Any person “in the know” about skincare has at least a couple of Paula’s Choice products sitting on their shelf, or at least they did at some point. This brand and its iconic founder Paula Begoun were at the forefront of the shift towards skincare truly backed by science.
1. Best BHA Treatment: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
When this product was first released, finding a salicylic acid toner that wasn’t primarily made up of alcohol was a very difficult endeavor. The idea that those with oily or acne-prone skin needed gentle products to effectively treat their acne was revolutionary at the time, even though nowadays it’s well understood.
2. Best Cleanser for Oily Skin: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser
This is one of the best Paula’s Choice cleansers, and it’s a fantastic choice for those with oily or combination skin. It has a cream-to-foam formulation that cleanses the skin of oils and impurities without drying it out.
It’s a gentle lotion cleanser that removes all makeup thoroughly, with a very slight foaming effect. It’s made with glycerin and hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated while it’s cleansed, and it rinses away clean to prepare the skin for strong anti-aging ingredients.
4. Best Gel Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel
It’s made with pore-blurring and mattifying cyclopentasiloxane, which is responsible for the fantastic texture. The rest of the ingredients are hydrating, soothing, and pore-minimizing, which is exactly what those with oily skin need in a moisturizer.
5. Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin: Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream
If you have dry skin, this is the Paula’s Choice product to try. It’s a deeply nourishing moisturizer made with some lovely emollient ingredients, including jojoba oil and moisture-locking petrolatum. It leaves the skin dewy and soft.
This is one of the best tinted sunscreen formulas out there. This sunscreen is zinc-based, which means it’s fantastic even for extremely sensitive skin, and it is tinted to prevent the dreaded white cast.
7. Best Toner: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner
This liquid acts as a simple antioxidant and hydrating step that also helps to minimize the pores in the long term. It includes moisture-binding butylene glycol, a respectable amount of firming niacinamide, ceramides for added skin protection, and lots of antioxidant plant extracts.
8. Best for Aging Skin: Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment
Our love for retinol knows no bounds. Besides sunscreen, it’s considered the best anti-aging skincare ingredient available without a prescription. It improves skin texture and promotes skin cell reproduction to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help fade acne marks and minimize the look of pores.
9. Best AHA Treatment: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant
It’s hard to go wrong with a Paula’s Choice chemical exfoliant, and while the BHA might be the major bestseller, this AHA gel is just as good. It’s a fine fit for all skin types, but it’s especially great for dry and normal skin.
10. Best Vitamin C Treatment: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster
It’s a great addition to any skincare routine, especially in this one-size-fits-all formulation. This booster is very stable thanks to the addition of ferulic acid, and it’s very lightweight, so it sinks into the skin quickly, leaving no residue.