This has been around for generations for a reason. It has taken care of the skin of my grandmother, mother then now me. It removes all my makeup really well. I use an oil based makeup remover for my eyes though and not this cause this kinda stings. I apply thick amount all over my face and neck and massage it for a minute or so where I can see all the foundation, blush, bronzer all being lifted off then I wipe it off with tissue. Then i wash my face with my favorite facial wash after to double cleanse and make sure that no trace of make-up is left. This routine has kept my skin clear for years. Well, except when i have my monthly visitor and when i was hormonal when i was pregnant. Also have been using Shu Uemura cleansing oil in rotation with this before but it is so expensive to maintain. This has always been a staple and will still be in the future. I will definitely recommend this to my own daughter when she is all grown up and into makeup already.
Cold cream has saved my skin. Honestly. When I turned a certain age (lol) I decided to sort my skin care out. I used to use any old cleanser but my skin always looked ruddy and oily. Little lines also started to form on my forehead!!! This got me very confused about what skin type I had - I always assumed I had oily skin due to large pores, breakouts and oily skin. So off I started on my hunt for better skin care. We all know that the basis of good make up is in the skin care, this is so true. I dread to think how much money I have wasted on make up totally unsuitable for my skin! Any way, back to Ponds and how I got here.....
I started with Decleor, this was too much for my skin. The essential oils were far too strong so I went on to PreCleanse. Again, no good, so switched to something I assumed would be more gentle. In came DHC cleansing oil. By this time my skin was suffering so badly, I had MAJOR breakouts everywhere. Cystic acne, clogged pores and whiteheads. Confidence at an all time low, and still the oily skin I originally had made me look again at my skin. After researching I realised that I was treating my skin as if it was oily when it was dehydrated! So, out comes the Ponds. I love the oil cleansing method as this is the only way to properly clean off long wear foundation and sunscreen. On a dry face I smooth this on until it turns clear and slippery (usually about 3/4 mins), take off with a tissue and use a hot flannel/muslin cloth to clean off residue.I then follow with Clarins Foaming Cleanser with Shea Butter. I have been using this combo for about 3/4 weeks now and my skin is 100% changed. My make up sits better, I no longer have an oil slick face, and breakouts are far and few between. My skin is softer, clearer and the lines are going! Yippee! Really, if you are having the same problem as I was having - look at using this. It is more time consuming than a quick wipe with a cleanser and cotton wool, but the results are so worth it! :o)
Edit: I was curious to see if the one I have bought in the UK was any different to ones in the U.S so I ordered a couple of pots from a U.S seller on Amazon.
U.K version: Pink Packaging. White pot with pink lid. On Box says Ponds Cold Cream, cleansing softening cream 50ml. Ingredients: Paraffinum Liquidum, Aqua, Cera Alba, Ceresin, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Butylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, BHT, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Eugenol.
U.S Version: White pot with mint green lid (as in the picture). 269g. This seems almost 3 times as big as the pink lidded one we get here in the U.K. On package it is: Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser. Moisturising Deep Cleanser & make up remover. Ingredients: Mineral Oil, Water/Aqua, Cerasin, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Behinic Acid, Fragrance, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl, Butylcarbamate, Methylparaben.
Not sure why they are so different? They both smell the same, but the U.K one feels fluffier when taken from pot, whereas the U.S one seems denser but smooths on the skin better. When using the U.S one, this definitely goes a lot more oily than the UK one, with a lot more slip. This makes removal so much easier, therefore when comparing the two I would much rather use the U.S version any day (as long as it agrees with my skin) even though it means importing it.
Another update! No break outs! I have found something even better to take it off with rather than tissue - Kleenex Cleansing Cloths! (not wipes) They are like a hybrid between tissue and cotton wool. They take Ponds off really well without it scratching your skin. Don't know if you can get them in the U.S though. Its also is an awesome eye makeup remover. I used to do it separately but ran out of my usual stuff, so just decided to use the Ponds, very gently, to remove eye makeup. I wear a lot of eye makeup and this stuff beats my regular remover hands down! Thought I would add this to my review :o)
I've gone through 3 tubs of this to help me remove my hg foundation ELDW. I really liked massaging it in well and using a dry cotton pad to wipe it off. Then, i followed up with a foaming cleanser. This product helped me take off my mu WITHOUT breaking me out. Two cons: 1. the fragrance..it didn't irritate my skin, but I hate strong smelling skin care. 2. the container it comes in is an okay size, but the shape makes it hard to reach and scrap out the cream towards the end. I would repurchase, but for now I've been using Albolene (which I love)!
I bought this on a beach vacation b/c I desperately needed something to remove the heavy sunscreen every night. Big mistake! First, it doesn't emulsify and I had to scrub it off with a towel and bar soap. Second, I'm developing a red itchy rash where I had used it. Definitely not the Pond's I used to play with as a kid. Lesson for myself: always pack plenty of cleansing oil even if you have to check the bag at the airport.
Definitely my go-to eye m/u remover and recently I've started using it as an all over pre-cleanser. I remove it with a warm washcloth but then wash with clean & clear & follow up with an olay night moisturizer.
Good HG for sure Don't fix it if it ain't broke.
It's so hard not to love this little wonder tub. It takes of my waterproof eye makeup like a BOSS. No scrubbing or looking like a 90s grunge teenager.. Just perfectly clean skin. I have gone through maybe 15 little tubs of this stuff since I started using it in highschool. It will be hard to ever use anything else for makeup removal.
Thank God for Ponds.
My HG for eye makeup removal. Sometimes even rub a little under my eyes as under eye cream if I'm in a rush when doing my makeup and keeps it nice and hydrated.
I use this cold cream for removing waterproof mascara, and it is a WONDERFUL for that! Dipping a cotton ball or some toilet paper into the jar and wiping the cold cream on my eye lids and lashes a few times removes ~90-95% of the waterproof mascara I have on. The one downside to this stuff is that after I do this mascara removal, the cold cream sometimes gets in my eyes (and it doesn't sting or anything) and my vision is blurry for a few minutes afterwards. I just rinse it off and flush out my eyes really well and that usually solves the problem. It's not harsh on delicate eyelids or lashes; it's actually quite soothing.
I said I would not buy this again because I currently use a "wash-off waterproof" mascara. And also one jar will last me forever because that's all I use it for.
I absolutely love this product. I've tried $80+ creams and nothing compares to my faithful Pond's. My skin is dewy, soft and glows and with a light moisturizer (I use Olay's Classic moisturizer).
I remove it using warm water and a fresh baby wash cloth each time I clean my face. I no longer have any need for facials. Any blemishes I have are easily extracted without damaging my skin because it's so hydrated. I haven't had any adverse reactions to it and I have extremely sensitive skin.
I will no longer use anything other than Pond's.
Having very dry skin, I loved the idea of cleansing my face using a cream.
However, I am sensitive to DMDM hydantoin (which is included in the new formula) and developed a mild rash immediate after using the cream.
This is what I get for not reading the ingredient list (or MUA) before buying a product :P