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

Paula's Choice

  • 4.4 out of 5 stars, based on 35 Reviews 35 Reviews Write a Review
  • $28.00
  • 2 oz.   
  • Availability: In stock


Birchbox Breakdown

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 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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Very moisturizing, but...

I purchased this product because I was looking for a great eye cream and have already been very impressed with the paulas choice product line. I use a moisturizing cleanser along with a hydrator that prevents blemishes while it has retinol in it to prevent aging. I'm 29 and looking for ways to prevent fine lines. As a stand alone eye cream, this is great. It's thick, rich, creamy and does what it claims. As an everyday moisturizer, I'd be a little peeved. It is tiny. Only 2.8 fl oz. it's a great product, but beware the small size you're receiving. I really wish Birchbox would list the size of the products they're selling so you get an idea of the size of the product you're paying for.

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Good, especially for dry skin

I have mostly dry skin that is sometimes a little shiny in the summertime on my forehead. This is a good moisturizer for every day for me, and keeps me from getting dried out. I do think I go through it fairly quickly, though, especially during the winter.

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Huge fan!

I love almost everything Paula makes, but this is one of my favorites. I use Metrogel for rosacea and while it works, it can be very drying. This is a super soothing moisturizer that is not at all irritating, and seems to actually plump up my skin and make it look younger and healthier. I wear it under BB creams and tinted sunscreens sometimes because they aren't always super moisturising either and can settle into fine lines of dry skin.

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Depends on skin type

For my combination skin, this moisturizer makes my skin even more oily! Would recommend to use this product in the winter when skin is more dried out than usual.

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So moisturizing

Love this moisturizer and have been using it to reduce dry skin on my forehead from rosacea. I layer it over any serum or moisturizer with SPF during the day, and use it over their retinol serum at night. Very moisturizing and no fragrance. It's a bit balmy and you can tell right away it will work. Only downside is the size. Though it's the perfect size for air travel, it's a little small for the cost given how much I use it.

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Still on the search

I had high hopes for this moisturizer. I have moderate dry skin with mild rosacea. This product did not moisturize my skin and possibly made my cheeks more red, maybe because my skin was still dry and tight.

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Gentle but effective

I love this moisturizer. It feels clean and has no fragrance, it goes on nicely and it does its job. It doesn't irritate my skin nor does it feel greasy. It's the first product I've tried from this brand (fan of Paula's reviews though) and I really like it. Now I use it over the BHA gel. Will definitely repurchase.

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I don't know if I just have ultra sensative skin... but this product BURNS my skin when I apply it, making my skin instantly more red, painful and not at all feeling moisturized. Was really hoping this would help as lately I have had very very very red/sensativedry/flaky/peeling cheeks. Dissappointed, especially with the price!

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Perfect amount of moisture

I received a sample of this with an order. I LOVE IT. I tend to have combination skin that most products either dry out or make oily. I am not sure if it's because this is a serum, or what, but it adds the perfect amount of moisture. My skin feels great after using it. A little goes a long way so my sample had lasted a while, but I definitely intend to order the full size.

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Best moisturizer

This moisturizer is an instant favorite. I've been having really dry skin this winter, and this cream has been a magic. I've also been using it as an eye cream, as it says it may be applied around eye area as well. Oh boy! It works way better than the eye cream I've been using for years. I'll be purchasing it again and again. Birchbox please keep it in stock.

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