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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:

87 out of 100
(Based on 250 Reviews)
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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 19, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    perfect for my very dry and sensitive skin
    • Very kind to my extremely sensitive skin. Very moisturizing. Love to also use this as my eye cream at night. My makeup will NOT ball up when this is under it.

  2. Jonathan B
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    So so
    • I've tried the whole line of this and I really did not like the cleanser and daytime lotion. This has no smell. That's good. This helped hide my dry flaky skin while the day lotion couldn't stop it at all (I seem to always have dry flaky skin and it gets oily after a short while, but still dry skin) This made my skin more oily looking than inferior products. This does moisturize. But I want something that doesn't cause me to shine up so much which also doesn't have SPF. I know this has no SPF

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 16, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Definitely contact our Customer Care team, who can help you with a possible exchange or refund - and assist you in finding a product that might work better for your skin type!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. Marilyn T.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 13, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Sad
    • Read every review and felt certain this was the moisturizer for me. I am playing catch up on my skin care and hit the jackpot with Resist Intensive Repair Cream. I then decided my skin care would belong to PC! I needed a day cream and toner so ordered the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer and Enriched Calming Toner. My 60 yr. old face is a mess now - flaking skin, breakouts and erupted sebaceous hyperplasia. My foundation even rolls. I'll try something new but what do I do until then?

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

    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.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  4. SARA P.
    Reviewed on Friday, April 10, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not what I hoped for
    • My skin had become very dry and I was looking for a moisturizer that would help with this. I chatted with one of the advisors and decided to give this a try. I have used it diligently according to directions and see no change at all. Very disappointing. I wasn't looking for a miracle just an improvement. I have tried other Paula's Choice products in the past for other skin issues and have been pleased but this one just isn't a winner for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, April 10, 2015

    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.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  5. Joan
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 08, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    shiney
    • This would make a nice facial sunscreen for a day at the beach; but, for me, it left my T-zone too shiny for everyday use. Pleasant light scent and less sensitizing (for me) than the Resist moisturizer. Overall, a nice product. Just not quite right for my combo skin.

  6. Kris
    Reviewed on Friday, April 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this as an eye cream at night
    • I only use as a night eye cream since I have combination/oily skin. Very emollient and cushiony feeling so great as an eye cream.

  7. Margaret R.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 23, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Perfect - Except I broke out!
    • Why is it that every moisturizer I try that actually works the way I want it to makes me break out? This is excellent for use after retinol, when Moisture Boost isn't enough. Perhaps there are a few too many plant extracts in this one that I may be sensitive to.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

    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 for information on a possible exchange or refund - and, you can speak with them about possibly finding another moisturizer that will work better for you!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  8. Jo
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Healed my skin
    • This was my first PC product. It is very thick and cushiony, and it healed my dry, flaky, irritated skin. After using it for about a month my skin was no longer irritated and was able to tolerate the BHA liquid and the various retinol products. Thank you for this great fragrance-free moisturizer!

  9. Beatrice N.
    Reviewed on Thursday, March 12, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This amazing PC Moisturizer replaced my former Holy Grail (Clinique's Super Antioxidant Rescue Moist
    • Turning 4o: parched, super dry, acne prone skin and I live in a very dry desert climate. This moisturizer is emollient yet light textured and it satisfies my skin. Whenever my skin gets thirstier due to travel or 1% Retinol use, I can add Resist Oil Booster , 15% Vitamin C Serum and Antioxidant serum as needed. All 3 formulas blend beautifully and my skin GLOWS. My skin stays hydrated day & night with a dewy glow. UH-MA-ZING :) If I only had more room to rave review a bit longer ;)

  10. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, March 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My go to for dry skin
    • This moisturizer is my go to for when my skin is dry. I've been using it for many years and think its a great product, especially for winters in colder climates. I've tried some of the newer PC moisturizers and have always come back to this. Its a winner for my sensitive skin!

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    AMAZING!
    • What an amazing moisturizer,it feels like a cloud in a bottle, its so soft and creamy. I got it cuz i needed something for the damage the -20 winter weather did to my skin. The day it arrived my face was red, hot,very itchy and inflamed because of the cold. I put it on after my bha liquid and it was sticky, i was kinda worried but when I woke up my skin was AMAZING. all the redness was gone and my skin was so smooth,NO BREAKOUTS! It absorbs right into my skin now, i think it fixed the barrier

  12. Kelly D.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 01, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not for me.
    • I have very oily skin but it gets very dry from my Retin-a RX. So I was in need of a moisturizer for night use with the RX & under my makeup on dry flaky spots. I tried a sample of the Moisture Boost and like it but bought the full size of this product by mistake. When i first tried it, I loved the consistency but it would clump up when I tried to apply my foundation over it. And when I used it once all over my face before bed, I woke up with 10+ small pimples the next a.m.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, March 02, 2015

    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.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  13. Katie C.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 09, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    very off-putting smell
    • got a sample, as the nor'east winters always dry up my skin. the smell was so off-putting when i tore off the seal (i thought of old lady makeup), i didn't even want to put it on my face. i recommend the moisture boost moisturizer (neutral scent, rich but not overly heavy consistency).

