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Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

Turn down sensitive, reddened skin and signs of rosacea with this milky liquid toner. Makes other products work even better.
Item #: 125
  • Anti-Aging, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Immediately hydrates dry skin
  • Great to use around your eyes

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 146 Reviews)
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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent toner!
    • I've never used a toner before trying the SR toner. I really didn't think there was a need for one. But after using the SR toner, I will never go without using a toner (this one of course). I have very sensitive skin with some mild redness and mostly dry. My skin has never felt so calm and smooth! I could feel the difference after the very first use. I will definitely be reordering this one!

  2. Elise
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Another A+
    • I never used to believe in toners until I found this one. After washing my face, my skin begins to feel tight and dry until I put this all over. I love the milky consistency and how quickly it works.

  3. Kristen P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful Final Cleansing Step
    • I love this toner! I have dry skin, and I have yet to find a cleanser does not leave me feeling tight. The Skin Recovery toner takes away that tight feeling and makes my skin feel perfect. I really do think it helps prep my skin for the next products because my skin no longer soaks up my exfoliants/serums/moisturizers like a sponge. Now I can actually use less (and the proper amounts) of these products - which means an added bonus of this toner is that it saves me money!

  4. Margaret R.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not for Combination Skin!
    • I use the Skin Recovery Mask on my flaky, dry cheeks and needed some more moisture there so I tried the Skin Recovery toner. I have now broken out all over my T-zone. What toner can I use that won't cause me to break out? Moisture Boost Toner is not moisturizing enough for me and I'm not going to buy different toners for different parts of my face. I feel that I need a toner to protect my cheeks from flaking when I use my exfoliant (PC 1% BHA Lotion).

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    Hello! None of our toners are capable of causing breakouts (as in true acne), so we suspect you experienced an allergic contact dermatitis to the Skin Recovery formula. This reactoin can resemble an acne-like breakout and tends to occur quickly.  Your skin may be sensitive to one or more of the ingredients it contains, so please contact us for a refund or exchange. We recommend Skin Balancinf Pore-Reducing Toner or you can also consider a very light moisturizer, such as our Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Gel.

    —Admin
  5. Karen D.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Won me over
    • I'd always thought toners were optional and since my skin is dry and toners are notorious for being filled with alcohol and other drying ingredients, I skipped it. This toner is truly unique. My skin feels refreshed and super clean, AND there has been a noted reduction in dryness/redness on my cheeks and forehead. A toner, specifically this one, is now an essential in my routine. Thank you, Paula and team!

  6. Anika
    Reviewed on Monday, June 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfect toner!
    • i love this stuff. it gives my skin some moisture without the feeling of anything on it. feels really fresh. i like the added moisture to my nightly routine. definitely recommend

  7. Marissa C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    not just for dry skin
    • In my search for a toner with niacinmide that wasn't quite as strong as the skin balancing I found this. The milky texture is unlike any other toner I've used and your skin will love you for it. Make aure to shake well like the bottle says. A great treat for my skin after a harsh winter and not too emollient (so far) for the warmer weather.

  8. Courtney A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Results in one week?
    • I have sensitive skin with an oily T-zone and dry under eye area. I also use retin-A for hormonal acne along my jaw line. No toner or moisturizer has ever been sensitive enough to use on my face. Everything stings and irritates the area treated with retin-A. I’ve tried everything. I received samples of this product and used it daily for a week. My pores are smaller and my skin feels cleaner and balanced, but most of all it’s CALMER. This soothes and balances my skin like no other product.

  9. JENNIFER M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fresh and moisturizing
    • This toner is a godsend. I have, or should I say, had, extremely dry patches between my eyebrows, around my nostrils & at times, other parts of my face. This toner is perfect for prepping my face. It leaves my face feeling extremely clean & fresh. This in conjunction with BHA Lotion 2%, skin recovery serum, and Resist Super Light Daily Defense SPF 30 have made my face glowing. People comment all the time how I look radiant, without makeup on. I will never be without this toner. It's my HG!

