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Having been a Pond's user for many years I was curious to try out the Hydronourishing HN version I spotted in Boots for £4.49 for 50ml.
In a pretty pink box containing the 50ml jar inside I have to admit it was rather misleading to find the pot inside considerably smaller than the inside of the box. To be honest I hadn't checked the bottom of the box which stated it was 50ml, I naturally assumed the product inside the box would be the size of the inside of the box. Not so! The inside of the box has a little cardboard shelf upon which the jar of cream sits. The shelf takes up approximately one quarter of the inside of the box and the jar containing the cream itself only one third the height of the box.
The Pond's name is written on the front, back and top of the box in a fairly large font and the front of the packaging informs us that the product has Hydro-elastine and Vitamin E.
Putting the disappointment of the somewhat misleading packaging to the side, you're really here to read about the cream itself and how well it works (or doesn't) are you not?
DOES IT WORK?
Diving straight in, being that it is supposed to be ideal for day and night use I have been using it regularly night and day. I will admit that I have found since using Pond's Hydronourishing HN that my skin stays hydrated and nourished for the day as well as during the night when I apply before going to bed. And basically that is what the product claims to do - hydrate and nourish. Pond's Hydronourishing HN definitely meets the claims of what it's supposed to do and it does it well. It's most suitable for normal to dry skin which is partly why I chose it.
Over a period of months of using Pond's Hydronourishing HN I have found my face and neck look fresher overall and is softer to the touch. The cream leaves my skin with a luxurious feel just after applying and this lasts for hours. I'm not particularly talking about daytime use as I as apply foundation over the cream and I might get funny looks from colleagues if I sat there checking my face all day to see how soft it is, let alone the fact that my foundation would get on my fingers and then end up on every bit of paper that I touch afterwards!
I would add here that I haven't noticed any particular smell of the cream aside from a very light scent which just reminds me of Pond's as I've always associated that particular smell with Pond's products. It's not unappealing or appealing; it's just a barely noticeable scent.
My husband has even commented on my skin looking more radiant and he is one of those men who notices these things.
Pond's has been around for nearly 200 years. The first Pond's shop opened in New York in the 1840s. By the 1940s Pond's products were available in nearly 120 countries. If you'd like to know more about Pond's as a company the UK site is here: http://www.pondsinstitute.co.uk
I'm happy to rate Pond's Hydronourishing HN with a strong 4 out of 5 stars.
Aqua, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Petrolatum Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Oenothera Biennis Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Lecithin, Oleth-5, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Parfum, Propylparaben,
Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, BHT, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool
As with most cosmetics it is recommended that this is stored away from direct sunlight and heat. It is also recommended that you avoid contact with eyes. Pond's Hydronourishing HN is dermatologically tested and contains evening primrose oil which is rich in nourishing elements.
This face cream was in the press recently when Kyle Minogue announced her fabulous skin was all thanks to using this cream twice a day....so for the sake of four pounds I thought it would be worth a try !
This is a mositurising cream for the face which should be applied daily to soften and hydrate the skin. The cream is a very white colour and has an almost medicinal appearance. Consistency wise the cream is light to medium thickness and is easily absorbed into my skin. Upon application it feels light, fresh and moisturising. It gave my skin a nice glow immediately after application although whilst the glow effect didn't last long the cream did keep my skin feeling firm and moisturised all day. I should mention that there is a bit of a fragrance of the cream, somehow reminded me of a scented candle, but it is quite pleasant nonetheless.
The cream comes in quite a traditional glass jar with a screw top pink lid. The glass jar is deep and strong and I have dropped this on a hard floor (I'm clumsy!) but it didn't break.
For a jar of 50ml this retails at around three to four pounds depending on which shop you go to. One jar lasts me for around eight weeks , bargain!
When it comes to keeping wrinkles at bay I haven't noticed any major difference using this cream but it is an effective moisturiser and in my opinion good value for money.
Over the years through trial and error, I have managed to find myself the perfect make-up remover (L'oreal), Foundation (Mac Studio Sculpt) even make-up removing wipes (Simple). The one product I am constantly changing in the search for the "one", is a moisturiser. My latest offering was Ponds Hydronourishing cream, which I bought in Superdrug for £4.07, for a 50ml bottle.
