Um, hi, we’re literally only 10 days into 2020 and Elizabeth Warren just dropped the hottest take of the year: Pond’s moisturizer—like, Pond’s moisturizer alone—is the secret to the senator’s perfect skin. Yup, in the latest edition of The Candidates Come to Cosmo, Warren told us the drugstore cream is her ride-or-die beauty product—and to the slight shock and horror of derms everywhere, it also happens to be the only skincare product she uses (no face wash, no toner, no nothing—just Pond’s).
Ignoring the fact that Warren doesn’t wash her face (what!), the senator’s interview left me with one question: Is the $8 Pond’s Dry Skin Cream actually magic? And if it’s basically liquid gold—seriously, Warren’s face looks smoother than a stick of butter—why on earth am I not already using it?
“So I have—had, she’s passed now—but a much older cousin named Tootsie,” Warren told us. “Years ago, I was, I guess probably somewhere in my 20s, and we’re at a big family reunion. And Tootsie was beautiful. I looked over at her, and I said, ‘Toots, how do you have such gorgeous skin?’ She said, ‘Pond’s moisturizer every morning, every night, and never wash your face.’”
Again, other than not washing her face—which, heads up, I would not recommend for anyone who wears makeup on the daily or is acne prone—the senator’s skincare routine has me questioning the 10-step regimen I’ve spent years crafting and perfecting. Obvi, I went straight to my derm to pick her brain.
“You can agree or disagree with her politics, but when it comes to skincare, Warren may have a point,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor at Yale. Dr. Gohara says the hero ingredient in the senator’s moisturizer is mineral oil (which is basically “a dermatologist’s dream come true”).
“Mineral oil—which you’ll find in many iconic moisturizers—is recommended by derms about a million times a day for skin hydration, makeup removal, cuticle touch-ups, wound healing, the list goes on,” she says. And when combined with ultra-hydrating glycerin and oil-eliminating stearic acid, the formula of Pond’s Dry Skin Cream, well, checks out.
It’s also worth noting that Warren’s moisturizer is v different than the cult-classic Pond’s Cold Cream you’ve definitely heard about a billion times from your mom, coworker, or celebs (exhibit A: Jacqueline Toboni just told The Cut
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As for me, I’m not sure it’s filled with enough of the acids and acne fighters I usually use in my zillion-product regimen. But considering I’m trying to have Elizabeth Warren’s skin by the time I’m 70—or, like, even 40—I might just swap out my moisturizer and give it a try.
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