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By Me, From Here
Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Hydrating Mask - 4 oz:
My skin was already dry and mildly flaking. I applied this mask after washing and exfoliating. It did not soothe my post-cleanse, post-exfoliant tightness at all upon application. Minutes later I was breaking out in small red bumps, and my skin began to flake in the extreme, as if I had applied an overly high-strength exfoliant. If I rubbed my skin with my finger, large amounts of skin flakes would come off. It was as if my entire face was being stripped of a layer of skin. After 15 minutes, I washed my face again and applied the Skin Recovery Moisturizer mixed with some diphenhydramine cream, and the irritation stopped. However, I began to feel nauseous, just as I have after using certain other PC products. PC's products are very hit-and-miss for me when it comes to allergic (or whatever) kinds of reactions. Of the products I've tried, I have been irritated and/or made ill-feeling by this, the Resist BHA Body Treatment, the Clear Body Spray, the Skin Perfecting BHA Gel, the Skin Recovery Serum, the Lipscreen, both Calm nighttime moisturizers, the Calm Normal to Dry SPF/Skin Recovery SPF, the Clinical face moisturizer, both Calm toners, the Skin Recovery toner, and possibly the Resist AHA Body Lotion. The Resist Eye Cream is also completely ineffective (compared to a drugstore urea lotion), leading me to believe that I could confirm an allergic reaction were I to apply it in a larger amount on a larger area of skin. The Calm BHA may or may not be irritating, as it definitely doesn't revitalize my skin the way AHA lotions can. On the other hand, my skin loves the Resist Retinol Body Treatment, the Skin Recovery nighttime moisturizer, and the Skin Balancing serum. I know now that I react badly to jojoba and castor, but there have to be other ingredients that bother me, since those two are not in all of the irritating products. If you could assist me in determining what common ingredients might be the allergens in my case, I would be very grateful.
Service and delivery comments:
Delivery is always prompt to the Orlando area. Three days max, usually.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Causes my sensitive skin to sting
By Cosmetics Realist
from Huber Heights, Ohio
I normally rave about my Paula's Choice products, but I cannot do the same for this product. Thankfully, I was able to request samples of this mask because I experienced a stinging sensation the first time I used it. I tried a couple more samples, but I had the same result. I don't know what ingredient is in this mask that irritates my skin, but I wish I knew so I could avoid it in future products. I use AHAs, BHAs, and retinal products from Paula and have no irritation.
Does Exactly What It's Meant to Do
By the end of the day during wintertime, my skin is very dry and starts to flake around my nose and cheeks. I have been using this, and my skin feels great all day. I don't use it as a mask though. I use it at night as a night cream, and then I use it in the morning before I put my makeup on. I do not rinse any off. I have sensitive skin, and this feels like a dream. It's very gentle.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
HG hydration! Rich moisture WITHOUT breakouts
from SF, CA
I LOVE THIS MASKI originally was a little hesitant because I have very sensitive acne-prone combo skin and heavy moisturizers tend to break me out and cause the dreaded subterranean mega zits which take weeks to go away.I also have very dry skin from winter and spending lots of time on airplanes. PC has been good to my skin so far so I decided to give this a spin. As a bonus, it's less expensive per oz than most PC products so I figured worst comes to worst I would just give this to my mom.This stuff is holy-grail level and has replaced my night moisturizer when I'm traveling (and dried out), when I'm home and not doing a night resurfacing treatment, and as my day moisturizer when I'm traveling. I've been using it consistently for almost a month without any breakout issues. I apply a moderate layer to my cheeks and t zone, and apply a bit heavier in dry spots (usually my cheekbones or jaw line) and to my undereye/crow's foot area. My skin no longer feels dry and itchy after the plane, and I don't 'look' as haggard. Before I was using an olay serum/mask so it's not like I wasn't moisturizing before.This stuff does 'feel' very rich and thick out of the bottle, and if you've had breakout issues from rich moisturizers before (like me) don't worry, it won't turn you into a greaseball!Another plus, my husband just got back from a weeklong desert trip off roading in 4x4s and had a few rough dry patches on his face likely from windburn, driness, sun damage, and eczema. He likes PC's men's line but is a little wary of masks and stuff. I got him to try this mask for 20 minutes and 10 minutes in he said "I don't know if it's working, but my face already feels a little softer" when he rinsed after 20 minutes, he said the rough patches were a little better, but the normal skin around them felt like butter. Now when he sees me putting this on at night, he asks if he can have a little :) Even with both of us using this and me using it every night, I expect a tube will last at least 3-4 months because this stuff is very concentrated.The ONLY thing I wish was different is I'd like to know the actual concentration of retinol and other actives in this product vs other PC products so I know if I need to mix in more retinol or not, and because some people can be sensitive. Also, I wish more PC products came in "trial" sizes (not test packets).
