Disclosure: This review was sponsored by Paula’s Choice and Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP) All thoughts are my own.
It’s been 3 years now since I got serious about my skincare routine. After finding what I thought were all the right products, I was happy with the changes- my acne was eliminated, my hyperpigmentation gone, my dry skin was all but relieved. But there was this one thing I was struggling with- my skin’s texture.
It was definitely not smooth, as noted by my esthetician Tyra. My skin was very rough. You could feel it and you could definitely see it. She suggested using a product that contained Vitamin C, E or A. I was using a face wash that contained retinol (Vitamin A), but it clearly didn’t have the concentration of retinol that I personally needed for my skin. I was exfoliating, I was using retinol, I never found vitamin C or E effective, so what do I do?
Well one thing led to another and through the PRIMP Agency I got the opportunity to have a consultation with a Paula’s Choice representative and try a customized skin care regimen. I’m going to introduce you to the products and tell you how this brand fixed the issue with my skin texture once and for all.
After speaking to a representative, I was recommended the following products:
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening Skin Cleanser
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner
- Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizer Lotion
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid
- Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
99% of these products sound familiar right? Remember my article about the products that every skin care stash needs? Right. That lets me know I was on the right track, but clearly I needed to swap a product or two (we talked about this too).
Starting with the cleanser, Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Softening cream cleanser ($25) is a rich cream that cleanses with the texture of lotion. It is very creamy and hydrating, which is great for someone with sensitive skin. Overall this cleanser was just ‘ok’ to me. It left my skin very dirty, even when paired with my Luna (note: most cleansers that you will encounter will not do the job when cleansing), so it’s safe to say that I will be sticking to my HG cleanser.
After cleansing, it’s time for toner! Paula’s Choice Recovery Enriched Calming Toner ($20) is designed for normal, dry and very dry skin. It is a milky like substance that calms the most sensitive skin, and gives you that extra level of cleansing and as an added bonus, it deposits more moisture into your skin.
After toning, it was time for toning 2.0 (that’s what I’m calling it). Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid ($28) contains salicylic acid to cleanse the skin, create an even skin tone and build collagen. This is just like a toner but better! My skin was instantly soft, smooth and felt outrageously clean. My previously clogged pores were no more. My blackheads disappeared. It was like magic happened and the few blackheads I had just melted away. Talk about miraculous.
After toning 2.0 two things happened depending on what time of day it was.
In the morning, I would apply Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($28), which contains SPF 30. This is one of the best moisturizers I have ever encountered in my five years blogging. This has to be top five! It absorbs quickly and my skin had an ethereal glow that lasted all day long.
At night, I would apply retinol. After doing a little research, the retinol that I was using in another product was very low. Retinol in low doses is great BUT for skin like mine, you have to break out the big guns. Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($55) contains peptides and vitamin C to improve skin’s firmness, elasticity, smooth wrinkles and fine lines, reduce dark spots and refine pores. I didn’t have any wrinkles or dark spots that needed attention, but my skin texture was a mess! After roughly two weeks, my skin was soft to the touch no matter what I put on my face, even if that meant putting nothing on my face at all. Because this bottle contains such a high concentration of retinol, it’s best to mix it with Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster ($35). This oil is excellent for my very dry skin, delivering moisture and the oil contains jojoba seed oil, safflower seed oil, and apricot seed to calm the skin. This retinol stings something serious the first few days, but it gets better over time. After the retinol and oil booster, it’s time for a nice, heavy moisturizer! Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer ($28) is great for normal to very dry skin and works well as a night cream. It deeply hydrates and promises to reduce wrinkles. This is something I cant attest to, because I don’t have wrinkles, so allow me to brag about how soft my skin is after a good night’s rest. This moisturizer will have you looking like a super star in the morning!
So that pesky skin texture issue has been eliminated after one month of use, and I honestly have Paula’s Choice to thank for that. I can say that I am glad I was able to try something new and I will be repurchasing the following products again: BHA liquid (seriously cant live without it), Retinol treatment (good retinol is hard to find) and the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion.