The History of Skincare

I don’t know exactly what sparked my sudden interest in taking care of my skin, but I’ve started to delve deep into the world of skincare in recent months and I find myself reading up on the topic every chance I get. I’ve also found myself starting to make more informed decisions when it comes to looking after my skin, and I’ve noticed a huge improvement in the state of my skin as a result.

I find it amazing that the skin is constantly changing and adapting to its environment, and that things like the weather, water, diet, stress and pollution all have a far bigger impact on the state of our skins than we realise. In understanding the affects that these environmental factors have on my skin, I’ve realised that I need to switch to skincare products that are backed by science and take these skin stressors into account… and that’s where The Pond’s Institute comes in.

The Pond’s Institute was a leading pioneer in skincare right from the word go, with the launch of the iconic Pond’s Cold Cream – the first oil cream that didn’t require refrigeration – back in the early 1900s. Pond’s Cold Cream was scientifically prepared using ingredients that were chosen specifically for their cleansing and lubricating properties, making it ideal for removing dirt and grime from the surface of the skin without causing irritation. It was advised that the Cold Cream be used as a cleanser and for massaging your skin at night, and the renowned Pond’s Vanishing Cream was recommended as a skin protectant during the day. For many women, this would have been their first foray into a simple skincare routine, so The Pond’s Institute could well be to thank for the concept of a regular skincare regime followed by so many women today. In fact, The Pond’s Institute introduced an innovative 3-step skincare regime that consisted of cleansing, toning, and moisturising back in 1927, and by the 1940s, Pond’s had become a household name with their products being sold in over 119 countries worldwide.

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I’ve long been a fan of Pond’s (you can read my previous posts here, here, here, and here), as I find that their products are not only affordable, but incredibly effective at the same time. Dark spots? Try Pond’s. Dryness? More Pond’s. Pimples? Pond’s has a product for that! And if you’re unsure as to which products to use, The Pond’s Institute has developed a handy skin analysis calculator to help you find your perfect range. I was fortunate enough to attend the opening of The Pond’s Institute in Sandton City last month, where I had my skin analysis done, and I picked up some handy tips and product advice in the process.

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Although pimples are still very much a skin concern for me, I’ve found that my skin has started to change the older I get. These days, I’m less concerned about treating and covering up spots than I am about using sunscreen and topical treatments to help combat my dark spots. My skin consultant pointed out that this is a natural part of the ageing process, as your skin becomes rougher and more fragile as it ages, which makes it more prone to dark spots and pigmentation. Although I’m already very dedicated to my skincare regime (which includes cleansing, a serum, and a moisturiser), it was advised that I start to use a toner as well to further clear my skin of impurities, while restoring the pH level of my skin after cleansing.

My skin consultant suggested that I start using a serum to target my two biggest skin concerns at the moment: the loss of radiance and dark spots. Her recommendation? The Pond’s Age Miracle Intensive Cell Regen Serum (R170), which I’ve actually used (and loved – read more here) in the past. This serum has a lovely, velvety texture and it contains anti-ageing superhero, Retinol, to help fade dark spots while stimulating the production of collagen at the same time.

I was happy to hear that, in terms of elasticity, my skin is in great shape with plenty of bounce-back. It was advised that I use the Age Miracle day and night creams, and that I steer away from moisturisers that will either dry out my skin, or are too oily for my skin type (according to my skin analysis, I have a normal to combination skin type, so it’s vital that I maintain the normal balance of my skin and that I avoid products that sway my skin into the ‘oily’ or ‘dry’ category).

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Given my skin type, I still battle the occasional breakout, so I’ve been using the new Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel – and it works wonders on any spots and blemishes! It contains Active Thymo-T Essence and claims to work on pimples in just three days, which is something I recently put to the test. My findings? It absolutely does the job and left my skin looking much clearer in just three days – without drying out my skin.

Here is a snap shot of my makeup-free face on day one (no filter!), followed by a makeup-free, filter-free photograph taken on day three. You’ll notice that there are still blemishes on my skin, but by day three, the two angry, red pimples that had surfaced on my chin on day one were remarkably smaller, and they were pretty much just red marks left behind (which are both gone now, a week later, by the way).

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If you’re unsure as to what your skin type is, or you’d like to find out exactly which products you should be using, be sure to visit The Pond’s Institute at Sandton City to have a free skin analysis done – but hurry, because The Pond’s Institute will only be open to the public until this Sunday, 12 March 2017. If you’re unable to make it to The Pond’s Institute, and for those who live outside of Johannesburg, you can still have a FREE skin analysis done over on the Pond’s website – click here for the FREE skin analysis calculator. You’ll receive a ton of helpful tips, and they’ll also give you product recommendations suited to your specific skin type and concerns (you can even opt to have these emailed to you so that you can save your product recommendations).

Have you tried any products from Pond’s in the past? What were your thoughts? I’d love to hear about your experiences with their products, and tips for products to try. Leave a comment below to share your thoughts and product recommendations!

* A very big thank you to POND’s for supporting For The Beauty Of It! Although this post has been paid for, all opinions are mine, and 100% truthful at that!