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.
Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).
Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).
Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.
Get luminous! Use every day to deeply clean and gently exfoliate dull skin. So, skin looks renewed and luminous again!
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Oxidized Polyethylene, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sulfoacetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyethylene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Acacia Senegal Gum, Gelatin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Kaolin, Mica, Red 30, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide
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 that’s 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 age—not 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).
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