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 09, 2015

    Thanks for your feedback! The scent you described is not typical for this product. We're glad you like the Moisture Boost formula, but if you'd like to try again with a sample of the Skin Recovery Moisturizer, please contact us for assistance.

    —Admin
  14. Victoria H.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very Impressive
    • I probably should not be writing a review after one use...but I am so impressed with this product, I felt I should. My skin can be normal, combination, acne-prone, sensitive and dry...sometimes all of these things at once...sometimes just one or the other...the only consistent thing about my skin is that it is rarely in balance. Lately my skin has been red, dry, flaky and uncomfortable around my mouth and chin. After using this, it cleared up immediately with no irritation.

  15. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 03, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My Go-To Moisturizer
    • I used to use the Moisture Boost, but I noticed it did not have as many antioxidants as Skin Recovery did, so I purchased Skin Recovery. I am definitely in love with this, along with adding the Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum to it as well. No greasy feeling, and works really well for my acne-prone/combination skin. Continue to repurchase this moisturizer.

  16. Anne P.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 02, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect antidote to Canada's winter
    • This has become my go-to moisturizer for winter. Don't let the light texture fool you: this moisturizer can handle -20C temperatures.

  17. Kristy M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 31, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very Nice
    • Lovely, creamy texture. My face is a bit too shiny for my liking for hours after I apply it, but whatever...I can tell my skin is loving it:)

  18. JEANIE A.
    Reviewed on Sunday, January 25, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    my "go-to" moisterizer
    • I wear this at night since it doesn't have sunscreen and have been using it for years. I wish it were a bit more moisturizing since it is marketing to dry skin. But, it is better than anything else I have found. Thank you Paula!

  19. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect Under Eye
    • The best under eye cream for me: I can use this all around my eye, including lids, without any stinging at all. The cream helps with the dry red patches I sometimes get on my lids and orbital bone. Also, my 6-year old son has had eczema on his cheeks since birth, and this is the only cream that he not only tolerates but that actually alleviates the condition.

  20. Bryce M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer
    • I have dry, mature skin. I am in my 70th year and northern winters are brutally cold and drying. Paula's Replenishing Moisturizer rescues my skin. It is loaded with antioxidants. I add a little extra virgin olive oil to the moisturizer and massage this mixture into my face and throat at least twice a day. Wrinkles are less noticeable, skin feels soft, I look 10 years younger. Thank you, Paula. People of all ages look better with your products.

  21. KATHRYN P.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful
    • I have sensitive skin that has become really dry, especially in the winter. This has really saved my skin. Redness and dryness are both gone thanks to this moisturizer. Feels great going on, and works like a charm.

  22. Samantha S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 01, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Moisturizer!
    • With my skin being dry, sensitive and acne prone I was terrified of using any kind of heavy cream and got samples, This was god send! I use this in conjunction with any of my skin care oils and it works beautifully. My skin isn't dry period.. and I can even wash my face and not feel the need to immediately moisturize as us dry skinned gals normally feel tight as soon as we get out the shower. The best part? As someone so prone to break outs I was surprised that this didn't break me out.

  23. Sarah
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for Under Eyes and Eczema
    • I originally purchased this product to use as an under eye cream for when they look super dehydrated and crepy and it works really well for that! It is a thick, emollient cream that I can slather all around my eye area with absolutely no burning. My 5-year old has very sensitive skin and struggles with eczema on her face and even eye lids. She used this all over her face without any burning or stinging and with just one application, showed a dramatic improvement. This is the only lotion she uses

  24. Jennifer K.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Using for my rosacea
    • I really like this product. I was looking for something to help tame my rosacea which is allergy and weather induced. I've used it 2x a day for about a week and it does seem to tone down the redness. I also noticed it cleared up the dryness around my nose from my allergic rhinitis. This moisturizer is thick & creamy. I literally only use a pea-sized amount and start on my cheeks/nose and them work outward. I used this around my eyes and didn't have irritation. I don't notice a smell. Just clean.

  25. emily s.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 29, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    disappointing
    • I was really excited to use this moisturizer as my skin has gotten very dry in the past few months, but ended up being really disappointed with it. The thick texture feels nice and it absorbs well without feeling greasy but that seems to be all it does. I didn't notice even a small improvement in the dryness of my skin, which was very surprising. Will definitely not purchase again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 29, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - 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.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
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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 30 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, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, glycerin, vitamin E, emollient, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium PCA, licorice extract, panthenol, aloe juice, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, 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 Tripeptide-1, 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: Ideal for softening and smoothing the face, neck and eye area. At night, use as the last step in your skincare routine. For daytime, follow 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.

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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