(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
All purpose moisturizer
By PC Fan
from Vacaville, CA
About Me Over Sixty
I use this at night over serum. During the day, it is over serum and under SPF 30 CC cream. It makes my skin look much plumper. I love the way it feels and makes my skin look. I have combination skin and use Shine Stopper on my forehead during the day.
(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from Douglas, Georgia
This is my third tube of this mask. I use a small amount every night on the dry areas of my face. It's fantastic as an eye cream! I recently started using a small amount under and around my eyes and I think it works wonderfully for this purpose. It's very hydrating and when used on my cheeks around my nose, it works really well. I put it on about 30 minutes before bed and sleep in it all night. I use a washcloth the next morning to clean any residue off of my face. I hope it's a permanent product for Paula's Choice!
(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from New England , US
I've been using this for years and will continue for as long as it's being made. This mask soothes my skin like nothing else I've ever tried.Irritations from any skin treatments, sunburns, and especially dry, flakey skin from the frigid, winters are calmed.It is not greasy at all, and can be used by anyone at any age. I leave it on overnight and my skin is just so soft when I wake up. Great to use as an eye cream also. I love the squeeze tube so I can get every drop. Don't ever change this please.
(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
JUST CAN'T LIKE THIS MASK
By RICHARD THE SECOND
from PHILA., PA
About Me Minimalist
I BOUGHT THIS MASK SEVERAL TIMES HOPING EACH TIME TO HAVE A DIFFERENT RESULT. THIS MASK IS A VERY HYDRATING MASK AND ABSORBS VERY QUICKLY. EACH TIME I USE THIS MASK (WITHIN ABOUT 10 MINUTES) MY FACE JUST GET REDDER AND REDDER. SO I NEVER LEAVE IT ON TOO LONG BECAUSE OF SENSITIVITY. AFTER I RINSE IT OFF MY FACE LOOKS RED BUT BETTER. TALK ABOUT A CONTRADICTION. SO I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ON THIS MASK. I WILL NO LONGER BUY THIS MASK AS MY BODY IS TELLING ME SOMETHING BY TURNING MY FACE RED.
(14 of 18 customers found this review helpful)
Magic in a bottle
I just looooove this product. It's phenomenal and without a doubt, my skin always benefits from it. The results of this mask seem to last well after use. I love to use it when flying to combat the dry airplane air, I love to use it after my skin has had too much retina, BHA, AHA, or is irritated from cold weather or wind. Works like a charm. Lately I love to first use it for about an hour, then use Paula's clay mask afterward. My skin really seems to like the double mask use lately. My skin's pretty oily and breakout prone but I still like giving it a boost of hydration with this mask. It's oddly not that greasy once it dries. Also, this mask seems to really help sunburns; my husband got a pretty bad one so I slathered a thick layer on the burn and he kept it on overnight. The next day the sunburn was gone and no longer hurt him! So yeah, multi use product. I absolutely recommend it.
(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Paula, never stop making this!
from NYC, NY
About Me Beauty Conscious
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. My skin changed over the last two years and became very dry. No amount of serum or moisturizer would prevent my skin from starting to flake during the day. Then I started using this product underneath my makeup daily and every issue disappeared. I immediately notice when I skip a day. No breakouts, no smell, no side effects--just brilliant hydration. A winning product--Paula, I depend on this and you must always produce it, please!