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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
By Kiah B.
Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:
Over the last few years I have tried every single Paula's cleanser and held off on this one assuming that since it is advertised on the the far end of the spectrum for the driest skin types, it couldn't possibly be right for me. The Hydralight cleanser was my favorite Paula's cleanser and recently discontinued. (The replacement in the Calm-Oily line did not calm skin.) I used the Resist Perfectly Balanced cleanser all summer but it left my skin, well, unbalanced. The Resist Optimal Results cleanser samples I tried did not leave my skin feeling clean or fresh. Aside from all that, I had been juggling between Cerave cleansers and Olay's sensitive skin formula. Nothing was awesome. Then on an intuitive whim I decided to drastically revamp my routine. I ordered the full size without even sampling and after one week of using this cleanser morning and night, my skin is the most comfortable and happy it's been in seriously years. A cleanser can make that big of a difference!My skin is not "mature." I'm 30, with very congestion and breakout prone skin that is, on the flip side, extremely sensitive and tending easily towards dehydration that is hard to catch up with. This cleanser rinses off clean, unlike any made for dry skin that I've tried before. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy or like there's a mask of yuck on it, but even more effectively than the Moisture Boost/Calm for dry cleansers ever did, it gets rid of the whole "desert on the top pores on the bottom" problem skin. It just smooths everything while actually getting it clean. I don't find I need a washcloth to rinse, but an exfoliant brush or something a few times a week can definitely help turn over skin since it is on the gentler, and therefore probably less exfoliating side. The best thing is that I'm noticing my usually small but gunky pores clearing up. Used along with the matching Skin Recovery Toner and CLEAR reg. strength 2% BHA, I can feel these next two products sinking into my skin much more thoroughly, and I can only gather it's because my skin has been mildly irritated/unbalanced all this time, and that this cleanser is key to keeping it calm and well-behaved. Paula's Choice seems to be growing as a company and growth also means change, which we've been seeing a lot of this year, but please do not change anything about the Skin Recovery line!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Not effective at makeup removal
About Me Beauty Conscious
This cleanser felt nice, but didn't remove my makeup. At all. Would probably work great for sensitive skinned people who don't really wear makeup.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
My favorite cleanser so far
Perfect for my sensitive skin! I never knew cleansing could be so gentle and soothing. Doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and stripped of moisture, doesn't irritate, and feels soft and gentle on the skin. I love everything about it. I always remove my makeup with an oil first, and then I cleanse with this afterwards and it leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean and fresh without stripping my skin of moisture. I have dry and rosacea prone skin in my cheeks and oily, acne prone t-zone and this is perfect for all my concerns. I'd be happy to use this for the rest of my life.
I love this cleanser
from New York
I love this cleanser I feel it revived my dry dull skin. After a month of use I no longer felt symptoms of tight dry skin that had been plaguing me since the summer of 2015. This product left my face feeling clean but not stripped of its natural oils. The only thing I dislike about this cleanser is that it refused to get rid of my blackheads. I understand its a cleanser for sensitive skin but I was really hoping it would get rid of the black heads on my nose and inner cheeks so that the appearance of my enlarged pores would be reduced but no luck. Also despite this being a skin recovery cleanser at rare times it would irritate my skin and I would have to reduce its usage to once a day.
(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from Colonie, NY
This is a nice cleanser. It doesn't leave your skin dry and tight feeling, but it also doesn't remove eye makeup which I don't like. I won't be ordering this again.
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Dried out my skin
I bought it (also paying the ridiculous shipping fee to Europe), hoping Paula knows her stuff and this wouldn't dry out my normal skin like many daily cleansers do, especially since it's marketed to sensitive, dry and very dry skin owners. But I can't spend one minute without a moisturizer after I wash my face with it. :(
Customer Service Response: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I am very happy with this product. I have learned that I prefer using this product with enough water added to my hand to emulsify the product completely before applying to my face. Then I gently massage around my nose and problem areas of blackheads. I find it works very well if used this way.
Not what I expected
I have been using the Moisture Boost cleanser for years, and thought I would give this one a try. I don't feel like it cleans my skin at all, like it just sits on top. It stings my eyes, which is disappointing as I could use the Moisture Boost as a eye makeup remover as well. Unfortunately, this did not work for me, and I will be going back to the Moisture Boost Cleanser.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
No more tight and dry feeling after cleansing!
from Seattle, WA
About Me Budget Buyer
I love this cleanser and use it as part of a double cleanse as the first step to remove makeup. It's very gentle and creamy but doesn't leave a film on the skin, which is rare for creamy cleansers. It doesn't leave the skin tight and dry as most other cleansers seem to do to me. LOVE this whole Skin Recovery line!
Finally! A cleanser that delivers
from London, UK
About Me Brand Buyer
This cleanser imparts hydration, cleanses gently, and leaves skin feeling truly nourished, plumped, and supple. I use this as a morning, and evening cleanser; however, I pre-cleanse with Clinique's cleansing oil in the evening before using this one to ensure I have a thoroughly cleansed face. I really love the rich, thick and creamy texture of this cleanser, it makes the cleansing process incredibly enjoyable. As someone with sahara dry skin I covet a hydrated and dewy complexion, I believe this product has aided in helping me achieve that. This is the first product I've bought from Paulas choice, since I've had such a good experience I have now purchased Paulas Choice Resist rehydrating toner. This cleanser and toner = #DreamTeam