By Hollie Kiernan
It has been widely reported that in times of a recession, people tend to get engulfed in a wave of nostalgia and revert back to practices and products of times gone by. This sentiment played on my mind as I opened a jar of Pond’s Cold Cream, a classic cleanser that I’m sure nearly all our grannies have used at some stage of their lives.
The smell immediately brought me back to childhood – to weekends spend with my grandmother, playing with the limited array of cosmetics on her dressing table and watching her tend to her skin. Many people I asked were full of praise for this timeless product, citing their grandmother’s smooth skin as a result of a lifetime of a Pond’s Cold Cream skincare regime.
I don’t know whether the formula has changed (but it does come in new, modern packaging) since our grannie’s day, but it does contain liquid paraffin and synthetic wax among other ingredients, which some may not want to use on their skin. Personally, I found the cream to be calming and soothing as it is applied to the face. It will take off even the most stubborn of make-up too, without drying out your skin. For best results, apply in circular motions, then remove with a warm face cloth for the ultimate cold cream experience. After a while it smoothed out the dry patches on my face, efficiently removing my make up and eliminating the need to moisturise in the summer months.
With a celebrity following – Kylie Minogue is rumoured to be a fan – it’s an oldie, but a goodie, and definitely worth a try. Ponds Cold Cream costs £4.49 and is available nationwide.