POND’S has given their two main ranges; Flawless Radiance and Age Miracle a bit of a make-over. Both lines have had new products added into the mix, formula’s have changed and the packaging’s been changed to match what’s being sold overseas. To prevent this post from being a super long ramble, however, I’m only going to chat about Flawless Radiance for now.
The range now consists of a facial foam, toner, day cream or lotion*, an SPF to wear on top of them plus an eye cream, serum and night cream. Sjoe! Still, at least now you’re sure to find something that’ll suit your skin type.
Ingredients-wise, Flawless Radiance promises to help even out your skin tone thanks to its use of vitamin B3 (also referred to as niacin or niacinamide) which helps prevent melanin (dark skin pigment) from transferring from the deeper layers of your skin to the surface. Then, once you’ve ‘stopped the pigmentation bus’, you’re to stop new dark marks from forming by using a good broadspectrum SPF, something like their Flawless Radiance Blemish Prevention UV cream with SPF 15, (R94,99).
By shielding your skin from the sun, your existing spots can begin to fade as opposed to darken. You can also speed the fading process up even further if you invest in a good AHA-infused cream to increase the rate at which your skin’s cells renew themselves.
Having played around with the range for a bit I can say that the day cream, day lotion, night cream and serum are all good picks as they contain nice high levels of niacinamide. The only drawback is that none of them contain an SPF and this is essential to spot-prevention. As a result, don’t think for a second that you’ll be able to get away with using any of them without a good SPF on top, be it Pond’s or another from a different brand.
But ja… getting back to the line up… if I was concerned with spots and decided to use Pond’s to fend them off, this is how I’d roll: the serum is the goodie you want to spring for; it’s got the highest concentration of vitamin B3. I wouldn’t be able to wear it in the day, however, as I’ve got oily skin and the product’s very silicone-y which aggravates them. Thus, I’d use the lotion and SPF 15 in the day and then apply the serum at night along with either the POND’S night cream or one from another brand. If you’ve got drier skin, you’re lucky in that you can apply the serum both day and night; just don’t forget to use the SPF in the day. Just ten minutes of unprotected sun exposure can stuff up a good six months worth of ‘fading’!
Want to try the new range? It’s in store right now and prices are very reasonable, ranging from R54,99 to R94,99.
*Just so you know, ‘creams’ are usually considered to be more hydrating than lotions but in this case it’s a little different as POND’S Flawless Radiance day cream has a ‘vanishing cream’ texture. This makes it less much less moisturising than the lotion so only opt for it if you’ve used and like vanishing creams in the past or have a skin type that’s even oilier than mine. If you’ve got combination skin or ‘normal’ skin, using the lotion will sort you out. Very dry skin? There’s nothing stopping you from using the night cream in the day. After all, you’re going to have to use a supplementary SPF anyway, regardless of which product you choose.