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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best toner ever!!
from Chicago, IL
About Me Brand Buyer
Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Toner - 6.4 oz:
I use this only once a day, but I see significant improvement every time I use it! It hydrates my skin so well I barely use much moisturizer. It evens complexion, reduces redness, and smooths texture! I love this toner.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Los Angeles, CA
I tried nearly every Paula's Choice toner, and Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner has been the one I keep going back to. It is a water-weight translucent liquid with a mild, natural (but fragrance-free) scent. My skin is normal to oily with dry areas, and I have found this toner to be more "normalizing" or "balancing" than products that are specifically marketed for that purpose. It has proven to be non-irritating, and in fact, is quite soothing to any sensitive areas I might have.For the AM: I don't use this every morning. However, when I need a little extra boost of moisture, I apply with clean hands the first step after cleansing, and before BHA. When used in this way, the toner plumps my skin without being oily or heavy, and provides a delicate amount of hydration that enhances application of subsequent products.For the PM: I use a small amount on a very thin cotton pad to remove traces of sunscreen and makeup leftover from cleansing, and to prepare my skin for subsequent treatments. Since I alternate Renova and AHA, which can be slightly irritating at times, the soothing quality of this toner is very welcome.I waited a long time to review this product, comparing it thoroughly to other products and finishing one bottle over a period of around 9 months. I was skeptical at first that an enriched toner would make so much difference in my skincare routine, especially since my skin used to be a complete oil slick before I learned to use milder cleansers/toners in order to avoid overproduction of oil. Words can hardly do justice to how well this product works for me, but needless to say, it will be my go-to from now on.
Calming and moisturizing
I have extremely dry sensitive skin with moderately severe rosacea. About a month ago I did a complete overhaul of my skin care routine and now approximately 90% of the products I use are Paula's Choice brand. I believe this toner is one of the most beneficial of the new products I'm using. It's calming and moisturizing, not at all greasy or sticky, and I think it helps my skin absorb other products better. My skin also looks less red and feels less irritated overall. I might switch to something a little less moisturizing in the summer, but I'll definitely buy this product again for use during fall and winter.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Best friend for dry skin
from Washington, DC
This is by far my favorite part of my skin care routine. I actually get excited to us it. For reference, I have dry skin that occasionally will get slightly oily in the t zone. It's milky and luxurious. I feel like my skin is "drinking' it in after I wash my face. It's almost like a pre-moisturizer. My skin feels moisturized without the slightest bit of greasiness. And my skin is SO soft after. Seriously it's amazing. I don't use it how the directions say though. I put it directly into my hands and then rub it on my face from there. I only do this because I double cleanser and don't need to wipe away any traces of makeup because I ensure it's all gone before. I feel like this way saves product too. I don't want to lose any to a cotton pad. If you have dry skin or really any type of skin other than super oily....you NEED this in your life.
Worth the splurge
from SF, CA
About Me Budget Buyer
I was hesitant to spend this much on a toner, but if you're serious about avoiding alcohol and fragrance, PC has your back. With this toner I can wipe away the last traces of waterproof mascara under my bottom lashes without irritating my sensitive eye area. My skin absorbs it quickly and feels velvety soft.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
The worst for me!!!
About Me Beauty Expert
I used and loved the moisture boost toner. Since that is discontinued, I got a bottle of this. Terrible idea! My skin is peeling off, red, and so irritated that even my moisture boost moisturizer stung to put on. Paula's Choice is the best, however. They gave me a full refund, and they've mailed me samples of the Calm toner. Hopefully, that will work better, and hopefully my skin will have healed enough for me to try it once it gets here. Right now my face is a mess! Today, people kept asking me what had happened to my skin.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Saving Grace...Hydrating as a Lotion!
from Austin, TX
I described this product as my saving grace to a friend who needed skin care recommendations! I have very dry skin and this is PERFECTION...Exactly what I needed in my skincare routine. I was using the RESIST version before, and while that was better than any other product I'd ever used...This...This is the real deal I need for my very dry skin! Honestly, I had to stop myself from using it as a lotion! It is uber hydrating and does not irritate my very sensitive skin. Love the milky formula very much. Once again, thanks Paulas Choice for this!!!!!
My favorite product in the universe
By St Fidgeta
About Me Minimalist
Honestly, this is the first skin care product that I've ever found to be worth the trouble. It singlehandedly convinced me that facial care products aren't a racket! When I use it, my skin feels great, and I don't get pimples, even when I have PMS. I love it.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Breaks me out horrifically!
About Me Beauty Conscious
This toner has a runny consistency and is milky in colour. It does a great job at hydrating and moisturising the skin but, unfortunately, that is where the benefits end for me. I don't know which ingredient is responsible but this toner breaks me out horrifically! Every time I use it I get at least 5 sore, angry red pimples. Some of these pimples are pustules and one or 2 are deep cystic pimples. This is concerning as I very rarely get cystic acne. I was really hoping it wasn't this product but it's the only thing I've added to the routine and I stop developing this acne every time I remove it from my routine as a test. I do not recommend it to acne-prone individuals!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Customer Service Response: 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.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I love everything about this toner other than its packaging
from New York
The products softens and soothes my dry skin while reducing fine lines. I love everything about it but the packaging. More than half my bottle of toner leaked out of the container while I was traveling by plane about 2 weeks ago . Despite the leakage i've continued to use the toner because its just that good of a product but because of said leakage I dont know if i'll be ordering it again and If I do I definitely wont be traveling with it .I just wanted to give others who travel often a heads up before they choose to purchase this toner.