Bio-Hydrante Light Hydrating Cream

14.10 fl. oz. for $ 9.49
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This generously sized, artificially colored facial moisturizer from Pond's has a below-average formula that contains enough alcohol to be cause for concern. See More Info to learn why alcohol is a problem for all skin types.

By including alcohol, we suspect that Pond's was attempting to make what's essentially a basic water, oil, and wax formula lighter and more suitable for normal to oily skin. However, there are other ingredients that can create a lighter, silkier feel without posing a risk of irritation, so there's no need to compromise and go with this product.

Even without the alcohol, this is a boring formula that offers little of value for anyone's skin.

Normally we'd comment that the (giant) jar packaging is a problem because once opened it allows the light- and air-sensitive ingredients to break down, but this formula contains only a token amount of such ingredients. Still, the large jar packaging does present a hygiene issue because you dip your fingers into it—a step that becomes trickier as this is depleted (it's a really big jar with a not-so-big opening).

  • Inexpensive.
  • Truly boring, dated formula that's not special for oily skin.
  • Amount of alcohol is potentially irritating.
  • Jar packaging presents a hygiene issue.
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Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Specifically designed for normal to oily skin, this daily moisturizer provides lightweight moisturization with cotton extract and leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh.

Water, Mineral Oil, Alcohol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Cyclomethicone, Ceteth-20, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Methylparaben, Cholesterol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Fragrance, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Tetradibutyl Pentaerythrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Honey Extract, Glycerin/Oxybutylene Copolymer, Stearyl Ether, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Blue1 (CI 42090)

Pond's At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: No products to manage blemish-prone skin.

There's over 160 years of history for this drugstore line of products, beginning with a toner in 1846 and leading to the Pond's collection of today. For the most part, Pond's has taken a cue from Dove (both are owned by Unilever) and launched several impressive products to capitalize on what current research shows skin needs to look and function its best. Some old (we mean really old) standbys still exist, including the original cold cream, but we suppose there will always be a segment of the population that remains steadfast in their devotion to a certain product. Regrettably, some of the newer items include needless irritants for skin, and thats doubly frustrating because the formulas also contain many beneficial ingredients for skin.

It's no secret that Pond's target market is women over 40. They say as much in ads and on their Web site, which takes an almost gleeful approach to what they describe as "the beauty of aging." By "beauty" they mean the increased confidence and sense of self-awareness that tends to come with agenot the appearance of wrinkles, discolorations, and loss of firmness. It's an overall positive approach and one that likely appeals to many forty-something women. But what's even better is the selection of Pond's products that are affordable and that can successfully meet some of the needs of those dealing with signs of aging (in truth mostly sun damage) and trying to protect their skin. Pond's isn't as well-rounded as some of its drugstore competitors such as Olay, Neutrogena, Dove, or even, to some extent L'Oreal, but by no means should Pond's products be dismissed, either (and Dove's skin-care assortment tends to waver more than most, which makes assembling a comprehensive routine tricky).

For more information about Ponds, call (800) 909-9493 or visit www.ponds.com.

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