This generously sized, artificially colored facial moisturizer from Pond's has a below-average formula that contains enough alcohol to be cause for concern. See More Info to learn why alcohol is a problem for all skin types.
By including alcohol, we suspect that Pond's was attempting to make what's essentially a basic water, oil, and wax formula lighter and more suitable for normal to oily skin. However, there are other ingredients that can create a lighter, silkier feel without posing a risk of irritation, so there's no need to compromise and go with this product.
Even without the alcohol, this is a boring formula that offers little of value for anyone's skin.
Normally we'd comment that the (giant) jar packaging is a problem because once opened it allows the light- and air-sensitive ingredients to break down, but this formula contains only a token amount of such ingredients. Still, the large jar packaging does present a hygiene issue because you dip your fingers into it—a step that becomes trickier as this is depleted (it's a really big jar with a not-so-big opening).
- Truly boring, dated formula that's not special for oily skin.
- Amount of alcohol is potentially irritating.
- Jar packaging presents a hygiene issue.
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).