SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser
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SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser
This skin-softening cream cleanser gently removes makeup without stripping skin of essential moisture. Hydrating ingredients replenish skin to keep a dewy beautiful glow.

SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser

Based on 263 reviews

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This skin-softening cream cleanser gently removes makeup without stripping skin of essential moisture. Hydrating ingredients replenish skin to keep a dewy beautiful glow.
  • Preserves skin’s moisture content
  • Cushions and softens skin
  • Creamy smooth formula glides over skin
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Extra Sensitive Skin, Dry/Very Dry Skin
Concerns:
Redness

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    8 oz
    $18.00
    16 oz
    $26.00
    Sample
    $0.50

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Why is it different?
SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser’s rich, luxuriously hydrating formula rinses easily with water. It works thoroughly, but gently, to comfort dry to very dry skin while visibly improving skin’s softness and suppleness.
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What does it do?
Glides over skin, creating a soft emulsion that cleanses and removes makeup and impurities as it leaves skin feeling smoother, softer, and comfortable. It’s formulated to be gentle for sensitive skin, even skin prone to eczema.
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How to use
Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth.
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Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2014, issue 9, pages 1021-5

Indian Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2016, issue 3, pages 279-287

Skin Research and Technology, February 2001, issue 1, pages 49–55

Ingredients
Product Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Hydrogenated Polydecene (texture-enhancing), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (cleansing), Glycine Soja Oil (soybean oil/antioxidant/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Laureth-4 (texture-enhancing), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract, Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing), Paraffinum Liquidum (emollient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative).

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Paula's Choice SkincareSKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz
 
4.2

(based on 263 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (172)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (42)
  • Moisturizing (39)
  • Not greasy (30)
  • Leaves clean feel (28)
  • Improves skin texture (24)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (5)
  • Bad smell (4)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (4)
  • Doesn't work (3)
  • Dries out skin (3)

Best Uses

  • Dry skin (33)
  • Sensitive skin (33)
  • Daily use (28)
  • Combination skin (10)
  • Acne-prone skin (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (27), Budget shopper (17), Beauty conscious (4)
    • Skin Type:
    • Dry (4), Normal (3)

Reviewed by 263 customers

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5.0

Gentle cleanser

By Amanda

from Maine

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Gentle
  • Moisturizing

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Combination Skin

    Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

    This cleanser never leaves my skin feeling stripped, just clean and soft. I do have to use eye makeup remover but that's to be expected with some tough mascara. I have combo skin and have used this for years, the best cleanser!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Not good for my sensitive skin

    By BlueSky

    from Georgia

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Leaves Clean Feel
    • Moisturizing

    Cons

    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

    • Dry Skin

    Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

    I loved this when I first started using it. It cleansed my skin without drying it out and seemed gentle. I used it for a long time with no problems, and thus I kept using it even after I began having problems with red, irritated skin and a burning sensation under my eyes. I assumed something else was causing the problem but, unfortunately, I was wrong. I did some research and discovered that one this cleanser's ingredients--Cocamidopropyl Betaine--causes allergic reaction in a small number of people. I stopped using this and other products containing it (it's in a lot of stuff) and my skin calmed down immediately. It is a great cleanser for dry skin but it's misleading to market it for extra-sensitive skin.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Always great customer service from Paula's Choice.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A basic, but effective standby

    By Marie

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Balances Skin
    • Gentle
    • Improves Skin Texture
    • Leaves Clean Feel
    • Moisturizing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Combination Skin
      • Dry Skin
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

      This is one of the cleansers that I like to have on hand while I'm trying new products in case something sensitizes my skin. This doesn't leave my skin feeling tight and itchy like all gel cleansers do. It doesn't feel greasy in my oily areas either, I just use less layers of hydrating and moisturizing products there.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My HG cleanser for umpteen years

      By Gail

      from VA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Gentle
      • Moisturizing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

        This is the cleanser I have used for my uber-sensitive rosacea skin for most of the last 15 years. Many other cleansers turn me red or feel stripping/drying. This cleanser leaves my skin calm and clean. I love it and will never use anything else unless it is discontinued or reformulated to include something I'm sensitive to.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it, love it even more with a muslin cloth

        By Amy H.

        from NYC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Gentle
        • Moisturizing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

          I've been using this for about a year now and I love it for my sensitive skin. I use it in with morning in the shower and sometimes at night when removing makeup. Sometimes I need a little extra help with removing long-wear makeup first, but otherwise if allowed to sit for a bit it does a good job of fulling cleaning my face.

          I like it now more that I have started using it with a muslin cloth. Press warm cloth into the face first, apply the cleanser, allow to sit for a minute, steam and massage face with the warm cloth, removing the remainder with a quick rinse.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Holy Grail for Combination Skin

          By LGPan

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Balances Skin
          • Gentle
          • Improves Skin Texture
          • Moisturizing
          • Not Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Combination Skin
            • Daily Use
            • Dry Skin
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

            This is my holy grail - please never change or discontinue it! I'm in my mid-thirties and have combination skin with a slightly oily t-zone. I began developing dry patches on my face a couple of years ago and nothing seemed to help. I started using this cleanser a year ago and it solved the problem within a month! I use it morning and night and haven't had any recurrence of those awful dry patches. It did burn slightly the first few weeks of using it on my scaly spots, but that went away and I haven't had a problem since! It takes a full face of makeup off - including eye makeup - very effectively.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not drying but did burn slightly

            By SensitiveSkin

            from Ottawa, Ontario

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Pros

            • Moisturizing
            • Not Greasy

            Cons

            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

              Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

              While this product didn't dry my skin - even in these dry winter months - it did create a mild burning sensation when I used it every day, and therefore made my sensitive skin red. Normally I would use Moisture Boost but at the time (a couple of months ago) it was discontinued.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Debating between Skin Recovery and Moisterizer Cleanser?

              By Armanda

              from Phoenix ,Az

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Pros

              • Gentle
              • Moisturizing
              • Not Greasy
              • Smells Great

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Daily Use

                Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

                I tried the moisturizing cleanser and when I ran out I bought the skin recovery cleanser because it was on sale at the time. I wish I would have just reordered the moisturizing cleanser.
                Skin Recovery cleanser feels like you are cleaning your face with a lotion or a cream. It doesn't feel as silky, doesn't lather at all and doesn't remove make up as good as the moisturizing cleaner so my face didn't feel as clean.
                Both are gentle, fragrance free, and skin does not feel dry afterwardw but the moisturizing is just a far more superior , more luxurious cleanser that I really love!!

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My go to.

                By Jessica

                from Minnesota

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balances Skin
                • Gentle
                • Improves Skin Texture
                • Moisturizing

                Cons

                • Bad Smell

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Dry Skin
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

                I forgot my cleanser at family's house over Christmas break, so I had been using another for 1 week. Big mistake. Dry patches and breakouts from irritation. This never happens with this cleanser. It is the best. I have been using it for about 3 years, and this is the first time without it for a week, and it shows. Getting more right now. I get this doesn't work for everyone, but for my delicate, dry, and sensitive skin in northern US, it is THE BEST.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fantastic Cleanser!

                By Katie

                from Garden City, MI

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Balances Skin
                • Gentle
                • Improves Skin Texture
                • Leaves Clean Feel
                • Moisturizing
                • Not Greasy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Combination Skin
                  • Daily Use
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser - 16 oz:

                  I think this cleanser is fantastic. It really works well with my sensitive, combination skin leaving it hydrated and clean. I use it twice a day. I do use eye makeup remover to take off eye makeup first in the evening. Other than that, it removes makeup and sunscreen fine. I really love this product, and will definitely repurchase again and again.

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