Back in high school, I always had a Pond's facial cleanser with me at school to freshen up my face midday. Since then and until this day, Pond’s has always taken the lead when it comes to tried, tested, and true solutions in skincare.

For 2015, Pond’s introduces another breakthrough, the new Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel -- a whitening facial wash in gel formulation that cleanses your skin, making it whiter and fresher, without drying it. It's been studied that gel skincare products are lighter in texture and generally have milder ingredients allowing its essential properties to dissolve faster and more effectively into the skin. 

The Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel contains Pearl Essence, which is known and tested for noticeable skin whitening. 

With its oxygenated formulation, it cleanses and refreshes while locking in moisture, making skin softer and more supple. Also, it is perfect for sensitive skin as it has milder ingredients compared to drying, whitening soaps. 

Last week, Pond's invited friends from the media to hear more about this latest innovation and how it comes handy with 2015's beauty trends, straight from the mouth Agoo Benzon, one of their resident beauty expert.

She shared the latest beauty trends this season, namely the bare minimum or no makeup look, which is all about having great skin; the multi-taskers, or products that save you time and effort; and gels, which is present in many beauty products now. “The new Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel is this season’s beauty must, as it latches onto all these trends,” she shared. “It does not only clean, but it also keeps dry areas hydrated, leaving you ready to bare your fresh face.” 

To test the difference, Pond's demonstrated an experiment right in front of us.

The orange liquid contains regular facial soap while the transparent liquid contains the new Pond's Pearl Whitening Gel formula

Two strips of skin-like paper are each soaked in the formulas for a minuteto see how it reacts.

As seen in the monitor, the one soaked in the Pond's Pearl Whitening Gel formula was cleansed yet remained undamaged while the one soaked in regular facial soap had tears and scratches, and became somehow thinner because of the harsh ingredients.

There and then, I tried the Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel at the back of my palm.

I noticed clean and brighter skin immediately while still being supple.

For months now, my skin has been very picky unlike when I was in my younger years. Using this gel cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin. I particularly like how lightweight it is while still delivering hydration even for me with oily skin. Four days of continuous use and no breakouts.

Pond’s Beauty Council members also shared their personal experiences using the latest from the Pond’s Institute. “What I loved about the new Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel l was that after using it for several nights, it didn’t leave behind a rough texture that regular facial soaps normally do. Instead, my skin felt very smooth and clean,” said fashion blogger Laureen Uy.

“I don’t have to worry about piling on heavy makeup anymore. Taking a perfect, effortlessly pretty selfie is as easy as washing my face with the NEW Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel,” says photographer and blogger Tricia Gosingtian. Meanwhile, fashion and beauty blogger Patricia Prieto also testified to the product’s effectiveness, saying, “My skin always feels fresh and youthful now. It really lets my skin breathe!”

With fellow beauty girls Shari, Julia, Shen and Arian

The Pond's PH team and Pond's Beauty Council

Be one of the first to try the new Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel by logging on to Zalora on February 20. The first 100 shoppers will get the latest innovation from Pond’s shipped to them for free. The new Pond’s Pearl Cleansing Gel will be available nationwide in all leading department stores, drugstores, supermarkets, groceries, and convenience stores this March.