Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer

Flake off, dry skin. This rich moisturizer hydrates and returns radiance to dry, dull, feels-too-tight skin. It even calms sensitivity and symptoms of rosacea.
Item #: 186
  • Anti-Aging, Eczema, Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Ideal to use around your eyes

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Customer Ratings:

88 out of 100
(Based on 205 Reviews)
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  1. Stephanie H.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great for very thirsty skin!
    • I loved how this moisturizer felt on application; however it proved to be a bit too emollient for me, as it seemed like it never fully absorbed. This isn't the product's fault though; I chose the wrong skin care line. I thought I had dry skin, which was actually due to a compromised acid mantle. After using the SR line for about a week, my skin went back to its usual, combo/oily self. It's an absolutely fantastic moisturizer though; will be perfect for dry/very dry skin

  2. Angela
    Reviewed on Monday, September 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This is one of few MUST HAVE items
    • Please make it in a larger size! And please keep it in stock! This is a must-have for me. I keep trying other PC moisturizers when this one is out of stock & end up breaking out. I just love this formula..it's perfect for me. Love, love, love it! Stocking up as soon as it comes back in stock here.

  3. Selena T.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice but a bit oily for summer
    • I like the moisturizer. It's rich. I think it would be better for me to use during winter. The current heat in So Cal really makes my face a bit oily with this moisturizer. I tried the skin balance moisturizer before, it was a little bit drying; meanwhile this recovery moisturizer is a little bit oily. Could anyone recommend me the one just right between those too?

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 12, 2014

    Yes: RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer would be prefect!

    —Admin
  4. PAM
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Super Product; Seldom in Stock
    • This product is absolutely great. I have been using it for years now. And it's the only product that helps my super sensitive, extremely dry skin. Last time I tried to order it, it was out of stock. Then I received a code to order it when it was in stock. Apparently I was not fast enough with my order as it's out of stock again! :(

  5. Stef
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I turn ugly without this stuff!
    • This product definitely works! I had a red rash-like thing on my face that wouldn't go away. At the recommendation of a Paula's Choice rep I tried this and the redness cleared up. When I ran out, Paula's Choice was OUT OF STOCK and I couldn't buy more. In the 2 weeks I had to wait for the lotion to be back in stock, I was forced to use something else. During that time the red spots came back and I turned ugly. However, once I got the lotion the spots cleared and my beauty came back!

  6. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    so far, so good....
    • I got the cream yesterday, tried it at night, the cream is rich, but not oily or greasy, goes on well, I needed another layer because of my dry cheeks. There is no scent, more the smell of the ingredients, which disappears quickly. In the morning I put it on my face and then added my bb cream with spf 30, which worked well over the moisturizer. I bought this moisturizer because of my dry skin and for my rosacea on my chest, I want to continue and see if my rosacea improves.

  7. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favorite PC moisturizer!
    • So I've waffled on many products between the Moisture Boost and Skin Recovery lines, and the same is true of the two moisturizers. Both are highly moisturizing and soothing. The reason I chose this one is the finish. MB leaves a silky, but more fluid finish. Skin Recovery leaves a more matte finish that I find better for applying makeup afterwards. I've yet to find an SPF moisturizer that I can use, so I apply this and put a separate sunscreen over it. Love this moisturizer!

  8. Marielle
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Luxurious
    • I tried this moisturizer a few years ago and I did not really like it. I tried it again, primarily because my usual Moisture Boost was out of stock. I am so glad I bought it!! It is truly rich, elegant and luxurious. In the summer I only use it around my eyes, but it will be fabulous in the winter as my skin gets dry. I am getting another one for my daughter who is on Accutane and has really dry skin. Her doctor recommended an expensive product, but this is much better and costs 5x less!!

  9. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, August 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I like it
    • I just discovered Paula's choice two weeks ago when I ordered a few samples of this. Personally, I have tried so many brands to no avail. As a student with very sensitive skin, I resorted to Vaseline because my face couldn't tolerate anything- except for one brand, which is pricey for my budget. I really like the silky creamy texture and that I can use it around my eyes. I'm just disappointed to see today that the 2 oz is out of stock as I wished to take advantage of the free shipping to Canada.

  10. Ryan M.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 01, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    WHY is it always not in stock???
    • I love this stuff. That having been said it drives me insane when it's out of stock for SO LONG. I DON'T UNDERSTAND. This AND the Moisture Boost one. In fact, I switched to this moisturizer BECAUSE the Moisture Boost one was out of stock forever (and actually I don't think it's even back in stock now). Please Paula's Choice I love your products but I'll have to switch if they're not consistently in stock!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 04, 2014

    Believe us, it's just as frustrating to us that we don't have some of our most popular items in stock. We are working with our suppliers and labs each day to remedy this situation and hope to have this moisturizer available soon.

