RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
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RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.

RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

Based on 188 reviews

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A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.
  • Cleanses without dryness or leaving a tight feeling
  • Contains skin-restoring ingredients
  • Hydrating lotion formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Dry/Very Dry Skin
Concerns:
Anti-Aging

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    6.4 oz
    $19.00
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Why is it different?
RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser gently but effectively removes makeup and cleanses skin without dehydrating or leaving a tight feeling on skin.

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What does it do?
Replenishes and helps to preserve skin’s healthy barrier while effectively cleansing skin. The result? Visibly smoother, younger-looking skin with each use!
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How to use

Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser (1-2 pumps) 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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Research

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, volume 136, issue 8, pages 989-94

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

International Journal of Molecular Science, 2016, issue 3, pages 401

Skin Research and Technology, February 2001, issue 1, pages 49–55

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/texture-enhancing), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing), PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether (texture-enhancing), Methyl Gluceth-20 (hydration/texture-enhancing),Glyceryl Stearate (texture-enhancing), Stearyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Polyacrylamide (texture-enhancing), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Sapindus Mukurossi Peel Extract (soapberry extract, cleansing), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing), C13-14 Isoparaffin (texture-enhancing), Laureth-7 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, C10-16 Alkyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Ethylhexylglycerin.

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RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
 
4.1

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (14)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (18)
  • Leaves clean feel (13)
  • Moisturizing (10)
  • Balances skin (9)
  • Not greasy (8)

Cons

  • Doesn't remove makeup (6)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (15)
  • Sensitive skin (13)
  • Dry skin (9)
  • Combination skin (6)
  • All skin types (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (7), Budget shopper (6), Beauty conscious (5)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (5)

Reviewed by 188 customers

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1.0

Started making my skin feel tight and dry

By Jmccall93

from Woodstock, GA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser:

      I have used this cleanser for a while and it has been fine. In the last two months though I have noticed that it leaves my skin dry and tight feeling after use. I will have to try to find another emollient cleanser for combination skin.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I SWEAR by this stuff!!

      By K8

      from Charlotte NC

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Balances Skin
      • Gentle
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Moisturizing
      • Not Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Combination Skin

        Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

        I am crazy about this cleanser!! This is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used from any line. It is really the only thing that removes all of my eye makeup. I rarely if ever have a breakout now. This was not the case before I started using it. Now I HOARD it!!!!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not much to dislike, but found it irritates

        By Asha

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Balances Skin
        • Gentle
        • Leaves Clean Feel
        • Not Greasy
        • Smells Great

        Cons

        • Irritates Skin
        • Not a good value
        • Packaging

        Best Uses

        • Combination Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

        Over the past year and a half, I switched to using physical sunscreen because chemical ones were irritating my skin. Unfortunately, physical sunscreens tend to dry my skin, so I've had to switch to more emollient cleansers, which I tend to use at night. I tried a full bottle of Paula's Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser in the hopes it would be a good solution for me.

        I found the texture to be amazing--creamy and elegant, but not too lotion-like. Upon adding some water, the cleanser becomes fabulously cushiony and slippery, which is ideal for not pulling and dragging on skin. It is fragrance free, with many skin-beneficial ingredients. The product is not drying, but also doesn't make me extra oily, which is a nice balance. On the surface, there is nothing to dislike about this cleanser.

        On the less positive side, I found the cleanser to sometimes be irritating, probably due to an ingredient sensitivity. I also needed quite a bit to cover both face and neck. Given the hefty price, I find this is a poor value for money. The biggest negative for me is that I did not see much difference between this cleanser and less expensive ones that don't have "anti-aging" properties. In fact, I find Paula's Choice own Skin Recovery cleanser to be much better because it is more soothing and a tiny bit goes much further.

