I was asked to comment on the use of cold cream in an article for MinMote.no last week, here's the direct link to it, for you that read Norwegian. For my english readers, I'll summarise the article in this post.
There's been a lot of disagreement regarding the usage of cold cream in the professional dermatology and beauty community through the years, I think it has to do with varying definitions of what cold cream really is. Today, you can find many modern variants of this old concoction, and so it's usage and effects will vary. First, lets have a look at what Cold Cream really is, shall we?
Cold Cream is perhaps the oldest cosmetic formulation, dating as much as 2000 years back. It is an emulsion containing waxes, such as beeswax or the like, and so makes up an "water in oil" type ointment, that got it's name from the cooling feeling you get when you put it on your skin. Remember my Creme de La Mer review? That is an example of a modern, luxury, and highly priced cold cream product.
In the interview I highlight that the purpose of the cold cream is to protect the skin-barrier, and insulate the skin agains moisture loss. Cold creams in their original formulation do not carry many effective ingredients, and so moisture giving, or antiageing products should be added underneath, to help increase moisture and give desired skincare effects. Cold creams are not the best choice for oily acne prone skin, since it often contains comedogenic ingredients. For us living in Scandinavia a thick / oil rich moisturiser is enough insulation, and should give you both moisture and protection. For now I am using my La Mer daily over a serum, and it is doing it's job.
I am still working on that Creme de La Mer replacement list! Since we have just moved house, all my products are trapped in boxes, and I think there's still som time left before I'll be able to locate and take pictures, and do my review.
What are your experiences with cold cream, good or bad?