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Next in your skincare lineup: the soothing, hydrating Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer.

Paula's Choice

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If your skincare regimen is like a delicious parfait, then consider this serum to be the honey atop your yogurt (er, cleanser) base. This treat of a product not only sinks into skin to make it extra soft, but it’s also a perfect primer for the layers that follow it, like moisturizer and foundation. It’s good enough to eat (but, really, don’t eat it.)

How it Works

By skipping over irritants like fragrances and dyes, this formula goes right for the good stuff—olive oil, green tea, and evening primrose oil—to heal and moisturize dry, itchy skin. And while plant extracts smooth and soften, a healthy dose of retinol helps speed up cell regeneration and reduce fine lines.

How to Use

After cleansing, toning, and/or exfoliating, squeeze a drop or two of this serum onto your fingertips and apply to the face and neck before following with a moisturizer or foundation. Good news: It’s safe to use on the undereye area.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (plant oil/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis) Extract, Tocotrienols (antioxidants), Adenosine(cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahydromethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (curcumin-derived antioxidants), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (non-volatile plant extract), Stearyl Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (plant oils/antioxidants), SD-Alcohol 40 (solvent).

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Nice addition to daily regimen

I like the way my skin feels after applying it. It's a good product for me. It's light enough but I feel it gives my skin the boost it needs daily.

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Nice Product

I purchased this product about two weeks ago and have been really happy with it. I use it morning and night and have noticed my fine lines diminishing a bit.

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great OTC retinol product for starters

I'm a huge fan of serums and decided I wanted a nice retinol one that was gentle but nourishing. My face has always reacted well to them and they make a difference in my overall complexion.

The instructions say this would make a great makeup primer and it definitely has that silicone-y consistency that leave a smooth finish, personally it's not my favorite finish as it always feels powdery to me but I can see it. I know retinols don't do well with sun exposure though and although the product says its fine as long as you're good with sunscreen, I'd rather not bother with the possibility.

I use it at night 3x a week, opposite of my exfoliating days. I tone, add a drop of this and finish off with my moisturizing oil afterwards. That silicone-y feel makes it glide all over really easily so it's not hard to apply. I wake up glowing lol.

It's definitely on the weaker end of OTC versions % wise but a nice try, I think I'll branch out and try others due to the price. I say it's a good intro product and complements my skin routine well.

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Love it!

I started using this product about a week ago after agonizing about finding a cost-effective anti-aging product that also had retinol. I absolutely love it! My skin is brighter, smoother, and softer already. At first, the serum seemed oily to me, but it dries quickly and leaves no residue. There is also no scent to it, which is great.

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Retinol, but not great for Combo Skin

I love PC products and the retinol in this product was very attractive to me. This serum is very moisturizing, ideal for those winter months. Unfortunately, this made my combo skin break-out, which the other PC retinol products did not. If you have dry skin, this is likely perfect for you.

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In love

I ordered this product without any knowledge of the brand or it's products. I wanted a product with retinol for my face/eye area as well as something that would be good for my super dry winter skin. I noticed a difference in the softness in my skin after one use. Each day my skin gets better. Cannot wait to see longterm results and will defiantly be purchasing more products from this brand.

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