Cold Cream Come Back!


Talk about a blast from the past! When I think of cold cream, I think of a black and white movie starring an elegant debutante – sitting at her vanity mirror applying something to her skin from a polished container. There’s a chance you may remember your mother or grandmother doing the same. That something was the beauty-rage of the era, a critical product used in hopes of maintaining a youthful glow.

So what is it exactly? Well, cold cream products then and now are made up of the same, core ingredients: mineral oil, waxes, beeswax and water. This mixture not only helps to remove makeup, but is know to protect skin from losing moisture.

A more through answer by ALLURE: “Cold creams are fine as makeup removers, period,” cosmetic chemist Joseph Cincotta told me over email. To explain why, here’s your science lesson for the day: “Cold creams are very simple emulsions of high concentrations of mineral oil and waxes, like beeswax or ceresin, in water,” he continued. “The emulsifiers that hold the cream together are fatty acids or long-chain phosphates that are neutralized with triethanolamine and/or sodium hydroxide. The neutralized fatty acid or phosphate basically forms a soap base, and that mineral oil/soap composition is great for removing makeup and inflamed skin. The mineral oil and waxes are skin protectants that create a moisture barrier on the skin, which makes your skin feel soft and protects against moisture loss.”

Could this be a new additional to your skincare routine? If you’re having a hard time controlling breakouts, you know that dry skin can be the root of all evil and a major cause of irritation. Fall is here – which means dry weather and MORE dry weather to come. Remember, hydrated skin not only looks healthy, but is stronger and more prepared to fight off the daily contact between our face and pollutants. Could cold cream be worth a shot this winter?


Skin type: All skin types

Whether your skin is oily, dry, or sensitive, the way to apply POND’S® Cold Cream Cleanser is the same. Start out with clean, dry, hands and with two fingers scoop out a bit of Cold Cream Cleanser from the jar. Apply a light layer over your entire face, massaging gently, and watch this cleanser work its magic.


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