Pond’s has been slow to release any new skin-care products lately, and their latest entries haven’t held up to other formulas. This skin-lightening moisturizer didn’t break the trend, largely because it is packaged in a jar. In this case, jar packaging is more of a hygiene problem than an ingredient effectiveness issue. You don’t have to worry about sensitive ingredients breaking down because there are so few of them in here. Niacinamide is the key ingredient responsible for lightening dark spots, and luckily it is not prone to deterioration in the presence of light and air (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, April 2004, page 88; and British Journal of Dermatology, September 2000, pages 524–531). Therefore, this is a potentially effective skin-lightening option whose base formula is best for normal to dry skin. For sanitary reasons and for an overall better formula, we recommend considering the serums with niacinamide from Olay Regenerist before this product—but there’s no denying that the price per ounce of this Pond’s skin lightener makes it practically a steal (yes, it really is that size).
Specifically designed to suit normal-dry skin, this daily moisturizer evens the skin tone in 2 weeks, and reduces the appearance of dark spots in 4 weeks. It’s also been shown to improve the appearance of age spots, blotchiness and texture. Designed to suit normal-dry skin, Clarant B3 is specially formulated with ingredients like Vitamin B3 to fight discoloration and uneven skin tone. Vitamin B3 works with skin to enhance its natural turnover process and improve its barrier function, all of which can enhance skin’s visible appearance.
Water, Niacinamide, Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Mineral Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, Glutamic Acid, Propylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate
Weaknesses: No products to manage blemish-prone skin.
There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and that’s doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.
It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with age—not the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).
For more information about Pond’s, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.
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