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COMPARISON: Paula’s Choice Moisturizers

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Hello! You already know that Paula’s Choice has become one of my staple brands for a while. Since I have had the opportunity to try several products of the brand (among them, different moisturizers), today I want to tell you about my experience using three of them so that you know what each one can provide you and which one is right for you.

I know that finding a moisturizer isn’t always easy, there are many available products and it may be complicated to find what your skin truly needs and the textures you really like. However, I believe that once you’ve read this comparison you’ll know which of these moisturizers best suits your likes and needs to start taking proper care of your skin. 

Specifically, the products that you will find in this comparison are the following:

This graphic aims to help you understand in which part of your skincare routine you should use each product.
You don’t need to do all the steps from this routine (but you should always cleanse, moisturize and use sunscreen).
Remember it’s key to do a patch test every time you consider adding new products to your skincare routine.

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1. PAULA’S CHOICE OMEGA+ COMPLEX MOISTURIZER.

I have already shared my complete review of this moisturizer. The first thing that I like about this product is its great effectiveness, given that it is a cream that deeply hydrates our skin thanks to the presence of ceramides and fatty acids, which you will also appreciate if you have sensitive skin. In addition to this, it also incorporates different types of antioxidants to help us prevent the damage that ultraviolet radiation causes to our skin.

It is important to mention that this product has a magnificent texture. Paula’s Choice refer to it as cloud texture, since when you take it in your hands it looks like a very dense and thick cream but, once applied to the face, it is absorbed softly and comfortably, leaving us with a sensation of great hydration.

It certainly is a highly effective product, so if your skin needs some proper moisturizing, you’ll definitely love it.

IT’S FOR YOU IF: your skin needs extra hydration and you are looking for a simple, nourishing moisturizer that you can use interchangeably in your morning and night routines.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (emollient/antioxidant), Ceteareth-6 Olivate (hydration/texture enhancer), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/hydration), C13-15 Alkane (solvent), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate (emollient/emulsifier), Decyl Oleate (emollient), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (flax seed; non-fragrant omega 3, 6, and 9 plant oil), Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega-3 plant oil), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega-6 plant oil), Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil/skin-soothing), Hydrogenated Olive Oil (emollient plant oil), Psidium Guajava (Guava)Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables (hydration), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid (skin-restoring fatty acids), Oleic Acid (non-fragrant omega-9 fatty acid), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Sterols (emollient), Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide NP (skin-replenishing/skin-restoring ingredients), Serine, Alanine, Glycine, Proline (amino acids/hydration), Lysine HCl (amino acid salt/hydration), Threonine, Arginine (amino acids/hydration), Squalane (emollient), Cholesterol (skin-replenishing), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Anastatica Hierochuntica Extract (rose of Jericho/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing), Sodium Lactate (electrolyte hydration), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Glutamic Acid (amino acid/hydration), Betaine (hydration), Pullulan (texture enhance/film-forming agent), PCA, Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Carbomer (thickener), Sodium Polyacrylate Starch (texture enhancer/stabilizer), Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum (plant-derived thickeners), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (preservatives).

You can get the Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer on FeelUnique, on Paula’s Choice, on Cult Beauty, and on Amazon.

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2. PAULA’S CHOICE RESIST BARRIER REPAIR MOISTURIZER WITH RETINOL.

In this case, Paula’s Choice have created a moisturizer with the clear intention of helping us improve wrinkles and fine lines due to the presence of retinol at a concentration of 0.01%. If you still don’t know what retinoids are or how they can help you, I advise you to read this guide. Why is it important to mention this? Because, in addition to providing us with those anti-aging properties, the presence of retinol makes it advisable to use this moisturizer in your night routines (although the brand states that, as long as you use sunscreen correctly, you can also use it in the morning).

In addition to retinol, this moisturizing cream incorporates other very interesting ingredients, such as ceramides (which help us maintain the balance of the skin barrier), licorice extract (with soothing properties) and soybean extract (with important antioxidant properties).

The texture of this product slightly reminds me of that of the previous moisturizer, although when applied to the face it does not leave that great feeling of deep hydration and transformation from a dense cream to a light lotion.

IT’S FOR YOU IF: you start to worry about wrinkles and you are looking for a night cream that not only hydrates your skin, but also deeply nourishes it with specific ingredients to treat those fine lines.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Water (Aqua), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Ethylhexyl Stearate (texture-enhancing), Cocoglycerides (emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (shea butter/antioxidant/emollient), Squalane (emollient), Sodium Polyacrylate (texture-enhancing), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Ceramide NP (hydration/skin replenishing), Retinol (skin-restoring), Punica Granatum Extract (pomegranate extract/antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Glycine Soja Seed Extract (soybean extract/antioxidant), Glycine Soja Oil (soybean oil/emollient/antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

You can get the Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol on FeelUnique, on Paula’s Choice and on Cult Beauty.

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3. PAULA’S CHOICE CLINICAL CERAMIDE-ENRICHED FIRMING MOISTURIZER.

This is the last moisturizing cream that I am going to talk about in this comparison, and it is perhaps the one that comes with the most active ingredients. In this case, among the ingredients of the cream we can find derivatives of vitamin C (about which you can read more in this guide and which gives us important antioxidant properties), ceramides (perfect if you have sensitive skin and when it comes to helping us to take care of the skin barrier), retinol (about which you can read more in this guide and that helps us treat wrinkles and fine lines) and different antioxidants, such as vitamin E. As you can see, in terms of composition, it is a very attractive product that helps us to improve different signs of photoaging.

The texture of the product is very rich. It is creamy and absorbs wonderfully, nourishing our skin very effectively. It has a yellowish color and and scent reminiscent of the one that characterizes honey masks.

This cream, which you must use in your night routines (due to the presence of retinol), provides very deep and effective hydration, something perfectly visible in the morning, several hours after applying the product. Without a doubt, it is a magnificent product.

IT’S FOR YOU IF: you already have some wrinkles or fine lines and you want to treat them with your moisturizer. If you have dry skin or want to prevent aging, this product can be great for you.

 

INGREDIENTS:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (texture enhancer, Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (texture enhancer), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate (emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (emollient), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), PEG-12 Glyceryl Dimyristate (hydration), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 (emollient), Dimethicone (emollient), Glyceryl Ascorbate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidants), Retinol (vitamin A/skin-restoring), Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Cholesterol, Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Caprooyl Sphingosine (skin-replenishing), Squalane (emollient), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (pomegranate/antioxidant), Pongamia Glabra Seed Oil (non-fragrant plant oil/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Carnosine (skin-restoring), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Citrate (pH adjuster), Ceteareth-25 (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Ethylhexyl Stearate (emollient), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Trideceth-6 (emulsifier), Propyl Gallate (antioxidant),Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agents), Behenic Acid (texture enhancer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin (preservatives).

You can get the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer on Cult Beauty and on Paula’s Choice.

 

As you can see, among these moisturizers you can find one that fits your skincare needs, either because you are looking for deep hydration or because you want to prevent wrinkles to a greater or lesser extent. Have you tried any of them? Let me know in the comment section!

 

If you liked this article and want to continue learning how to take better care of your skin, you will surely be interested in reading these others:

Do you want to learn to take better care of your skin? You can see an index of all my informative posts here

 

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I’m Nacho and I’m passionate about skincare. I really enjoy learning and sharing my knowledge about skincare and I read scientific papers so you don’t have to. I want to break stereotypes because I believe skincare has no gender: skin is skin.  

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