CLINICAL Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer
Based on 123 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 123 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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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

This stuff is spectacular


I bought this thinking it would be very basic. It's not. It is better than every moisturizer I've ever purchased and I love high end skin care. I have genetically great skin. This takes it to another level. I use it at night over the 2% or 4% exfoliants with salycilic acid. I wake up and my skin is tauter with beautiful bounce and the vitamin c they have in this is magic. For someone 40+ this is a godsend




My favorite Paula product yet


Great for my acne prone, dry/oily combo skin and within 1 week my skin glows!!


Portland, OR


Great for oily congested skin


I use a lot of Paula's products and my skin has never been as clear as it is now. I'm 36 with a very very oily t-zone. I have never been a fan of moisturizers because my skin usually feels more oily or congested afterwards but this makes my skin feel wonderful in the morning and enhances the other products I use. I think if you have normal or dry skin you may want something more moisturizing or heavier though.


Portland OR


"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


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.




Exceptional Delivery


I just received this product and, of course, have not even had the chance to try it yet. See below:


Calgary, AB CANADA




Only impressive ingredients that led to exquisite results.


Northern CA


I never believed in "anti-aging" until I've used this cream


I never believed in "anti-aging" until I have used this moisturizer for three months. The results are really fantastic. However, along the journey I there was a time when this product literally ruined my skin. You have to be really CAREFUL with it. Forget about the name, this is not a benign ceramide cream. It contains a hefty dose of vitamin C (2nd ingredient) and retinol (0.1%). The first few days I have generously slathered this cream after my usual AHA/BHA application including the entire eye area. In less than a week, I had a very bad "retinol burn": my skin was raw, eyes swollen, moisture barrier ruined. I looked and felt awful, my skin literally hurt. At that point, I could have returned the product and written the worst review ever. It took me over a week to get my skin back to a reasonable state. Once my skin healed, I went back to using this ceramide moisturizer. I started applying a pea sized amount after cleansing in the evening, no AHA or BHA, not too close to the eye area, and followed with a non-retinol moisturizer ( Omega+ Serum and/or Moisture Boost) as needed. This time I had no negative reaction, only wonderful results. After several weeks, my skin was transformed. My skin texture changed, it was considerably smoother. As a result, light bounced of the smooth surface and my skin gained radiance. I am in my early forties, and was constantly looking for highlighters to give me back the lost radiance. Not anymore. After a few more weeks of use, my nasolabial folds and frown lines are much less apparent, my skin definitely looks and feels firmer. I had two friends ask me if I did something to my face. I could not be happier with the results. I was already taking good care of my skin before using this product and my skin was in a very good condition (thank you Paula). This moisturizer took it literally to the next level. I have already purchased a back up bottle and will continue to use this product as long as Paula's Choice makes it.


Columbus, OH




I rarely write reviews but I had to write one about this product. After only a few weeks of use, I noticed some of my fine lines were distinctly diminished. Mostly lines around my mouth and around my eyes. I thought this was incredible! I really believe my skin is firmer, which is my number one concern. This is one of the products, along with exfoliants and vitamin C serum, that is a must-have for me. Please don't ever discontinue this product!


Kansas City


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