A few years ago my friend from Japan brought me a big tub of Pond’s Age Beauty Cream Cleansing and I had that moment of, “OMG I love it!” but in reality, I was like, “My grandmother used this stuff to take her makeup off 60 years ago…”
And this is a story about how Japanese Pond’s Age Beauty Cream Cleansing is so much better than mere Pond’s Cold Cream.
I think I tried Pond’s Cold Cream when I was 14 and newly obsessed with skincare everything. I recall trying to love it but not really understanding what it actually did. Fast forward several years and I tried it again in my early twenties and I remember it being an awful mess. With all the different cleaners on the market why would anyone want to remove their makeup with cold cream? I think cold cream and instantly Joan Crawford and my grandmother come to mind. Not that my grandmother was following up by toning with vodka mine you, that was all Joan.
Many years went by and many cleansers came and went through my life but Pond’s Cold Cream wasn’t one that made it into my daily routine. Several years ago, when my friend Mai was visiting from Tokyo she brought me plenty of goodies as she always does and one of those beauty goodies was a big old jar of Pond’s Age Beauty Cream Cleansing. I raised a brow, told her all about how I’ve used it before and hated it. She explained to me it was a good deal different from the US formula. And that’s how I fell in love with this stuff.
I think the regular Pond’s Cold Cream is considerably thicker and a little difficult to simply wash off versus the Japanese formula which is more of a lighter cream that does in fact rinse off a lot more easily should you choose to rinse versus wipe off with a wash cloth. Since embracing double cleansing its always been the secondary part of my cleanse as it not only adds much needed moisture back into my skin but also removes anything that may have been left over from my initial cleanse as well as any cleanser that remains on my skin.
I’ve been known to use it all its own as well. Smear a bunch of it over my face and closed eye lids, rinse, and pat dry. Done! It removes makeup very easily and the soft, lightweight cream texture is very gentle on my drier skin. I find the light fresh floral scent considerably nicer compared to the US one. Pond’s Cold Cream here in the US has the thicker texture of Nozema but the Japanese formula is considerably lighter and compared to the cream that comes with the new Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse Duo!
Oh, by the way, it comes in a standard white jar but they do these limited edition jars as well with floral designs that are just so damn pretty that they demand to be displayed on your bathroom sink! So, if the formula didn’t capture your attention, the packaging surely will!
So, if you’re currently double cleansing you might want to add this little gem to your makeup removal routine. Especially if you feel rather tight and dry after cleansing as it’ll leave skin pleasantly soft and lightly hydrated.
Tried it already?