I am such a fan of bedtime rituals. I remember when I was younger and would sleep in my makeup. Things couldn’t be more different now. Washing my face at the end of the day is something I really look forward to. A small pleasure, a pampering ritual that makes me feel good + prepares me for bed. Even if I don’t wear makeup, I wash my face. When you live in a city, you need to – there’s so much pollution and grime!
I still remember the first time I wore makeup – it was for my dance recital – I was about five years old. I remember getting home, and my mom taking my makeup off with Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser. That was so very long ago (the product has been around for over 100 years), but even then I remember feeling so grown up.
Years and years later, Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser is still one of my favorite bedtime rituals. There are so many more expensive cleansers out there, but when you have a face full of makeup on, I always reach for my cold cream. It’s actually 50% moisturizer! Upon applying it to your skin, it instantly melts away dirt and makeup (including stubborn waterproof eye makeup) leaving skin deeply clean – and hydrated. It’s got an incredible history and it’s a cult favorite amongst models + celebrities because it really works!
In my day to day, I don’t wear a lot of makeup. But if I have a photo shoot I will wear more than usual – tinted moisturizer, bronzer, luminizer, and a lot of eye makeup – I do wear a lot of mascara! I shot this makeup removal “tutorial” with Lydia after we’d shot several outfits – I thought it would be a good way to show how effective the cleanser is.
I start by smoothing a thin layer of the cold cream over my face. From there I will massage all over, doing my eyes last so not to get my eye makeup all over my face. The cold cream melts everything off, like magic. And then you just wipe it all away! There is no need for water or harsh rubbing, which also makes it perfect for travel. Skin is left clean, supple + hydrated, and ready for bed. Magic!
I will say that while you do not have to use water, I really like the feeling of soaking my washcloth in lukewarm water, wringing it out, and using the hot towel to take everything off. There’s just something very luxurious to me about a hot towel – it adds a spa-like element to the cleansing process.
Not the prettiest photo of me ever, but you can see – not a trace of makeup in sight!
photography by Lydia Hudgens.
In partnership with Pond’s.