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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser Review, Photos


Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser

A Dream for Sensitive Skin and Rosacea

It is no secret that the “foundation” to any skincare routine is a great cleanser formulated to meet your skin’s needs.  About a year ago, after experiencing some major changes in the texture of my skin, I decided it was time to switch to a different cleanser and elected to use Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser ($23.95 for 16 fl. oz.).  It is a creamy, liquidy cleanser-not thick, nor watery-that is supposed to “keep dry skin supple while actually improving skin’s softness and adding moisture, safe to use around the eyes, [and] is also an excellent option for truly sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.”  

Presently, I have combination skin (dry cheeks and neck/oily T-zone) that becomes slightly drier during fall/winter and slightly oilier during spring/summer.  I experience minor breakouts and have mild to moderate rosacea.  

This really is a great, gentle cleanser that leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth after every use.  I use an amount about the size of a quarter (I like a good lather) and it helps to hydrate the areas of my face and neck that are feeling dry and removes excess oil from my T-zone.  It never leaves my skin feeling stiff or tight, nor does it ever feel as if a film has been left behind.  I have seen am improvement in my skin since I started using this cleanser, as it no longer becomes flaky (even on the dries days) and the overall appearance is smooth with a slight glow.  I would not say this cleanser has drastically reduced my rosacea, but it certainly does not further irritate it.  Unfortunately, it takes more than a cleanser to combat rosacea.

The only claim the company makes that I do not agree with is that it “completely removes makeup.”  On its own, it removes about 95% of makeup (which is normal), but you do need to use about twice as much of the product to do so (also a common occurrence).  I would always recommend using a separate makeup remover to remove the majority of your makeup, and then use a cleanser to get rid of any last traces of makeup and get your skin feeling really clean.  Also, this cleanser will not remove waterproof or ulta long-wearing makeup.  You really need an oil-based makeup remover for those types of products.

It is good to note that all of Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, contain no added dyes, and are not tested on animals.  On the website, you can also view the sources of published research which support the company’s claims of the products.



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