  10. Julie R.
    Reviewed on Monday, May 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I no longer fear toner
    • I had avoided toners all my adult life, remembering the stinging I suffered through using toner as a teen. Last year I decided to try a sample because I noticed the word CALMING. My sensitive skin stays calm, but I am excited! I'm getting the extra everyday grime off my face, and not fanning my face like I've been pepper-sprayed.

  11. Morgan H.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very soothing!
    • It's taken some trial and error for me to find the right toner, but I like this. I tried the Hydralight toner first, but it was too drying for my normal / combination / a little dry skin type. So I decided to try the Skin Recovery one and it works! I was actually really impressed because I was using a hydroquinonine cream to lighten spots, but the hydroquinonine ended up making my skin peel horribly. I used the skin recovery toner to soothe my peeling skin while it healed and this helped a lot!

  12. Samantha R.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Saved my neck!
    • I use the skin balancing toner on my face, but SRECT is best for my neck, decolletage & round my eyes - I even splash some on my hands before bed every night! Brilliant product :-)

  13. Janice
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Skin Recovering Enriched Calming Toner
    • I would give this 10 stars & more if I could! Just simply the best that is out there. I have dry, sensitive, slight rocasia skin. Not only is it hydrating with no fragrance, but slightly moisturizing as well. The price is great too, When I order this, I order 2 at a time! I never want to be without this product. Thanks Paula!

  14. ASHLEY M.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love!
    • I love this toner. I have combination, super sensitive skin with rosacea, and this toner evens out my skin without irritating it. I've never really thought of toner as essential, but this one is for me. It's just a little hydrating, and also calming. It really helps my skin, especially in winter.

  15. Alyssa G.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely!
    • This toner absorbs into your skin so well, even with combo skin I'm not greasy or dewy after! Very soothing.

  16. Lola M
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    SKIN RECOVERY TONER
    • This toner is so soothing. I love it!!!

  17. Jennifer K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    so soothing
    • I love this toner -- it instantly soothes and softens skin. I pour a little bit in my palms and pat it onto my face rather than using a cotton ball. Seems okay to use around the eyes.

  18. Lauren A.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lovely for my ezcema
    • Every other toner I've ever tried has made my skin feel tight, making me want to rush the application. All I wanted was to finish my toner so that I could put on my moisturizer and trap whatever moisture was left into my skin! This toner is soothing and moisturizing, so I can actually take my time with it. It has the consistency of skim milk, and applies without any burning, even on raw skin. My eczema feels soothed and less scaly. Love this stuff!

  19. Nathan T.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works Wonders for My Dry, Uneven Skin
    • Awesome product. I was nervous about purchasing a toner that wasn't specifically designed to combat acne, but am glad I did! This toner leaves my sensitive, dry, and red/uneven skin soothed, calmed, and hydrated. It feels like my skin took a big gulp of milk; it's now more even-toned and definitely stays soft and calm longer than any other toner I've ever used. I've tried Neutrogena, Clearasil, organic/vegan products - nothing comes close to this. Will purchase again and again!

  20. Scott B.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for combo skin!
    • My nutty combo skin type: inverted t-zone (middle of forehead, down nose, then spreads out along my jaw/beard line), super dry under my eyes and sides of forehead, and a mix, depending on time of year/day/week on my cheeks. My normal routine is Resist, & 2 Skin Rec. & Hydralight items. This is part of nite time care, & its great: soothing, refreshing and replenishing. It never causes my skin to feel slick or oily. In summer I only need to moisturize the dry spots. Perfect!

  21. BungalowChic
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    excellent toner
    • Before finding the Skin Recovery line, toner used to be what I used to recover from the moisture stripping that a cleanser caused. Not so with Skin Recovery! The cleanser cleanses gently and thoroughly and then the toner is a "drink" follow up. If my skin could speak it would be saying "ahhhhhh." My skin is extremely reactive and borders on rosacea like characteristics. This line is absolutely soothing and my skin has calmed and is moist glowing.

  22. Jessica V
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent excellent toner!
    • This toner is absolutely fantastic for dry/sensitive skin. In the winter my skin gets quite dry and this toner feels so soothing and hydrating and eliminates that tight feeling that comes with dry skin. I also have a lot of redness in my skin and I think this really brings it down and just makes my skin feel so much better. I love this toner! The skin recovery line is a wonderful relief my dry skin.

