Hydralight One Step Cleanser

Back away from the bar of soap. This refreshing gel removes excess oil, rinses away dirt and makeup. Leaves sensitive skin feeling silky, not tight.
Item #: 110
  • Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness, Rosacea
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Great for sensitive skin and rosacea
  • No dry, tight feeling after you use it

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Customer Ratings:

84 out of 100
(Based on 146 Reviews)
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  1. Kylie B
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great gentle cleaner
    • This is a nice gentle cleanser that leaves your skin feeling clean without drying it out. Can use is the shower or easily rinses of well washing your face over the sink. I like the fact that it's not a foaming cleanser

  2. Anna
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Fresh & Clean
    • This refreshing cleaner is gentle yet gets my skin squeaky clean without any dryness. I would prefer a pump dispenser, but that's just me. Thank you for the wonderful product.

  3. Katie V.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Feels great!
    • This cleanser feels really good when I apply it in the shower. You don't need to ever use that much with PC products too which is nice. This product is a good size bottle but other products come in smaller containers - but with almost all products a dime size amount is all you need, which I love!

  4. northstar5
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    exceptional cleanser
    • I am very much a foaming-cleanser kind of girl. I never thought I would like something that does not foam, but this thing is fantastic. No cleanser gets off all your make-up in one shot, but this really does clean incredibly well, getting off almost ALL my makeup, with just a trace turning up on a toner-soaked cotton after. Rinses off completely clean and feels great. Not for drier skins though. It can leave you a bit tight if you're dry. Definitely ideal for combo or oily. Swipe toner on after.

  5. Naomi P.R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 19, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good, but not PC's best for me
    • I tried a this with the Hydralight complete system sample set. Compared to the Skin Balancing cleanser (my fave), this is more gel-like and removes more oil. This is fine if you have consistently oily skin, but my skin is wonky combination-type. Skin Balancing was slightly more awesome for me. :) Hope this helps anyone trying to choose between these two great cleansers!

  6. Mary J
    Reviewed on Friday, October 04, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Don't like scent
    • This cleanser is ok, but I don't care for the scent. It removes my makeup (I remove my eye makeup first with another product.) but it didn't impress me. I will finish using it up but I don't plan to reorder. I have very oily acne prone skin, and over the last 2 years I have tried all her cleansers that are suited to my skin type, and haven't found one that I loved. They were all just ok.

  7. Jeanette
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 01, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    PREFER THE SKIN BALANCING
    • I'm 54, normal to slightly oil, hormonal acne, chemically sensitive with contact dermatitis from formaldehyde resin (in nail polish) bismuth oxide (some mineral makeups) essential oils and SPF Oxybenzone or SPF Oxtinoxate. I stopped using all toner. I prefer the 2% BHA liquid for a toner after using the skin balancing cleaner. I've done a lot of tweaking (not twerking). Although the hydralight is a good cleanser and I have used it for many months in the past, skin balancing cleanser is it!

  8. Kim C.
    Reviewed on Friday, September 27, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this Mixed 50/50 with Skin Balancing Cleanser
    • I have normal to oily combination skin that responds perfectly to a mix of skin balancing and hydralight cleansers. The skin balancing seems to offer the deeper cleaning I need for my pores, while the hydralight adds a gentler touch for my somewhat sensitive skin. I've been doing this for years, just right for me.

  9. Sandy F
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 19, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Does not clean
    • Purchased this cleanser as it was on sale and was very disappointed as it did not clean my make up even when I used it with a wash cloth, and multiple times over! Customer care is excellent as they exchanged this product for free and sent me my usual Skin Balancing Cleanser which is the best cleanser ever. I love Paula's products and have been a satisfied customer for over 5 years. But the Hydra Light Cleanser has gotta go!

  10. Erin B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Too strong for my skin
    • I wanted to like this. I have an oily t-zone with large pores and hoped this would help. I started off just using this at night and my old cleanser during the day. That seemed OK so I switched to this both morning and night. It dried out my skin and my face felt irritated all day. Unwisely, I tried it again and not only did my face feel irritated but how I have some small red bumps. I'm going to order a cleanser with more moisture, hopefully that will help out and clear up these bumps.

  11. Rebecognize
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 12, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not my favorite of Paula's cleansers
    • I have used most of Paula's cleansers at different times, and this one is not my favorite. I don't love the clear, thin, gel consistency and it does not remove my eye makeup. The other cleansers do. Different cleansers work for different people and this one just isn't for me.

  12. ANGIE R.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 08, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Even better than expected!
    • I bought some for my mom, who is 75 with oily skin, brown spots and skin tags. She was amazed to find her brown spots fading and her skin tags disappearing after a few months of use, plus it controlled the shine and oil production to give her skin a nice matte look. She doesn't use computers but wanted me to tell you she never wants to be without your products again; the improvement in her skin at her age wasn't something she expected, but is thrilled to see!

  13. TARA H.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Not as good as Skin Balancing Cleanser
    • I thought the Hydralight would be good in the summer for my combination skin, but it seems that the gel formula is too drying for my skin and did nothing for my blackheads. The Skin Balancing Cleanser suits my skin much better because of the lotion formula and is more effective in combatting blackheads and large pores. Back to Skin Balancing I go.....

  14. Emily
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 07, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Does not clean
    • This is definitely a gentle product, but it didn't work like a cleanser for me at all! Would not remove my PC's foundation--I was shocked by how much makeup remained when I used toner after this cleanser!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, August 19, 2013
    Thank you for your review and we're sorry to hear this product didn't work out for you. This is a gentle cleanser that effectively removes most types of makeup; however, a separate eye makeup remover may be necessary to remove tenacious, long-wearing products such as waterproof mascara or lip stains. Please contact our Customer Care team and they will be happy to assist you with a return and/or exchange.
    —Admin
  15. JENNIFER L.
    Reviewed on Friday, July 19, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The core of my regimen
    • I've been using this cleanser exclusively for years and it's great for combination skin- your face is clean but not dried out. Dry skin can't heal itself, so even though dry FEELS like clean, it isn't helping you. Drying cleansers just make your face crank out more oil. This product leaves your skin feeling clean without the tight feeling. However, The new packaging tends to dump out massive amounts of product per squeeze, resulting in a lot of waste. The old bottle/cap did not do this.

  16. Kiah K
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 11, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Definition of a gentle cleanser
    • I have sensitive, blemish prone skin that alternates between combination dry and oily and this works well for my skin regardless what kind of shape it's in. Only complaint is it doesn't take off makeup quite as well as some soaps although it's nice it's water soluble, (I only use a tinted SPF and mineral powder) and I still believe some exfoliating scrub is necessary during the week even with a BHA or AHA product because this is so mild you don't always feel quite clean especially when oilier.

  17. Dianne B
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favorite
    • Just love the entire Hydralight line and this cleanser is what I use twice daily during our rainy winters on the west coast. The cleanser works beautifully, the gel smells light and fresh, doesn't leave a drying effect, and is a great way to clean the face. Have been using it for a few years and prior to finding Paula's Choice, I used many other quality products. I have combination skin and at age 58, it's my all time favorite product line and cleanser.

  18. Sung Won S.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Way to go cleanser for combination to oily skin
    • I've tried different cleansers from lab series, clinique, shiseido and Kiehls. While those cleansers worked ok, i think this cleanser is at the top of the game. This gel cleanser doesn't irritate my skin at all like some of the cleansers that I used did. It leaves my skin hydrated while removing excess oil on my nose. Most importantly (to me at least), it's rinsed off very very easily with water and leaves no soapy feeling. I will definitely recommend this to guys with normal to oily skin.

  19. Lauren A.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 14, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Nice cleanser!
    • I actually tried the CLEAR cleanser first but that one broke me out so PC issued me a credit. I tried this one instead. Unlike the CLEAR cleanser this one is oil free, which I like. It feels very light and has no scent and it just gives the skin a pure, clean feeling. It's also totally non-irritating. I use this in the morning, in the shower. I actually find that it doesn't really remove eye makeup, so I am using a Neutrogena wash for that. But this one is gentler and leaves skin soft.

  20. Julie R
    Reviewed on Monday, May 27, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    LIke it
    • This cleanser feels good, works well. It's a nice combination of soft/gentle and yet thoroughly cleansing. I have mild rosacea, very sensitive, combination skin (drier or slightlymore oily with seasons, hormones!), and this is the best cleanser I have found for that balance. I gave it 4stars (nothing's perfect:) also I do have to rinse pretty thoroughly to make sure there is no residue. I'm only using this now and a daily sunblock moisturizer (haven't found one I love yet). Working.

  21. C.M
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 19, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    good stuff
    • i like this stuff, but it's different. i'm not used to using a gel. i don't wear makeup usually, but when i have i have no problem getting my makeup off....mascara and all. i may try using something that has suds next time, just because it is a personal preference.

  22. JOSEPH C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, May 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    my must have cleanser!
    • by far, this is my most favorite cleanser (unless the PC team rolls out something even better in the near future!). it's so gentle but thorough for cleansing. this is THE FIRST non-creamy cleanser i've ever used that my face never feels dry or tight ! it doesn't lather much, which is fine with me as i can tell it does its job just fine when i rinse and i don't gauge clean by how much lather i get. if you ever have to discontinue this, just rebrand it, it should stay in your lineup!! thanks PC

  23. mary g.
    Reviewed on Saturday, May 04, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A New Favorite
    • I've been using Philosophy Purity for years which I still love. But I thought I'd give this cleanser a try and I do like it better. It's wonderful for rosacea even if it wasn't necessarily designed for it. It takes makeup off easily and I also have absolutely zero dryness after I wash with this, even when I haven't yet moisturized. It's great!!

  24. mary g.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Awesome!
    • I was surprised that someone with rosacea didn't like this! I have rosacea and found this to be fabulous. But in truth, that seems to be the way rosacea works....different needs. Anyway, thrilled with this product! :)

  25. MICHELLE D.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 22, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Spectacular!
    • Until recently I was using the Skin Balancing Line. Due to the weather getting warmer, I needed to switch product lines. This cleanser is absolutely fabulous....in fact, it's all I need on my skin to clean well AND remove makeup--even stubborn eyeliner. I love that it's fragrance free so that it WON'T sting my eyes. All you have to do is leave it to dissolve the makeup on your skin, and you're set.....I'm sold, and I don't ever need anything else!

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What makes this product unique?
Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser is an easy-to-use gel cleanser for those who desire a fresh, clean sensation without a hint of residue. This gentle, yet effective cleanser removes excess oil and makeup (including eye makeup) without drying or stripping the skin. Even the most sensitive skin can use this cleanser.

This cleanser is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Hydralight Cleanser is ideal for those whose skin has minimal to visibly oily areas anywhere on the face. It is also ideal for those struggling with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) yet dry skin everywhere else.

Sources to support the claims made for Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2007, pages 124-135; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; Skin Research and Technology, February 2005, pages 53–60; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Cutis, December 2001, Supplemental, pages 12–19; Skin Research and Technology, July 2001, pages 49–55; and Contact Dermatitis, June 1999, pages 310–315.

Key Ingredients: sodium PCA, allantoin, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin

Product Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (gentle cleansing agent), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Sodium Lactate, Glycine, Fructose, Urea, Niacinamide, Inositol (water-binding agents), Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Lactic Acid (water-binding agent), Allantoin (soothing agent), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (thickener), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (stabilizer), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (gentle cleansing agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Triethanolamine (pH balancer), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Benzophenone-3 (stabilizer),Methylparaben (preservative), Propylparaben (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Use morning and evening. Splash the face and eyes generously with tepid to slightly warm water. Using your fingers, apply a quarter-sized amount on your face and eyes using vigorous but gentle circular motions. Rinse well and gently pat face dry with a clean towel. For stubborn makeup, repeat this process or use this cleanser with a soft washcloth. Follow with Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner, a Paula's Choice exfoliant, serum, and moisturizer. During the day, be sure to protect your skin 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 Skin-Care Routine article.

Do I still need to use an eye or face makeup remover?

Only if you are wearing waterproof mascara or waterproof makeup. Otherwise, this cleanser is effective at gently removing all other types of eye makeup. If an eye makeup remover becomes necessary for tenacious makeup, be as gentle as possible and use a mild yet effective product such as Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover, either before or after this cleanser.

I have normal to dry skin that gets oilier in the summer - would Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser be a good seasonal choice?

Yes! The lightweight, refreshing gel texture of Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser is ideal for use during the humid summer months if you have normal to dry skin.

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