Although I haven't tried any products by Ponds before, I know they are a highly rated product by Miss Minogue, who apparently swears by the Ponds cleanser. The company itself was apparently started in the early 1900's when Theron T. Pond discovered he could heal small cuts and other ailments from extracting a healing tea from Witch Hazel. It was later dubbed "The Golden Treasure". Me on the other hand, was looking for a golden treasure of a face cream which would leave my skin feeling really hydrated, not bring me out in a rash or spots and be suitable enough for my sensitive skin, would this cream be up to scratch?
The product is packaged in a light pink box which is what caught my attention as I thought I must try it. The cream itself comes in a glass jar which is semi transparent, and a pink lid. Judging my by the packaging, I would say it was aimed more towards the mature user, as it is pretty and feminine but certainly not cutting edge like a Mac moisturizer would be.
** Improve Skin Moisturisation
** Nourish helping to obtain softer and smoother skin
** Help to protect and strengthen skin by fighting against the loss of essential lipids
Results: Your skin looks radiant, perfectly moisturized and nourished all day long
When you unscrew the lid you are greeted by a pure white cream. At first glance, my honest opinion is that the cream looked a little cheap because of how oddly white it was. I also noticed it had quite a fragrant smell coming from it, which although is a pleasant smell, is also a little off putting as I dislike fragrant skincare products for my face, and infact make sure to avoid fragranced skincare wipes.
Nevertheless, I was keen to try it and did so before applying my make-up one morning, after washing my face as usual. The cream has a lightweight texture and feel to it, so it is very easy to distribute and really glides well across my skin. Not sure about the fragrant smell which is more obvious now it's on my face, however overall it gave my skin a nice drink before being lathered in make-up. I also find it refreshing to use this cream on my hands, particularly when they are feeling dry, as it sinks in really quickly and does not feel greasy afterwards.
Although overall this is a moisturizer I would approve of, it's perhaps not one I would say is suitable for sensitive skin. I notice that this cream can sometimes give me redness of the skin which takes ages to settle down, which could well be down to the fragrance in it. Also, I seem to have more spots than normal which is unusual and I can only attribute to this moisturizer as I am using no other products different to what I normally use.
Although this product is highly rated elsewhere in the Dooyoo community, personally I can't get over the fragrance or the occasional skin irritation this product gives me. It doesn't specify what skin type it is suitable for, but I can guarantee it is not for sensitive skin types. Skin care is where I am prepared to spent more money on, and at £4.07 I thought this would be a steal, but I am left slightly disappointed. It's not the worst skincare product I have used by far, and does come in an elegant glass bottle, but my skin has the final word and unfortunately it didn't like it.
When I think of Pond's products I think of the 70s, most women at the time had some beauty product made by Pond's and my Mum was no excepton. In those days it was mostly the cold cream they used to remove their make up and moisturise the skin but nowadays there's a host of Pond's products to be had.
On a recent perusal around Boyes I was looking for a night cream. I use sun block in the daytime during the sunny months so I don't use normal moisturiser except for at night so when I came upon a section of Pond's creams I wondered what they were like.
I chose the Hydro-Nourishing Cream which claims to be fine as a day or night cream and very moisturising. I have dry skin so moisturisers that claim to be intensely moisturising have their work cut out with me! The 75ml jar was selling for a tiny £2.99 so I thought why not?
The box to this cream looks like the picture above with a purple section and information in silver writing. Inside the jar is made of glass with a white plastic lid that screws off. Pond's claim to "create skin care and cleansing treatments using the latest developments" and they "help women to have more beautiful skin".
As the jar is 75ml and not the usual 50ml of other brands it is oval in shape and looks very plentiful. It must be said it doesn't contain any sun protection though or any anti-aging ingredients such as Retinol A. This is a basic moisturiser that is designed to just moisturise the skin.
This wasn't a problem for me as I wanted something that would keep my dry skin nice and soft and free from flaky bits which many of the creams that do contain anti-aging ingredients don't seem capable of doing.
The cream is quite thick and has a lovely fresh, clean scent. It goes on easily and absorbs brilliantly. I apply it before I go to bed and it sinks into my skin leaving it feeling very soft and supple with no hint of dryness. In the morning it is still soft and comfortable with no signs of oiliness or blocked pores from the cream itself.
I've been using this for 2 weeks and still have more than half the jar left even though I use it on my face and neck nightly. My skin looks healthy and dare I say it, moisturised.
I've tried a variety of creams that are all-singing and all-dancing anti- this that or the other and I find that the majority tend to neglect the basic reason for moisturiser and don't actually moisturise my dry skin very well but this very simple cream from Pond's does a really excellent job.