  23. Alicia M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Where have you been all my life!
    • Oh my gosh, this is the BEST toner I have EVER used! It's nearly impossible to find a really good toner without alcohol in it. I've used MAC Lightful for awhile now, but I have never likes how it leaves a tacky residue on the skin. Enter my testing out Paula's toners and I'm a changed woman! I use Retin-A at night, and it's important to me to have a soothing toner calming my skin in the morning. This does the trick and it feels WONDERFUL! Please don't ever stop making this product Paula!

  24. April
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    I don't really have dry skin, but it's so soothing!
    • I have combo skin, a few areas are normal to dry, but my t-zone is an oily mess. I tried one of the toners for oily skin and it irritated me a little. I also felt like it was too drying in some areas. I had a sample of this and loved it so much that I bought a full bottle. I like this one because sometimes I can get away with just using this and not using a moisturizer after. Depending on what day it is and what I have planned, using it that way works well for me. I'm repurchasing.

  25. K F.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Didn't know what I was missing!
    • I have had oily, acne prone skin my whole life, so now that my skin is dry and sensitive, I didn't think a toner would be of any use. (I'm in the age group where "toner" meant something that tingled and had alcohol in it). I got many samples of this to try out, and I'm sad that I'm almost out and have to wait for a full sized bottle to arrive. It really helps me see where my cleanser has missed, it feels soothing on my easily-irritated skin, and it's also nice to sweep on in between washing.

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a richer consistency than any other toner you may have tried (save for Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner). Its milky texture is loaded with skin-protecting antioxidants, essential lipids, cell-communicating ingredients and restorative skin-identical ingredients to leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and better able to recover from damage. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner delivers key ingredients which are vital to reviving skin's intercellular matrix to help eliminate dry, flaky skin as it soothes redness and sensitivity. When used after cleansing, it helps skin restore and repair itself so it can look and act younger. It also works to remove last traces of makeup.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner is best for dry to very dry skin, extremely sun-damaged skin, or those dealing with eczema or rosacea.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery ENRICHED CALMING Toner

FEBS Letters, December 2009, Epbulication; Dermato-Endocrinology, March 2009, pages 72–76; International Journal of Molecular Medicine, August 2008, pages 229–236; 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; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Archives of Pharmacal Research, December 2002, pages 747–758; Toxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73Skin Research and Technology, November 2001, pages 227–237; and Contact Dermatitis, November 1998, pages 231–239; and www.naturaldatabase.com.

Key Ingredients: borage seed oil, ascorbyl palmitate, vitamin E, vitamin C, allantoin, evening primrose oil, tocopherol, niacinamide, sodium hyaluronate, hydrogenated lecithin

Product Ingredients:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Glycereth-26 (glycerin- and glycol-based water-binding agent), Dimethiconol (silicone slip agent), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oils), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidants), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Niacinamide (vitamin B3/cell-communicating ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (emollient), Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate (stabilizer), Laureth-4, Laureth-23 (emulsifiers), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, and Sorbic Acid (preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Use morning and evening. Shake well. After cleansing, apply to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with your Paula’s Choice exfoliant, moisturizer, and/or treatment product. For daytime, follow with a product rated SPF 15 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.

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.

What are the main differences between Paula's Choice toners?

Every Paula's Choice toner repairs skin, provides antioxidants, delivers anti-aging ingredients, and helps remove last traces of makeup. They do not contain alcohol, fragrance, or unnecessary irritants such as menthol, peppermint, and citrus oils. Below you'll find a brief description for each distinct toner.

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply 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.

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.

Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner contains a broad range of ingredients that aid skin's barrier repair process so those with normal to dry skin will receive even more benefit from their Paula's Choice moisturizer and/or treatment product. Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner feels lighter than our Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner.

Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner for normal to very dry skin is for those who need more help protecting their skin from environmental damage, redness, or dryness. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a rich, milky liquid texture and contains more plant oils and other emollients for intense hydration. Excellent for rosacea!

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for normal to oily/combination skin is excellent to help normalize skin and reduce signs of extreme combination skin (oily and dry areas). Its cell-communicating ingredients help balance skin and reduce enlarged pores.

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.

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