Exfoliating Renewal Wet Cleansing Towelettes
These textured cloths are steeped in a gentle cleansing solution that works well to remove most types of makeup while leaving the skin smooth. The cloth itself provides a mild, scrub-like effect, but as far as exfoliation is concerned, you'll get better results from an AHA or BHA product than from a textured cloth.
Pond's mentions the cucumber and citrus scent of these fragranced cloths, but keep in mind that what pleases your nose doesn't make your skin happy: Fragrance isn't skin care. Although a perk of cleansing cloths is that it's not necessary to rinse, in this case we advise rinsing after use. We advise rinsing not only because of the fragrance but also because these cloths contain a detergent cleansing agent that shouldn't be left on the skin all night long. Otherwise, these cleansing cloths are suitable for all skin types except sensitive.
Note: The formula does not remove long-wearing makeup or waterproof mascara all that well.
- Leaves skin smooth and soft while removing most types of makeup.
- Textured cloths have a mild scrub-like action, but for the best results you should exfoliate with an AHA or BHA product.
- Contains fragrance and a detergent cleansing agent that ideally should be rinsed from the skin.
- Not adept at removing long-wearing or waterproof makeup.
POND'S Exfoliating Renewal Towelettes, with invigorating beads, gently polish away dull, dry skin while removing dirt and makeup. The soft, textured cloths are infused with a sparkling citrus and cucumber scent that will exhilarate the senses.
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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