RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
Based on 212 reviews
A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.

RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

Based on 212 reviews
A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.
  • Cleanses without dryness or leaving a tight feeling
  • Contains skin-restoring ingredients
  • Hydrating lotion formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
    6.4 oz
    11.3 oz
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser gently but effectively removes makeup and cleanses skin without dehydrating or leaving a tight feeling on skin.

What does it do?
Replenishes and helps to preserve skin’s healthy barrier while effectively cleansing skin. The result? Visibly smoother, younger-looking skin with each use!
How to use

Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser (1-2 pumps) 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.

Show details

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, volume 136, issue 8, pages 989-94

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2000, issue 1, pages 21-52

International Journal of Molecular Science, 2016, issue 3, pages 401

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

Product Ingredients

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/texture-enhancing), Decyl Glucoside (cleansing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing), PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether (texture-enhancing), Methyl Gluceth-20 (hydration/texture-enhancing),Glyceryl Stearate (texture-enhancing), Stearyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Polyacrylamide (texture-enhancing), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Sapindus Mukurossi Peel Extract (soapberry extract, cleansing), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (cleansing), C13-14 Isoparaffin (texture-enhancing), Laureth-7 (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, C10-16 Alkyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Ethylhexylglycerin.

Ratings & Reviews

Super gentle


Extremely good for the harsh winters in NYC. I switch to this cleanser because the weather is too cold and dry.

PC fan



Great cleanser for dry, sensitive skin


I've been using this product for about 3 months now and it's the only cleanser I've ever found that doesn't leave my dry skin feeling tight and looking flaky. I don't use it to take off mascara ( I use makeup remover cloths for that) but it washes off the rest of my makeup very well and is gentle on my sensitive skin.


Minneapolis, MN


My best cleanser ever!


I use this cleanser with a washcloth on days when I use lots of makeup and concealers. İn the morning I follow with the resist toner. It removes my make up very well with a washcloth no residue and no dryness at all. Very happy with this stuff. Pleaae continue this one, don't want to be without it.






Have been using this cleanser for years. I have combination skin and this cleanser does a great job without drying my skin. It does exactly what it says. Very pleased with this cleanser and the other Resist products.




Perfect for winter!


I have never given a cleanser much "weight" in my skincare routine and have always just used Oil of Olay sensitive skin cleanser thinking why spend money on a cleanser when it just washes down the drain? I had no idea how much a cleanser could actually improve my skin! After having chronic dry patches of skin throughout last winter I finally decided to try a more moisturizing face wash. I went to Paula's fantastic Beautypedia website and tried several of the drugstore cleansers the website recommended. They were just ok but none of them relieved the dry patches so I finally took the plunge and splurged on this PC resist line cleanser and WOWWW! What a difference! My occasional breakouts stopped altogether and I haven't had any dry patches of skin! During the hot summer I used the other light blue resist cleanser and also had wonderful results! I'm so happy I added PC resist cleansers to my skincare routine!!!


Southern California




I love this cleanser! I use cleansing balm to remove my make up then use resist cleanser. I agree with one of the reviewers regarding the pump. I have to turn it upside down, unscrew it to get more out. There's quite a bit leftover. This is a staple and have repurchased many times. Leaves my face feeling moisturized and not right.


Cincinnati, Ohio


Clean Sheen + No Stripping + No Oily = Repeat Purchase


I (used to) go through different facial cleansers but this is the first one that I have re-purchased and keep coming back to. Thanks to this cleanser, I now know that my face is, in and of itself, 'normal' and that my cleanser/moisturizer cycle has been the root problem. After washing my face with some other (usually drugstore) cleanser that smelled good, I'd feel crackley. (Now I understand the role of alcohol and fragrance but not at 17!) If I would then find a cleanser for dry skin, in response, I might develop an uncharacteristic zit OR I'd feel a film over my face and not feel clean at all. But then if I used one for acne, I'd feel stripped, parched, and aged. Humorously, during these times, I'd make faces at myself in the mirror just staring at lines that weren't there before. And with each new cleanser, I'd feel the need to buy a particular moisturizer to address whatever the cleanser had done to me. It was a cycle, truly. Skin feels stripped? Let me buy some heavy grease - cream. Feeling a little pimply? Let me go crazy with all the acids and destroy my barrier. Rash on the face due to killed barrier? Let me throw some petrolatum on that bad boy and apply heavy make-up (that smells great!). It's amazing my face hasn't melted off. One day, I ordered the Paula's Choice RESIST Essential Kit which gave me the opportunity to try the cleanser. It was then I met my new friend. I wash my face, pat dry, feel clean, and have a healthy sheen. I do not have a cracked dry face and neither do I feel any weird or waxy film on it. I never knew this was an experience I could capture; feeling clean, healthy glow, no greasiness, and also not stripped out. This is the best! Thanks.


South Carolina




I take a medication that really dries out my skin. This cleanser is great and doesn't bother my sensitive skin! So glad I found this!


Overland Park


No-nonsense product, it just works!


Absolutely love this no-nonsense product, it just works! It very soft to my sensitive skin. Thought back in the day that a drugstore facewash would be just as good, but... it's not. There truly is a differnece in quality and results.


Miami, Florida




I was shocked that this cleanser was actually able to remove all my stubborn makeup (even mascara!) while not drying out my skin. Truly the best cleanser around.


Toronto Canada


RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser

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