Vitamin Micellar Wipes Soothe Calendula + Vitamin B3
Pond’s Vitamin Micellar Wipes Soothe Calendula + Vitamin B3 do a good job removing most types of makeup, but are so strongly fragranced they’re far from soothing, even with the addition of beneficial ingredients like calendula and niacinamide.
Packaged in a standard soft plastic pouch, these slightly textured wipes are thinner than many others, but hold up well during use. We love that the solution on these cloths doesn’t leave a tacky residue on skin, but contrary to the directions, the strong fragrance means you’ll definitely want to rinse!
Unfortunately, even with rinsing, the fragrance lingers on skin, posing an ongoing risk of irritation (see More Info). How disappointing that fragrance is more prominent than the called-out calendula and niacinamide, but at least the glycerin and panthenol help hydrate skin.
Unlike many micellar cleansers, particularly micellar waters (micelles are one type of cleansing technology a cosmetic chemist can use, no better or worse than other options), these wipes struggle to remove waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick. They’re fine if you wear lighter, less “staining” makeup, but ultimately not preferred to today’s best cleansing wipes due to the problematic fragrance.
- Removes most type of makeup.
- Dries to a non-tacky, smooth finish.
- Contains soothing calendula and fortifying niacinamide.
- Struggles to remove waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.
- Highly fragranced formula lingers, posing ongoing risk of irritation.
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:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
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
The all-in-one makeup removing and cleansing power of micellar water in the convenience of a soothing cleansing wipe. Made with calendula and vitamin B3, these ultra-soft, textured wipes work with micelles to gently lift away tough makeup, dirt, and impurities, leaving skin soft, soothed, and hydrated.
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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