Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice Skincare was founded by Paula Begoun in 1995. Begoun is an author, businesswoman, and talk radio host who is also known as the "Cosmetics Cop." The formulas are created based on published, peer-reviewed studies, which is central to the company philosophy that skincare ingredients need to be thoroughly researched before being made into products. All products are manufactured in the US.

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365 products

12,036 reviews

66% would repurchase

Not tested on animals

Recent Paula's Choice Reviews

Shampoo -Paula's Choice -All Over Hair & Body Shampoo


Quite surprised by this. Despite the SLS and ALS ingredients I didn't find this harsh or stripping on hair, scalp or body. As a shampoo I only need to use once, no rinse and repeat needed unless I've used a scalp oil/s in which case two uses is sufficient. No dryness or lank hair so to speak. My scalp tolerates it well without becoming irritated, and as a body wash it washes adequately - well enough for someone like me who lives in a year-round warm and humid climate. If you're prone to sweating a lot this might not be strong enough, bear in mind.
One criticism I have is the packaging. It would be much better suited to a pump dispenser packaging for ease of use. Trying to pry open the flip cap is no fun when you have long nails!
As with all PC products I love that you can get this in sample sizes too. I often purchase these alongside the full size just to take with me on travels instead of carrying the heavy full size bottle around in my luggage.

Selena x

~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)

1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

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Toners -Paula's Choice -Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner

on 10/19/2018 5:54:00 PM


I ordered this toner without looking closely at the ingredients list. I wanted a moisturizing toner that wouldn't clog my pores and couldn't imagine that a [runny] liquid toner would contain silicones. So it was not nearly as lightweight as I wanted and didn't help my battle against blackheads. On the upside it's nice to use on my neck. So I'll finish this bottle but won't reorder.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Azelaic Acid Booster

on 10/19/2018 5:32:00 PM

This is a white cream in a tube that had rave reviews on Paula's site, so I thought I'd try it for my acne and hyperpigmentation. While I don't find the results as amazing as those reviews, I did see some lightening of my spots, though it hasn't helped with redness much. Probably this works better over time, and it seems to be more effective when mixed with moisturizer, as the tube suggests.

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Treatments (Face) -Paula's Choice -Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion Exfoliant

on 10/17/2018 8:27:00 AM


This exfoliant is perfect during winter and for people who are new to exfoliants. I find her BHA gel too stinging and not moisturizing enough (it's not drying but my neglected skin needed more moisture) so I bought this instead. It's less irritating and still exfoliates. It's more moisturizing but still not moisturizing enough because my dry flakes show through when I apply tinted sunscreen. I don't expect a bha product to be moisturizing enough though - that's more of a job for hydrating toners/essences and moisturizers.

I don't remember when I started seeing results (I avoided staring at my face closely for a few months because back then my horrible skin was sad to look at) but after four months, my skin became almost perfect. It was so smooth it reflected light like glass (I kid you not) and no acne and clogged areas at all. All my chin acne has disappeared. I say almost perfect because if I scrutinize my skin closely, I can see a few very tiny raised bumps on my nose and no amount of rubbing can remove it. Maybe retinoids would smooth it?

My routine back then for day and night: neutrogena extra gentle cleanser (sad it's discontinued), PC skin recovery toner, PC BHA Lotion, PC Anti-Aging Hydrator, PC tinted sunscreen in the morning (forgot the name. It was winter though and I mostly stay indoors so didn't see the need to slather an extra sunscreen.)

-Exfoliates well without irritating skin. Skin became much clearer after months of twice daily usage.
-Couple of plant extracts to soothe and provide antioxidants

-The first few weeks, I experienced pilling. As in, if I rub my face, I get bits of dead skin cells and product in clumps. This disappears after some time. I don't experience it these days.
- Dry flakes show up when wearing tinted sunscreen without a primer. It's not a big deal if you don't stare at it too closely. This also disappears after a while.

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Conditioner -Paula's Choice -Smooth Finish Conditioner


First conditioner for me that's actually worked. It's gentle but efficient - smoothes out my thick unruly (male) hair and even adds some shine.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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