Pond's Cold Cream: The Best Moisturizer for Women and Men
What Is the Best Moisturizer
When I was a teenager, my mom instructed me on the importance of using moisturizer to soften the skin and minimize wrinkles. I'm not sure exactly when I started using the stuff on a regular basis, but I think it was in my early twenties.
Regardless of whether or not I would wash my face, I would still slather on that moisturizer at night after a quick splash of water. I would also smooth it on in the mornings before I put on my makeup. Here's how I decided on the best moisturizer to use.
Oil of Olay? My Grandmother's Skin . . .
I used Oil of Olay moisturizer--or beauty lotion, I think it's called--to start with because it was what my mother used at the time. It went on easily enough, with it's thin, creamy texture. It was easy to use, not too slimy, and the cost was just fine for my budget. I used Oil of Olay for years until I visited my grandmother in the nursing home.
That's another story. My grandma was just in the nursing home temporarily after a fall. She ended up going back home to live on her own until 93 years of age. (I miss you, Grandma!) But I digress. So what does a visit to the nursing home have to do with choosing what kind of face cream to use? Wrinkles. It was wrinkles, my friend.
My grandma had a roommate while there, and there was a huge difference in the amount of wrinkles on her face as compared to my grandmother's face. This lady was about the same age as my grandma, in her 80's or so at the time. Yet her face was so much smoother than my grandmother's multi-wrinkled face. (Sorry, Grandma.)
The conversation got to moisturizer somehow. Maybe because this lady's skin was so dadgum smooth! She said that she had used Pond's Cold Cream since she was about thirty years old. Thirty? She didn't start any earlier? Nope. Right there, being only in my twenties, I decided it was time to make the switch from Oil of Olay to Pond's Cold Cream.
Pond's Cold Cream
So, all those years ago, (we won't say how many), I started using Pond's Cold Cream. It is quite a bit thicker than Oil of Olay, and it feels great. It didn't take long until that feel of Pond's became my friend. It goes on so smoothly. My face just sucks up that thick moisture from that luscious cream. I've tried Oil of Olay since the switch and can hardly stand its texture anymore. Give me my Pond's!
Pond's was more expensive than Oil of Olay when I started using it, but it was totally worth it. I'm not sure how the two brands compare today. At any rate, my little jar of Pond's lasts a long time. And sometimes I even find a coupon for it!
I told one of my brothers about the story of Pond's Cold Cream, the wrinkle-free 80-year-old, how good it feels on the skin--and he started using it! Why shouldn't men also use moisturizer? Sure, they age more gracefully--dadgum them!--but Pond's helps them to maintain their youthful appearance longer. All skin starts drying out, but Pond's combats dryness and leaves skin feeling so good. My brother started using the cream years ago and loves it!
Delightful Pond's Commercial from 1969
But What About Jergen's Face Cream?
In the photo to the right is another competitor, Jergens. I only bought Jergens a few years ago because it was marked down to mega-cheap. I didn't open it up for a while since I didn't want to be taken away from my Pond's, but my frugality finally got the better of me.
Jergens is really thick, but it feels pretty good on the skin. I'm trying to use it up so I can go back solely to my Pond's Cold Cream. I use the Jergens in the mornings and Pond's at night. I figured that was a good compromise.The Jergens is getting low, so soon I'll be back to Pond's only.
Do You Look Younger Than Your Age?
Cold Cream or Dry Skin Cream?
I've been saying "Cold Cream" for this entire article, but I realize that the label says "Dry Skin Cream." I'm thinking at some point it may have been called cold cream and I didn't notice the switch? I don't know. It's something I'm going to look into. It still feels the same--wonderful--as it ever has to me, regardless of the name.
I have always been told that I look much younger than my age. When I was in my mid-thirties, I was hit on by a senior working at Braum's. I told him I was much older than he. He said, "Well, I'm a senior." In college? "No, high school." Are you kidding me? Thanks, Pond's Cold Cream.
At my twenty year high school class reunion, I received the "least changed award." Yep. Thanks again, Pond's Cold Cream.
I don't know if Pond's is the thing to credit. I do know that I'm not good at taking off my make-up at night. I'm not good at drinking enough water to hydrate the skin. But I do use my cold cream twice a day. If it's late, I might even skip a nighttime application, but I don't miss the ones after my morning shower.
Do you use moisturizer? What is your favorite? Do you think it makes you look younger than your biological age?
© 2013 Vicki L Hodges