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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 155 Reviews)
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  1. 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.

  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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
  11. 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.

  12. 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
  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Aneta D.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Exceeded my expectations
    • I use all Paula's products in my skin care routine except for the cleanser. Normally, I cannot justify paying the full price for this cleanser, so I use Neutrogena's, but with the sale I decided to give it a try. It is simply outstanding. Even though it doesn't foam it feels rich and luxurious on the skin. It does remove oil and makeup without stripping the skin. It is my new favorite and I think it will be a staple in my routine from now on.

  21. Kate P
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great but not for taking off makeup
    • Great, gentle cleanser, but does not take off any make up. Even on the days when I wear a little powder/blush, and use toner after cleanser, lots of makeup residue is left on the cotton pad. Otherwise great, leaves the skin feeling silky smooth.

  22. Randa S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Drying
    • I have used the Moisture Boost Cleanser in the past and thought I would try some thing new as I like so many of Paula's products. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, the Resist Hydrating Cleanser made my skin feel tight and dry. I tried it for a week thinking my skin would adjust but it didn't. Disappointed as it felt good going on and I liked the consistency, but it was worth a try!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We're sorry this cleanser didn't work out for you. Please contact us to arrange for a refund or exchange.

    —Admin
  23. Haley S.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 14, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Really wanted to like this..
    • Although I really wanted to like this, I had an allergic reaction & regrettably bought the full size of this cleanser (thank God it was on sale!). When I first used this, I had the same reaction as when I had used the Skin Recovery Cleanser (hives, itching, redness, flaking) immediately upon use. Are there similar ingredients in this as the Skin Recovery cleanser (possibly cham. extract?)? I can't seem to find out which ingredient that I'm allergic to & which PC cleansers I shouldn't try next.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    We're so sorry this happened! It is possible your skin reacted to one of the plant extracts, but it can be very tricky to determine for sure what may have caused this in any cleanser or other product. Please contact us for a refund and assistance with an alternative cleanser.

    —Admin
  24. Tonya J.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Surprise!
    • Nice surprise to find that this cleaner is really gentle & truly cleans all of your e/day makeup off w/o leaving your skin dried out looking & or feeling. I wear Mac Minerals Liq fndn & Mineralize Skin finish pwdr layered as follows > pencil liner, mascara, Liquid fndtn, skin finish pwdr, eye shad (s), liquid liner (upp lid), more powder & fix plus to finish. All m/u washes off in the shower with a washcloth, I add a little extra on the w/c to do the eyes . Works perfectly! Win - Win!

  25. Sandra C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wow just wow
    • This cleanser is the bomb. My skin has never felt so soft or looked so clear. I have been using the cleanser along with Resist Advanced Replenishing toner for approximately 2 weeks straight and I feel as if my skin continues to improve. I have used several very expensive name brand items in the past (still have some of them sitting on my vanity) and have never had the success with any of them that I have had with Paula's choice. Thank you Paula!

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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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