this is my go-to toner at the moment, definitely preferred to PC's moisture boost -- which isn't a bad toner, it's just not as good. this toner has a milky appearance and a watery texture, and doesn't have any discernable scent (whereas moisture boost kind of smells like play-dough). i have especially dry skin and i can feel this toner restoring moisture and balance to my skin after washing, even though i use a extremely gentle hydrating cleaser that shouldn't strip my skin of moisture. until something better comes along -- and i don't think it will -- i'll keep using this.
I love this toner! Nice and moisturising for my sensitive skin! I love the price of Paula's choice as well. I'd recommend getting this range to people who suffer from redness like me and want to improve their skin's appearance - very happy! Nearly finished and definitely getting more!
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I love this toner. I find that after I shower or wash my face, my skin does not stay red for long after I use this - it really does have a calming effect for me. Also, my skin in general has shown less irritation and sensitivity after I started using this (probably due to the antioxidants and anti-irritants), and feels softer. I decided to purchase this instead of the antioxidant serum for sensitive skin, as I'm not sure that my skin really needs retinol treatment yet. This provides good skin treatment so that I can continue to use my regular moisturizer and still get the benefits of antioxidants.
My skin is both dry, sensitive, and acne prone. I have not used toner since high school as they are usually far too harsh for my skin. This is nice and gentle, it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Like all Paulas Choice products this is fragrance free, and what a relief as toner usually smells awful. Unlike regular toners, this does not burn or sting when applied. This product really stands out even among her other products. I would repurchase as there are no dupes or even comparable products.
Toners get a terrible reputation and mostly with good reason. I remember how tight and dry my face felt the first time I tried a toner as a young teen and I avoided them ever since. In my mind, dry skin types did not need a toner.
Boy, was I wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong! This stuff is THE BEST. My skin soaks this up this product and feels refreshed and extra clean! Out of the bottle, it looks like skim milk and glides on very nicely with a cotton pad. It has no alcohol or added fragrance and actually moisturizers my skin. It's also a wonderful prep for exfoliation (if I use an exfoliant without this my skin is not very happy.). Definitely a must for those with dry, sensitive skin who are looking to add an AHA/BHA exfoliant to their routine.
I HAD THE SAMPLE FOR DRY SKIN.
This toner has many anti irritants to justify the calming claim. It contains humectants and lecithin as a skin identical ingredient wich is capable of helping dry skin.
The fluid is a cross between milky and watery it can slip right out of the hands unless one moves fast. This is great for addition to a gentle routine for dry skin with a moisturizing cleanser lotion and sunscreen every bit counts! but for someone with very dry skin this alone will not work and a heavier cream will be needed.
UPDATE: This does give some significant irritation that I had seen a lot of reviewers mention lately.
i have tried a lot of high end skincare and they seem to irritate my sensitive skin. After using Paula Choice, my skin has calmed down and not irritated. It helped cleared up my acne that I get when my skin is dry and irritated.
I like this toner because:
- milky consistency
- hydrates my skin
- calms my super sensitive skin that tends to get irritated and red easily.
- feels refreshing.
- does not contain fragrance ( my skin does not like products with fragrance)
- gentle on the skin.
Other products I have tried and like are:
- Moisture Boost Cleanser OR Skin Recovery Cleanser
- Skin Recovery Toner OR Moisture Boost Toner
- Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
- Skin Balancing Anti-oxidant Serum
- Skin Balancing Gel Moisturizer
- RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
- The Earth Sourced Skincare Line.
You can order various sample kits and try them to find your skin care regime that works for you. I mix and match my products.
I fell in absolute love with Paula's Choice Skin Recovery line after I had a rosacea flare as a consequence of wrong (stripping harsh) cleansing routine. It's going to be a long way to get my skin to a normal condition again. I was so careless.
I am currently using the toner from SR line and I find it so soothing. It calms reddness after cleansing in seconds. It also feels great on my chest and neck. I use it after I wipe all traces of make up with Bioderma Sensibio or occasional (not every day) soap-free cleansing with SImply Sensitive Boots foam. Then I put my moisturizer and I am good to put makeup on that will glide like a dream. The toner has some silicon in it so it is fabulous as a primer too. It feels more like a serum than a watery toner indeed. I'd recommend to everyone who has sensitive skin condition and dryness at the same time (provided you do your regular patch test as anything might upset your skin in this vulnerable state). I'd be so glad if other girls/boys with rosacea find it as soothing as me. I know how hard it is to find the right product when you are afraid of even touching your skin to say nothing of experimenting with cosmetics. Good luck. xxx
This is the only type of toner I would use. It's alcohol and witch hazel free(which is 15% alcohol), has no fragrance artificial dyes or colorants.It's also contains antioxidants. A toner is not a necessity to me. They're supposed to remove the last traces of make up.But if you're still removing make up when you get to the toning stage , I would seriousy rethink my cleansing regime.I just find this a pleasant product to use.It could replace a serum.Gives skin an antioxidant boost ,very refreshing and calming. This is meant for drier skins, but I'm combination and this suits me fine.Really if you're looking for a well formulated toner, look no further.
My go to toner for removing the last traces of makeup. Adding some antioxidants and moisture to my sensitive skin. I honestly have to have this product. I recently just reordered it about a month ago only not to receive it yet(have emailed PC and they were supposed to get back to me within 48 hours)...have not heard anything yet. Guess they must be pretty busy. But customer service has always been great at Paulas choice. I do wish also that they had this available in larger bottles like the final touch used to be. It would make it less of a hassle because of having to order it and get it in the mail. If I could find something that would even come close to this, which I haven't at the department or drugstore I would stop ordering this but until then I will continue to purchase this as long I can get lucky and actually get it when I buy it. I can blame USPS.