Although inexpensive, this ranks as one of the most boring facial moisturizers at the drugstore. It's a classic oil-in-water with wax formula, and although it can address the basic needs of dry to very dry skin, using it is akin to sending someone a telegram instead of an email.
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).
Specifically designed for dry to very dry skin, this daily moisturizer nourishes for up to 24 hours with a blend of natural botanical extracts and nutrients, resulting in soft, healthy-looking skin.
Water, Mineral Oil , Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Ceresin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Triethanolamine, Laureth 23, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Carbomer, Methylparaben, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Disodium EDTA, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract (Apple), Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract (Grapefruit)
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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