Dry Skin Cream, The Caring Classic
10.1 fl. oz. for $7.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Dry Skin Cream, The Caring Classic takes the prize for the most boring facial moisturizer 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.


Delivers essential moisture to nourish the skin, while significantly reducing dryness. This favorite smoothes and softens skin while setting the stage for flawless make-up application. Pond's dry skin cream is also perfect for deep overnight hydration.


Water, Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Ceresin, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Oleate, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Laureth 23, Fragrance, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate

Brand Overview

Pond's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive.

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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Ponds Dry Skin cream put out facial fire!

After swimming at the health club, mine and my boyfriend's faces felt as if on fire. The staff must have overdone the chlorine in the pool and they must've thought nobody would notice! In desperation, we went next door to the supermarket and I bought a jar. It worked immediately and cooled the skin. Now I use it for dryness after my retinol. It smells good, doesn't clog pores that I've seen, and is inexpensive.

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I've been getting into makeup for the past year, and everyone but everyone says the big secret is well moisturized skin. I've tried several brands, including ones that my aesthetician sold me that were lovely. But it's hard to stomach the price of some of these products, especially when they end up not being that great. So I decided to try this old standby, and for the first time I get what all the makeup artists are saying about how well makeup applies on hydrated skin. Will buy again.

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perfect as night mask

I am trying to get my skin used to retinol which is a painful process as you go up in dose. I have dry skin anyway, and add retinol and my sin is red, irritated and flaky. I put on ponds dry skin cream in a thick layer and go to bed. It helps my skin recover from retinol amazingly well! It is thick and greasy, perfect for very dry skin!

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summer j
Great for Silicone Sensitive Individuals

Pond's "Caring Classic" Dry Skin Cream may be old school but it's a godsend having patch-tested positive to silicones at a dermatologists' office. I found out I was silicone sensitive in the early 2000s, yet finding alternatives to silicone-laden facial creams, lotions, cosmetics and hair care products has been a struggle. As I age, I find that the main obstacle to minimizing wrinkles, other than sunscreen, is dry skin. Pond's Dry Skin Cream is simple, but it smells fantastic and it WORKS.

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Diana E.
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