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Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

Clean. Not dry. That's how your face will feel when you use this non-lathering, anti-aging cleansing lotion to remove dirt and makeup.
Item #: 760
  • Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Boosts the power of other Resist products

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Customer Ratings:

81 out of 100
(Based on 161 Reviews)
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  1. Eva Ivonne
    Reviewed on Friday, May 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent Cleanser
    • I have been using this products for about two years or more and this has been the best for my skin. My skin is a extremely sensitive one mixed with rosacea, and I could not try any other cleansing product on my face than fragrance free soaps. Since I am using it I have experienced how my skin has been rejuvenated. Since the first use I could immediately notice how redness disappeared from my face after using it. Since then, I cannot use other product than this!!!

  2. Adrian T.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Terrific Cleanser
    • I love this cleanser. I have combo skin and love that it doesn't dry my skin OR leave it feeling oily- It just leaves it feeling clean without feeling "stripped." It's AMAZING at removing eye makeup/mascara without burning my eyes, as well. It doesn't lather, but that's just a mental thing with most people- it's still working nonetheless! Get some! I used to use Dove, and that actually felt gentle before- but after using this, I won't use any other cleanser.

  3. SUZY W.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 18, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Larger Size, please
    • I am a fan of this product, but would appreciate a larger sized container, for convenience sake and for the sake of our environment as well. A minimal package that could refill existing pumps would be nice.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for contacting us! Our Product Development team is always looking for ways to improve our products, so we will take it into consideration!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. Rebeca
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Doesn't work
    • I realized that it doesn't remove the make up, and I didn't realized any improvement on my skin actually but I continue trying this product because everybody loves it,. since Jan I realized so many blackheads and breakouts in my T area. one day I decided just wash my face with water and it removes more dirty and make up that this cleanser! Only a week after to stop using this product my face looks much better,cleaner,no more breakouts, no black heads. This cleaneser doesn't work.Worst cleanser

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, April 13, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Selvin M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good Face Wash!
    • I tried the sample version of this product. I liked it a lot. I actually rationed the sample because I didn't want to finish it. I washed my face and it felt nice. I purposely didn't apply any moisturizer just to see if it would dry my face out. Surprisingly it took a while (like 30 mins) for my skin to feel like it needed moisturizer. Even then my skin felt only slightly tight. It was not a big deal. Does not have a strong smell. Would buy again.

  6. Anna B.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    very well-formulated; visible results
    • I love this product. I've been using it (along with a few other PC products) for a couple of weeks--the texture is amazing, and after using it, my skin instantly feels so much smoother and more hydrated, but not too much so. I couldn't imagine a cleanser being better. I always use Neutrogena makeup wipes before cleansing, so I'm not sure how well it removes makeup, but it is certainly nourishing and gentle on the skin. My skin has never been more healthy or less flaky than it is now.

  7. IREM K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Agree with previous reviewer, need a larger size
    • This is a very good cleanser indeed. Have used a few bottles and loved it. But eventually switched back to the Skin Recovery Cleanser because of the larger size option. Much more economical and environment friendly (one bottle instead of two!). Please seriously consider bringing out a larger size and please keep the pump bottle, so convenient.

  8. ANNE H.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 08, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    doesn't remove makeup
    • I use PC products exclusively, and love them. I like that this cleanser is fragrance free, and it doesn't dry out my skin. However, it also doesn't remove makeup - and I wear very little. After washing my face I use toner, and there is always makeup on the cotton pad. I have tried other PC cleansers, and found the exact same thing.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, January 09, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for your comments! We do recommend using our cleansers with a soft washcloth for makeup removal, as this will help with their effectiveness.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  9. Judith K
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Just One Suggestion
    • My husband and I both use and like this cleanser a lot. It's great for removing my eye makeup and leaves my skin clean but not feeling "tight." My only complaint is that we could use a larger size. How about 12 or 16oz.? 6.4 oz just doesn't cut it. We need more product to share. Thanks.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for the suggestion! We will take that under consideration.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  10. JAN B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressive
    • For my 66-year-old skin, this cleanser is simply the best! It leaves my skin soft without feeling oily, and outshines expensive eye makeup removers by a mile. Easy on the skin and the eyes!

