Beauty Review: Pond's Cold Cream

There's a Reason this Product is a Beauty Classic

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

Pond's Cold Cream is a favorite of estheticians everywhere and for good reason. As one esthetician reader told me, "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."

Does It Work?

And how. This is a rare case of a product that does exactly what it says it'll do, with a minimum of muss and 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 taste. Some folks find that their pores get clogged if they don't rinse thoroughly, but plenty of people rely on Pond's as a leave-on moisturizer. In fact, some dermatologists advise against rinsing, because water can contain contaminants that are hard on your skin.

However you use it, Pond's Cold Cream will take off every bit of your makeup and leave your skin feeling softer. When using it regularly, fine lines stand out less. It's especially great in the winter when your skin is dry as a bone most of the time. Pond's totally takes away that tight-face feeling you may get in the cold weather. It'd be worth the price for that alone.

Texture, Feel, and Smell

If you're squicked out by oilier products, it might take some getting used to.

Pond's feels like theater makeup or a really intensive moisturizing treatment.

Possibly the best thing about this product, other than its apparently miraculous youth-preserving properties, is its smell. It is very clean and fresh-smelling. It will make you feel like you've done something nice for yourself in the five minutes it takes to remove your makeup properly.

("OK, I didn't get much done today, but at least I washed my face properly. Check that one off the list.")

Ease of Use

This product is really easy to use, but there are a few things to keep in mind. 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. Do not, under any circumstances, use toilet paper or facial tissue to wipe it off. It'll feel like sandpaper and be just about as good for your skin.

Bang for Your Buck

Price: Under $5

Is it worth it? Totally. For less than five bucks, you get 3.5 ounces of one of the all-time best classic beauty products, a clean face, and at least the illusion of younger skin.