Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
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Pond's

Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

1.70 fl. oz. for $ 9.99
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Pond’s Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 wins points for the broad-spectrum sun protection it provides but that’s about it. The light cream formula can’t walk its talk, and ends up a below average option for normal to dry skin.

We like the choice of opaque tube packaging for this daytime moisturizer, but dislike the near-total lack of air- and light-sensitive ingredients like antioxidants. You get a tiny amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and that’s it.

Pond’s makes anti-aging claims around the AHA and collagen this product contains, but both are present in meager amounts. The AHA ingredient, lactic acid, requires at least a 3% concentration to exfoliate—that’s the wrinkle-improving part—but given its placement in the ingredient list (behind phenoxyethanol, which has a max usage of 1% in cosmetics), here you’re getting less than that.

As for collagen, it’s a good hydrator because it helps bind moisture to skin’s surface, but it cannot fuse with or repair your skin’s natural collagen. Even if it was a wondrous ingredient for skin, you’re getting just a dusting of it here.

If those issues aren’t enough to dissuade you, consider that this highly fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritating skin (see More Info). The scent isn’t just strong, it lingers, prolonging the risk. Do your skin a favor and choose a  daytime moisturizer packed with skin-improving ingredients and minimal to no fragrance.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum protection.
Cons:
  • Basic formula that does little more than screen UV light.
  • Fragrant formula poses a strong risk of irritating skin.
  • Amount of lactic acid is way too low to improve lines and wrinkles.
  • The called-out collagen is barely present.

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30 moisturizes to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while protecting skin from future damage caused by excess sun exposure. This anti-wrinkle face moisturizer is carefully formulated with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Collagen. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) is an ingredient known to smooth the appearance of fine lines and collagen is known to support skin suppleness. Too much sun exposure is one of the factors that cause premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.0%; Zinc Oxide 6.0%; Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Isocetyl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ceteareth-20, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Fragrance (Parfum), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid

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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