  11. Miranda
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Finally!
    • I have tried every "gentle" over the counter face wash at CVS and all of them dry my skin out. This is the only product that I have found that does TWO things: 1) removes my eye makeup and foundation and 2) doesn't dry my skin out. I don't use the rest of the Resist line (too heavy for me), but this cleanser is where its at! Highly recommended.

  12. Molly B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, December 14, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    effective, yet gentle
    • This cleanser works really well. It removes all of my makeup, and leaves my face feeling clean, but not dry or tight.

  13. Rachel S
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    gentle and effective
    • I so, so appreciate that this product (and other PC products in general) have the correct ph balance. For years I irritated my skin with cleansers that I know now too harsh. This cleanser is gentle but still cleans my skin. I use the 15% vitamin c serum after and my skin has never been so bright. And no breakouts!!

  14. Elizabeth F
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 29, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great cleanser
    • This is a wonderful cleanser. It feels nice on my face and rinses clean. I would love to have this in a tube . Pump bottles are very impracticality in the shower or to toss in a bag. I would buy this exclusively if it wasn't in a pump bottle.

  15. Nora L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good cleanser
    • I finally tried PC's products. After trial and error with the different cleansers and toners and moisturizers, the Resist line seems to work for me. I use the hydrating cleanser, toner, 1% BHA, and the serum. My skin has never looked so even toned, nor felt so smooth and hydrated. I'm in my lates 50s. I have literally spent thousands of dollars over the years trying to find the best cleanser.... etc. No more. If you want results-driven products, try PC's products.

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, October 24, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    GOOD AND BAD
    • I use and like several of the Resist products for my dry, aging skin so thought I would give this cleanser a try. It is very gentle and creamy and doesn't strip my skin. The problem is it doesn't remove my makeup effectively either, so I've gone back to using Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for sensitive skin, which does a much better job for a lot less money.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, October 24, 2014

    Hi, and thanks for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work out for you! We encourage you to reach out to our Customer Care team to see what options might be available for you.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  17. gail w.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Give this cleanser a try....
    • This cleanser is wonderfully soothing and leaves my face and neck so soft and clean without dry, tight feeling. I'm not sure what the problem is for those that are saying it's not removing makeup. I am using a PC makeup remover as a first step-I take off my mascara and then remove my facial makeup with a quick once over. Two pumps of this cleanser then clean off my facial makeup and neck area. It seems to do otherwise would involve too much rubbing and tugging of the skin anyway.

  18. J.P.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 12, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Broke me out on jawline
    • I always buy stuffs after trying the samples first. I tried and loved the samples for this cleanser so I decided to purchase the actual one about 3 weeks ago. But as I kept using the actual product, my jawline started to break out. I do have acne prone skin, but I never get acne on my jawline, only on my cheek. It started with small, tiny bumps, but gradually grew big every other day. This cleanser might hydrate my skin, but I'm disappointed that it made my jawline look awful.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, September 15, 2014

    Thanks for your review! Although it's unlikely the cleanser caused the breakouts, we're happy to provide a full refund if you remain dissatisfied. We can also recommend one of our other cleansers which may be a better match for your skin type and concerns.

    —Admin
  19. Kiana J.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Love the texture, but broke me out
    • I really love the consistency and feel of this cleanser, it never left my dry skin feeling dry or tight afterwards, and is properly pH balanced with amazing ingredients. Unfortunately it broke me out. I think my skin is sensitive to the stearyl alcohol.

  20. April C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for dry skin
    • I have dry to very dry skin and this cleanser really works for me. It removes all makeup (I use an eye makeup remover first because my mascara is tough) and there is no tightness in my skin afterward (washing with warm water for 30 seconds nightly). Swiping with a toner after cleansing, there is zero residual makeup on the cotton round. Happy that I found a cleanser for dry skin that actually cleans and does't leave my skin parched.

