SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser
Based on 282 reviews
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 282 reviews
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:
Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin
Skin Redness
    8 oz
    16 oz
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.
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.
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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Phytotherapy Research, February 2014, issue 2, pages 159-66

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

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), Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), 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).

Ratings & Reviews

Graduated from Moisture Boost to this!


I've been a big fan and user of Moisture Boost cleanser ever since it came out as one of the first, if not the very first in one form or another, of the Paula's Choice facial cleansers. However, that was a long time ago! I am older now -65 - and my skin is drier, thinner, and more delicate. Also, we've moved to a colder climate that is much harder on my skin as well. I tried this for the first time this winter, and am hooked. It cleanses thoroughly, and yet my skin is soft, and never irritated. No breakouts, either! It also works beautifully with the coordinating toner. I see me using this during the warmer months as well. Great product, and a keeper in my curated routine.


Springdale, AR


A favorite staple


I have extreme combo skin, very oily in the T-zone and very dry on cheeks and neck. In my quest for the ultimate skin care regime, I have settled on an evening cleansing routine that involves a first cleanse with an emulsifying cleansing oil or balm, followed by a 2nd cleanse using a gentle creamy cleanser. This method has worked very well for me because it removes physical sunscreen, waterproof concealer and sebum with the lightest touch. Taking the gentle approach with nourishing cleansers has actually made my oily parts LESS oily, and has kept my drier areas from becoming overly parched. To that end, Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser has worked amazingly well as a 2nd cleanse. My criteria are geared toward mildness--I need something that doesn't irritate and won't strip my face or damage my moisture barrier. I imagine if this were the only cleanser being used, it might not have enough oomph to clean away a day's worth of makeup and dirt, but I don't expect it to. It works exceedingly well to prevent dryness and irritation I get when using harsher cleansers. And its slippery texture allows me to massage the skin without tugging or friction, which helps loosen pore buildup in my oily areas. Win-win as I can balance both my dry and oily areas. My other go-to is LaRoche Posay Toleriane, which has a similar texture and mildness. At full retail price, the PC is half the cost of the LRP per ounce. Sometimes I prefer the LRP because it is a slightly simpler formula which has less potential to cause irritation. However, I have a very soft spot for the entire PC Skin Recovery line. It never disappoints in handling extremely dry and/or sensitive skin concerns, and Skin Recovery cleanser is among my favorite staples!


Los Angeles


Fantastic skin wash!


My Mother bought this skin wash for me for Christmas, I have such very dry skin! But not no more, I have been using this wash for 2 and 1/2 weeks and my skin has never been better! I have tried Lovely Skin, the Skin Store looking for something for very dry skin, and if you have dry sensitive skin look no further Paula's choice is for you. Thank You Paula's Choice.


Taylor, MI


Favorite cleanser I ever tried - sensitive skin / rosacea


I found this cleanser when searching for products that wouldn't irritate my mild-moderate rosacea. A lot of cleansers I tried, even the ones described as for dry skin, anti-aging, rich, etc, still felt way too drying and just not good on my skin. This is by far my favorite and I have been using it for 2 years now. It has a rich texture that definitely doesn't dry my skin out and doesn't irritate it, but it still does a good job cleansing. Only thing it doesn't do particularly well is remove eye makeup, otherwise it's fine to remove makeup with.


Tampa, Florida


Favorite cleanser - have been using for years


This is my daily cleanser, morning and night. I have dry sensitive skin. I wear a little makeup on a daily basis including mascara. My mascara is long-wearing but not waterproof. This takes off all my makeup easily and completely but never dries out my skin or makes it feel tight. Love this product!




Love at first use


I have only used this cleanser once and I'm in love. After washing my face I felt both clean and moisturized. The product did not burn or dry my skin and also did not leave me greasy or feeling not all the way clean.




My go to skin cleanser


I have been using skin recovery moisturizing skin cleanser for years. leaves my skin feeling soft but very clean, doesn't try me out, even though I I have dry skin. I travel with it, would never never use the soap's in the hotel. I often have compliments on my skin.




Love It


I used to have such dry, tight skin but this makes my skin feel super clean yet hydrated.




All around perfect cleaner!


If it ain't broke, don't fix it! This has been my sole cleanser since it came into existence and I usually buy the BIG bottles so I never run out. (Or stock up on sales) What's not to Love? Takes my Makeup off Including Washable Eye Make up Simply/Effectively, Cleanses without Stripping/Drying, Gentle, Moisturizing without Oiliness or Residue. And I follow up with another Winner...Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner twice a day which is a Must Have also of mine. I don't get the responses of awful smell? Really not much of an anything smell to it. Bad batch maybe? Here's hoping the New Kids on the Block won't mess with this fabulous combo!


Central California


Calms my rosacea/acne-prone combination skin!


I love this cleanser! I originally ordered the tester size just to try it out. I have combination skin and am prone to breaking out/redness and inflammation. While I do use acne cleansers, they can be drying and harsh on my sensitive skin. This cleanser removes makeup, nourishes and hydrates, and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. I think it has also helped my acne by calming my skin's irritation!


Asheville, NC



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