Tuesday, January 1, 2013

"I've Got You Under My Skin"...The Cold Cream Experiment

Poodles, I'm getting old.

In fact, I'm going to be 40. That's 280 in poodle years.

"When?" you ask, as did Harry.

"Someday!" wailed Sally. "But it's there, waiting!"

A sentiment so true. And being that I don't want to look my age, ever, I am constantly on the search for great skincare products that can help keep my skin looking fabulous.

As always, I look to past gorgeous gals to see how they kept their skin glowing and fresh. One image kept repeating; famous Hollywood stars, their faces slathered with cold cream.

Yep, cold cream.

Cold cream has been around forever. Really, forever. Or at least since second century Greece, where a physician named Galen is credited with its invention. A mixture of water in oil that leaves a cool feeling on your skin.

I'll never forget Bette Davis putting cold cream all over her face in the movie All About Eve. She was such an incredible actress, she could deliver an amazing performance even with a greasy face.

When I think of 1940's makeup looks, flawless skin is a major component. Cold cream helped keep skin smooth, calmed redness, and gave that natural glow.

So I thought I'd conduct an experiment; I'd try using cold cream for at least a month, and see if my skin benefited.

I started out with Pond's cold cream. It's a classic my grandma used, which made it good enough for me. Kylie Minogue uses Pond's, and the company experienced a 120% increase in sales when she shared her beauty secret. That's crazy!!

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Here's what I discovered: Pond's cannot be equaled in its makeup removing ability. It completely removes red lipstick, eyeliner, and stubborn mascara. It made my skin feel tingly and clean. But then it started making it feel a little too tingly, itchy in fact. I found I couldn't leave the excess cream on my face after tissuing off the majority. I had to rinse with water and follow with a toner and moisturizer.

Poodles did you know that Kleenex brand tissue was originally invented to remove cold cream? It then gained popularity as a disposable hanky.

Anyhoo... After Pond's started irritating my skin, I looked to trusty Etsy for an all natural cold cream to try. And I found one. Actually I found lots. And lots. And lots.

How to choose? I went with the one that sounded the most natural, and whose seller sounded the most knowledgeable about herbal ingredients.

Ok, that's not all I went on. The seller's about me section also said she owned a poodle.


The Etsy store is Glory Be Herbals, and I'm in love with their amazing cold cream.

Look at all those yummy ingredients!

So fluffy, so rich; it cleans my skin and leaves no irritation behind. I can simply spread it on, tissue it off, and leave the excess. Sometimes I'll even leave it on like a mask for ten to twenty minutes. Clogged pores melt away. With each swipe of the tissue, dirt and oil is erased. My dry, sensitive skin looks and feels smoother, younger, and more alive. It drinks in the cold cream.

My experiment is no longer an experiment. It's a way of life. I can't imagine not cleansing my face each night with my Glory Be Herbals cold cream.

Previously, being a procrastinator, I would hardly ever take the time to remove my makeup at night.

I know, gross.

But now, I can't live without my cold cream. No matter how tired I am, I'll take the exact minute it requires to put the cold cream on and wipe it off.

Slather it on...

Tissue it off!

My skin and pillowcases thank me.


  1. Oooh. I wonder if that would work on my skin. I really need something to keep my skin looking young. How much does that cost? I want some.

  2. I love glory be... I've been using her cold cream for over 2 years now. I even have an astringent and scrub she makes... Seriously, the stuff is amazing.

  3. I love glory beds products especially the cold cream. If you love that... Try the rescue cream. It's amazing for dry skin in the winter.