  21. Emily B.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    I love Paula's Choice, but this fell short
    • I will be a life-long user of Paula's Choice products, however I was disappointed in the cleanser. It did not take always take off all my daily makeup/CC cream. I prefer a foaming cleanser and perhaps that's what I need for effective makeup removing. Sadly, I won't be purchasing this specific product again.

  22. Susan R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not as great as I'd hoped
    • I agonized over buying this cleanser. I usually use the Skin Recovery cleanser, but I thought I'd give this one a try because it promised more hydration. Because of the glowing reviews, I decided to give it a shot. However, it didn't offer any more hydration than the Skin Recovery. I've stopped using it.

  23. Evie
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Cleans thoroughly without drying
    • I use this cleanser with a washcloth to take off makeup and sunscreen. It does clean effectively without drying my skin. I have experienced no irritation at all. Lovely product!

  24. Sandra R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very Nice
    • I am 44 years old with dry skin, some blackheads and an occasional deep acne breakout and some melasma. I was using Cetaphil cleanser but like this one better. The pump is great and easy to use by the bathroom sink. I use this cleanser at night and the PC Clear cleanser in the shower in the morning along with clarisonic cleansing tool. Doesn't dry my skin out. I use the Resist Toner too.

  25. Jennifer G
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I love this cleanser! I am in my mid 40's and my skin is aging and is very sensitive with lots of sun damage (I've lived in Florida 45 years). I love that this cleanser removes all my makeup (I wear MAC foundations and waterproof mascara), does not sting my eyes, and leaves my skin feeling great and not dry or tight. I just use my hands and water and don't use a wash cloth or tissue when washing my face. I buy the sample sizes for traveling and they are so convenient as well.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is our silkiest, most luxurious cleanser. Its smooth lotion texture softens and replenishes skin yet rinses without a residue. This exceptionally gentle cleanser quickly removes makeup and helps fights the signs of aging by soothing, preserving, and reinforcing skin's natural barrier during the cleansing process. It is specifically formulated for use with Paula's Choice Resist anti-aging line and is the first Paula's Choice cleanser to have a built-in, lockable pump.

This product is safe for use around the eyes and is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is formulated for anyone with normal to very dry skin concerned with reducing the signs of aging.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

The Ceylon Medical Journal, December 2007, pages 125–129; Cutis, March 2005, pages 17-21; March 2004, pages 183–187; and December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, 2004; 17 Supplemental 1, pages 26-34; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2000, pages 371–383; and Contact Dermatitis, June 1999, pages 310–315.

Key Ingredients: green tea, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Camellia oleifera, chamomile, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, skin-repairing ingredients, antioxidant

Product Ingredients:

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient thickener), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing agent/emulsifier), PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agents),Glyceryl Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol (thickeners), Polyacrylamide (binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (soothing agent), Sapindus Mukurossi (Soapberry) Peel Extract (foaming agent), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing agent), C13-14 Isoparaffin (thickener), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: 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.

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.

How does Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser differ from Skin Recovery Cleanser?

Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser features a completely different texture than Skin Recovery Cleanser. Although both are water soluble cleansing lotions, Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser has a lighter, silkier feel designed to work better for dry, sun damaged skin. What's more, it also serves as the perfect first step in your Resist skincare routine, setting you up for younger-looking, healthier skin.

How is Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser "anti-aging"?

The gentle formula cleanses skin by not disrupting its barrier. As a result, with each use you're not rinsing key elements skin needs to look younger and healthier down the drain. By keeping your skin's barrier more intact during the cleansing process, your skin is able to hold on to the naturally-occurring elements it needs to strengthen and repair itself. When your skincare routine respects skin's barrier integrity and replenishes it with the ingredients it needs to look and act younger, you will see more youthful skin!

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