CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer
Based on 116 reviews


CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer
Fortify skin’s protective barrier with concentrated ceramides to visibly smooth wrinkles, renew a firmer feel, and enhance moisture balance for plumper skin.

CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer

Based on 116 reviews


Visibly smooth wrinkles, renew a firmer feel and enhance moisture balance with a concentrated blend of ceramides plus a potent blend of vitamin c and retinol that plumps skin and fortifies skin’s protective barrier.
  • Strengthens the building blocks of healthy skin
  • Replenishing lipids deliver a supple look & feel
  • Creamy-smooth lotion intensely hydrates
  • Use daily to keep skin firm & resilient
Skin Types:
All Skin Types
Anti-Aging, Wrinkles

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Why is it different?
An unprecedented combination of ceramides, plus retinol and vitamin C, in one moisturizer for dramatically younger-looking skin. This is the first formulation with our CollagenSupport Complex, which acts as a binding agent to keep the outer layers of skin hydrated and resilient.
What does it do?
As we age, the ceramides that keep skin healthy and strong decline. This formula steps in to give skin back five essential ceramides to restore firmer-looking, supple-feeling skin. Retinol and vitamin C further help skin to regain its vitality, while soothing emollients soften the appearance of wrinkles.
How to use
At night, use as the last step in your skincare routine. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
Note: This anti-aging moisturizer contains a stronger, highly focused mix of anti-aging ingredients, including several forms of vitamin C and retinol. For best results, do not apply at the same time as other vitamin C or retinol products until you see how your skin responds. If you experience signs of sensitivity, reduce frequency of use.
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Key Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (texture enhancer, Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (texture enhancer), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate (hydration), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (emollient), Dimethicone (emollient), Glyceryl Ascorbate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidants), Retinol (vitamin A/skin-restoring), Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Cholesterol, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine (skin-replenishing), Squalane (emollient), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (pomegranate/antioxidant), Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Carnosine (skin-restoring), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Ceteareth-25 (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Ethylhexyl Stearate (emollient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Trideceth-6 (emulsifier), Propyl Gallate (antioxidant),Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agents), Behenic Acid (texture enhancer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

"Your face GLOWS."


I bought this product as part of a sale—I could never afford to buy it regularly—but in the month or so I've been using it, several people have told me, "Your face GLOWS," and have asked if I used any special products. I told the about this and the 2% BHA Exfoliating Liquid.


Issaquah, WA

ceramide enriched firming moisturizer


very irritating mde my skin breakout

bridgeport ct.

I like it but it only last 1 month and I wasn't using daily!


Made my skin look and feel hydrated but for the price totally not worth it. I bought two, one for a friend and one for myself. I started using it about 4-5 times a week (I have a lot of products) after my birthday at the end of March and by May 5th it was empty! That is less than a month's worth at daily use for that price. My friend still has some left and she uses it daily so maybe my pump was dispensing too much?


Victoria, BC

Not terrible; not great


It has a nice texture but after over a month of using it I don't notice any difference in the firmness of my skin. It's ok, but I won't buy again.



Definitely made a difference!


I've been Paula's Choice customer since the beginning. I just turned 65 and most people think I'm a lot younger. I'm convinced that yes, good genes, but also good skin care my whole life has made the difference. I have very sensitive skin, but had absolutely no problem using this product. No burning, etc. In fact, It gives my skin a firmer look and a bit of a glow that I used to have with much younger skin. I started using it at night, but now use it both morning and night. It doesn't go on first and perhaps that's why I don't have sensitivity issues with it. In the morning I apply my serum/peptide booster, then the Ceramide enriched firming moisturizer. I follow that with the Paula's Choice Anti-aging moisturizer with 50 sunscreen. Sounds like a lot, takes not even five minutes. At night after I cleanse and tone, exfoliate with the gentle 10% Resist Smoothing lotion, I follow with this product, then I do add a nightime moisturizer - usually Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer. I have very dry skin, especially in winter, so I might add a touch of extra moisturizer or the renewal mask to that. Again - five minutes - not even. And it only take a tiny bit of each. So easy I even do it while camping. One thing that I love about this and all the PC products is the no-nonsense claims and the delivery system of each product. Jars don't work - everything oxidizes and loses its effectiveness right away when opened. One the first lessons I learned from Paula. So thank you! Good genes will only take you so far. Skincare with the right products and consistency make all the difference.



Update to an Earlier Review


I ran out, no more pumps dispensed, so I endeavoured to break the bottle open. I was thinking I'd be able to get more product inside, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the pump system emptied the bottle. There was not more than a tenth of a small pea size left! I am impressed. Honestly, I am also impressed that I could wrangle it open; the packaging is very secure.



Very strong, quick results, texture just okay


This is a very strong retinol and vitamin C product. Start out with just once a week and build up to every day or every other day. I mix mine with CeraVe PM lotion because this cream is not moisturizing at all. This makes it a bit more mild too. Caution around the eye area, it made my skin sensitive there. I can only use it at night because the texture is so silicone-y that it balls up with sunscreen during the day. I don't know why they call this a moisturizer... It should be marketed as a strong treatment. It burns slightly for a moment but the other ingredients buffer the strong retinol so I haven't had any peeling. Good for travel if you don't want to bring separate retinol and vitamin C along. Even with its caveats I can't give this up because it makes my skin look incredibly smooth, even, and plump.



Not what I hoped for


This moisturizer left my skin feeling dry. I haven't noticed any improvement and/or changes in my skin. For the price point it was a complete waste of my money. If I had my receipt I would be returning it.


Charlotte, NC

Working well after a couple of weeks


I've liked this product so far. I'm in my early 40's with oily-combo-acne skin. I'm pretty sensitive to rentinoids. Can't use any benzoyl-peroxide at all. It's been a nice moisturizer. I wanted to add some regular rentinol to see if it reduced my current break outs. It does seem to be helping with cell turn over/healing without causing too much flaking. My overall skin texture and brightness and better too. I've probably been using this for about 1 month.





I really wish I could have used this, as the initial reviews and total cocktail of benefits sounded wonderful, but, sadly, after a couple uses my skin was definitely hurting, where even cleansing was painful. I don't know which ingredient it is, but something is off.


Los Angeles


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