Tested on animals:No
Paula's Choice is no stranger to formulating beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliants—offering numerous choices within their line—so adding one more may seem like overkill! Instead, CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is a sensible addition to the line. Containing 1% salicylic acid (that's the BHA ingredient) in a lightweight lotion base suitable for most skin types, the formula nicely distinguishes itself from the brand's other BHA exfoliants with its comprehensive mix of proven soothing agents.
Housed in an opaque, pump bottle packaging that will keep these delicate plant extracts stable, this salicylic acid exfoliant is formulated at a pH of 3.5—the sweet spot needed to work its magic (International Journal of Toxicology, 2003). (OK, it's not really magic but many who use a well formulated BHA exfoliant feel the results come pretty close).
Getting back to those soothing agents—all are in the form of plant extracts with research supporting their ability to calm skin.
Green tea leaf brings its soothing powers to your skin (Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2010), and it's joined by licorice root (Planta Medica, March 2007), willow herb (Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, 2009), and beta-glucan (International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2015), among a few others. In short, this product is capable of exfoliating and smoothing skin texture as it works to improve signs of sensitivity. Now that's a multi-tasker we can get behind!
CALM Redness Relief 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant is fragrance free—an especially important benefit for those with extra-sensitive skin, as fragrance is a common source of sensitivity (American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003). It does have a slight, almost undetectable scent that is inherent of salicylic acid itself, but it does not linger—another improvement over the brands' previous Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion.
The lightweight, non-greasy lotion formula is easy to apply, works well under other products, and, best of all, contains several plant-based ingredients with solid research attesting to their ability to soothe persistently sensitive skin.
- Exfoliates and smooths skin as it soothes.
- Improves the look and feel of skin.
- Lightweight formula is compatible with most skin types.
- Contains an impressive mix of soothing plant extracts.
- Packaged to ensure ongoing stability of its most beneficial ingredients.