Cleansing creams are skin care products designed to help moisturize and cleanse the face. The oldest type of cleansing cream, cold cream -- named such because of the cool feeling that occurs as the water contained in the product evaporates -- first hit the scene about 1,800 years ago [sources: Schoen and Lazar, Chandra]. Despite the addition of countless chemicals and additives found in modern cleansing creams, they're largely made of the same materials (oil, water and wax) and serve the same purpose as they did all those years ago.
Cold creams, however, only make up a portion of the cleansing creams on the market today. Most of these skin cleansing products are marketed toward a specific audience. There are cleansing creams to prevent or get rid of acne, to remove makeup, to clean off excess dirt and grime, and to moisturize the face. Many products have multiple benefits, such as removing makeup and moisturizing, and come in a variety of textures, scents, colors and consistencies. On top of all that, there are specific skin cleansing creams for various skin types, so regardless if you have oily, acne-prone skin or very dry skin, you can be sure there's a cleansing cream out there designed to meet your needs.