04.01.2015
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Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser
Rating
8 fl. oz. for $17
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is a rich, intensely hydrating cleanser that rinses easily with water. Ideal for dry to very dry skin, the creamy lotion texture helps keep dry skin supple during the cleansing process, while also improving skin's softness and adding moisture.

This fragrance-free cleanser is also an excellent option for truly sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.

Note: Those using this cleanser to remove heavy makeup may find using a washcloth with it makes the process easier.

Pros:
  • Hydrating cleanser makes dry skin feel comfortably smooth and clean.
  • Creamy lotion texture removes makeup and rinses easily.
  • Excellent option for truly sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Removing heavy makeup may require extra effort.
Claims

A rich, soothing cleanser for very dry, sensitive skin that rinses completely without leaving any residue. Skin is left smooth and supple.

Ingredients

Water, Hydrogenated Polydecene (emollient thickener), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (mild cleansing agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant plant oil/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Polysorbate-80 (emulsifier), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (mild cleansing agent), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Oat Beta-Glucan (soothing agents), Mineral Oil (emollient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (surfactant/emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Copolymer (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, (preservatives).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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07.17.2015
Too drying

I am looking for a non-animal testing alternative to Clinique gentle cleanser that I was using before with beautiful results. Unfortunately, Paula's cleanser was way too drying for my sensitive skin.

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Inga C.
07.17.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  We're so sorry to hear that you didn't love this product -- if you contact the Paula's Choice Customer Service team, they can offer you assistance regarding a replacement product or refund :)

—Admin
07.07.2015
Thank You!!!!!

I have tried everything on the market for dry sensitive skin and either it still made my face feel dry or it felt like I was washing my face with battery acid. Even cereve, cetaphil, yes to, simple, and even neutrogena extra gentle hurts just a tiny bit but I can use it. I no longer have peeling flaky skin on my face and IT DOESN'T HURT TO WASH MY FACE!!!! Thank you so much for making this line. I have the cleanser and moisturizer but plan on getting the rest.

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Sheena M.
04.18.2015
Too runny

I would like this product if it were not so runny that I loose half of it before I can get it distributed over my face.

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Barbara L.
05.08.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  We are so sorry that this product did not work out for you as expected.  If you contact Paula's Choice customer service team, they should be able to issue you a refund or exchange.

—Admin
02.08.2015
This is great stuff

Fabulous product for me. Cleans gently but throughly. I use a washcloth for removal. Great for reactive skin.

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Cathi C
02.14.2013
Try this out!!!

I have extreme combo skin and this stuff is PERFECT! It feels wonderful on the skin and takes my makeup off. My rosacea loves this and the Recovery Moisturizer together - NO oiliness. It rinses perfectly clean. I just keep touching my cheeks because they feel so nice. I was so surprised this worked on my oily areas too. Pick up some sample packets and try it out.

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