    —Admin
  11. Beth
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Please re-stock!
    • I always take the little sample packs of this on long-haul flights. No longer do I show up at my destination looking like Death. I just wish the website wasn't constantly running out of the sample sizes :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Thanks for your review! The sample size of this moisturizer is currently in stock, so feel free to stock up!

    —Admin
  12. Lola
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 12, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    funny smell
    • I have ordered this product twice and the first time I noticed a very bad smell from the product especially throughout the day as you skin heats up so I stopped using it. The second time I ordered a sample and the smell wasnt so bad so I thought it could have been a batch variation. I ordered a new bottle and the same smell was there only slightly less. I like the moisture boost better.

  13. Elise
    Reviewed on Friday, July 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • LOVE this product! I have normal to dry skin, but extremely dry, flaky skin in the winter months. This is the only product I've found at any price range that relieves the tightness after washing my face. The best part -- my skin is extremely acne prone, and although this stuff is really moisturizing, it doesn't clog my pores. I would recommend it to anyone with dry/acne prone skin. Will likely never need another moisturizer!!

  14. CATHERINE b.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The best moisturizer for dry skin
    • I have used PC products for 10 years with fantastic results and try the new PC moisturizers from time to time. I always return to this moisturizer because it is gentle, rich, and makes my skin look and feel great!

  15. Laura V
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Loved it!
    • I loved this moisturizer. It left my skin feeling supple and hydrated all day long, without being greasy or yucky. I'm not sure if it'll be enough for super dry skins (hence the 4/5), but for my normal to dry, it is perfect!

  16. Martha P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Works ok
    • I found that this moisturizer does work well but doesn't seem moisturizing enough for my dry skin. I still find spots of flaky skin around my nose, which is my biggest problem area. I like it enough to keep using it, but perhaps will not purchase this particular moisturizer in the future.

  17. Donna P
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Luxury in a Bottle
    • This moisturizer is AMAZING!! I have normal skin and I use this in the winter months. It feels wonderfully moisturizing without feeling heavy, oily, greasy or anything negative! It gets absorbed into skin immediately. Highly recommend!!

  18. Ren Y.
    Reviewed on Thursday, June 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful moisturizer, fixed a very unique skin complaint
    • A few months ago I had an allergic reaction on my face that left my skin dry, flaky, and painful (esp. around eyes). Even after the allergy went away my skin did not recover. My normal cleansers and moisturizers were burning and irritating my skin. Even my $50 department store lotion was giving me hell. I decided to take a leap of faith and buy the full size bottle of this and within a week of using it twice a day, my skin is soft and smooth again. This product worked a minor miracle for me.

  19. Amanda C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Creamy + Thick = Soft, Hydrated Skin
    • I use this moisturizer as part of my night time routine. Its perfect because its thick and creamy, and when I wake up in the morning, my face looks awesome! There's no dry patches, no redness, just flawless looking skin. I made the mistake of using too much the first time I tried this....I do not need to use a lot of this, which is nice because I like when a little bit of a product can go a long way. I wish this was available in a bigger size though still. I will be a lifelong customer for sure!

  20. John Paul P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 31, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    This product doesn't like me!
    • Have been dealing with acne rosacea for about 5 yrs. now; found Paula's Choice products work better than Rx's and other OTC products. Currently using 2% BHA Gel & Liquid + 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide; couldn't be happier with the results. HOWEVER, either Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer doesn't like my skin or my skin doesn't like it. Used this for two days, and my face broke out big-time. I'm confident that someone else may have great results with this product, but not me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, June 02, 2014

    Hi John Paul! Thank you for sharing your experience with the Skin Recovery Moisturizer and we're sorry it wasn't a fit for you! Be sure to contact out Customer Care Team for help with a refund, exchange and/or samples of other moisturizers to try.

    —Admin
  21. Kathy S.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 24, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Prefer Moisture Boost
    • I love PC products, they truly are the first products I have used in years that actually work! I had never tried the Skin Recovery Cream before, but ordered it as a replacement for the Moisture Boost Cream that is currently "out of stock". It is a great product, but not the "one for me". The Moisture Boost has a texture to it that I prefer and my foundation goes on over it like silk! I will contact customer service for an exchange but still a great product for those needing extra moisture.

