Cold Cream Cleanser is the classic cold cream and a very old-fashioned way to cleanse and remove all types of makeup. Cleansers like this are an option only if you have very dry skin and prefer a heavy-duty, greasy texture. This is absolutely not recommended for blemish-prone or oily skin. To find out what we do whole-heartedly recommend, check out our Best Cleansers list!
The classic rich cream deep cleans down to the pores to remove even the most stubborn make-up and impurities, while leaving skin soft and smooth.
Mineral Oil, Water, Ceresin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behenic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben
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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I use Ponds cold cream under my eyes as a moisturizer...under make up. It makes it nice snd smooth! Better then sny eye cream i have used.
I have severely dry skin, especially in the winter and occasionally have to do TV appearances -- which entails lots of heavy foundation, powder, eyeshadow etc. This stuff cleans all that make up away and leaves my skin feeling happy and moisturized, but not at all tight. I'm not sure I would use it every day (my normal make up routine is far lighter), but I would recommend if you need to remove a cake from your face.
I have Gobi Desert skin so this product is perfect for me. It's been around for ages - my mother used it and I am nearly 70. It's wonderful for winter-dry skin. I massage it in and remove with a dry wash cloth. I do switch to a lighter product in the summer because I live in a southern state with high humidity (which really helps to soften wrinkles). It's affordable and readily available (you can buy it just about anywhere. I give it 5 stars for severely dry skin.
I bought this product for my daughter to remove stage/dance makeup. I tried it on my combination skin and I expected my skin to feel greasy either immediately or after a few hours. Surprisingly, my skin remained very soft and not greasy at all. Sometimes I feel that over-washing can stimulate oil. Not sure if there is any scientific evidence about that. I should mention I massaged it into my skin and used a warm washcloth to remove - not tissues. I am very pleased with this product (and I have tried many, many expensive brands).
I no longer use Pond's since its reformulation (the additional preservatives are irritating to my face) but it would be a shame if people with oily skin walked away thinking cold cream is never for them. I have an oily and clog-prone t-zone and cold cream (including Ponds before the reformulation) has been instrumental in keeping it clear and soft. I think that using an oily cleanser and massaging well (and then removing all the dirt and cold cream, that part is important) can be very effective at loosening clogged pores and helping sebum to flow smoothly rather than clogging.
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