        One final nit--although the packaging feels heavy and luxurious, it is kind of a pain to handle. I know that people were begging for pump dispensers, but I find that the product thickness means having to put a lot of pressure on the pump, and the tall, narrow bottle can easily slip. As an alternative, holding the bottle to pump doesn't work well with damp hands. I definitely prefer PC's shampoo-bottle style for facial cleansers. I probably will not repurchase, but do think this product is worth trying.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My year-round cleanser

        By NJ

        from PA

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Gentle
        • Moisturizing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

          I decided to try this cleanser a few years ago when winter hit since my normally oily-ish skin started drying out from the cold weather and constant inside heat. It's very soothing for my skin. I actually started using it all year now. The only concern is I wish it was in a flip top container instead of a pump. When the product is low I have to turn it upside down to get the last amount of cleanser but even then I feel like I lose some valuable product. I won't stop using this but please maybe consider changing the packaging. Or maybe someone can suggest a way for me to get the last bit of product out of the pump bottle w/o wasting product? Thanks Paula for your great products!

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Rinses clean, removes all sunscreen + makeup

          By seattlemama

          from Seattle, WA

          Pros

          • Leaves Clean Feel
          • Non-stripping
          • Removes Sunscreen

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Combination Skin
            • Daily Use

            Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

            I have dry, sensitive, rosacea skin and cannot double-cleanse because it overstrips and senstitizes my skin. Because of that I am always looking for a great one-step cleanser that will remove my sunscreen and foundation. This cleanser is special in that it removes all traces of sunscreen and makeup in one step, and yet it rinses completely clean with no greasy feeling left behind. For me this is a perfect summer cleanser, but for winter I need a richer, more moisturizing cleanser to combat winter dry + flaky skin. Highly recommend for normal skin all year-round and for dry skin in summer.

            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Resist Hydrating Cleanser is Uncomfortable on my face

            By ParisianBeauty

            from Saint Germain-en-Laye, France

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • My Skin Is Irritated

            Cons

            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

            • Unknown

            Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

            I have always used this cleanser. Recently, I started using Vitamin C, AHA, BHA, Serums with Retinol and Retin A. My skin is so dry that when I wash it with this cleanser, it stings and burns my face.

            I switched to Skin Recovery Cream Cleanser which is perfect for me since I have been using it. I hope to go back to the Hydrating Cleanser, as I have 4 more bottles to use up.

             
            5.0

            Great for oily sensitive skin

            By JHW

            from NYC

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Balances Skin
            • Gentle
            • Improves Skin Texture
            • Leaves Clean Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne-Prone Skin
              • All Skin Types
              • Daily Use
              • Oily Skin
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

              I have tried the RESIST for Oily/Combo skin line, the clear line, and skin balancing line, and I prefer this cleanser to them all. It is gentle and balancing, and leaves my sensitive skin feeling soothed and clean. One of my favorite PC products and use daily!

               
              5.0

              Gentle Cleanser

              By Steely

              from Maryland

              Pros

              • Gentle
              • Improves Skin Texture
              • Leaves Clean Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Dry Skin

                Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                This is a gentle cleanser with a smooth texture that truly softens skin without drying. I can't say it's moisturizing but it definitely makes my skin feel great after using it. Because I use some heavy duty makeup, I need to wipe it off with a makeup remover first. Resist Hydrating Cleanser removes the last traces of makeup even around the eyes. No stinging of the eyes! Try this, you'll like it!

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for me!

                By Princess

                from BC

                About Me Minimalist

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Soothes Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                  This is perfect for me. I like that it's non-drying but still takes off my make-up (I generally wear light make-up so I don't know how effective it would be for heavy make-up). It's soothing and non-drying and yet it rinses off cleanly and without residue.

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

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Burns. my Eyes

                  By SurferWife

                  from Haleiwa, HI

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight
                  • Non-Greasy
                  • Smells Great
                  • Softens Skin

                  Cons

                  • Burns Eyes

                  Best Uses

                  • Remove Make-up

                  Comments about RESIST Hydrating Cleanser - 6.4 oz:

                  I'm new to Paula's Choice skin care, and am in love with the Resist line for normal to dry skin. This cleanser smells lovely, thoroughly removes my make-up and leaves my skin feeling hydrated, yet clean. It works wonderfully with my Clarisonic, too. However, I am disappointed to say that the cleanser burns my eyes when I use it to remove my eye make-up, and for that reason I feel obligated to give it 3 stars. I will use it until it is completely empty, but will not repurchase it. That being said, I will continue to use all of the other products. Mahalo!

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

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