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:

80 out of 100
(Based on 146 Reviews)
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  1. 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
  2. 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.

  3. 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
  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. CATHERINE b.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fantastic
    • After using Skin Recovery Cleanser for 10 years, I switched to the Resist line and am thrilled with the results. This costs slightly more than SR, but is a better cleanser for my dry and sensitive 40 something year old face. This cleanser has a rich texture and prepares my skin for the various PC serums and moisturizers I use every day. If you are obsessed with battling the signs of aging like I am, this is a great weapon in your arsenal!

  18. Linda L
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This seems to be the best cleanser
    • I really like this cleanser. It expertly takes off even eye makeup. It is gentle, non irritating. It makes my skin feel really nice. I have used a multitude of products. This one is the best.

  19. Chitra
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful
    • I have been using this cleanser for a month now, and I really really like it. I have dry, sensitive acne prone skin. I have always had a hard time with cleansers. Foaming cleansers made my skin dry and non foaming ones did not clean well. This one is really better than Cetaphil (Doesn't clean well), Body shop aloe calming cleanser (leaves a oily residue ), cerave (too runny to my liking). Two pumps of this cleanser cleanses well, doesn't dry my skin and definitely doesn't make my skin angry.

  20. Xochitl R.
    Reviewed on Friday, May 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Unlike any cleanser I've ever tried....
    • This is unlike any cleanser I've ever tried. Imagine the consistency of lotion with no lather and just kind of rubbing it all over your face with water. This is what it's like, which doesn't sound all that amazing, BUT IT IS! I always felt like my cleansers were too drying, but this completely resolves that. I normally use it first thing in the morning when my face isn't piled on with makeup and such. I wouldn't recommend this as a night time cleanser though, doesn't lather enough.

  21. Kathy H
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 22, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Good...but....
    • Purchased this cleanser 2 weeks ago, it is feels great when and after you cleanse not like I predicted. It does have a flaw & luckily for me I dont use makeup every day, it struggled to take the lone primer off my face, let alone my foundation as well as powder, blush etc. I was a bit disappointed as I was away on a cruise I had nothing else to use, my PC toner seemed to take more makeup off than the cleanser.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Hi Kathy! Great questions, and thank you for sharing your experience with the RESIST Cleanser.  SO, when creating a mild cleanser formula, there will be some tradeoff with "strength" when it comes to removing certain types of makeup. If you find that you still have some makeup sticking around after using your cleanser, try using a soft washcloth + your cleanser to "boost" its cleansing ability without adding unwanted irritation. Hope that helps! If you find the RESIST Cleanser isn't a fit, be sure to contact our Customer Care Team for assistance with a refund, exchange as well as samples to experiment with.

    —Admin
  22. Kelly T
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect
    • I've NEVER used a cleanser before. I didn't think I needed it with daily showering - most cleansers leave my skin feeling tight/dry. However, this cleanser is easy and leaves my skin feeling great. I use it along with a toner, 2% BHA liquid, and RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer. I tried skipping the cleanser and realized that when I wiped my skin with the toner I was getting these black dirty spots even though I'd just showered. This cleanser was getting rid of all that. Highly Recommended!

  23. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, May 09, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Devout Paula fan
    • I have NEVER reviewed an online purchase, but this is a must for Paulas FANTASTIC skin line. I am using the hydrolight and ant-aging products. I was hesitant to buy the anti-aging cleanser, as I thought my current one was sufficient. Well... So glad I did! I I'll never use anything else. It gently and completely removes all makeup, as well as being a luxurious, milky cleanser. DEFINETY WORTH purchasing!

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Perfect
    • I absolutely adore this cleanser. It feels great on the skin and leaves it feeling moisturized and not tight. I haven't had any problems with makeup removal, especially when used in tandem with the Clarisonic. My only complaint is I wish there was a bigger size!

  25. C.A.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Nice, gentle cleanser
    • I have been using this cleanser for a month now, and I love it. I have extremely dry, sensitive skin and I wear contact lenses. I have always struggled with a burning sensation when any type of cleansing product gets near my eyes (even after rinsing excessively) and my skin has always felt dry after cleansing with other products. This cleanser has no drying effects and it easily removes my eye makeup without any burning. I do not wear foundation or mascara, so I only need one pump.

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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: Splash the face and eye area generously with tepid to slightly warm water. Spread a small amount of cleanser (1-2 pumps) over your fingers and apply to facial skin and the eye area with gentle circular motions. Rinse well and pat dry with a soft towel. For best results, follow with Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner.

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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