True, cold cream is old school but so are we!  As kids, many of us  stood in fascination as we watched our moms, grandmas, aunties, and sisters, scoop and then slather their faces with cold cream in hopes of miraculously beautifying their skin. Many swore that the thick gobs of white stuff would absolutely put the brakes on aging skin and maybe it did in a few cases. Today, however, many of us just use cold cream to remove all of our face gunk.

Let us quickly school you on cold creams. 

The creamy gooey stuff in a jar has been around for eons, its invention is widely credited to second-century Greek physician and philosopher Galen.  Cold creams are made up of four main ingredients: water, oil, emulsifier and a thickening agent. The amount of water and oil is approximately in equal proportions, allowing the cream to penetrate the outer layer of skin well. The super emollient creams actually do help to combat dry, itchy skin, in addition to sunburned skin and chapped lips.  Some men even use cold cream as a shaving cream.

Over the years, sadly, cold creams have fallen out of favor until now.  Cold creams are back on the radar and if you have a soft spot in your heart for them, try these good-for-your-skin picks:

Weleda Cold Cream–formulated for dry-to-very-dry skin, provides protection from cold, harsh environmental influences; plant oils and fatty acids nourish and hydrate your delicate skin, while pure beeswax creates a breathable layer that protects from moisture loss; $13, Amazon


Avene Cold Cream–hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, penetrates easily; moisturizes and soothes dry, red and environmentally damaged skin, provides healing effects for conditions like rosacea and eczema; $20, drugstores


Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream–deep cleans skin to remove makeup and dirt to provide a radiant complexion; softens, works double time to hydrate even the dreariest of complexions; $5, drugstores


Kate Somerville Cold Cream–lightweight, gets rid of dirt, oil, and even mascara; won’t clog pores, safe for sensitive skin; $48, Amazon