Luminous Clean Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
This cleanser/scrub hybrid is similar to Pond's Luminous Clean Cream Cleanser, so it's best for combination to oily skin. The main difference is the addition of polyethylene beads for a scrub action. The scrub particles make this tricky to use around the eyes or to remove makeup, as ideally, you should cleanse first, then use a scrub (though a scrub of any kind is not a skin-care essential—not when there are well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliants that do so much more for skin), and you can always use a water-soluble cleanser with a soft washcloth to get manual exfoliation without spending any extra money.
Otherwise, this is a very good, inexpensive water-soluble cleanser/scrub whose initially creamy texture gives way to copious foam. Although it contains fragrance, the amount is low and this doesn't contain any other problematic ingredients.
- Cleanses thoroughly and rinses cleanly.
- Removes all types of makeup.
- The scrub particles make this tricky to use for removing makeup, and scrubs aren't preferred to other types of exfoliants, including a washcloth.
Get luminous! Use every day to deeply clean and gently exfoliate dull skin. So, skin looks renewed and luminous again!
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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