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PC4Men Kit

Take charge. This kit includes every tool you need for healthy skin without any fragrance or irritating ingredients.
Item #: 495
  • Anti-Aging, Blackheads, Wrinkles
  • For All Skin Types
  • Five PC4Men products: Face Wash, Shave, Soothe + Smooth, Daytime Protect SPF 30, Nighttime Repair
  • Includes FREE Travel Bag ($30 value)

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What makes this product unique?
PC4Men is a comprehensive collection of skincare that is unlike any other men’s line on the market. For the first time, men have a range of effective, simple to use products that work hard to get (and keep) a man’s skin in top shape.

Each PC4Men product contains good-for-skin ingredients proven to be beneficial for all skin types, even sensitive skin. Unlike most men’s products, PC4Men is free of fragrances, artificial dyes, and irritating ingredients that can lead to redness, bumps, and dry, rough skin.

Used together morning and evening, PC4Men gives men’s skin everything it needs—and nothing it doesn’t.

PC4Men Kit Includes:

PC4Men Face Wash
All Skin Types
This gentle yet hard-working gel cleanses your skin without making it tight or dry. It easily removes dirt and excess oil, and rinses clean.

PC4Men Shave
All Skin Types
This innovative, ultra-soothing, and effective shave cream has a cushiony texture that protects skin and ensures a close shave.

PC4Men Soothe + Smooth
All Skin Types
Soothe + Smooth quickly reduces red bumps, razor burn, clogged pores, breakouts, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging.

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30
All Skin Types
This shine-free formula prevents and reduces wrinkles, rough skin, brown spots, and other forms of sun damage.

PC4Men Nighttime Repair
All Skin Types
Nighttime Repair contains a unique complex of ingredients proven to make your skin look younger, smoother, and healthier by building and preserving all layers of your skin.

Who are these products for?
These products are for men of any skin type who want a simple yet complete skincare routine to use morning and evening. Each PC4Men product is specially formulated to be gentle yet highly effective for treating men’s biggest skincare problems.

NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).

Sources to support the claims made for the PC4Men Face Wash

The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, 2010, pages 417–419; Toxicology In Vitro, December 2006, pages 1,387–1,394; Cutis, December 2005, pages 19-25; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; and Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Shave

British Journal of Dermatology, Supplement, March 2012, pages 6–16; Journal of Chromatography, April 2010, pages 2,441-2,446; Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology, Volume 31, 2009, pages 277–287; Food and Chemical Toxicology, August 2009, pages 2,142–2,149; American Journal of Respiratory and Cellular Molecular Biology, November 1998, pages 836–841; Planta Medica, August 1996, pages 326–328; and Contact Dermatitis, November 1994, pages 291–292.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Soothe + Smooth

Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; 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; 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; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Daytime Protect 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; International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, July-September 2005, pages 497-502; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January 2002, pages 117–125; Clinical Experimental Dermatology, October 2001, pages 573–577; and Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, September 1999, pages 661–665.

Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Nighttime Repair

Biochemical Pharmacology, December 2008, pages 1,590-1,611 and February 2008, pages 787-809; 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; Archives of Dermatology, May 2008, pages 666-672; Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2007, pages 343-357; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; 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; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; Cosmetics & Toiletries, March 2003, pages 43–52; Toxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73; Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2001, pages 37–40; and The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, March 2000, pages 480-486.

Product Ingredients:

PC4Men Face Wash:
Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside (coconut-derived cleansing agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (coconut-derived cleansing agent), Lauryl Glucoside (cleansing agents), Xanthan Gum (thickeners), Coco-Glucoside (cleansing agents), Glucose (water-binding agent), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (cleansing agents), Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate (cleansing agents), Glyceryl Oleate (emulsifier), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding/soothing agent), Carrageenan (thickeners), Sodium Phytate (chelating agent), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Potassium Sorbate (preservative).

PC4Men Shave:
Water (Aqua), Stearic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Myristic Acid (fatty acid-based thickeners), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (non-fragrant moisturizing plant oil), Glycerin (skin-repairing agent), Potassium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Allantoin (plant-based anti-irritants), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritants), Arctium Majus (Burdock) Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritants), Carnosine (antioxidant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant-based anti-irritant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster/stabilizer), Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid (skin-conditioning agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzalkonium Chloride (antimicrobial agent).

