Yes! I know! Cold Cream is sooo old-school. You may even remember your grandmother or mother using this type of cleanser. It does have its uses, however! It may work miracles if you have chronically dry skin, live in an arid desert climate (like Arizona), or find that your skin is not producing enough natural oils on its own. And, it works very well at removing dirt and makeup. I recently gave Pond’s Cold Cream a new try.
It may not be the best option for oily or acne-prone skin. However, even if your skin is already producing too much oil, you can still use cold cream once in a while (preferably after exfoliating) when you need to deeply moisturize.
My skin has been feeling particularly dry lately. So, with summer upon us, I thought I would give this very affordable option a try.
Pictured above is Pond’s standard Cold Cream Cleanser, and I also picked-up a container of their Clarant B3 Dark Spot Correcting Cream to try and fix some old sun burn discoloration. The Clarant B3 works to even out skin tone and lighten dark spots best. I leave it on at night, after cleansing.
Along with this routine change, I had been wanting to try some of the micro-fiber cloths that are supposed to be able to remove makeup with just warm water. After looking at a few more expensive options online, I ran across this set of three cloths at Walmart for just $2.97USD. There are a number of options, sizes, quality and colors for this type of cloth.
These are the Always Off brand made by S&T (Schroeder & Tremayne, Inc.) – they are 88% polyester and 12% nylon. They are fairly small, like a washcloth, but can be re-used and are machine washable. S&T can also be purchased on Amazon for the same price (among other places).
I found that, although they did not take off all my makeup with just water, they did work VERY well. And since they can also be used in tandem with your facial cleanser, I am currently using them to remove my face soap or cold cream (whichever I use that particular day) at the end of the day.
As cold cream is not as widely used anymore, you might be wondering about its ingredients. Cold cream is essentially an emulsion of water in oil with beeswax, fragrance and a thickening agent (different brands’ ingredients will very slightly). It is usually white in color and feels cool when applied to the skin, which is where it gets its name ‘cold’ cream.
Cold cream can be applied to wet or dry skin. I think putting a few dollops on dry skin works best because it does tend to slide off wet skin easily. Once I have the cream on my face, I smooth a thin layer over all of my face, gently massage it into the skin and finally into my eye makeup (don’t get it in your eyes), then remove with a wet Always Off cloth. That usually does the trick for me, but you can also rinse your face too to get rid of any residual cream.
In addition, I do like to use a moisturizer at night after cleansing (even if I’ve used cold cream) to effectively keep skin hydrated. Cold cream creates a moisture barrier very well, but is not a moisturizer in itself. And, the Clarant’s main purpose is to lighten dark spots, so I just use it strategically.
Let me know if you use any of these products, and if they are part of your cleansing routine.
I’m pleased with the results so far.
Have a great week, Gorgeous!