HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser
Based on 244 reviews


HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser
A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser

Based on 244 reviews


A unique gel cleanser that easily removes excess oil, impurities, and makeup while leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.
  • Mild cleansing promotes healthy, luminous skin
  • Lightweight but concentrated gel formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Extra Sensitive Skin, Combination Skin

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    8 oz
    16 oz

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Why is it different?
HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser is an exceptionally gentle gel cleanser that effectively removes impurities and makeup while delivering a refreshed, refined complexion without dryness or residue. Even the most sensitive skin types can use this carefully formulated cleanser.
What does it do?
Skin replenishing ingredients along with mild, but effective cleansing agents preserve skin’s vital moisture barrier leaving skin free from impurities. Skin will feel refreshed and comfortably clean.

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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Product Ingredients

Water, Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (gentle cleansing agent), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing 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-replenishing ingredient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (texture enhancer), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate (stabilizer), Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate (gentle cleansing agent), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Triethanolamine (pH balancer), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Benzophenone-3 (stabilizer),Methylparaben, Propylparaben (preservatives).

Ratings & Reviews

Truly balancing for combination skin


Love this cleanser! It's soothing to my dryer cheek areas but balances my oily t-zone. I will repurchase again and again. Please do not stop making this product ever.




The Most Amazing Cleanser For Super Sensitive, Combo Skin!


I have very sensitive, combination skin, plus I'm on Retin-A, and Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser works perfectly for me. Since most skin care products cause some form of redness on my face, my morning routine consists only of shaving, cleansing using this product, liberally applying Hydralight Shine-Free Mineral Complex SPF 30, then a thin layer of a Neutrogena tinted, waterproof mineral-based SPF 50. This gel cleanser has no trouble removing the sunscreens at the end of the day, also removes excess oil without drying and causes no redness or irritation! Please do not discontinue this product line again. I will never use anything else!


Asheville, NC


Thank You For Bringing This Back!! Best for Sensitive Skin!


I was running out of my stock pile that I purchased when I saw that this was being discontinued and just now saw it available realizing that it had been brought back. Thank you! I kept worrying what I would use when I finally run out. I have eczema on my face, sensitive-finicky skin besides the eczema, skin that is very prone to drying out from even mild cleansers, oily T-zone/inner cheeks (so combo skin), clogged pores on the nose/T-zone area. In my most sensitive irritable state, this cleanser will never irritate or dry out my skin even with vigorous and rinse and repeat cleansing. If my skin is flaring or irritable I always feel better after cleansing with this, cool water and a basic moisturizer. It's very soothing. I have a super weak skin barrier (especially with my eczema) so that even if I just rinse my skin even without cleansing my skin becomes dry and tight without a lot of moisturizer, so of course even some mild cleansers are too drying for me (like Simple Moisturizing Cleanser), but this makes my skin feel better, it softens and moistens my skin. I can only speak for myself but this is a HOLY GRAIL cleanser for me. It's soothing, it cleans it really well (I cleanse messaging well, rinse and repeat with it and use no other cleanser or make up remover and it removes my sunscreen and makeup), and it never irritates and it's super affordable. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing it back!!! I love the brand and what you're about, I love how you have slight variations for all of us to find what exactly works for us. Thanks for listening to those of us that feel we NEED this product. It's hard finding sensitive skin friendly products ESPECIALLY cleansers which can be so harsh. Sensitive skin and dryness go hand in hand feeding each other and this is a double punch.




I will not buy this product again


I was very excited to try this product. It had great reviews, even from people with sensitive, rosacea prone skin. It got one more start compared to the calming cleanser I use. It felt ok while washing my face. But immediate after my skin dried up. Then it was red. I have very sensitive skin and rosacea. It reacts very quickly to irritating products. I have had a very difficult time finding simple cruelty free products that calm my skin and keep the redness at bay. I'm going back to my other cleanser in the PC calming section.