PC4Men Soothe + Smooth:
Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (anti-aging cell-communicating ingredients), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (anti-aging cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agents), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents), Glycerth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer).

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30:
Active Ingredients: Oxybenzone 4%; Avobenzone 3%; Octocrylene 2%; Homosalate 7% (sunscreen agents). Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Silica (absorbent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder (water-binding agent), Cetyl Dimethicone (silicone-based emollient), Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate (absorbent/thickener), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/ antioxidant), Phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant enzyme), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant/anti-irritant plant extract), Colloidal Oatmeal (plant-based anti-irritant), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (anti-irritant), Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Titanium Dioxide (opacifying agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Steareth-21 (emulsifier), Steareth-2 (emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Sorbic Acid (preservative).

PC4Men Nighttime Repair:
Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Ethylhexyl Stearate (thickener), Cocoglycerides (emollient), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (antioxidant emollient), Squalane (emollient), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide NP (skin-identical ingredient) , Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

PC4Men Wash:
DIRECTIONS: Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well.

PC4Men Shave:
DIRECTIONS: Apply to damp skin, shave as usual, rinse, then pat skin dry with a clean towel. Follow with PC4Men Soothe + Smooth and the rest of your PC4Men product routine.

PC4Men Soothe + Smooth:
DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily after cleansing or shaving. It can also be used on days you don’t shave. For daytime, follow with PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30. At night, follow with PC4Men Nighttime Repair.

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30:
DIRECTIONS: Use every morning after washing your face and applying PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. Apply liberally to face and neck at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

PC4Men Nighttime Repair:
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 PC4Men products can be found in our Men's Skincare article.

PC4Men Face Wash:

Can I use PC4Men Face Wash as my shampoo?

You can, yes, but it's best reserved for facial use. A regular shampoo is a better bet for guys especially if they use styling products (like pomades or waxes) as PC4Men Face Wash isn’t strong enough to remove buildup from these types of products. Even if you don’t use heavier hairstyling products, washing with our All Over Hair and Body Shampoo would work for that dual action in the shower.

How does PC4Men Face Wash differ from other Paula's Choice cleansers?

Our PC4Men Face Wash is actually identical to our Earth Sourced Cleanser, except for the packaging and the placement in our men’s line. While most of our cleansers are a balanced mix of beneficial natural and synthetic ingredients designed for specific skin types, PC4Men Face Wash was formulated for all skin types. Like all Paula’s Choice cleansers, PC4Men Face Wash is designed to be water-soluble, cleanse gently yet thoroughly, and is fragrance- and colorant-free, because that’s what’s best for skin.

PC4Men Shave:

How much shave cream do I need for my beard area?

A nickel-sized amount should be plenty to cover the beard area (including the neck and under the chin). A thin, even layer provides the best results. Rinse the razor blade with water after every two to three strokes.

Can I use PC4Men Shave to remove hair…down there?

Yes! PC4Men Shave may be used to shave unwanted or excess hair from anywhere on the body. It will not sting or burn delicate skin areas, though we encourage you to use extra caution when shaving around sensitive parts!

Will this work just as well if I prefer to shave in the shower?

Yes. Whether you shave while showering or at your bathroom sink, PC4Men Shave works to provide a close, smooth, comfortable shave you can see and feel—and best of all, you won’t be dealing with unsightly red bumps or razor burn (but do be good about changing your razor blade as needed; a dull blade puts your skin on the fast track to razor burn).

What type of razor works best with this?

For best results, we recommend using a razor with at least three blades (such as Gillette Mach 3 or Schick Hydro 3) or those with four or five blades, all of which are readily available at drugstores.

Does it matter if I use this before or after washing my face?

No, that’s more about personal preference. Some men feel they get a closer shave if they wash their face prior to shaving, while others find it doesn’t matter if they wash first or when they’re done shaving. Experiment to see which method works best for you!

PC4Men Soothe + Smooth:

Is this just a fancy after-shave? I don’t think I need that…do I?

