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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
  • Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Immediately hydrates dry skin
  • Great to use around your eyes

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Customer Ratings:

90 out of 100
(Based on 178 Reviews)
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  1. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best toner I've used
    • This toner is just perfect. Rehydrates after cleansing, leaves skin feeling soft, clean, calm, and dewy. My skin is clearer and products work better since I've begun using it.

  2. SW.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product plus outstanding service
    • I've actually reviewed this product before but I wanted to leave another due to a situation I had. First: this toner is a must-have for me. It feels so soothing & moisturizing yet light on the skin, & calms my sensitive face in a snap. But I recently ran out of this & repurchased it, & for whatever reason, the bottle arrived w/ faulty packaging. PC Customer Service helped me out promptly & sent me a new (flawless) bottle right away. Paula's Choice will definitely always have my loyalty.

  3. ellen h.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful
    • I love this toner, I have been using it for 3 years and finally now writing a review. I use all 4 seasons and sometimes in the summer it is all I need. I am in my mid 40's so I am picky about what I use. Will never be without a toner since I have seen it can make a difference in your skin care regimen.

  4. Janine L.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this!
    • PC products have absolutely saved my skin so one by one, I'm going to review each product starting with this toner. It has a liquid/milky texture that totally rehydrates/soothes my combination skin (which leans to the dry side) after cleansing. I keep thinking that I don't *need* it in my regimen in order to save $ since I'm using a host of PC products but it really does leave your skin feeling hydrated and healthy even before applying moisturizer. So...I'm on my 2nd bottle and will repurchase

  5. Susanne T.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    really needed?
    • I like this toner, it cools, calms and refreshes my skin after cleansing, but since the moisturizer I use after, I don't know if I really need a toner!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Thanks for your review! This article explains why we feel toners (at least well formulated ones) can be an important part of a daily skin-care routine.

    —Admin
  6. Sarah H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Not Sold Yet
    • I've been using this toner for a week and I wouldn't say I've seen miracles. It feels nice and hydrating, but doesn't come off as an essential part of the routine. That said, I'm hoping that over time I'll notice the benefits more. I'm wishing that it had a more crisp, tingle, refreshing feeling. It doesn't have a deep clean sensation that I'm looking for. No regrets in purchasing as I am enjoying the product, but I might try a different style with my next purchase.

  7. Jo
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Gentle hydrating toner
    • I never used toner in my life, but I love this one. I use the Resist toner for my very dry facial skin and the Skin Recovery toner for my neck, décolletage and back of hands. I may switch to Skin Recovery for my face during the summer, because it's lighter than the Resist but still very hydrating. I rarely use it with a cotton pad; I just put a few drops in my hands and apply directly, so it's not wasted. Thank you for making skincare non-irritating and fragrance-free!

  8. LAUREN F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My *favorite* PC product.
    • This is my new favorite product! I've tried MANY PC items including a variety of toners and, while I like most of them and feel they are benefitting my skin, this is the only one that gives me INSTANT results in the mirror and feels instantly remarkable on my face. Soft and gentle. It calms irritation from retinol. It soothes the area around my eyes, which can get quite sensitive. And bc I have breakouts, I didn't realize my skin could be dry, too. It IS. This works! (Bottle size is generous.)

  9. Michelle B.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 27, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Aha! This is what a toner is supposed be!
    • Just purchased my second bottle of this amazing product, because I couldn't bear to run out of it. I never understood why anyone used a toner until now. I apply this with my hands (I have sensitive skin and rosacea, so cotton pads can irritate my face, and I'm not into pain) over my face and neck, including eye area after cleansing. My skin says aaaahhhh. My face feels calmed, softened, hydrated, and refreshed. I still need my BHA, serum, and moisturizer, but using this toner is the best part.

  10. Beatrice N.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love!
    • I'm turning 40 this year, have dry breakout prone skin.Used Beautypedia recommended toners for well over a year but none of those satisfied my parched skin. Started using PC's 1% Retinol about a month ago so I've decided to give this toner a try. My skin is soft, happy & this significantly helps with the dryness. I doubt my skin would have tolerated PC's 1% Retinol with the toners I was using at the time. I'm certain that this may be the best toner in the universe! Thank you, Paula's Choice :)

  11. Rhys
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Impressive!
    • Wow! This toner is delivers. I have mild rosacea symptoms. No bumps, but constant redness on my chin, around my mouth and nose and this toner soothes and calms the redness. I purchased samples of this toner, the BHA 1% exfoliant and the Skin Recovery Daily moisturizer. They all feel wonderful on my skin and are quickly absorbed. My redness is significantly reduced and my skin literally glows. I will be purchasing full sized bottles of these products.

