I am a woman of color with sensitive, combination skin and a light golden complexion. This stuff is awesome, way better for evening skin tone than Esoterica, Nadinola, et al. The scent evaporates pretty quickly. It's got a light whipped texture that isn't greasy, and rubbing gingerly it dries matte fast. It's one of the easiest products to apply that I've ever used, but I'd prefer squeeze tube packaging. Cutting a tube open to scrape the last bit out vs. dipping your hand in a jar 100+ times seems more hygienic. As other reviewers have noted it's also inexpensive.
Apply it before any other products. It forms a wonderfully smooth, absorptive layer but on top of a light layer of retinol just sits on my face. This is the only thing that has faded scars for me in two weeks or less. There's also the appearance of smoothed skin after several weeks. As for its moisturizing qualities, I'll have to disagree with some reviewers. It's a pretty light cream; I always top it off with spf and a true-blue moisturizer.
I bought this for it advertised to help clear dark spots, it was cheap, and I hadn't found makeupalley yet. I gave it a 2 because it was moisturizing, and didn't adversely affect my skin. I didn't like the feel on my skin when I first applied this or the fact that it had a floral scent perfume. I don' really see the point in having a perfume in a facial product, but I still use a couple that do if I like them.
I have very acne prone skin. After years of trying to clear it up I finally had, the only thing I had left was minimal acne hyperpigmentation. I had never had huge acne cyst before. I heard about how great this product was for clearing up my acne marks I had left over. THIS STUFF BROKE ME OUT SO BAD. After all the work I had done to finally get my skin clear it broke me back out. I had huge painful cyst on my face. I do not reccomend this. I must say it moisturizers well but it breaks you out horribly.
Unlike others, I don't dislike the fact that Ponds products are sold in tubs. I like the fact that the packaging is simple and you can get every last bit out, unlike some of the pump dispensers on other products. I only apply products to my face and body after washing my hands or bathing, and with all the preservatives I've never been particularly concerned about contamination, either. Unfortunately, none of this does anything to add up to a good impression of this particular product, Ponds Clarant B3.
At first whiff I disliked this face cream because it smells like a bad department store cologne. That being said, I was sold on an ingredient, vitamin B3, because it apparently can help reduce breakouts, hydrate skin and even out one's skin. I have some freckles and a small sunspot on my face, but they're already fairly light so perhaps I wouldn't have gained some of the more dramatic benefits others have reported, but I was still eager to see if it could combat redness and uneven skin tone following breakouts. As a result, I decided to keep up with the use of this product in spite of the fragrance. In the end, however, I was unable to give this cream long enough to see the purported benefits because after several days my skin felt dehydrated, and it looks as if I have aged five years!
In spite of its rich, creamy texture, I find the ingredients in this product somewhat harsh and drying, which might not be unexpected given the claims of being able to fade discoloration. If I had oilier skin or more discoloration I might stick it out, but I think I'm going to go with the Olay line instead (for the B3) because it would appear to be somewhat more gentle and there are fragrance-free options. (Ponds is a better value for the money so I wanted to try this first.)
Until now, I thought my facial skin was fairly bulletproof because I use OTC anti-acne face washes morning and night without any flaking or rashes. Perhaps the mix of those treatments along with this one is just too much. I simply can't stick out the dryness --- which around the eye area has has become irritation --- to find out if there are any long-term benefits. Where I live Autumn can be very dry, so perhaps if I had tried this at another time of year it would have worked out. Still, I probably would not have repurchased due to the fragrance. In contrast, I absolutely love the scent, texture and quality of Ponds "Caring Classic" Dry Skin Cream. Alas, the company's newer products are not only manufactured elsewhere but do not seem particularly geared toward the North American market, either. In any event, I wish Ponds would sit up and take note: please tone down the fragrance!
I've used this cream for about 8 or 9 months and it's not worth it if you're trying to honestly correct dark spots or an uneven skin tone. I wasn't expecting a lot from it anyway, since it was cheap.
It moisturizes pretty well and smells alright but it does NOT even out skin tone. I didn't notice any difference in my skin's tone at all, even after months of use. It says to use day and night.. I only used it at night as a nightly moisturizer. Plus I didn't like that much that it had a screw on cap/jar--much easier to forget to close as opposed to a pump where you don't need to worry about closing it!
Bottom line: don't waste your time or money. Spend the extra bucks for a better product.
this moisturizer is absolutely amazing and i feel that this has ended my search for my perfect moisturizer! :D
my skin type: i have verrrrry oily skin that is sensitive and acne-prone. i also have old acne scars and red discoloration. additionally, i have been using retin-a for about three months which has caused a bit of dryness.
although my skin is oily, i do not mind a moisturizer that is very nourishing and may leave me shiny because i am either going to be putting makeup on afterwards or just staying in my house.
I have been using this moisturizer for several weeks. i found it a bit difficult to find. but luckily, a walmart by me was carrying it. i suggest going on the ponds website because they have an option that enables you to see what stores around you are carrying the product. i would also call the store just to confirm they have it. if no stores near you carry it, i would just purchase it online. in my case, i love this so much that if i could not find it near me, i would definitely buy online :)
the product comes in a medium/small size pink jar with a screw-off lid. this is the only thing i dislike about the product- there is not pump, so you must use your fingers or something else to scoop out the product. however, for me, the results have been worth it! there is a slight fragrance to this, but i actually like it and it has not irritated my sensitive skin. additionally, it has not broken me out.
you do not need very much of this product in order to cover and fully moisturize your entire face. as far as the claim to even out skin tone and fade marks/discoloration, it has done wonders. however, as i said before, i have been using retin-a for about three months so i am not sure if it is the retain-a or the moisturizer that has been making my skin look great lately. but, the two products together have given me amazing results.
Wow, i could go on and on about this moisturizer because i am so beyond happy that i tried it.
OVERALL: i will definitely continue to purchase this because of how great it makes my skin look and feel- it has significantly help fade some of my acne scars as well as discoloration. if you are hesitant about this product, try it anyways and be patient with it because it is worth it! :)
I meant to get the formulation for normal to oily skin but nonetheless I like it so far. I mainly use this at night as a night cream. It hydrates well and doesn't break me out. it has a creamy light consistency but the smell is a very heavy floral. Luckily it doesn't aggravate my nose. It leaves my face a bit greasy by the morning, but since I made the mistake of picking the wrong formulation I will not deduct any lippies. Some of the acne marks I had are fading so the product does work after time. Niacinamide is pretty high on the ingredient list which is impressive. I bought the travel size to try it out and I still have lot of product left with daily use since you don't need to use a lot (Nickel sized amount was sufficient for my face and neck). I will have to try the one geared towards oily skin next to do a comparison. So far, not bad.
I love this cream! Im basically OBSESSED with it! i use it as a moisturizer + it evened my skin tone. i have Combination skin plus a cupple pimples here and there but it dosnt break me out. over all i would recommend this if you have un-even skin tone. :)
This is an excellent daytime moisturizer for combo dry skin types. Ponds calls it a dark spot correcting cream, and while I'm not sure I would go that far, I will say it blurs some imperfections wonderfully and makes me feel gorgeous, and it is so budget friendly around $1.50 for a 1.75 oz trial jar at Target which is a steal.
I honestly love this product it removes my pimples it a quickness. I don't like how it feels after on but what its does to me face is beautiful. I haven't had a serious break out in over a year all i get is one or two pimples but thats all.