You can think of this as an after-shave, but we’d rather you didn’t! That’s because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is so much more! Yes, it soothes skin and reduces redness right after shaving, but it also helps fight breakouts, signs of aging, and significantly improves skin texture—something no other post-shave product can do! Soothe + Smooth is for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts. It’s formulated for all skin types.

Do I need this if I rarely shave or use an electric razor just to keep my beard trimmed?

You can still benefit tremendously from daily use of PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. It should be applied all over your face and neck, morning and night, to keep your skin clear, smooth, and younger-looking. Soothe + Smooth also works great for facial redness, whether from shaving or other issues like acne or rosacea. After using it for a few days you will see the results in the mirror!

Why do I need to follow with sunscreen during the day? Is it really that important?

You may not be used to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, but if you’re interested in keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and a leathery, mottled texture, daily SPF is a must. We know men don’t want a daytime product that they can feel on their face, which is why PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 practically disappears on skin. You won’t know it’s there, but you’ll see the difference today and years from now.

Also, because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth exfoliates skin, it’s important to keep this new, healthier skin protected from UV damage. Think of it like staining your deck to protect the wood, it’s far better to prevent and stop damage than to deal with deteriorating wood later.

How is PC4Men Soothe + Smooth different from the other Paula’s Choice facial exfoliants?

Our PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is actually identical to our Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA but packaged to be part of the PC4Men line. We chose to use this formula for the guys because of its anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients that work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Simply put, it’s a great formula to use on freshly shaved skin. This product is also completely weightless and is specially formulated to be non-drying.

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30:

I’ve tried SPF products in the past and hated how they felt. Is this one different?

Yes! You’ll be amazed at how light this fluid formula feels; actually you won’t feel it at all! PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 was formulated for the man who knows the remarkable benefits of sun protection but doesn’t want to feel that protection on his face. PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 slips over skin, won’t grab in the beard area, and sets to a long-wearing, weightless, unnoticeable, shine-free finish.

How does PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 differ from your other Paula’s Choice facial moisturizers with SPF?

Our PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 is actually identical to our Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense SPF 30, except for the change in packaging and placement in our men’s line. We chose to duplicate this formula for the guys because of its weightless and shine-free qualities. The last thing guys want to put on their face is something heavy that they’ll notice throughout the day. This moisturizer has all the benefits they need without anything they don’t want in a daily product.

PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 has a mix of active ingredients and antioxidants that’s great for all skin types, whereas our other moisturizers with sunscreen meet the needs of specific skin types and preferences. The textures are different, as well, depending on the formulation and what concerns it is targeting. Some are lotions, others are creams, and some have a satin finish while others are matte.

Is PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 suitable for breakout-prone skin?

Yes. Its lightweight, fluid texture and soft matte finish are ideal for breakout-prone skin.

Do I need to apply this at night, too?

No, because sun protection isn’t needed at night. Finish your evening skincare routine with PC4Men Nighttime Repair, and you’ll wake up to stronger, younger-looking skin.

PC4Men Nighttime Repair:

How is PC4Men Nighttime Repair different from the other Paula’s Choice facial moisturizers?

PC4Men Nighttime Repair is actually identical to our original Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer, but packaged to be part of the PC4Men line. We knew this hydrating formula would be a hit with the guys because of its weightless quality and positive effects on all skin types. It also delivers several proven anti-aging ingredients (including retinol) for younger, healthier, stronger skin.

If my skin doesn’t feel dry at night after I wash my face, do I still need to use this?

For a true improvement in the health and appearance of your skin, yes. Using a well-formulated moisturizer isn’t just about dealing with dry skin. Even if your skin doesn’t look or feel dry, applying a lightweight moisturizer loaded with anti-aging and skin repairing ingredients stacks the deck in your favor! Each night, you’re giving your skin key ingredients that train it to resist signs of aging, be firmer, and look younger. Think of it as an important nightly step to keep your skin fit and in great shape.

My doctor has me using a prescription vitamin A cream. Is PC4Men Nighttime Repair compatible with such a product?

Yes! At night, after cleansing, apply your prescription vitamin A cream as directed by your physician, then follow with PC4Men Nighttime Repair. During the day, it’s essential for you to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum SPF product. PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 is ideal.

PC4Men General FAQ:

What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?

No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (re: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!

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