At first I liked this cleanser. I have sensitive skin prone to the rare breakout. It feels luxurious and soft but unfortunately it has caused multiple breakouts in the 3 weeks I have used it, after nearly a year of hardly any. I'm going back to Peter Thomas Roth's Gentle Cleanser. It also feels soft but is lighter in texture.
Best cleanser I've ever used! It completely removes my makeup and leaves my combo skin feeling smooth, hydrated and baby-bottom soft. I love that it contains only ingredients clinically proven to be good for your skin and is fragrance-free. The luxurious, creamy texture makes washing my face a real pleasure. It's reasonably priced for the excellent quality. My HG cleanser, for sure.
I use this cleanser after I have taken my make up off with make up remover. It cleanses wonderfully.
I really like this cleanser. I've been using a handful of sample packets for a few weeks. I have normal-dry, rosacea-afflicted skin that is extremely sensitive. This has caused no irritation, and combined with the matching toner, my skin is calmer than it has been for some time.
As others have noted, it does tend to sting slightly around the eyes. I do use a separate eye makeup remover. It has thoroughly removed my other makeup (foundation, powder, blush), which surprised me given the medium consistency lotion texture. It does not dry my skin out in the morning, yet thoroughly cleanses at night. It does not leave that heavy, coated, and/or dirty feeling that some cleansers marketed toward dry-ish skin tend to do, nor does it every leave my skin feeling dry, irritated, or rough. I will be buying the full size once my current cleanser runs out.
Other cleansers I enjoy are First Aid Beauty Cleanser, Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and Liquid Extra Mild Soap, Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, Cetaphil.
Hi. I am a 55 year old woman who is concerned about aging skin. I tried this cleanser and absolutely love it. Using this product along with the Resist toner - I can see there is quite a noticeable improvement in the way my skin looks - I have more of this on order and will definitely keep using this.
This is a very expensive product for something you wash down the drain. It takes a couple of pumpfuls to remove makeup and, even then, it doesn't get all of it. One of the ingredients (PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate) may not be safe for use on injured or damaged skin. Some of the other ingredients are less than completely safe. Again, because you wash it down the drain, you might not be at unusual risk, but I prefer to minimize my exposure to toxins wherever and whenever I can.
Very impressed with this cleanser! It's gentle and effective and very comfortable to use on my sensitive rosacea prone skin. Rinses easily with warm water.
Some fragrance-free products have a bad smell, but this cleanser doesn't seem to have much of a scent at all. I actually don't find it super hydrating, but it's not drying either.
The only small negative is I find it stings my eyes a little if I don't rinse it immediately from my eyes. It's not a major problem, I still use it to remove eye makeup, I just have to make sure I rinse promptly.
I use it with or without my Clarisonic Mia, and follow it up with the Resist Replenishing Toner, which I also really like. Perfect!
The price is quite reasonable compared to high end brands like Babor or Sothys, and this cleanser is every bit as good.
I absolutely LOVE this product. A few months ago my skin decided to change its mind about being super oily, and decided to be sensitive and truly combo (hello oil-soaked nose, peeling cheeks, and red bumps galore). I embarked on a whirlwind search for anything that wouldn't further aggravate and strip my skin of moisture without contributing to my growing collection of blemishes. This led to natural home remedies (yogurt, honey, etc) HE (Clinique, Caudalie, etc) & DS (list just about everything here), all to no avail. Then one day I decided to try this product as a last resort (not really a fan of ordering online if I can help it) and I was floored. It took my makeup off without taking the rest of my face with it, and my skin felt clean and.....balanced! Of course I still get the random breakout here and there if it's that time of month or if I forgo face-washing due to fatigue (bad, I know), but my skin feels comfortable again. Not a fan of the small bottle, price tag, or ordering online but I will always repurchase for as long as it's available :)
I use this everyday (morning only) and will continue to repurchase.
Background: I have normal/combo (slightly dry/slightly oily depending on season) acne-prone skin that has dramatically improved since I've been more diligent about potentially irritating ingredients (ie alcohol). I don't have sensitive skin in the conventional sense - my skin is very tolerant of products. However, I would breakout consistently using anything even just remotely not suggested for acne-prone skin. Before buying a product I refer to beautypedia.com, the cosmetic ingredient dictionary (on same site), and MUA! My acne used to be the painful bumps under the skin that would take weeks to surface. Since using Paula's Choice products I only get the occassional spot. My current skincare regimen is used in tandem with regular workouts. For me, this alleviated all hormonal breakouts (because working out balances your hormones, and sweating changes the PH of your skin - don't know if the PH part matters for acne though).
Usage: I use this in the morning only. It is more emollient and is creamy without any lather. If my skin is particularly dry, I will also reach for this cleanser. It comes with a pump, and I seriously only use about half a pump (if that) to do my whole face. I do gently exfoliate with a microfibre cloth when taking it off - so I avoid the film some others have commented on. This is not very effective at taking off makeup, and since I'm acne-prone and combo/slightly oily, I prefer something like the PC Balancing Cleanser or Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser to remove makeup and make my face feel clean in the evening. If I'm breaking out for some reason, I will forego the Resist cleanser and reach for the others for the same reason.
Results: This cleanser is so gentle and soothing. I like it because I can wash my face in the morning without stripping my skin of its moisture. It doesn't break me out at all. I consider this my treatment cleanser for when my skin is dry, and I do use it regularly every morning except if breaking out. Since my skintype is combination, I need different products to address my needs at different times.
This is my dry skin staple and it is HG for me. Keep in mind I do have a very specific use for it and with the nature of my skin, no cleanser can do everything I want it to under all circumstances.
This cleanser is more expensive at $16.95 for 6.4oz. It doesn't come in larger cost-efficient sizes either, like the other cleansers. The website always has sales, though. They change every month, so scout the website for a couple months before you buy to get it on sale (PC just had 25% off cleansers/exfoliants, for example). Sometimes there's coupon codes online so you can double up your discounts too.
I just finished a bottle of this cleanser and will repurchase once Paula has a sale or at the very least a free shipping offer. Personally I found this cleanser to be amazing. It removes all traces of makeup (even waterproof mascara), rinses off easily, and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized, but not greasy. The only down fall is the inconvenience of having to order it on-line (versus shopping at a local drugstore) and it's expensive at $16.95 plus shipping & brokerage fees for 6.4 fl. oz (compared to my usual HG cleanser; Clean & Clear Sensitive Skin Foaming Facial Cleanser for $5 for 8 fl. oz).