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Reviewed: A Drugstore Icon, Pond's Cold Cream

Pond's Cold Cream
Pond's Cold Cream is budget-friendly and will keep your skin looking flawless. Amazon

Grandmas love it. Moms love it. Daughters love it, too. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is eternal. Invented in 1846, this iconic product stands the test of time. Often the ritual of using Pond's gets passed down because every generation can see the evidence firsthand that it works. According to one esthetician, "When someone tells me she's never had a facial but has skin that looks 20 years younger than her age, I pretty much know she'll also tell me she uses Pond's Cold Cream as a makeup remover and moisturizer."

Is this drugstore classic worth the hype?

Does Pond's Cold Cream Work?

Short answer: Yes. This product definitely does exactly what it says it'll do, with little muss or fuss.

You may want to use it strictly as a makeup remover and wash your face afterward with a mild cleanser to get the residue off, but that's a matter of individual preference. Some people find that their pores get clogged if they don't rinse it off thoroughly, but for others, Pond's works well as an overnight moisturizer.

Key Ingredients

Mineral oil is a highly purified liquid derived from petroleum. It is widely used in cosmetics products as it is known to moisturize and hydrate skin.

However you use it, Pond's Cold Cream is a beast at removing every little smidge of makeup, leaving your skin feeling baby soft. When using it consistently, fine lines appear less obvious.

It's a real game changer in the winter when the air leaves your skin feeling drier and tighter than normal. Pond's makes a significant difference in diminishing that parched feeling brought on by cold weather.

What Does Pond's Feel and Smell Like?

If you have oily skin and generally steer clear of oilier products, Pond's might take some getting used to. It feels like theater makeup or a really intensive moisturizing treatment. If you can get over that, it might actually become a regular in your nighttime skincare routine.

One of the best things about this cream—other than its apparently miraculous youth-enhancing effects—is its smell. The scent is so fresh and so clean. It's unforgettable and makes the whole experience feel like a five-minute treat every time you slather it on.

Easy to Use

This product is super simple to use. The goal is to really massage your face with the cream, for at least a solid minute, before wiping it off with cotton balls or pads.

If you have dry or dehydrated skin, feel free to leave the cream on and let it soak in overnight for best results.

The Price

A 3.5-ounce jar of Pond's Cold Cream costs a whopping $5. That's a steal, especially considering this is an all-time classic beauty product that really delivers. It cleanses like no other, and it truly does help maintain a youthful appearance in the skin. That's priceless.

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