Thursday 2 April 2020

Ponds Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser Review | Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E For Hydration | Beauty Review

One of the biggest issues I always face (and I think everyone faces) is that of finding a good moisturizer. Either we get one that makes our skin too oily or one that leaves it dry within a couple of hours, or one that provides good hydration but also brings pimples on acne-prone skin...and so on. Imagine the stress my super-sensitive acne prone combination skin goes through *rolls eyes*. So I have been reading and researching about good moisturizers and one ingredient that keeps coming up is Hyaluronic Acid that provides good hydration without making skin sticky or giving acne. 

Recently, Pond's launched a new gel moisturizer with this super ingredient and even though historically my skin does not like Pond's product, I felt that this might be different since I had read so many beauty bloggers rave about it. So I bought Pond's Super Light Gel 2 months ago and here let us see how it fared :)

Packaging of Pond's Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser is a simple round flat tub that looks secure enough to be travel-friendly. Pond's products always stand out of the crowd thanks to their simple yet elegant color schemes and this is no different with soothing blue color making the package attractive. In fact, even the gel itself has a soothing baby blue color that looks amazing.

Ingredients list is LONG and includes everything from water, dimethicone, niacinamide, phenoxyethanol, perfume to stearic acid, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, limonene, and linalool. It has good as well as bad stuff, as we will see in the review.

Claims that this super light oil free gel moisturiser gives non-sticky glowing skin with regular usage thanks to hyaluronic acid + vitamin E.

Availability of  Pond's Super Light Gel Oil Free Moisturiser is good online as offline. Pond's is one of the most easily-available brands in India. You can buy it from Nykaa, Amazon, and most other online websites or offline shops. Very cost effective at just about Rs. 149 for 73 grams.

Quantity is good enough to last about 20 days when used everyday on face and neck.

Usage - Cleanse face and apply this in dots all over the face evenly.

Effect - Full disclosure- Pond's is one of those brands that rarely have products to suit my skin. During my college days, I tried many Pond's products mainly since it is too cost-effective. But over the years I realised that these were actually making my skin drier as well as giving me pimples and rashes, so I stopped using them. The same thing happens with other big mass brands such as Garnier, Loreal, Lakme. 

But anyway, when I was reading about Hyaluronic Acid and then read so many good reviews of this super light gel, everybody was talking about how it suits even sensitive skin and how Hyaluronic Acid can make one's skin as good as a baby's, so obviously I got tempted and bought it. BIG MISTAKE! First thing, I always find it alarming when any product has an ingredients list with 20-25 names. Why does one need so many chemicals? I understand that chemicals are important, every chemical is not bad, but products can be formulated only by using 2-3 ingredients too, right? But I think Pond's doesn't know how to formulate such simple products *sigh*. 

So I bought this, and tentatively applied it on my neck first to see if it was giving any allergic reaction. It felt cool and watery on my skin, no complaints there. It also has a light pleasing fragrance and instantly provides hydration to skin, no complaints again. It did not give any allergies on neck so the next day I applied on my face. Unfortunately, within 24 hours I could see little pimples on my cheeks and red rashes appear out of nowhere :( Once more, the curse of using Pond's affected me. So I used the rest on my neck and hands and vowed never to buy another Pond's product. 

If you already use Pond's products, you may like this as my skin is super-duper sensitive. If your skin is not sensitive then you can definitely try it. It will give good hydration to oily or combination skin while dry skinned people will need to use another moisturizer on top of it. Actually Pond's super light gel is considered a cheap dupe of the high-end Neutrogena Hydro Boost, but I have not used Neutrogena either so cannot confirm this.

  • Has Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin E + Niacinamide
  • Beautiful baby blue color, cool watery texture
  • Gives hydration to combination and oily skin
  • Extremely cost-effective
  • Considered cheap dupe of Neutrogena Hydro Boost
  • Easily available online as well as offline

  • Long list of chemicals in ingredients
  • Will not suit super-sensitive skin that hates ingredients such as dimethicone and perfume

Recommended -Maybe. Only for those who have already used and love Pond's products!. Rating is 2.5/5.  

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