Cold cream has probably been around for almost 2,000 years. The earliest known recipe was written down by Galen, an ancient Greek physician. Cold cream recipes are practically a history of beauty ingredients: The original used beeswax and olive oil, but by the 1700s, chemists were using spermaceti from whales. Today, Pond's cold cream uses artificial ingredients like mineral oil and triethanolamine. Luckily, some companies, like Weleda, offer healthier blends. But whatever its ingredients, cold cream has dozens of uses, including removing makeup, soothing sunburns, and softening rough skin.