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Moisture Boost Sample Kit

Flake off, dry skin. This routine replenishes dry skin and prevents signs of aging. It leaves skin looking and feeling moisturized, smooth and radiant.
Item #: 040
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • 8 single-use Moisture Boost samples: DAY: One Step Face Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion*, Daily Restoring Complex with SPF 30. NIGHT: One Step Face Cleanser, Hydrating Toner, 1% Beta Hydroxy Lotion*, Hydrating Treatment Cream.

*PLEASE NOTE: Do not use the 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

90 out of 100
(Based on 2 Reviews)
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  1. dayna m.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    • I'm a little on the dry side, this wasn't quite enough for the winter, the summer perhaps. To the other reviewer that took a star because this does not have a treatment/serum included. The BHA lotion is considered a treatment in a lotion/moisturized form. I would have liked to see a stronger treatment, but this is a sample pkg to show the appeal of the product. Order a few to have on hand for your overnight bag or short trips where you don't want to take your full sized products.

  2. Adele
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    An even-keeled system
    • Seems to be a great line for summer, not over or under moisturizing for my skin. I tend to sway toward dry and sensitive. For me the SPF truly was the golden egg of the system... no white cast, no irritation, wears naturally, don't have to wear make up with it but I wore pressed powder and it wore great with it, didn't bring out imperfections. I was a little dewy but it was very natural and not shiny. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because it has no treatment or serums.

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The Moisture Boost Sample Kit includes 8 single-use samples. See individual product details for more information on each product.



Sources to support the claims made for Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser

Biochemistry and Pharmacology,June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795;Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312;British Journal of Dermatology,July 2005, pages 124-131;Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; andDermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25;Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19;Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55; andContact Dermatitis,June 1999, pages 310–315.

Sources to support the claims made for Moisture Boost ESSENTIAL Hydrating Toner

Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83;FEBS Letters, December 2009, Epbulication;Acta-Dermatovenereologica Croatia, Volume 17, 2009, pages 25–39;Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304;Dermato-Endocrinology, March 2009, pages 72–76;Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626;Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9;Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12;Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329;Dermatologic Surgery, "The Antioxidant Network of the Stratum Corneum," July 2005, pages 814–817;American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337;Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25;Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; andToxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73;Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2002, pages 618–625;Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B, October 2001, pages 61–69; and

Sources to support the claims made for SKIN PERFECTING 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

Biochemistry and Pharmacology,June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795;The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2006, pages 416–421;Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532;Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142;Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395;Preservatives for Cosmetics, 1996, by David Steinberg, Allured Publishing, pages 39-40;Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; andSeminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Sources to support the claims made for Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30

Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83;Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304;Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345;Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065;Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526;Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626;Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9;Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12;Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2008, pages 1,298–1,307;Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Volume 72, pages 796–806;Future Oncology, December 2008, pages 841–856;Journal of Pathology, January 2007, 241–251;Journal of Radiation Research, December 2004, pages 491–495;British Journal of Dermatology, October 2003, page 681; andJournal of Dermatological Science, volume 31, 2003, pages 193–201; andJournal of Investigative Dermatology, November 2003, pages 1,163­1,167; and January 2002, pages 117–125.

Sources to support the claims made for Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream

Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329;British Journal of Dermatology, August 2007, pages 295–300;Journal of Investigative Dermatology, December 2006, pages 2697–2706;Dermatologic Surgery, "The Antioxidant Network of the Stratum Corneum," July 2005, pages 814–817;Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2005, pages 287–295;Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September–October 2004, pages 207–213;Nature Medicine, February 2003, pages 225–229;Microscopy Research and Technique, January 2003, pages 107–114;Progressive Lipid Research, January 2003, pages 1–36;Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2002, pages 587–594;Journal of Lipid Research, May 2002, pages 794–804;Free Radical Research, April 2002, pages 471–477; andClinical Geriatric Medicine, February 2002, pages 103–120.

