Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer
2 fl. oz. for $28
Last Updated:07.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer blends emollients, soothing agents, antioxidants, and cell-communicating ingredients to create an exceptionally rich cream for dry to very dry skin.

The fragrance-free formula strengthens skin, helps restore a healthy barrier function, and stimulates healthy collagen production for a firmer, more youthful look.

The result? Problem dryness does an about-face: You'll see a smoothed, plumped, absolutely radiant complexion that looks younger and healthier. Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer is best for those with normal to very dry skin. It can be used around the eye area as well, so you may not need a separate eye cream!

  • Rich cream texture moisturizes normal to very dry skin.
  • Anti-aging blend of skin-repairing ingredients, soothing agents, and antioxidants.
  • Smoothes, plumps, and adds radiance to skin.
  • Fragrance-free formula can be used around the eye area as well!
  • None.

Restore vital moisture to very dry, sun-damaged skin with this exceptionally elegant, rich cream that provides soothing protection from free-radical damage. Emollients, peptides, anti-irritants, and anti-oxidants deliver outstanding hydration and ensure optimal cell function.


Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil (non-volatile plant oil), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Glycerin (water-binding agent), Cyclohexasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium Hyaluronate (water-binding agent), Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant/vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant/vitamin C), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice-derived anti-irritant), Sodium PCA (water-binding agent), 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-volatile 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)

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

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, 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. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the 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.

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.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

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

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

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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Best dry skin cream for combo, acne prone skin

My combo skin took a beating from the harsh winter months, so I took the plunge and bought my first ever cream for dry skin. It gave my skin its much needed hydration and best part of all...NO BREAKOUT IN SIGHT. Not a single one after months of use. It also works as a wonderful eye cream. I normally avoid anything for normal to dry skin like the Great Plague for fear of breakouts. This time, I'm blown away. Thanks PC.

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Please NEVER discontinue......

This is the most wonderful product which I use as my night cream. Amazing that it can go around eye area and eliminate need for separate eye cream. So gentle and healing for my mature, dry, and extremely sensitive skin.

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Not for My Very Dry Skin

I wish I could use this moisturizer, but it's not moisturizing enough for my dry to very dry skin. I hope Paula will come out with a moisturizer for my type of skin. I have recommended it to my daughter, whose skin is not as dry as mine, and she loves it.

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So far, so good

It's always been a challenge for me to find a moisturizer that is not too heavy for my sensitive skin, and/or does not cause breakouts or irritates my eyes. I started using Paula's Skin Recovery Moisturizer in 2005 (as well as her cleansers). The moisturizer worked very well for me until the formula changed, in 2007, to a heavier consistency, at which time It started to irritate my eyes, even though I don't use moisturizer in the eye area for that reason. Recently, I decided to try product samples of the Skin Recovery Moisturizer, to see if the formula might have changed again. The moisturizer is now very light in texture and seems to agree with me. I use it in the morning under my Paula's Sheer Tint with SPF 30 (I have been using Paula's Sheer Tint SPF 20 since '05 or '06), and also at night after cleansing. It now feels like the right texture for my skin and is a good base for the Sheer Tint. Hopefully, I will continue to get good results.

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