Created by a true ‘skintellectual’, Paula’s Choice offers one of the most comprehensive collections of topical skin care on the market. Whatever your skin type, here’s how to build a daily routine using their best-selling products.
Skin Type: Oily and Blemish-Prone
If you struggle with shine and breakouts, Paula’s Choice can help. Their CLEAR range is perfect for problem skin and addresses excessive sebum production, blocked pores and congestion using a combination of acids, lightweight hydrators and natural clays. The most simplistic routine consists of just three steps: a good cleanser, an exfoliant and a moisturiser.
Try the CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser, which uses Salicylic Acid to decongest the pores, followed by the best-selling Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. This fast-absorbing exfoliating toner removes dead cells from the surface of the skin and from within the pores to create a clearer-looking complexion over time. Complete this everyday routine with the CLEAR Ultra-Light Daily Hydrating Fluid, which provides grease-free hydration and sun protection, to care for the skin without causing breakouts.
Skin Type: Dry
To improve the health of dry skin, Paula’s Choice recommend using products that contain antioxidants and barrier-strengthening ingredients, such as Ceramides, to help prevent moisture loss. The creamy RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser removes impurities without disrupting the skin barrier, making it perfect for dry complexions, while the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturising Lotion SPF30 uses antioxidants and Ceramides to hydrate and repair the skin with every application.
For additional hydration, treat skin to the CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturiser on very dry days or incorporate a moisturising mask into your routine, such as the Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask, which uses nourishing plant oils, essential fatty acids and lipids to restore comfort in minutes.
Skin Type: Combination
Restoring balance is the key focus for combination skin types, so look for products that offer the best of both worlds. Try the Defense Hydrating Gel-to-Cream Cleanser to purify and prepare the skin for the application of serums and treatments, and add the Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel to your routine. This gel moisturiser contains a blend of Glycerin, Oat Extracts and Niacinamide to help restore balance to skin that has both oily and dry patches. Still get breakouts every now and then? Apply the Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask to problem areas to combat blocked pores and shine.
Skin Type: Sensitive
Combating redness and frequent flare-ups can be difficult, which is why Paula’s Choice have created an entire sub-range dedicated to soothing and strengthening weak skin. The CALM range is gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet still delivers results, meaning you never have to worry about choosing between the two again. The CALM 1% BHA Exfoliant makes regular exfoliating safe for sensitive skin by using a low concentration of Salicylic Acid to refine uneven texture and tone. To combat inflammation, try the CALM Repairing Serum which uses Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides and Sea Whip Extract to soothe and rebuild the skin barrier. Complete your routine with the CALM Mineral Moisturiser Normal to Dry SPF30, which is also available in a version for oily skin types.
Boosters for All Skin Types
Quite happy with your routine? If you don’t want to change too much but are looking for an easy way to update your existing regime, try one of the Paula’s Choice boosters. These can be used alone or mixed into your existing serums and creams to create a complexion-perfecting cocktail. Want to target dullness and dark spots? Try the C15 Super Booster. Want to add extra moisture to your skin? Mix the Hyaluronic Acid Booster into your face cream. For something more corrective, try the 1% Retinol Booster.
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