Key Ingredients: petrolatum, aloe extract, vitamin A, creatine, Aloe barbadensis, gamma linolenic acid (GLA), tocopherol acetate, tocopherol, phospholipid, salicylic acid, vitamin E, Avena sativa, squalane, hydrolyzed wheat protein, ceramide NP, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, jojoba oil, willow herb, niacinamide, green tea, lecithin, vitamin C, grape seed extract, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, linoleic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, cholesterol, avobenzone, retinyl palmitate, sodium PCA, superoxide dismutase

Product Ingredients:

Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser:
Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (gentle cleansing agent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agent), Glycol Stearate (moisturizing thickener), Glyceryl Stearate (moisturizing thickener), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (soothing agent, anti-inflammatory), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (very mild cleansing/lather agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agents), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredients), Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Citric Acid (pH balancer), Phytic Acid (chelating agent to soften hard water), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner:
Water, Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Methyl Gluceth-20 (humectant), Superoxide Dismutase, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Creatine, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Linoleic Acid (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate (surfactant/emulsifier), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Panthenol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifier), PEG-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickeners), Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:
Water, Cetyl Alcohol (thickener/emollient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (thickener), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Allantoin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Alteromonas Ferment Extract (water-binding agent), Dimethicone, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient/emollient), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Polyacrylate-13 (film-forming agent), Polyisobutene (thickener), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30:
Active Ingredients:Homosalate 4%; Octisalate 4%; Oxybenzone 3%; Avobenzone 3%; Octocrylene 2%.Other Ingredients: Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), VP/Eicosene Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate (emulsifier), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Picea Abies (Spruce) Wood Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient thickeners), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying agent), Bentonite (absorbent thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream:
Water, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (emollient plant oil), Ethylhexyl Stearate (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Petrolatum (emollient), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/ Hexacaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate (all thickeners), Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Cholesterol (skin-identical ingredients),Tocopherol (Vitamin E/antioxidant) Squalane (emollient), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized Vitamin C/antioxidant), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3/cell-communicating ingredient) Polysorbate 60 (thickener), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, , Hydrogenated Lecithin, Whey Protein (all water-binding agents), Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate (thickeners), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Myristyl Myristate (thickener), Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Phospholipids, Decarboxy Carnosine HCI (cell-communicating ingredients), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodum Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming/water-binding agents),Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax (all thickeners/emollients), Triethanolamine (pH-adjustor), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Benzoic Acid, Chlorphensin, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser:
DIRECTIONS: 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.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner:
DIRECTIONS: After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your morning or evening skincare routine. For daytime, finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:
DIRECTIONS: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30
DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally every morning after using Paula's Choice Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser and Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner. May also be applied over any Paula's Choice exfoliant or serum. Reapply as needed after swimming or excessive perspiration.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream
DIRECTIONS: Ideal for softening and smoothing the face, neck and eye area. At night, use as the last step in your skincare routine. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser:

Do I still need to use an eye or face makeup remover?

It depends on how much eye or face makeup you are using or if you are wearing waterproof mascara, waterproof makeup, or other hard-to-remove makeup. If that's the case, we recommend using Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover before or after this cleanser. Otherwise, this cleanser effectively removes most types of makeup.

I have normal to oily skin that gets drier in the winter - would Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser be a good seasonal choice?

Yes! It has a lotion-like texture but still rinses and cleans beautifully.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner:

What do toners "tone"? I thought Paula didn't recommend toners!

Paula has always recommended toners that are well-formulated. Toners can be a great after-cleansing step to be sure you've removed all your makeup. When properly formulated, they soothe skin and provide an extra dose of antioxidants and repairing ingredients.

How do I know which toner is right for me? Besides skin type, what are the main differences between Paula's Choice toners?

All of our toners restore skin, help remove last traces of makeup, are alcohol- and fragrance-free, and contain no unnecessary irritants such as menthol, peppermint, and citrus oils. They are great as an adjunct to a more thorough cleansing routine, especially post-workout or in hot/humid climates. Even more significantly, they go beyond the basics by offering skin benefits you can see and feel.

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to dry aging skin with a broad range of ingredients it needs to produce healthy collagen while reducing wrinkles. It is a super-charged version of our popular Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, with a specific emphasis on improving the signs of aging skin.

Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply normal to oily or breakout-prone aging skin with a broad range of targeted ingredients to help improve signs of aging plus reduce enlarged pores and reduce dry, flaky, uneven skin texture. It is ideal for those struggling with oily skin, wrinkles, and large pores.

Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner for normal to very dry skin is an excellent choice for those who need more help protecting their skin from environmental damage or dryness. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a richer texture than any of our other toners and contains more plant oils and other emollients than our Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner. This is a great option for dry to very dry skin, extremely sun damaged skin, or those dealing with eczema or rosacea accompanied by dry skin.

Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner contains ingredients that help soothe and restore normal to dry skin, plus it includes a greater amount of glycerin, a key ingredient to make dry skin look and feel better. It also contains a broad range of ingredients that aid the barrier repair process so those with dry skin (or normal skin with occasional dry patches) will receive even more benefit from their Paula’s Choice moisturizer and/or specialty product. Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner feels lighter than our Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, yet still provides an array of antioxidants, anti-irritants, and skin-protecting ingredients. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to dry skin, you can use Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner in the morning and Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner in the evening.

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for normal to oily/combination skin is excellent for protecting skin from environmental damage or dryness. In addition, its cell-communicating ingredients can, in theory, help balance skin so its oily areas do not worsen or lead to reddened or blemished skin. Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner uses a more complex formulation than our Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner, and helps restore normal cell function.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is an excellent choice for normal to oily/combination skin. It provides a weightless finish, and although it feels very light, it supplies skin with potent antioxidants and anti-irritants. Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is a great option for those who want more protection and a soothing, soft, feeling on their skin, particularly those with sensitive skin. To get the benefits of both toners for normal to oily/combination skin, you may want use Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner in the morning and Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner in the evening.

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is for all skin types. It has a distinctive, liquid-gel formula bursting with antioxidants proven to repair skin and stimulate collagen production. The formula uses proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature and modern science.

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:

What's the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants? Do I need both?

When properly formulated, both AHAs and BHA are brilliant options for exfoliating the surface of skin. Both AHA and BHA work to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and firm skin but each has its special qualities you'll want to consider when deciding which one to use:

  • AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
  • BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that's clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.
  • BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.
  • BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds.

If your skin is sun-damaged and you're also struggling with acne or clogged pores, add a BHA product to your routine.

If you'd like to use an AHA and BHA at the same time, that is an option, though not really necessary. Some people find they work well when they're applied at the same time, but if you want to give this a try it is best to apply them separately, one during the day and one in the evening.

How do I use an AHA or BHA exfoliant?

  • You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
  • You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
  • Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
  • Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
  • If you're using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, apply the BHA or AHA first.

Your AHA (glycolic acid) products have a higher percentage than your BHA (salicylic acid) products. Does this mean AHA is a stronger exfoliant?

AHA products are most effective at a 5% to 10% concentration and BHA at 1% to 2% concentration. Think about it like making bread, the amount of yeast you need is tiny in comparison to the amount of flour you use but equally important to get the results you want. The percentage of effectiveness varies depending on the ingredient. Rest assured that the BHA products are not any less effective due to lower concentrations of the exfoliant.

What strength of BHA should I use? Will a higher concentration provide better and faster results?

Which BHA strength you opt to use should be based on your skin type and the stubbornness (or severity) of your acne, white bumps, or blackheads. The 1% BHA strength is a great starting point to see how using a pH-correct BHA can improve the skin's condition. The 2% concentrations can be something you step up to if and when the need arises or if your skin isn't responding well enough to the 1% concentration.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA exfoliant again?

First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided and follow those guidelines. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of a BHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Because both peels and laser procedures can temporarily leave skin extra-sensitive, so if in doubt it's best to wait rather than rush things. You may want to try applying the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure, as salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance skin's natural healing process.

Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30:

Should I reapply Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than four hours total time out in the sun, it is not necessary to reapply sunscreen as you will be protected all day. If you are perspiring or just spending a longer period of time outdoors, it should be reapplied.

How is Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 different from Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30?

Although both products provide reliable broad-spectrum sun protection, they do so using completely different active ingredients. Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 contains mineral actives (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) while Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 contains synthetic active ingredients such as avobenzone. Because of this, Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30 is preferred for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

The other notable difference is that Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 30 is designed to be used as part of the comprehensive Skin Recovery routine. Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30 is designed to be used with our Moisture Boost Kit for those seeking a less complicated skin-care routine.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream:

I have dry skin. Which Paula's Choice moisturizer should I use?

All our moisturizers address the needs of dry skin and make it feel soft and smooth. Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer is our lightest cream, while Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream is richer because it contains more oil. Skin Recovery Moisturizer is our most "protective" moisturizer. The best way to determine which one to use is to sample them and see which texture you prefer.

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