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For best results, we suggest pairing this cleanser with a weekly application of Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask.

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In the words of Derek Zoolander, “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Make sure you get your daily quotient of moisture with Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser. Unlike most cleansers, Paula’s hydrating variety removes grim, makeup, and oil slicks without stripping your skin. Plus, hydrated, clean, and happy skin is the to key to pulling off your best Blue Steel impression.

How it Works

Perfect for dry, sensitive, and rosacea-prone skin, this creamy, lotion-like cleanser effortlessly whisks away a day’s worth of makeup. Meanwhile, hydrating ingredients like soy oil and glycerin tackle signs of dryness and fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How to Use

Massage a nickel-sized amount of cleanser into damp skin for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry. Follow with your favorite Paula's Choice serum and moisturizer.

Water, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (very mild cleansing agent), Hydrogenated Polydecene (emollient), Acrylates Copolymer (suspending agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (plant oil/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Polysorbate-80 (emulsifier), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (lather agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum) (emollient), Beta-Glucan (skin-conditioning agent), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (thickener), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (slip agents), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Laureth-4 (surfactant), Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin (all preservatives), Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster).

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Definitely get your money's worth

This works well with my skin. It leaves skin feeling fresh, not squeeky and tight. It doesn't take a lot, so a bottle lasts a long time!

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My skin is very oily everywhere and also flaky/dry around my mouth and chin. I LOVE this cleanser. I discovered Paula's Choice about a year ago and will never switch back to anything else again! The cleanser is great at removing any of my makeup. It's also very moisturizing. My skin feels soft and clean after using this! I highly recommend! There are also other types of cleansers from this band if your skin type is not on the dry side.

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Great for dry skin

This face cleaner does exactly what it claims it will- removes my makeup and cleans my face while leaving it soft and moisturized. It can't get all my mascara off but I never expect that from a face cleanser and just do a little extra clean up under my eye with eye makeup remover. Does not foam up, has a lotion consistency, doesn't irritate my skin or have any scent.

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You'll never use soap again

I have been using many of the Paula's Choice skin care products for several years. I find them to be the highest quality at very reasonable prices. It all started for me with the Skin Recovery Cleanser, and I've never looked back. This cleanser has a lotion consistency , with no suds or foam. Just dampen your face, rub it in and rinse it off. It cleans extremely efficiently, removing all make up except the most stubborn mascara. I use a non-astringent PC anti-oxidant toner after cleansing, and rarely does it pick up any make up left behind. This cleanser leaves your face soft and soothed-- and clean! I won't use anything else.

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so far so good

Have been using this for a couple of weeks. Seems to clean well with no drying or tight feeling. Have ordered the full size so will continue to use and see how it is long term.

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