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How to Wash Your Face the Old-Fashioned Way

In the 1940s, There Were College Classes Dedicated to Face Washing

Face-washing hasn't always been the suds and water routine it is today, and women decades ago apparently took it so seriously that there were entire college classes devoted to it — no joke. This informational video (clearly sponsored by Pond's) seeks to teach impressionable young women of the 1940s how to wash properly, and explains that it's a process so important that many women's colleges have a whole class dedicated to the subject. It's interesting to see how much the standard cleansing routine has changed in the last seven decades. Although if you have dry, sensitive skin, this probably isn't a bad regimen.

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Marian55 Marian55 4 years
I'm going to run out and get a jar of Ponds. I love this!
pamelabacan pamelabacan 4 years
thank god there's Clarisonic. i need not go through that tissue-wiping steps. my skin would be so stressed with all that pulling and tugging. ugh!
countchocula countchocula 4 years
Oh man, they'd be appalled by my as-needed application of light moisturizer. I'd be breaking out constantly from all that face cream if I lived in that era!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 4 years
I read somewhere that Pond's actually invented the tissue just for this cold cream. Makeup was so thick and heavy back then. I'm sure it took two tries to get it off. :)
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