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 218 Reviews)
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  1. Emily H.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 21, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great but caused puffiness...
    • I have dehydrated, sensitive skin. I was looking for a daytime lotion without SPF that would be hydrating but work well under makeup. This lotion checked all the boxes... except around my eyes! Unfortunately, the lotion cause my under eye area to puff and irritated my actual eyes. I must be allergic or sensitive to one of the ingredients. As far as a face lotion goes - it's amazing. Smooths fine lines and wrinkles, absorbs into the skin well, and won't oxidize makeup or make skin tacky.

  2. Donna E.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Revising my previous review
    • I previously gave the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer only two stars, because it seemed too heavy for my skin to absorb. I found that by adding just a drop of the Resist C15 Super Booster, my skin was able to absorb the moisturizer very easily. It soaks in and moisturizes beautifully. It will work great during the cold, dry winter weather in South Dakota!

  3. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, October 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Lela
    • I have always been jumping around from one brand to another for years ...I could never find a good product for my sensitive and very dry skin..until I landed here...For the first time my skin did not burn when I applied this face cream. This cream is very moisturizing, full of antioxidants, and is priced fairly. I also learned a lot about skincare from Paula and I am happy with many of their products. Will be repurchasing!

  4. Avery W.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 27, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Worth a look.
    • This moisturizer is very nice but for my dry skin (41, wrinkles, cystic acne) I much prefer the new Resist line Intensive Repair Cream with retinol. If you're not dealing with wrinkles this could be it, just not for me.

  5. NICOLE C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favorite Moisturizer
    • I have used this for years and it is hands down my favorite moisturizer, especially in the cooler months. It sinks right in and is very comfortable. It just feels like my skin when I'm wearing it - albeit a more hydrated version. No odd smell, either. A beautiful product.

  6. TINA P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    great fall and winter treat
    • I have used this moisturizer for a long time. I always switch back to it when the weather cools and the furnace comes back on. It's very soothing after a summer in the sun. I forgot about this side effect and applied it around my eyes at bed time. I woke up with bright red eyes (the eyeball, not the the lids. This has happened before, almost like the emollient runs into my eyes at night while I'm sleeping (I do not rub it into my lashes). It takes a full day for the redness to resolve.

  7. SARA O.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Super duper, and no breakouts.
    • I somehow missed the memo that my skin has been getting drier with age, and this August/September it freaked out under the stress of acne meds - flaking, puffiness, redness, you name it. This moisturizer, in addition to an edited PC routine, has been really wonderful. I use it 2x day around the eyes, and 1-2/week all over my face. No more sensitivity, AND no breakouts. As someone prone to cystic acne, I was a little scared, but it's been great after 3 weeks or so. Highly recommend.

  8. Donna E.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not right for me.
    • I am 56 years old with sensitive, combination skin and bit of rosacea. With menopause and the fall weather, my skin has become drier, especially my cheeks and around my eyes. I thought maybe this moisturizer would be the answer. Unfortunately, this moisturizer is a bit too greasy and does not absorb into my skin. It just sits on top and leaves me with shiny, oily looking skin. I love all of my other Paula's Choice products, so was surprised and disappointed that this one didn't work for me.

  9. MICHELLE D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Hooked on this- panic when it is out of stock
    • This moisturizer (and toner) helped me tremendously through a skin crisis that was a reaction to another product. After recovering (pun not intended) I tried another product in that line with a bad reaction, but Skin Recovery healed my skin. Twice in the last few months it has been out of stock. I panic- I don't know how long, whether I should buy ten sample sizes, or wait. (I contacted Customer Service both times for estimates.) I will now start ordering weeks before I need this.

  10. M J K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 12, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin
    • This moisturizer is gentle and makes my extra sensitive, combination, mostly dry skin feel great! It calms redness. It feels good. I've used it for almost two years and it's perfect for my skin. I would recommend it to any one who has had trouble with other sensitive skin moisturizers. I've never felt burning or irritation of any kind. It was a relief to find this product.

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Why is it always out of stock??
    • Love this moisturizer - I've been using it for nearly 10 years. The last 3 times I've tried to order, it's been out of stock. I come back every week, and it's either still out of stock or I missed it when it was back in stock. I've been trying to squeeze every last drop out of the one I have, but I'm about to run out. Sadly, I will be heading out to a local store to find a replacement item as I can no longer wait for this to come back. :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, October 06, 2014

    We're so sorry this moisturizer has been unavailable for so long. We're working to get it back in stock as soon as possible. Long story short, we had some inventory issues due to our steady growth plus a similar moisturizer being out of stock, which resulted in extra sales of the Skin Recovery formula, depleting its stock.

    —Admin
  12. Bobbie J
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Does what it says BUT
    • Moisture Boost does it better than Skin Recovery. Gave it 5 stars anyway because it is working as intended but I fell in love with Moisture Boost after trying both of them out. Thanks anyway, Paula's Choice! lol OH also this makes a WONDERFUL eye cream. Skin beneath my eye is usually very crepey due to allergies but it felt extremely smooth the whole day. And unlike moisture boost around the eyes, it feels like I have nothing there, where as MB feels like I put something on my eyes.

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. SUSAN Y.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I hope it's back in stock soon
    • Out of stock??? What is going on? I seriously don't know what I'll do without this product, it keeps my face comfortable.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, October 06, 2014

    We are working on getting this moisturizer back in stock as soon as possible. Many staffers love it, too!

    —Admin
  16. 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
  17. 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! :(

  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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!!

  22. 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.

  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.

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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, 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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