I will definitely be buying more of this to use through the summer as a night cream, at £2.99 it's an absolute bargain. Very effective and a good size jar for a very low price. As a night cream there's not much more I could ask for.
I HAVE USED THIS CREAM FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS EACH DAY AFTER A SHAVE AND IT IS GREAT AND NON IRRATING.
FRIENDLY TO THE SKIN, LIGHTLY ABSORBED AND EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY. I CANT BELIEVE THEY DONT SELL IT IN LOCAL HIGH STREET STORES
THE CREAM IS NON GREASY AND IS VERY FREINDLY TO THE SKIN
GREAT TO USE AFTER A SHAVE GIVES YOU A FRESH LOOK AND FEELING
IT PROTECTS AND NOURISHED YOUR SKIN AND PROVIDES A RADIANT LOOK AND NICE FRAGRANCE TOO
Well I gather there just has to be a first for everything and I trust that I am the first male species to write an opinion on a Ponds product typically for the female generation. Before I start this opinion please let me try and explain my reasons behind this. My wife insisted that I write this opinion on her behalf. I have been pressurizing her since the last month or two to join this site and start writing about the things that she only knows how. However despite my numerous reminders I have not been succesful in getting her to do this. What instead transpired was that she was on the verge of joining and infact had even decided that her first opinion would be on this very product that I am about to write about. It therefore seemed convenient that I should write this opinion on her behalf and take all the credit. Please be aware that she has only provided a little information and the rest of it is all by doing based on visual experiences, discussions and once having used it. (I will get to that later on). Ponds is a brand that empitomizes quality and there products have been around for ages. I still remember the days when my mother used to smother her face with the stuff every night. I still remember that distinctive turquoise blue box that the bottle used to come in. My wifes mother used to also use the same thing and it was passed on down the generation to her. However what the latter generation lacked was the choice available today. Back then there were possibly only one or two variations of the product and I remember the other choice used to be Nivea in that flat, blue coloured, round shaped metal tin. In this day and age the choices are numerous with many different brands and products available. Even in the Ponds range the choices are available and the type that my wife uses is the Ponds Hydro Nourishing Cream. This is a high class product that deliver high class results. My wife is now 37 years old and yo
u should see her skin. It's just lovely and is so clean and smooth. It moisturises and nourishes your skin and leaves it feeling soft, smooth and replenished. The cream has a comfortable feel to it and is nice and cold on your skin when applied. It can be applied in the day aswell as the night. However my wife prefers to use it only in the nights and she rubs in a first coating and then puts on a visible second coating, which she sleeps with on. Ponds Hydro Nourishing Cream contains Evening Primrose Oil, which has proven nourishing elements and is an oil that is now being frequently used in other quality products. It is also Lanolin free, which is a ingredient that has been proved controvorsy in recent times. Now as promised I will tell you about the one and only time I used it. It was during winter of last year. I think during early February and I had this almighty cold. My face was so dry and chapped up and you could literally see the white patches of skin on my face where it had all dried up really badly. The wife suggested that I rub on some of this cream and with only a slight hesitation I tried it. What I can say is that it did provide a marked improvement in my skin condition. On the next day I still felt as my skin was parched dry but the tell tale marks were markedly reduced. After three days of using this cream the skin was almost back to normal and the marks had dissapeared. Luckily for me the cold also subsided and I didn't have to continue using it again. I have resisted the temptation to try it again but fortunatley for me the situation that prompted me into using it the first time has not occured again in the same urgency. What a sight I must have been with all that cream on my face. I shudder at the thought. One thing that disturbs me about this product is it's price. The 100ml tub goes for £3.79 at Pharmacy2u. Then again for such a high quality product as this you would naturally ha
ve to pay a high price. The 100ml tub usually last my wife about 3 weeks so overall it's not that bad as it goes a long way. Finally please my female reviewers, please tell me what you thought of my first and probably my last opinion on a predominantly feminine product. I hope I didn't do to badly.
Ponds Hydro-Nourishing Cream has been specially formulated to moisture and nourish your skin at the same time, to leave it feeling beautifully soft, smooth and replenished / It is light and easily absorbed into the skin / Contains evening primrose oil which is rich in nourishing elements to help care for your skin / Suitable for normal to dry skin types alone or under make-up / For best results use every morning and evening after cleansing / Ideal for both day and night time use /