Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser

What It Does:
  • Cleanses and Removes Makeup
  • Preserves skin moisture content
  • Leaves skin feeling Smoother, Softer and Comfortable
  • Ease Redness

Who This Product Is For

The Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser is for those with dry to very dry skin who prefer a gentle cream cleanser that can be used around the eyes and that rinses without leaving a residue.

How It Compares
  • This creamy cleanser delivers great value at its volume options, and is the most ideal for anybody looking for a no-frills cream cleanser.
  • It is a great starter option for those with no prior preference for any cleanser.
  • The Moisture Boost Cleanser offers the same benefits for those with less dry skin.
  • For Very Dry and Sensitive Skin, opt for the Calm Cleanser for Dry Skin.
  • For Normal to Dry and Sensitive, the Earth Sourced Cleanser is a good fit.
  • The Calm Cleanser / Moisture Boost Cleanser is slightlier runnier.
  • The Resist Optimal Hydrating Cleanser has a milkier texture.
  • The RESIST Optimal Hydrating Cleanser is formulated with a richer blend of antioxidants.

Key Ingredients

  • Function
    Skin Types
    Dry to Very Dry
    Skincare Routine
    First Step, Before Toner
    Allergy Information
  • Water (Aqua), Hydrogenated Polydecene (texture-enhancing), Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate (cleansing), Glycine Soja Oil (soybean oil/antioxidant/emollient), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (emollient), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Laureth-4 (texture-enhancing), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (cleansing), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract, Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing), Paraffinum Liquidum (emollient), PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (preservative), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Chlorphenesin (preservative).


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  • Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth. Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.
  • Do I still need to use an eye or face makeup remover?

    It depends on how much eye or face makeup you are using or if you are wearing waterproof mascara, waterproof makeup, or other hard-to-remove makeup. Otherwise, this cleanser effectively removes most types of makeup. If you feel you need an a separate makeup remover, Paula's Choice Gentle Touch Makeup Remover is ideal.

    How does SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser differ from the other Paula's Choice Cleansers - how do I know which one is best for me?

    Paula's Choice SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser is slightly more emollient than Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, which makes it preferred for someone with dry to very dry skin. It is also more emollient than RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, though both the Resist and SKIN RECOVERY Cleanser are great for dry skin of any age.

    I have normal to dry skin on my cheeks but my T-zone is oily - would SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser work for me?

    While it is an option, your best bet would be to try Moisture Boost One Step Face Cleansers for Normal to Dry Skin first. If you prefer a gel cleanser, consider Hydralight One Step Cleanser for Normal to Oily/Combination Skin.

    I have normal to dry skin that gets noticeably drier in the winter - would SKIN RECOVERY Softening Cream Cleanser be a good seasonal choice?

    Yes! This would be a very good choice for normal to dry skin during the winter months.

    Will this cleanser make me break out?

    This cleanser is extremely unlikely to cause blemishes. However, normal to oily and blemish-prone skins will likely find this cleanser too emollient for their skin type.

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