  12. NICOLE B.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best toner ever!
    • I love this stuff. I love the texture and how it removes last of my makeup, reduces the redness in my cheeks, and in general makes me skin look and feel amazing. I was using this along with the antioxidant serum (which is also great), but my dermatologist said they were both full of antioxidants and I didn't need both so I decided to just use this one. Great product that I recommend to everyone! Well done, Paula!

  13. Jess M.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    WHAT THE ...!!!!!
    • The title of my review is what I said when I woke up this morning after using this toner for the first time last night. I woke up to super soft acne free skin . My nose, which was bright red and very angry (as always) when I went to bed last night is the same color as the rest of my face. I don't know what you did, Paula's Choice, but you did it right! Now excuse me while I go order a backup of this product!

  14. Victoria H.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Ab Fab
    • I don't know why but I love this toner. Normally I do not like milky toners because I feel that they don't clean my skin after cleansing or they feel sort of greasy or something...so when I tried this I was shocked at how much I liked it. I ordered the entire Skin Recovery line tonight because I cannot find any reason NOT to love all the products I have tried (my skin loves them too)...all I can say is...Goodbye super-expensive, useless products that haven't worked. So glad I found PC!

  15. Lauren
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 04, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great toner!
    • This toner is the best! It's like a nice drink for my skin after cleansing - especially in the winter. It calms and noticeably smooths skin making it ready for the rest of the routine. I previously tried the Moisture Boost toner, but that one seemed to burn a little and leave redness from irritation. But not this one, this is a keeper! I have combo, breakout-prone skin and my husband has dry, slightly sensitive skin with redness and it works beautifully for both of us!

  16. Joe S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing
    • I use this mornings after I shave and it soothes my sensitive, dry skin. I also use it at night to hydrate and give my skin a cocktail of additional antioxidants. I really love this milky toner. It has been a staple in my routine for months and looks like it will be permanent!

  17. Anastasiya A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Buy it!
    • Great toner for most skin types. Light, but moisturizing. Not sticky. I go between this one and resist toner. Both are amazing.

  18. Kristy M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 31, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect
    • Not much to say here besides it's perfect. No complains. Feels great, tones well, dries quick. Love it.

  19. Jen G
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 21, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Yep
    • Love. Will re-order.

  20. Christina S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 13, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it
    • I just started using samples of this product to help combat dry, flaking eyelids due to use of PC's 1% retinol. It is the only product I tried that did not sting my eyelids (I tried Hydralight Toner and Moisture boost Oil- normally those products do not sting my eyelids!). I just ordered the full size to help my skin handle the retinol product. I have acne prone skin and areas that are both oily and flaky, but when I used this toner on those parts of my face it did not go on greasy at all.

  21. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Favorite Toner
    • Ok, I have Extra Sensitive Rosacea affected Skin and this toner doesn't irritate it! Nor does Hydralight but while I like Hydralight toner, I love this one! I just wish it came in a spray bottle with a fine mist. Since it doesn't I tend to use a different PC recommended toner but am thinking of pouring your product into a fine mist bottle until you all adopt my suggestion! :") I value PC's commitment to skin care and my male skin has been transformed, I have radient handsome skin! Thanks PC

  22. Mary P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very nice toner
    • I'm 39 with dry skin. This toner feels lovely as it's not drying at all and effectively removes every trace of dirt!

  23. Lori R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful!
    • This toner is awesome. I know a lot of people when they think of toners confuse it with astringents and think they will dry and tighten their skin. This does just the opposite. I LOVE this stuff, after I wash my face I do a few other nightly routine things so by the time I sit down to do my exfoliant, serum and moisturizer my skin is kinda dry. This rehydrates it beautifully to accept all the other goodness I'm about to slap on. ;) You couldn't pry this out of my co dead hands, love it that much

  24. PAM k.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    hydrogenated castor oil & hydrogenated lecithin?
    • i am not sure why there's hydrogenated this & that. otherwise e a good product.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, November 24, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments! Hydrogenation in skincare is a process that helps stabilize some of the beneficial ingredients and keep them from going bad over time; though hydrogenation is not good for products that are ingested, it is safe for use in topical products. We hope this helps answer any questions you might have!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  25. Y. L.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great toner
    • This toner is super cool. It makes skin smooth and immediately hydrates skin as in description. Strongly recommend for those who has dry skin.

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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. 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: 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.

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 of your makeup. When properly formulated, they soothe skin and add hydrating ingredients to make skin softer, not to mention they’re another leave-on source for antioxidants and other ingredients that improve skin’s healthy functioning.

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.

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