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This post is going to be about beauty. Skin care, specifically. It’s the second installment of my What’s Old is New Again posts. (The first installment was about hair.) Despite the fact that all the conditions are just right for my skin to be at its absolute worst as of late both with breakouts and sensitivity, it hasn’t been irritated much at all and I am feeling the most confident I’ve felt in a long time about the way it looks. The reason for that is one very simple, very versatile product I am using. It’s something many people may not have heard of, or that some people may associate with only elderly ladies.
I’m talking about cold cream.
Cold cream was very popular in the 1950s. My grandmother used it throughout her life. My mother used it at one time. In recent decades, however, cold cream has not exactly been popular with the younger generation. Still, I am a sucker for good old fashioned beauty and fashion tips and tricks. More and more, I just love these ways of doing things, and really believe in them. The women of the past were beautiful, and had such pretty skin. My grandmother had soft skin well into her old age. I always admired how beautiful she was and hoped I would be too. If these things worked for them for all those years, I just have to believe they could work for me as well, and I have not been disappointed.
So, I was inspired to try cold cream. I did a little research online. I went to Dollar General (a great place to go if you like the old fashioned beauty products) and saw a 15 ounce jar of Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream. I read the label, smelled the product, decided to think about it a bit more, did some more research, read reviews, and finally decided to try it.
Now that I’ve shared how happy I am with the results I’ve gotten from using this face cream, I’ll share some information about it.
First, I will talk about the size and price.
The jar of face cream is 15 ounces. To give you some idea of how big the jar is about 4 inches tall, roughly four inches across, and approximately 12 inches around. My jar of cold cream cost $3.75. I do believe the same jar is $3.50 at Walmart where I live. From what I understand the cost is usually somewhere between 3 and 6 dollars. The price on drugstore.com is $3.99 and the price on walgreens.com is actually $5.49. This face cream is also sold in a 2 pack on Walmart’s website and in a case elsewhere online. I think this is a really great value. It’s a multipurpose product and if you don’t use it as liberally as I do, you can keep it quite a while. You get a lot of product for your money. I recommend checking the price at your local Walmart or Dollar General, however. While the price will still be lower than other creams, with more product, at other stores, it would be silly to overpay by as much as 2 dollars if you don’t have to.
Next, from the back of the jar:
Deep cleans your skin to remove makeup and dirt and provides a radiant, dewy base for makeup. Also softens and moisturizes to help smooth skin and fight dryness.
I can say that for me, this is absolutely true. What I really didn’t think about when I decided to try this is that it truly does give a smooth, dewy base for makeup. I would describe it as a healthy glow. My makeup doesn’t look at all oily, but I just feel that it brings life to my face.
Directions for Use
Smooth generously over your face and throat. Remove with a tissue or leave on overnight.
Ingredients: Mineral oil, water, beeswax, magnesium aluminum silicate, sodium borate, fragrance, isopropyl myristate, DMDM hydantoin, and red 4.
Mineral oil, water, and beeswax are, traditionally, the three main ingredients in cold cream. Mineral oil and water cleanse the skin. Mineral oil moisturizes the skin. Beeswax forms a protective barrier on the skin and makes skin care products longer wearing. Mineral oil is the most important active ingredient. You may or may not know that ingredients are listed on packaging in order from the ingredient present in the greatest to least percentages. I consider it to be a very good sign that these are the most prevalent ingredients, listed first on the label. I also consider this to be a better choice than some other cold creams listing alcohol early on in the ingredients.
How I Use Cold Cream
Face: I use cold cream on my face as a cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer, makeup base, or face mask. To use as a cleanser or makeup remover: I apply the cold cream generously all over my face (including my eyelids), the front of my neck, and my earlobes the way you’d normally wash your face with soap, in small circles. I then use a facial tissue to remove the excess cold cream. If I’m using it as a makeup remover, I gently rub until I see the makeup dissolving and mixing with the cold cream, and then wipe clean. If you do feel unsure after you wipe it off, you can repeat this process, but it’s usually unnecessary for me. For use as a moisturizer, or makeup base: I apply a small amount in a thin layer and allow it to penetrate the skin for a minute or two before doing my makeup or going to bed. I just take this time to do something else. As a facial mask: I apply a generous layer of cold cream and wear it during my bath and then wipe it off. You can also wear it to bed, though I don’t recommend doing it that way if you like your pillow cases. Also, a note: Some people like to rinse the cold cream off, I don’t do this as water can actually be drying to your skin–odd, I know–and I want to keep that protective layer that is left behind when I wipe off the cold cream. As well, some like to use cotton pads rather than facial tissues to remove the cold cream, but I have tried this and did not find it as effective.
Hands: On my hands, I use the cold cream as a moisturizer sometimes when I need something very moisturizing or want my hands to be extra soft. I simply apply a very small amount to my hands, it doesn’t take much. A little goes a long way, so I only use enough so that my hands glide across each other smoothly. I have a lot of trouble with the skin on my hands cracking and bleeding, and this really honestly helps without burning and hurting. However, I typically wind up washing off the excess if I’m going to be eating, going out, or touching things that are fabric. Again, the cold cream makes a great makeup remover, and I don’t know about you, but I often have makeup on my hands when I’m finished applying it, so I will rub the cold cream on and remove it with a tissue or wash it off. (It’s actually very hard to get eyeliner or mascara off your hands, and especially out from under your fingernails with soap.)
Feet: When I use this to moisturize my feet, I typically massage it into my feet, wait just a bit for my skin to absorb it, and then put on some thick fuzzy socks. (Be careful what socks you use as this might stain.)
Body: Very rarely if I feel extra ambitious or have a whole lot of skin irritation, I will use this as a body lotion. When doing this, I allow plenty of time for it to be absorbed into my skin before dressing. You can put a towel down or wear a bathrobe while you wait.
Cold cream is not just for the ladies.
At one time, cold cream was on men’s faces as well. They used cold cream for pre-shave with a hot towel in order to smooth and clean the skin and soften the hairs. They used it as shave cream. They used it for a moisturizer to keep skin soft and healthy.
I hope this will be interesting for someone, and perhaps it could be helpful for someone who is curious about trying cold cream or who needs to find a gentle, moisturizing cleanser.