Basic Skin Care Tips

20 Beauty Myths

Can drinking more water really cure dry skin? Does a tingling sensation actually mean a product is working? Can you really ever outgrow acne? Find out the truth (and lies!) behind beauty's biggest myths straight from Paula and the Paula's Choice Research Team.

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5-Minute Skin Care

No matter how pressed for time we are, great skin care shouldn't be something that's neglected, even when each minute counts. Believe it or not, even if you have less than five minutes, beautiful skin is possible by following these simple steps morning and evening.

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Alcohol in Skin Care: The Facts

It's tempting to think alcohol-based moisturizers, serums and toners aren't really that bad for skin, and there is no shortage of debate on the topic. We're here to stage an intervention with the sobering truth revealed by the latest research: alcohol is one skin-damaging ingredient you should avoid!

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Do I Need a Toner?

The Paula's Choice Research Team is often asked about toners. Most of the time, people just want to know what a toner does, if they need to use one, and if so, which ones are the best for their skin type? If you're confused about toners, too, this article will help you find out about the truly amazing benefits a well-formulated toner can provide for your skin.

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Exfoliation

Even if you cleanse, tone, apply a sunscreen in the morning and a moisturizer at night, there's still one thing missing that could make all the difference in the world to get you the skin you want: an AHA or BHA exfoliant!

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Expiration Dates & Cosmetics

Have you ever wondered how long your skin-care and makeup products remain safe to use once they've been opened? Find out how to tell if a product has expired, because even good products can go bad!

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Facials

Are facials necessary, and if so, what exactly do they do? We provide all the details, including critical pros and cons you need to know before you make an appointment!

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Fragrance & Skin-Care Products

As nice as it is to have a product with a wonderful aroma, it just doesn't make for good skin care. Whether the fragrance in the product is natural or synthetic, it is almost always a problem for skin.

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How to Put Together a Skin-Care Routine

Once you know your skin type and concerns, you need to know what types of products work together and the order in which to use them. Here's how it all comes together, step-by-step!

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Irritation & Your Skin

You can be irritating your skin and not even know it because irritation, more often than not, doesn't show up on the surface of skin. Even though you can't see it, irritation is taking place beneath the skin's surface, causing damage, mutating skin cells, destroying collagen, and making large pores and oily skin worse.

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Jar Packaging

Cosmetic companies sell lots of skin-care products packaged in jars, and many consumers love this type of packaging. But did you know jar packaging is the wrong choice because it cannot keep most state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients stable once opened? It's true! Find out what kind of packaging to look for when shopping for the best skin-care products.

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Mineral Oil

Is mineral oil the "Boo Radley" of the cosmetics industry? Find out why the spooky tales about cosmetic mineral oil aren't true (and what makes it such a fab skin-care ingredient)!

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Mixing & Matching Skin-Care Products

Sales pressure and misleading information have likely made you believe that you must use products from the same brand to see results. Not only is it perfectly OK to mix and match products from different brands, but sometimes doing so is essential if you want to get the best results possible!

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Paula's Choice Anti-Aging

Wondering whether you should be using products from the Resist collection or from one of our other lines? You're not alone! We'll explain who Resist products are for, how you can incorporate them in to your routine, and why every Paula's Choice skin care collection is anti-aging. Wonder no more, all your Resist-related questions will be answered!

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Preventive versus Reparative Skin Care

Whether you're focused on keeping your skin fresh and youthful or on repairing sun damage and past breakouts, these tips will help brighten, smooth, and maximize your anti-aging results.

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Problem-Solving Products

If you're like most people, you have at least one skin-care concern you'd like to fix. Whether it's dark spots, redness, scars, stretch marks, or something else, there's a workable solution! Find out how to correct common skin problems with research-proven fixes!

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Seasonal Skin Care

Whether you end up with dry, itchy skin in the winter or an overly oily appearance in the summer, there are ways to keep combat "seasonal" changes in your skin. Follow our guide to keep your skin beautiful and healthy when weather takes a toll.

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Skin Care for Women of Color

It might surprise you to learn that darker skin tones do not require special skin-care products. Why not? Because skin color is not a skin type!

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Skin Care Results & Expectations

When it comes to your skin-care routine, it's easy to get frustrated or confused when you're surrounded by products that don't seem to work. You might feel that way because you can't tell if the product is really working, or maybe using it just made matters worse. Given the variables, it's easy to see why so many are often confused and frustrated. Let's get this sorted out!

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Skin Care Shouldn’t Stop at Your Face

Just like your hands can give away your age, your neck, chest, and décolleté can do the same. Learn what you can do to keep this part of your skin looking healthy and young.

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Skin Type

What you've been taught about skin type by cosmetics salespeople, aestheticians, fashion magazines, and even some dermatologists, is likely incorrect, confusing, or designed to simply keep you buying more and more products—it all ends here!

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Staying Beautiful When Traveling: Don't Leave Home Without Our Advice!

Got a trip coming up? You're probably wondering what to pack and how you're going to get it all into one carry-on bag. Let our experience help you solve these dilemmas so you can experience less stress en route to your destination!

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Treating (and Minimizing) Scars

Scars are a fact of life and an amazing example of our skin's ability to heal, but did you know you have a lot of control over how a scar looks? It's true! Find out what you can do to minimize scars and fade those you've had for years.

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Vacation Beauty: Minimum Products, Maximum Results!

With the summer travel season in full swing, we’re betting that you could use a few tips on how to streamline your beauty routine.  The Paula’s Choice Research Team is here to help, with time-tested advice to keep you looking radiant during your vacation (in as few steps as possible). 

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Waiting Between Product Applications

As at-home skin-care routines become more and more complex, we often are asked how long a person should wait between applying the various products in their daily skin-care routine. We have a simple answer you're sure to love: You don't have to wait!

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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