I have to say it: As a second-year med student, I’m a busy girl. And I can’t dub myself a beauty blogger (or future derm, for that matter) if I’m showing up to PBL and lab with blemishes. Enter Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes ($2.87 – $4.87, Drugstore.com). Although non-comedogenic and absolutely free of low-molecular weight alcohols (which can be drying to the skin), Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes combine microfibers and effective cleansing formulations to remove what is reported to be up to 40% more dirt and oil than the other leading cleansing cloth. Yet what I like most about Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes is the inclusion of effective ingredients – the Pond’s Original Wet Cleansing Towelettes feature a fairly high concentration of antioxidant/anti-inflammatory green tea and soothing cucumber, while Pond’s Age Defying Cleansing Towelettes include exfoliating glycolic acid and anti-aging retinol (however, some experts question using glycolic acid and retinol together, saying it decreases effectiveness of both).
I personally have been using Pond’s Original Wet Cleansing Towelettes for the past 3 weeks, and I can honestly say, they are a lifesaver. One Pond’s towelette, a quick dime-sized amount of retinol cream (I am currently using Green Cream Level 6), two sprays of the moisturizer Aqualant, and a quick brush of the teeth, and I’m from books to bed within minutes. :-) I am also pleased to say that Pond’s Original Wet Cleansing Towelettes don’t dry out my skin, and remove eye and lip make-up effectively as well.
Overall, I give this one a solid 9/9! (High concentration of effective ingredients: 3/3. Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3. Value for the money: 3/3. Sunscreen: N/A).
Ingredients in Pond’s Age Defying Cleansing Towelettes: Water, Glycolic Acid, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Retinol, Collagen, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ammonium Glycerrhizate, Sodium Lauramphoacetate, Glycerin, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Laureth 23, Cyclomethicone, PEG 4 Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Ammonium Hydroxide, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
Ingredients in Pond’s Original Wet Cleansing Towelettes: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus Extract (Cucumber), Centaurea Cyanus Extract (Cornflower), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera), Panthenol, Panax Ginseng Extract (Ginseng), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Benzyl Alcohol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate