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Hydralight Super Kit

Turn down the shine. Everything you need to calm redness, prevent signs of aging, and reduce oily shine. Let’s turn the spotlight on healthy skin.
Item #: 420
  • Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • 5 products: Hydralight Cleanser, Hydralight Toner, 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion*, Hydralight Shine-Free SPF 30, Hydralight Lotion

Please Note: Do not use the 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion if you are allergic to aspirin or its derivatives.

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Customer Ratings:

85 out of 100
(Based on 40 Reviews)
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  1. Sherry D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    GREAT for oily rosacea skin
    • I have red, sensitive, acne-prone, oily, and rosacea type skin (yikes!). My favorite face cleanser was no longer available and I broke out into terrible acne. I got the sample kit from Paula's Choice and have been using the whole system (with the exception of using 2% BHA rather than 1%). My face is already less red and my acne is going away. So impressed that I have bought the full size set + additional PC products (ultra light antioxidant and super c). I am a fan for life now. Thank you Paula!

  2. ALICE L.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for My Red and Sensitive Combination Skin
    • For many years, I've had sensitive, sun-intolerant, combination skin, but in the past year my skin became even redder and more sensitive. As well, my eyelids started to puff up and get red and flaky. I chatted with a Paula's Choice Skin Expert, who suggested the Hydralight line along with the Skin Recovery Line moisturizer for my drier eye area. Within 2 weeks, my skin tone evened out and the irritation subsided so much that I barely need foundation! Plus no more breakouts in the past month.

  3. theyhaveways
    Reviewed on Friday, August 15, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Very Good! Offers a Bit More Moisture than Skin Balancing
    • After trying out sample kits, it came down to Hydralight vs. Skin Balancing, but I decided on Hydralight. The difference maker was the level of moisture. Skin Balancing helps oily/combo skin, but dried me out in only two days of use. In my opinion, Hydralight is for those skin types that are also oily/combo, but are highly reactive to products. My only problem is the lack of a specific "Hydralight Serum," which made me feel like the set was incomplete, and I hope at some point it will be added.

  4. Barbz
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect for oily sensitive skin
    • This skincare line has been such a welcome relief after my having a prolonged allergic reaction to Aveda skincare. I've used these products for nearly two months and love how my skin looks and feels. They are very light and gentle. My only complaint is on the packaging, especially on the cleanser. I'd prefer a pump dispenser (even if I had to pay for one separately); I find that I waste too much product. This isn't enough to knock off a star for. The products are too great for that!

  5. Kristina S.
    Reviewed on Friday, March 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazed!
    • I have very sensitive combo/dry skin and these products make my skin look and feel amazing! I was previously using philosophy products and while I liked them I was never wild about them. After using this kit for two days I saw a huge difference. Philosophy has a kit they call makeup optional and for the first time ever since I started using Paula's products my skin truly is makeup optional. I will never switch to any other brand again in my life.

  6. Shirley A.
    Reviewed on Friday, February 28, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not enough moisture for me
    • This was not moisturizing enough for my combination skin (oily T-zone, dry cheeks). Now I use the RESIST light line, and it works very well. In contrast, my friend who has oily skin recently started using this line and is very happy with it. So I think it's a good line for the right type of skin.

  7. Marek S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best skincare products I've ever used
    • I've spent a lot of money on high end and low end skin care products that have not lived up to their hype or promises. I have eczema and the Hydralight kit resolved that issue immediately. I also have acne-prone skin and I usually break out during certain times of the month due to hormonal changes. I have seen a dramatic decrease in acne and if I do get the occasional zit they go away almost overnight. Used for 90 days now and I will be ordering again. Also Cust Serv is AMAZINGLY helpful.

  8. Caitlin A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 27, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Okay
    • I have been using the hyrdralight system for a few days now and have combo/T zone type skin. It has helped with my blackheads but has not helped with my dry skin. This might not be the best choice if you have severe combo skin. I was still satisfied with the product though and am willing to try another kit/products to see if that will do the trick.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Hi there! We're sorry the Hydralight wasn't a perfect fit for you.  A slight tweak (like swapping the toner out for a more moisturizing version, i.e. RESIST) may be just what you need!  Please contact our Customer Care at custserv@paulaschoice.com for tips and suggestions on how you can find that perfect PC routine!

    —Admin
  9. Leah T.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 06, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Didn't live up to expectations
    • I've used up all of my bottles of this system of the months that I've been using it so I'm prepared to provide an accurate review. I had heard so many good things about Paula's Choice and I really, really wanted to love these products but they have left me feeling very underwhelmed. They do leave my skin feeling nice, however, I have seen absolutely zero long-term change in my skin.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, January 16, 2014

    Hi there! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we're sorry this wasn't a fit for you. We'd invite you to check out our top recommended products in Beautypedia for alternatives, or to contact our Customer Care for assistance in finding an alternative that may be better suited to your needs.

    —Admin
  10. Kerry
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great Products not all for me though
    • After A LOT of research on the best skin care products I was throughly impressed with Paula's site and dedication to skin care products at a reasonable price without the marketing scams as other brands do. Upon the very responsive and helpful suggestions of their customer service team I bought the Hydralight System. Overall, I would give this 5 stars for price and quality but this has left my skin feeling a little tight and dry. These are great products for sensitive but not dry skin in combo.

  11. Mary J
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 12, 2013
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Works on redness
    • I recently tried this entire system. The positive outcomes were redness and flaky patches were reduced. However, I don't like the scent of most of these products - just too unpleasant. The SPF 30 didn't mattify and was too heavy and white to wear under makeup. I liked the fact that the 1% lotion wasn't sticky, but again the scent was not pleasant. The toner is the only product that doesn't have that odor so I plan on reordering it hoping it is the product that made the most difference.

  12. Melinda S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Following up from my first review since I am a skin system newbie.
    • I am so thankful for this skin system! I must have normal to combo skin tone because my skin responded very well to these products. When I have any breakouts (I found breakouts occur only during hormonal changes or eating certain foods! fyi, I'm 34 yrs old.), they heal really fast ever since I started on this routine! YAAA!!! The smell is different but doesn't linger. Now, I like the smell and it actually makes me happy when I smell it because I know I am taking great care of my skin!

  13. Mireille C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 10, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Very effective system!
    • I've been using this product for 3 months now, and I'm seeing very good results overtime - my skin is more even-toned. The biggest advantage I've noticed is how my skin heals better after it has been irritated (by a cut, a break-out, etc.). I use to carry scars of irritants for long periods of time, and now, within a few days, the affected area is smooth again. This is something more noticeable after a few months of using the system, and I'm very pleased!

  14. Melinda S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    New skin care user says Ya!
    • New to extensive skin care product world. 34 yrs old; acne issues, heavy outside sun, heat, dry exposure=time to be proactive. Started trying different product 1st. Too fragrant-headache, eyes and sinuses very irritated. Didn't realize it was also heavy until tried Hydralight. No idea there's a difference. After research and help of online customer service, purchased PC stuff and received it in two days. Wow! 2 applications. Seeing instant results. Will report in a few weeks more. I'm stoked!

  15. Dianne B
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 03, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Favorite line
    • I have been using the Hydralight line for 3 years twice daily during rainy winter months. It is wonderful. At age 58, my combination skin continues to do well using these products. Pore size is minimized, redness gone, no breakouts and skin is not dry. Hydralight glides on nicely, smells light and fresh, and doesn't leave a drying or oily effect. In the past I tried many drugstore and salon skincare products. This line tops them all for everyday use.

  16. Christine
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Travel size bottle
    • i love Hydralight system. it makes skin so luminous and flawless! some of my friends ask what i've been using and i recommend Paula choice's brand to them. The problem is, i feel the bottles are a bit too big, especially when i'm traveling. it takes a lot of space (i also take PC body lotion and weightless body treatment).

  17. Christine
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Travel size bottle
    • i love Hydralight system. it makes skin so luminous and flawless! some of my friends ask what i've been using and i recommend Paula choice's brand to them. The problem is, i feel the bottles are a bit too big, especially when i'm traveling. it takes a lot of space (i also take PC body lotion and weightless body treatment). can you please consider to make this system in 50 ml -100 ml bottle or for travel friendly? as i don't think to bring dozens of samples. Thank you^^

  18. Christine
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Travel size bottle
    • i love Hydralight system. it makes skin so luminous and flawless! some of my friends ask what i've been using and i recommend Paula choice's brand to them. The problem is, i feel the bottles are a bit too big, especially when i'm traveling. it takes a lot of space (i also take PC body lotion and weightless body treatment). can you please consider to make this system in 50 ml -100 ml bottle or for travel friendly? as i don't think to bring dozens of samples. Thank you^^

  19. Amanda B.
    Reviewed on Monday, April 22, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Smoother skin, but little to effect on enlarged pores and blackheads
    • I have very oily skin, enlarged pores and blackheads over my entire face, but my skin is extremely senstive as well, so most products just dry it out and leave it red and flaky. This sytem hs made my skin much more smooth and soft, but also gave me dry patces. I was able to use jojoba oil to eliminate the dryness, so I could have dealt with that if the system had othewise been effective. However I see no change in the size of my pores of the amount of blackheads.

  20. Amanda B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 21, 2013
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Smoother skin, but little to effect on enlarged pores and blackheads
    • I have very oily skin, enlarged pores and blackheads over my entire face, but my skin is extremely senstive as well, so most products just dry it out and leave it red and flaky. This sytem hs made my skin much more smooth and soft, but also gave me dry patces. I was able to use jojoba oil to eliminate the dryness, so I could have dealt with that if the system had othewise been effective. However I see no change in the size of my pores of the amount of blackheads. Too expensive to return!

  21. Wanda G.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Best Stuff Ever!!!
    • I found about Paulas Choice on youtube, started with travel size of this and FELL IN LOVE. Bought the regular size and my face has never looked this great in ever, Im a product wh***, and Im never leaving this stuff. I use my Mia 2 with the cleanser and it doesnt feel tight afterwards, the toner is great, I actually switched the 1% BHA lotion for 2% liquid and it makes a difference! ITS AMAZING. The final touch of the lotion is not heavy, which I love for my combination skin. Buyer for LIFE!

  22. Gregory M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wow!
    • After years of searching to find products that worked for my skin, I've arrived! Customer Service suggested the perfect solution. After only one week, this system has completely transformed my skin. I absolutely love it! I would like to make a suggestion however. It would be nice if this system came with two (smaller) moisturizing lotions... the current Hydralight lotion for nighttime use, as well as another lotion with SPF to use during the day. :)

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, March 06, 2013
    Thank you for the review, and we're thrilled to share the summer of 2013 is the launch of our Hydralight SPF 30! We're sure you will love it. Please contact our Customer Care Department with any questions.
    —Admin
  23. Molly B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 10, 2013
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing results!
    • I purchased this system in December 2012, after recommendations from friends, and reading the reviews. I have used it faithfully, morning and night. The difference in my skin's texture and appearance is nothing short of amazing. My skin is MUCH softer, there are no more rough spots.. the redness from my mild rosacea is pretty much gone. My pores are noticeably smaller, as well. I think offering these in a set is a great way to try all the products in this line, although I will probably purchase individually from now on, so I can try out some other products.

  24. Tammy Z.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    I wanted to love it.
    • I was so impressed with all of the information on this site, so I couldn't wait to try Paula's Choice. I've always thought I had combination/oily acne prone skin. I decided to take the less is more approach and ordered the Essential Hydralight System. I like how it comes with labels for your products so you know what to use day and night. It also seems like a thoroughly researched well made product line, however, it doesn't work for me. My skin got dry and flaky, and felt irritated. I stopped using it, and have been trying to find another skin care line that works well for my skin. I wish there was small "travel kit" sizes of the different product lines to try. I absolutely hate dealing with sample packets. I've learned my lesson. My skin has a mind of it's own, so I need to try product samples first, so I don't lose my investment if it doesn't work. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your feedback. We encourage you to contact customer care at 1.800.831.4088, we are happy to discuss your skin type and send out complimentary samples of some alternative options. If you have any questions please let us know, we are always happy to help.

  25. Carol
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 09, 2012
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I love the cleanser and moisturizer
    • I've been using the cleanser from this line forever and just began using the moisturizer this year. I also use the Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion and the 1% BHA Gel. These products all work great for me, although I'm surprised that there is no Hydralight sunscreen, since the Skin Balancing, Moisture Boost and Skin Recovery lines all have a sunscreen. Customer Care Response: Thank you for your review. We are happy to announce that we will be adding a Daily Moisturizer to the Hydralight system later this year! In the meantime any of our other daytime moisturizers can be used with this line. If you have any questions please let us know, we are happy to help!

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Products in the Hydralight Super Kit Include:
 

Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser:
Normal to Oily/Combination Skin
Experience a fresh, clean sensation every time you wash your face with this clear gel cleanser.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner:
Normal to Oily/Combination Skin
Improve skin function and reduce cellular damage with this unique, antioxidant-rich toner.

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:
All Skin Types
Exfoliate, reduce breakouts, and lightly hydrate with this weightless matte finish lotion.

Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30:
Normal to Oily/Combination Skin
This lightweight daytime moisturizer provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection and leaves a soft, powder like matte finish.

Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion:
Normal to Oily/Combination Skin
Experience this innovative, fast-absorbing, ultra-light formula that keeps skin fresh, matte, and looking smooth and healthy.

FREE Pack of Oil-Blotting Papers:
These handy and discrete Oil-Blotting Papers instantly absorb excess surface oil and leave your skin smooth and matte. These tissue-thin papers will not disturb your makeup nor will they add any powder to the skin.

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.

Sources to support the claims made for Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner

Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Cancer Prevention Research, February 2010, pages 170–178; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304; Phytotherapy Research, September 2009, pages 1,197–1,204; Skin Research and Technology, August 2009, pages 338–345; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,057–1,065; Experimental Dermatology, June 2009, pages 522–526; Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; and Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, October 1999, pages 3,954–3,962.

Sources to support the claims made for SKIN PERFECTING 1% BHA Lotion EXFoliant

Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2006, pages 416–421; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Preservatives for Cosmetics, 1996, by David Steinberg, Allured Publishing, pages 39-40; Pain, January 1996, pages 71–82; and Seminars in Dermatology, December 1990, pages 305–308.

Sources to Support the Claims Made for Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30

Experimental Dermatology, June 2011, pages 477–482; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2011, pages 178–187; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, August 2009, pages 56–59; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23–34; Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, May 2008, pages S139–S148; Acta-Dermatovenereologica Croatia, Volume 15, Issue 2, 2007, pages 92-95; and Volume 11, Issue 3, 2003, pages 158–162; and Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, September 2007, pages 1–4.

Sources to support the claims made for Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion

British Journal of Dermatology, August 2007, pages 295–300; Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2005, pages 287–295; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September–October 2004, pages 207–213; International Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, July 2004, pages 1141–1146; Nature Medicine, February 2003, pages 225–229; Microscopy Research and Technique, January 2003, pages 107–114; Journal of Lipid Research, May 2002, pages 794–804; Free Radical Research, April 2002, pages 471–477; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, March 2002, pages 402–408; Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2001, pages 37–40; and British Journal of Dermatology, November 1995, pages 679–685.

Key Ingredients: vitamin E, sodium PCA, sodium hyaluronate, zinc oxide, vitamin C, caprylic/capric triglyceride, phytosphingosine, algae extract, bisabolol, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, cyclomethicone, green tea, titanium dioxide, superoxide dismutase, cranberry seed extract, dimethicone, willow herb, squalane, salicylic acid, glycerin, Avena sativa, panthenol, pomegranate extract, tocopheryl acetate, allantoin, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Camellia sinensis, grape seed extract, cholesterol

Product Ingredients:

Hydralight One Step Cleanser:
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).

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner:
Water, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin (skin-identical ingredients), Methyl Gluceth-20 (humectant), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol (preservatives), Bisabolol, Panthenol (anti-irritants), Polysorbate-20 (emulsifier), PEG-90M (stabilizer), Sodium Chloride, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Phosphate (pH adjusters), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:
Water, Cetyl Alcohol (thickener/emollient), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (thickener), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Allantoin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Alteromonas Ferment Extract (water-binding agent), Dimethicone, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient/emollient), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Polyacrylate-13 (film-forming agent), Polyisobutene (thickener), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30:
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide 6%; Titanium Dioxide 2.32% (sunscreens). Other Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (thickener),Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents and skin protectants), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier), Caprylyl Methicone (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (emollient thickeners), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming agent), Isohexadecane (dry-finish solvent), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Propylene Glycol (moisture-binding agent), Polyglyceryl-6 Isostearate (emollient), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant),Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agents), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Glycerin, Panthenol (skin-repairing ingredients), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Alumina, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Polyhydroxystearic Acid (thickeners), Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Hexyl Dimethicone (skin-conditioning agent), Diethylhexyl Carbonate (emollient), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (silicone slip agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion:
Water, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone/skin-conditioning agent), Butylene Glycol (water-binding agent), Dimethicone (silicone/skin-conditioning agent), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (gel-based thickener), Propylene Glycol Isoceteth-3 Acetate (water-binding agent), Squalane (emollient), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate (thickener/absorbent), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Cholesterol (skin-identical ingredient), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidants),Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin (skin-identical ingredients), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Sodium PCA, Phytosphingosine (skin-identical ingredients), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (suspending agent), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Laureth-23 (solubolizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid (preservatives).

Hydralight One Step Cleanser:
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.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner:
DIRECTIONS: Apply in the morning and evening, after cleansing. Soak a large cotton ball or pad with Hydralight Toner and gently stroke over face. Do not rinse off. Follow with a Paula's Choice exfoliant and Hydraligiht Moisture-Infusing Lotion. During the day, be sure to protect your skin with a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:
DIRECTIONS: Apply to clean skin. Dispense a dime-sized amount and massage over face, including around the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse off. Follow with Paula's Choice CLEAR Acne Fighting Treatment (if needed), moisturizer, and/or specialty product. For daytime, wear under a product rated SPF 15 or higher.

Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30:
DIRECTIONS: Apply liberally before sun exposure and after using Paula's Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser and Hydralight Healthy Ski Refreshing Toner. May be applied over any Paula's Choice exfoliant or serum. Reapply as needed after swimming, toweling off, or excessive perspiration.

Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion:
DIRECTIONS: Apply after cleansing, toning and exfoliating with products from the Hydralight collection or others from Paula's Choice. Works beautifully around the eyes.

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.

Hydralight One Step Cleanser:

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.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner:

What do toners "tone"? I thought Paula didn't recommend toners!

Paula has always recommended toners that are well-formulated. Toners can be a great after-cleansing step to be sure you've removed all your makeup. When properly formulated, they soothe skin and provide an extra dose of antioxidants and repairing ingredients to help your skin look and act younger.

What are the main differences between the five Paula's Choice toners?

Every Paula's Choice toner repairs skin, provides antioxidants, delivers anti-aging ingredients, and helps remove last traces of makeup. They do not contain alcohol, fragrance, or unnecessary irritants such as menthol, peppermint, and citrus oils. Below you'll find a brief description for each distinct toner.

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a specialized formula designed to supply aging skin with a broad range of ingredients it needs to produce healthy collagen while reducing wrinkles. It is a super-charged version of our popular Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner, with a specific emphasis on improving the signs of aging skin.

Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner is an excellent choice for normal to oily/combination skin. It provides a weightless finish, and although it feels very light, it supplies skin with potent antioxidants and anti-irritants.

Moisture Boost Hydrating Toner contains a broad range of ingredients that aid skin's barrier repair process so those with normal to dry skin will receive even more benefit from their Paula's Choice moisturizer and/or treatment product. Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner feels lighter than our Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner.

Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner for normal to very dry skin is for those who need more help protecting their skin from environmental damage, redness, or dryness. Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has a rich, milky liquid texture and contains more plant oils and other emollients for intense hydration. Excellent for rosacea!

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner for normal to oily/combination skin is excellent to help normalize skin and reduce signs of extreme combination skin (oily and dry areas). Its cell-communicating ingredients help balance skin and reduce enlarged pores.

Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is for all skin types. It has a distinctive, liquid-gel formula bursting with antioxidants proven to repair skin and stimulate collagen production. The formula uses proprietary technology that truly captures the best of nature and modern science.

Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant:

What's the difference between AHA and BHA exfoliants? Do I need both?

When properly formulated, both AHAs and BHA are brilliant options for exfoliating the surface of skin. Both AHA and BHA work to reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and firm skin but each has its special qualities you'll want to consider when deciding which one to use:

  • AHAs are preferred for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate on the surface of skin and have the added benefit of also improving moisture content.
  • BHA is preferred for oily, acne-prone skin and for treating blackheads and white bumps because BHA can get through the oil that's clogging your pores, normalizing the lining of the misshapen pore that contributes to acne.
  • BHA has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial action. Those are two more reasons to use a BHA exfoliant if you have acne or sensitive, reddened skin.
  • BHA is preferred for those struggling with rosacea. Not everyone with rosacea can tolerate an exfoliant, but it is wise to experiment with a BHA product to see how your rosacea responds.

If your skin is sun-damaged and you're also struggling with acne or clogged pores, add a BHA product to your routine.

If you'd like to use an AHA and BHA at the same time, that is an option, though not really necessary. Some people find they work well when they're applied at the same time, but if you want to give this a try it is best to apply them separately, one during the day and one in the evening.

How do I use an AHA or BHA exfoliant?

  • You can apply an AHA or BHA product once or twice a day.
  • You can also apply either of these around the eye area but not on the eyelid or directly under the eye.
  • Apply the AHA or BHA product after your face is cleansed and after your toner has dried.
  • Once the AHA or BHA has been absorbed, you can apply any other product in your routine, such as moisturizer, serum, eye cream, sunscreen, and/or foundation.
  • If you're using a topical prescription product such as Renova, other retinoids, or any of the topical prescription products for rosacea, apply the BHA or AHA first.

Your AHA (glycolic acid) products have a higher percentage than your BHA (salicylic acid) products. Does this mean AHA is a stronger exfoliant?

AHA products are most effective at a 5% to 10% concentration and BHA at 1% to 2% concentration. Think about it like making bread, the amount of yeast you need is tiny in comparison to the amount of flour you use but equally important to get the results you want. The percentage of effectiveness varies depending on the ingredient. Rest assured that the BHA products are not any less effective due to lower concentrations of the exfoliant.

What strength of BHA should I use? Will a higher concentration provide better and faster results?

Which BHA strength you opt to use should be based on your skin type and the stubbornness (or severity) of your acne, white bumps, or blackheads. The 1% BHA strength is a great starting point to see how using a pH-correct BHA can improve the skin's condition. The 2% concentrations can be something you step up to if and when the need arises or if your skin isn't responding well enough to the 1% concentration.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my BHA exfoliant again?

First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of a BHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your BHA again as soon as possible. Or, if your skin seems extra-sensitive, you may want to wait and apply the BHA exfoliant a few days post-procedure. Salicylic acid is an excellent anti-inflammatory ingredient that can enhance skin's natural healing process as it works to reduce post-procedure redness.

Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30:

How does Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 differ from Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Broad-Spectrum SPF 30?

Other than their slightly different SPF ratings, these two daytime moisturizers with sunscreen have different active ingredients. Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, while Skin Balancing Ultra Sheer Daily Defense Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 contains a blend of avobenzone with other non-mineral sunscreen actives. BOTH of these daytime moisturizers provide excellent broad-spectrum sun protection and treat skin to the beneficial antioxidants it needs to look and act younger. Also, both formulas were designed to work well under makeup (they won't cause it to slip off or make oily areas look shiny).

Should I reapply Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30 during the day?

For casual wear, meaning less than four hours total time out in the sun, it is not necessary to reapply sunscreen as you will be protected all day. If you are perspiring or just spending a longer period of time outdoors, this daytime moisturizer with sunscreen should be reapplied. You also have the option of touching up with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater, such as Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15.

Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion:

I have normal to oily skin with dry patches. Should I use Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion or Skin Balancing Moisture Gel?

Hydralight Lotion leaves a finish that leaves skin feeling more moisturized than Skin Balancing Moisture Gel. Skin Balancing Moisture Gel leaves a silky matte finish on the skin, and is a better choice for oily to very oily skin with surface dryness or those who need light moisturizing but don't want any after-feel. Both moisturizers work well under makeup.

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