HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser
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HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser
A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser

Based on 243 reviews

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A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
  • Mild cleansing promotes healthy, luminous skin
  • Lightweight but concentrated gel formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Extra Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin
Concerns:
Redness

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    8 oz
    $18.00
    16 oz
    $26.00

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Why is it different?
HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser is an exceptionally gentle gel cleanser that effectively removes impurities and makeup while delivering a refreshed, refined complexion without dryness or residue. Even the most sensitive skin types can use this carefully formulated cleanser.
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What does it do?
Skin replenishing ingredients along with mild, but effective cleansing agents preserve skin’s vital moisture barrier leaving skin free from impurities. Skin will feel refreshed and comfortably clean.

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How to use

Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.

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Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water, Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (gentle cleansing agent), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing ingredient), Sodium Lactate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol (water-binding agents), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Lactic Acid (water-binding agent), Allantoin (soothing agent), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing ingredient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (texture enhancer), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (stabilizer), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (gentle cleansing agent), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Triethanolamine (pH balancer), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Benzophenone-3 (stabilizer),Methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

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4.3

(based on 243 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (37)
  • Leaves clean feel (32)
  • Not greasy (31)
  • Balances skin (22)
  • Improves skin texture (20)

Cons

  • Doesn't remove makeup (8)
  • Irritates skin (7)
  • Dries out skin (5)
  • Bad smell (3)
  • Doesn't work (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (42)
  • Sensitive skin (39)
  • Combination skin (25)
  • Acne-prone skin (19)
  • Oily skin (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (18), Budget shopper (18), Survivalist / minimalist (9), Beauty conscious (7), Beauty expert (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (13), Oily (4)

Reviewed by 243 customers

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4.0

Ingredients?

By Sam

from Toronto, canada

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sensitive Skin

      I'm on my second bottle and have been loving it. But, I noticed the second ingredient is sodium laureth sulfate. Isn't this a harmul irritant for skin? I'm just confused. Been trying to find an article by Paula's Choice about this ingredient but haven't found much.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      The Most Amazing Cleanser For Super Sensitive, Combo Skin!

      By Mike

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Redness/ Blotchiness
        • Sensitive Skin

        I have very sensitive, combination skin, plus I'm on Retin-A, and Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser works perfectly for me. Since most skin care products cause some form of redness on my face, my morning routine consists only of shaving, cleansing using this product, liberally applying Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30, then a thin layer of a Neutrogena tinted, waterproof mineral-based SPF 50. This gel cleanser has no trouble removing the sunscreens at the end of the day, also removes excess oil without drying and causes no redness or irritation!

        Please do not discontinue this product line again. I will never use anything else!

        Service and delivery comments:

        Super fast delivery as usual!

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 45-59
         
        1.0

        I will not buy this product again

        By Suz

        from Texas

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Drying
          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

            I was very excited to try this product. It had great reviews, even from people with sensitive, rosacea prone skin. It got one more start compared to the calming cleanser I use.
            It felt ok while washing my face. But immediate after my skin dried up. Then it was red.
            I have very sensitive skin and rosacea. It reacts very quickly to irritating products. I have had a very difficult time finding simple cruelty free products that calm my skin and keep the redness at bay.
            I'm going back to my other cleanser in the PC calming section.

            • Skin Type:
            • Combination
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            5.0

            BEST CLEANSER EVER!!! LOVE... LOVE... LOVE!!!

            By Shell

            from Oceanside, CA

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Redness/ Blotchiness
              • Sensitive Skin

              BEST CLEANSER EVER... Thank goodness you brought this product back!!! I LOVE HYDRALIGHT because it totally washes away the oil (without being harsh or irritating), it's fragrance free, and it doesn't cause me to break out. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE... NEVER discontinue HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser!!!!!!! My face was a total MESS without it!!! I actually have scars, on both my face and jawline/neck area, from breaking out so horribly, because HYDRALIGHT cleanser was no longer available. FYI: I'm a 46 year old woman, who, due to very sensitive skin, has never worn foundation/makeup (except for concealer, on occasion). I believe I started using HYDRALIGHT cleanser ~ 1999, and continued to use it, until it was discontinued. Thank goodness Paula decided to make this product available again, and I'm now back to using the HYDRALIGHT cleanser I've loved all these years (~18 years). I have extremely oily, congested, sensitive, acne-prone skin (inflamed pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, hormonal cysts that intermittently pop up, etc...) However, even with all of my unfortunate skin issues, HYDRALIGHT cleanser became my "lifesaver", and over the years, it really helped to "manage" my skin, keeping things "under control". During the time that HYDRALIGHT was discontinued, and no longer available, I spent an absolute FORTUNE, on a TON of other cleansers, desperately trying to find something suitable, and/or similar, to HYDRALIGHT. However, NOTHING even came close, and my skin looked horrendous... Red, irritated, tons of acne, etc... I was really starting to "freak out"!!! Please know that I am so VERY THANKFUL that Paula listened to her customers, and brought this wonderful cleanser back!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I seriously cannot live without this cleanser... It's the ONLY cleanser on the market that doesn't cause my skin to "freak out". I've been stockpiling this cleanser, as I NEVER want to be without it, ever again!!!