BEST CLEANSER EVER... Thank goodness you brought this product back!!! I LOVE HYDRALIGHT because it totally washes away the oil (without being harsh or irritating), it's fragrance free, and it doesn't cause me to break out. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE... NEVER discontinue HYDRALIGHT One Step Face Cleanser!!!!!!! My face was a total MESS without it!!! I actually have scars, on both my face and jawline/neck area, from breaking out so horribly, because HYDRALIGHT cleanser was no longer available. FYI: I'm a 46 year old woman, who, due to very sensitive skin, has never worn foundation/makeup (except for concealer, on occasion). I believe I started using HYDRALIGHT cleanser ~ 1999, and continued to use it, until it was discontinued. Thank goodness Paula decided to make this product available again, and I'm now back to using the HYDRALIGHT cleanser I've loved all these years (~18 years). I have extremely oily, congested, sensitive, acne-prone skin (inflamed pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, hormonal cysts that intermittently pop up, etc...) However, even with all of my unfortunate skin issues, HYDRALIGHT cleanser became my "lifesaver", and over the years, it really helped to "manage" my skin, keeping things "under control". During the time that HYDRALIGHT was discontinued, and no longer available, I spent an absolute FORTUNE, on a TON of other cleansers, desperately trying to find something suitable, and/or similar, to HYDRALIGHT. However, NOTHING even came close, and my skin looked horrendous... Red, irritated, tons of acne, etc... I was really starting to "freak out"!!! Please know that I am so VERY THANKFUL that Paula listened to her customers, and brought this wonderful cleanser back!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I seriously cannot live without this cleanser... It's the ONLY cleanser on the market that doesn't cause my skin to "freak out". I've been stockpiling this cleanser, as I NEVER want to be without it, ever again!!!


Oceanside, CA




I use this after first using a cleansing balm for removing my makeup and sunscreen. It works fantastically! The only cleanser I've found without a strong scent, which does not irritate my skin or leave a residue.


Santa Clara, CA


This broke me out!!


This cleanser contains sodium laureth sulfate and thats very bad for skin, this ingredient should never be used on skin, it dried my skin and made it itchy and also gave me little bumps all over my face, so disappointed bc i really trusted this brand!!!!

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Chula vista california


Too harsh for my skin


Faithful to the EarthSourced Cleanser for years but decided to try this for the hotter weather months in combination with the Resist 2% BHA once every other day. Like many others have said, it really did not do much to remove make-up, and yet it completely stripped my skin barrier and I got irritated bumps all along my cheeks and jawline. The Sodium Laureth Sulfate is listed rather high in the product list so if you have any suspected skin sensitivities beware. After switching to Cerave my skin is much better.


Louisville, KY


Now bring back the rest of Hydralight, namely the toner!


This is the only Paula's cleanser I can really use - my skin is ultra sensitive, tending simultaneously toward very dehydrated and easily congested, and the products I use have everything to do with exacerbating or fighting those tendencies. It's a tricky balancing act. I have tried to like any of the other cleansers and had to give up after my skin resisted my efforts to be flexible. All the drier skin formulas leave my skin and especially my pores feeling less than clean; all the oily-combo skin cleansers leave my skin unbalanced, parched, or with a tight residue feeling. Hydralight leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, and not the slightest bit dried out or irritated. I've noticed that many Hydralight items are coming back and I am encouraged that Paula's Choice listens to customer feedback: now we need the TONER returned! My experience with Paula's toners have been similar as with cleansers: Hydralight fits the bill. There is a significant portion of loyal Paula's customers who will or cannot make the switchover to the Calm for Oily line, or the Resist for Oily or Skin Balancing lines. Please bring back the full Hydralight line -- we are really only missing the toner now! Please also continue to offer the Hydralight products that have been reintroduced and don't discontinue them again! Thank you.




Cleans well but leaves skin dry


I love the way it goes on - small drop and that's enough to lather around whole face (not sudsy or foamy, but perfect amount of lather). Washes away all makeup (I only use non-waterproof makeup). I feel like it really clears away anything on the skin. Skin feels so clean and smooth after drying it, however moments later the dryness sets it. A mousturizer needed after using it.





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