  22. Lynn F.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Again fast delivery
    • Overall every Paula's choice I've received to date I like and worked on my skin,,i am I trying to encourage friends on face book etc to try Paulas choice, Because I have had skin issues for fifty years and for once I am not ashamed to go out, nor do I need to wear makeup because my pores and skin are so much better now.

  23. Jai P.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent for Acne Prone Skin Too!
    • For those of you with acne-prone skin that ISN'T oily, who shy away from more emollient moisturisers, I implore you to give this one a try! I had been battling acne and using the Hydralight Lotion for some time (went through three tubes) but it just wasn't enough for me. The Skin Recovery Moisturiser has soothed my skin and kept it hydrated without causing any congestion. If anything, it seems to be getting along so well with my BHA. I now have smooth, acne-free skin with no blackheads!

  24. Joanna
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    worked for my super sensitive skin
    • I have an allergy making my skin react badly to moisturizer even when I can find one without ingredients derived from the allergen. Avg moisturizers cause immediate stinging and redness. Quality ones still cause some blemishes. I had resorted to using petroleum jelly. Then I tried a sample of Replenishing M. Now buying a 3rd. Please don't ever change formula. I use all over incl winter chapped hands, baby. I wish I could buy in value size. P.S. I got carded on my 37th bday! Thank you Paula!

  25. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 04, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    One of my Favorites
    • Paula's Choice Skin Recovery moisturizer is one of my favorites. When I use it by itself, it is a little bit dry and thick on the skin. Combined with a lighter weight, dewier moisturizer, this product is wonderful. The thicker consistency holds in moisture all day (or night) to leave the skin noticeably smoother and more moisturized. I will definitely be purchasing this one again!

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer blends emollients, soothing agents, anti-irritants, antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients to create an exceptionally rich cream that takes superior care of dry to very dry skin. The formula strengthens skin, helps restore a healthy barrier function, and stimulates healthy collagen production for a firmer, more youthful look. Problem dryness does an about-face: you'll see a smoothed, plumped, absolutely radiant complexion that looks younger and healthier.

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

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer is recommended for those with normal to very dry skin. For daytime use, you can apply a Paula's Choice foundation and pressed powder with SPF 15 over the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer for sun protection, or you can use Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15 instead.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery REPLENISHING Moisturizer

British Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23-34; Chemical Research in Toxicology, January 2008; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2003, pages 771-788; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2002, pages 372–379; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, January–February 2002, pages 20–25; Toxicology in Vitro, August–October 2001, pages 357–362; Journal of Cosmetic Science, January–February 2001, pages 35–50; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 1995, pages 484–488; and Journal of Molecular Medicine, January 1995, pages 7–17.

Key Ingredients: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium hyaluronate, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, glycerin, vitamin E, emollient, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium PCA, licorice extract, panthenol, aloe juice, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, evening primrose oil, peptides, chamomile, vitamin C

Product Ingredients:

Water, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate (emollient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Glycereth-26 (thickener), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil (non-fragrant plant oil/cell-communicating ingredient), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Cyclopentasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Cyclohexasiloxane (skin-conditioning agent), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredients), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), Tocopheryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant/vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant/vitamin C), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (licorice-derived anti-irritant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Panthenol (soothing agent), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (antioxidant/vitamin C), Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate (antioxidant), Saccharide Isomerate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate (skin-conditioning agents), Hydroxypropyl Guar (gel-based thickener), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Rosa Canina (Dog Rose) Fruit Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Dimethicone, Simethicone (silicone slip agents), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (thickener), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Sodium Citrate, Triethanolamine (pH adjusters), Trisodium EDTA (chelating agent), Batyl Alcohol (stabilizer), Benzoic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (all preservatives).

DIRECTIONS: Apply after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. Ideal for treating face, neck, and eye area. 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.

My skin is dry. Which moisturizer do you recommend?

Several Paula's Choice moisturizers would work well for you. Choosing the perfect moisturizer has a lot to do with personal preference and trying a product to determine which one works best on your skin. A good place to start, especially if signs of aging are a concern, is with our Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer. If you want a richer texture, try our Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream or Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer. It is also helpful to use our Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum or Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum in combination with (on top of or underneath) any moisturizer you apply. You may also wish to treat your dry skin to frequent applications of our Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask.

I have very dry skin. Which moisturizer should I use?

Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer is designed for dry to very dry skin. For maximum benefits, apply Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner before every application of Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer.

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