              Service and delivery comments:

              Excellent!!!

              • Skin Type:
              • Oily
              • Age:
              • 45-59
               
              5.0

              Great!

              By Kristi

              from Santa Clara, CA

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                I use this after first using a cleansing balm for removing my makeup and sunscreen. It works fantastically! The only cleanser I've found without a strong scent, which does not irritate my skin or leave a residue.

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 18-29
                 
                1.0

                This broke me out!!

                By Skin lover

                from Chula vista california

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Bad Smell
                  • Irritates Skin
                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

                    This cleanser contains sodium laureth sulfate and thats very bad for skin, this ingredient should never be used on skin, it dried my skin and made it itchy and also gave me little bumps all over my face, so disappointed bc i really trusted this brand!!!!

                    • Skin Type:
                    • Oily
                    • Age:
                    • 18-29
                     
                    1.0

                    Too harsh for my skin

                    By Commandarin

                    from Louisville, KY

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Pros

                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                    • Irritates Skin

                    Best Uses

                      Faithful to the EarthSourced Cleanser for years but decided to try this for the hotter weather months in combination with the Resist 2% BHA once every other day. Like many others have said, it really did not do much to remove make-up, and yet it completely stripped my skin barrier and I got irritated bumps all along my cheeks and jawline. The Sodium Laureth Sulfate is listed rather high in the product list so if you have any suspected skin sensitivities beware. After switching to Cerave my skin is much better.

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Combination
                      • Age:
                      • 30-44
                       
                      5.0

                      Now bring back the rest of Hydralight, namely the toner!

                      By K.S.B

                      from Denver

                      Verified Reviewer

                      This is the only Paula's cleanser I can really use - my skin is ultra sensitive, tending simultaneously toward very dehydrated and easily congested, and the products I use have everything to do with exacerbating or fighting those tendencies. It's a tricky balancing act. I have tried to like any of the other cleansers and had to give up after my skin resisted my efforts to be flexible. All the drier skin formulas leave my skin and especially my pores feeling less than clean; all the oily-combo skin cleansers leave my skin unbalanced, parched, or with a tight residue feeling. Hydralight leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, and not the slightest bit dried out or irritated. I've noticed that many Hydralight items are coming back and I am encouraged that Paula's Choice listens to customer feedback: now we need the TONER returned! My experience with Paula's toners have been similar as with cleansers: Hydralight fits the bill. There is a significant portion of loyal Paula's customers who will or cannot make the switchover to the Calm for Oily line, or the Resist for Oily or Skin Balancing lines. Please bring back the full Hydralight line -- we are really only missing the toner now! Please also continue to offer the Hydralight products that have been reintroduced and don't discontinue them again! Thank you.

                      • Age:
                      • 30-44
                       
                      4.0

                      Cleans well but leaves skin dry

                      By Dal

                      from Canada

                      About Me Minimalist

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Non-Greasy
                      • Removes makeup

                      Cons

                      • Dries out skin

                      Best Uses

                        I love the way it goes on - small drop and that's enough to lather around whole face (not sudsy or foamy, but perfect amount of lather).
                        Washes away all makeup (I only use non-waterproof makeup).
                        I feel like it really clears away anything on the skin.
                        Skin feels so clean and smooth after drying it, however moments later the dryness sets it. A mousturizer needed after using it.

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        Prompt deliver

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Normal
                        • Age:
                        • 30-44
                         
                        5.0

                        Like this very much- perfect for me

                        By Knit doctor

                        from NJ

                        About Me Minimalist

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Non-Greasy
                        • Soothes Skin

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Daily Use
                          • Redness/ Blotchiness
                          • Sensitive Skin

                          I use this daily, especially at night before my bedtime routine. I have rosacea and dry patches-
                          On my skin, this is far better than the redness relief cleanser, which may clean my face but also intensifies the dry scaly patches. Current night routine: cleansing with this, then Resist Advanced Replenishing toner, then Skin Perfecting 2% BHA, then a variety of bedtime moisturizers (Resist intensive repair cream, most often. Sometimes CeraVe PM mixed with Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster, sometimes Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. I love this one- red container- but it is very expensive) (well, it all is, really- but worth it for my skin transformation) So I have no idea which of these has made the most difference overall-- but this cleanser never leaves my clean face feeling tight, dry or scaly. Perfect for me, anyway.

                          • Skin Type:
                          • Dry
                          • Age:
                          • 45-59

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