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Definition: Cold Cream


Raise your hand if you've ever had a relative with a jar of cold cream in her bathroom. Although the brand's become synonymous with the product, it actually wasn't invented by T.T. Pond in the early twentieth century but by Greek physician, Galen, in the second century instead. The original cream was created from an emulsion of beeswax, oil, rose petals, and water to condition the face and remove makeup . . . pretty similar to the uses today.

The combination of fats and water in this product help moisturize – the cream gets its name because it's cold to the touch – with people using it to soften their skin, soothe sunburns, and protect faces from wintry weather, too. My great aunt swears by this as a makeup remover: just apply, wait, and wipe off with a washcloth. Oh, and you can put that hand down now.

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