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First thing’s first—start your battle against dry skin with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser.

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For skin drier than Chandler Bing’s one-liners, reach for this rich-yet-gentle face lotion. It banishes rough patches by absorbing deep into flaky, irritated skin and encourages collagen production to make skin appear younger. Concentrate on your eyes or spread it all over—it’s up to you. Bada-bing!

How it Works

Sensitive skin gets an extra boost from this nonirritating formula, which combines antioxidants (vitamin E and chamomile) and soothing agents (aloe) to create a healing barrier against the elements. Licorice extract calms red patches and hyperpigmentation, making this formula a safe and healing option for rosacea sufferers.

How to Use

After cleansing, smooth a layer of moisturizer onto your face and neck. If used in the AM, follow with SPF15 or higher. Multitasker alert: This product can also be used as a standalone eye cream.

Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil (non-fragrant plant oil/cell-communicating ingredient), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Cyclohexasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant/vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant/vitamin C), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice-derived anti-irritant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Panthenol (soothing agent), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant/vitamin C), Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant), Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate (skin-conditioning agents), Hydroxypropyl Guar (gel-based thickener), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) Fruit Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Dimethicone, Simethicone (silicone slip agents), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Sodium Citrate, Triethanolamine (pH adjusters), Trisodium EDTA (chelating agent), Batyl Alcohol (stabilizer), Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives).

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Just OK
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I had high hopes for this since I have used other Paula's Choice products which I have been very happy with. This feels very average to me. It doesn't make my skin feel any different or more moisturized. It leaves a slightly sticky feel to my skin afterwards, almost like it doesn't absorb very well into my skin. I tried it for 6 weeks but so far it's just ok.

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I don't feel like this was as helpful as it makes itself out to be. This didnt make my skin any less irritated, and I found myself applying additional moisturizer after applying this.

It's been sitting in my drawer since the first week I bought it. Skip this one.

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Thick rich tho not good mix with self tanning
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Love this as an eye cream used sparingly. So not like the screw cap as I can't fathom why it has no flip cap which is so much easier to use. However it works so lovely I can overlook that minor issue. One star down for my surprise in how it made my self tanner roll into those tiny annoying balls or beads. I use self tan on face and never had this issue with any other moisturizer even tho I use an AHA and toner. But my first use resulted in terrible beads of tan on my face - tan had set for 24 hours so I had a mess to clean up the next day with patches of untan skin all over my face. However the good outweighed the bad so I use more as spot treatment for severe dry days.

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Best lotion ever for dry skin!
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I have suffered from dry, flaky skin for YEARS because I simply had never used the right lotion. I use this at night (but different one with SPF during the day) and it hydrates dry skin without being greasy. Absorbs well into skin. It is the only thing that got my nose to stop flaking. I thought I would have to suffer with a flaky nose for life but this product has changed my skin! I love it! Non-irritating, no scent added, and is great for my dry under eye area as well.

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My new go-to
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I bought this hoping it could replace my more expensive, similarly formulated night moisturizer, and it's been great! It has a nice combination of antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients, it's unscented, and it feels light on my skin. I use it alone in the summer and with a facial oil in the winter, which works great for my dry, sensitive skin.

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Skin saver!

This is the best moisturizer for dry, irritated, winter skin. I added it to my CeraVe lotion, and it really made a huge difference in my skin. Around my mouth/nose gets so red, dry, irritated, etc. and it cleared up in a day. Love Paula's Choice!

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Wonderful Moisturizer
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I use this every night. I have very dry skin and this is the only moisturizer I have used where my skin isn't feeling dry in the morning. I will continue using her products

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I adore it!

This is the perfect moisturizer. I love it period. I can't say enough about it. I have very dry skin and use it every night. It keeps my skin subtle and smooth and it does not leave my skin wanting more. It is great for my sensitive skin and does not add to more breakouts which I usually have a problem with by using a heavier cream for dry skin. I highly recommend this product!

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Fabulous moisturizer
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This moisturizer is fabulous!! I use it as my day cream and it hydrates without making my skin feel oily!! It has little to no fragrance and it it is a great price. I will purchase again.

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The best!

This is my favorite nighttime moisturizer for the dry winter months. This product is thick, moisturizing, and absorbs quickly. I used to use a much more expensive department store brand but switched over to this after receiving a sample. It's just as good, if not better, and costs a fraction of the price. What can I say - Paula's Choice is Sophie's choice.

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