I’ve alluded a bit around here to my year long partnership with Pond’s, and I’m so excited because today I can finally tell you a bit more about it!
Back in December, the brand invited myself + twelve other influencers from all over the world to attend a special kickoff weekend. We started in Connecticut, where spent a day learning about the brand (including a trip to their Research & Development facility out in Trumbull), and then we spent a full day on set with YouTube where we filmed a special video (more to come on that). To me though, the real highlight was getting to learn the history of the brand and tour the R&D facility. If you’ve been reading for long, then you probably know that I’m a bit obsessed with history, science, and learning how things are made, so this part of the trip was especially fun for me. Today I’m going to share a bit more about what I learned… as well as a video from our trip. Be sure to watch the video – really gives you a feel for what the weekend was like. It was so incredible getting to meet these other women from all over the world!
We’ll start with a little history lesson. Ponds was founded 170 years ago, back in 1846, making it the oldest, longest-living skincare brand in the world. The cold cream (still a best seller today) was the first of its kind — back then (in 1907 when it was developed), it was actually the first cream that did not need to be refrigerated! Could you imagine having to keep your skincare products in the fridge?
Fast forward to 1992, (over a hundred years after the brand’s inception!) The Pond’s Institute formed… a global network of 700 scientists in six labs (Trumbull + five more). They’ve since developed over 200 patents. Over time, they’ve had some pretty major developments. The Pond’s Institute was the first to launch Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) in anti-aging products, and they were the first to discover Conjugated Linoleic Acide (CLA).
My earliest memory of using Pond’s products is after my first dance recital when I was small – five or six years old. I had worn makeup for the first time ever and at the end of the night, my mom coated my face with their Cold Cream to take off all of my makeup. I just remember the experience feeling very grown up and glamorous, and that I had a lot of questions for my mom about it. I didn’t understand how putting on “lotion” could take my makeup off. I guess you could say that moment sparked a lifelong curiosity about all things beauty.
So, I was familiar with the brand, but I had no idea about all the science… and how much technology the brand relies upon to create their products.
Visiting with scientists from The Pond’s Institute was really cool. Every single Pond’s product is tested hundreds of times (with incredibly stringent guidelines) to ensure that it is safe, and will make skin stronger from the inside. The R&D team calls this “future proofing your skin.” Right now, the Pond’s team sees external forces + urbanization as one of the biggest threats to our skin. Things like pollution, living a stressful life, partying too hard, sun, wind, dirt, and humidity all take their toll. And on top of UV rays, now we have to also worry about our digital devices and radiation caused by them. (It’s always something… you’re not safe inside or outside!)
The scientists at The Pond’s Institute are working out solutions to all of these things. Furthermore, the brand’s safety regulations are pretty incredible. I asked what they thought about natural products as I use so many, and they explained that they see themselves more as a scientific brand vs. natural. That said, they go above and beyond to ensure that they create safe formulas… meeting global regulations (the US regulations are pretty lenient but this isn’t the case in the rest of the world) and then exceeding industry standards by meeting or exceeding their own safety regulations.
(I’ll leave you with a funny photo of me, dressed up in all my scientific gear at The Pond’s Institute).
I’ll be sharing more with you in the coming weeks.. can’t wait!
Created in partnership with Ponds.