Beauty aisle shelves are littered with new skin care products, and while we’re dying to try them all, there are some unbeatable items we just can’t get enough of. These cult-classic lotions, ointments, and soaps have stood the test of time, with consumers returning to them for generations. Check out these 10 iconic skin care purchases that remain tried and true. As they say: If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.
1. Pond’s Dry Skin Cream
There’s a good chance you’ve seen your mother and grandmother keep this classic lotion in their beauty cabinet. This is because Pond’s Dry Skin Cream has been around for more than 150 years, according to The Gloss, and still manages to get the job done. It’s easily absorbed, won’t clog pores, and is suitable for sensitive skin. Add in the fact that it costs less than $10, and it’s easy to see why this hydrating cream is still around.
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Elizabeth Arden is hands-down one of the most iconic brand names when it comes to skin care products. The brand’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant has been around since 1910, and over the last century women have sworn by its ability to keep wrinkles at bay. Elizabeth Arden is a brand you can trust because you know your mom does, too.
3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment isn’t just great at treating cracked skin and dry lips, it’s also used to treat and soothe medical conditions. And this dermatologist-favorite has long been a staple in family households. If you have a rash, sunburn, or bite, let this product come to your rescue.
4. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
We’ll bet the first skin care brand you ever learned about was Clinique, whether at department store counters or in your own home. The Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion launched in 1968, Vogue reports, and still has the same basic formula of mineral oil, glycerin, and petrolatum. With such a simple list of ingredients, this product works best if you also use Clinique’s full three-step system.
5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve
The Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a permanent cult-favorite. And we can see why; it calms and heals irritation, relieves dryness, and can be applied just about anywhere on your body (though we love it on chapped lips, elbows, knees, and knuckles). As if its versatility weren’t enough, this salve also smells absolutely heavenly.
6. Yardley London English Lavender Moisturizing Soap Bar
When you think of a product being timeless, you imagine that it has a classic appeal, and that’s exactly the case with Yardley’s London English Lavender Moisturizing Soap Bar. This calming bar of soap has stood the test of time, and continues to fly off shelves around the world. Can you guess why? The pure lavender extract and essential oils win everyone over.
7. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter
As their motto proudly states, Kiehl’s has been around since 1851, and the Creme de Corps body butter is still one of their most widely adored products to this day. Made of soy milk and honey, it’s a simple but decadent product that will continue to deliver for decades to come.
8. Vaseline Jelly Original
Vaseline is basically God’s gift to us mortal skin care fanatics. It’s cheap, promotes cellular healing, and locks in moisture like no other. This classic treatment has been around since 1892, and it’s so iconic that Vaseline is now a trademarked term for purified petroleum jelly. We recommend using it as a makeup remover, under your eyes, and around your crows feet.
9. Noxzema Original Deep Cleansing Cream
The foundation to having great skin is cleaning your pores, and the longstanding champion of keeping them clear is this Original Deep Cleansing Cream from Noxzema. It deep cleans without over-drying, removes dirt, gives a tingly sensation as it works, then leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and healthy. If you’re on the hunt for a refreshing new cleanser, look no further than this Noxzema classic.
10. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
For oily-skinned people, finding the right cleanser is a constant struggle. You need something that doesn’t exacerbate the issue, but it also can’t completely strip your face of its natural oils. The life-saving solution? Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. You can thank us later.