored some place dark like a drawer to limit the light exposure, but per the brand’s directions this is meant to be a formula that you’re able to take with you on-the-go, so this becomes a trickier issue to avoid.

Ultimately, you’re better off checking out our top-rated facial mists and toners for superior results.

Pros:
  • Refreshes skin and makeup with a lightly hydrating finish.
  • Fog-like mist settles lightly on skin, rather than drenching it.
  • Delivers beneficial antioxidants and soothing extracts.
Cons:
  • Potent fragrance spells trouble for skin.
  • Packaging compromises the effectiveness of the formula if not stored properly.

More Info:

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This refreshing facial mist instantly awakens the skin with a soothing touch of hydration in an ultra-fine spray. Powered by our superfruit blend, rich in antioxidants and vitamins, it leaves skin feeling reinvigorated and looking healthy. Mist in the morning, post-sweat, pre touch-up or before beauty sleep.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Peel Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Punica Granatum Fruit Juice, Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium PCA, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

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 empireone 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 theearly 2000smay 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 oneof the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostlydisappointing 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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