Top 5 Paula's Choice Picks

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Since trying out Paula's Choice Salicylic Acid and Retinol products, i've quickly become reliant on them for happy, clear skin. Lots of you even noticed the changes in my skin and asked questions on my Paula's Choice recommendations so here are my top 5 picks from their site!

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CLEAR Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid
This is the salicylic product i started experimenting with (i talk about it here) and and let me tell you, this stuff is pretty potent so use it sparingly and only where you need it until you figure out your skin's tolerance or you may end up getting dry and flaky.

The liquid itself has some slip to it which i'd imagine is the "anti-redness" portion of the product in action because it does feel like a protective serum finish, almost.

I used this on a cotton pad over my t zone where i have enlarged or blocked pores as well as a spot treatment on any volcanoes brewing under the surface! Salicylic acid or "BHA" is especially good for this as its oil soluble so can penetrate oil-filled pores, allowing it to reach deeper than AHAs, for example. Read more on the differences here.


Since my skin is much improved after using the above product, i switched to something a little more gentle and this product has been perfect to gently exfoliate my skin and keep pores clearer without any irritation.

I use this daily all over my face and just use one pump on finger tips over clean skin in the morning, giving it a chance to sink in a little before continuing with any serums or moisturizers.

RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum
The first retinol product i tried was the Retinol Booster which i mixed with a hyaluronic serum; although i liked this combo and did see it's effects, i'm glad i tried this because its AMAZING.

This serum feels so silky and great on the skin without feeling suffocating and i do feel i've noticed more of a change in my skin using this vs the booster/serum combo.

Fine lines seem even shallower and the overall texture of my skin feels smoother and plumper.

I do think the combination of using BHA in the morning and Retinol at night has made my skin more capable of purging any zits of blocked pores as it dries them up quicker and heals them quicker too. The combination has worked wonders for me.

RADIANCE Renewal Mask
This is something i picked up on a whim and have fallen quickly in love with. This overnight mask seems to have improved my skin's hydration, faded any marks left from blemishes and just overall leaves me with clearer, softer skin in the mornings.

I probably use this 2-3 times a week or more often during travel stress as the last step in my night time routine. This would be awesome on long haul flights as its clear and you can reap the benefits of a mask without... looking like you're wearing a mask!

Hello Gorgeous Dual Magnifying Mirror
Lastly, the most recent thing i picked up from Paula's Choice is this chic compact mirror for travel! I don't know about you guys but i really struggle with doing my full face of makeup in the tiny mirrors that come in compact products so wanted something a little bigger but still travel friendly.
Beware of the magnifying side, the 10X magnification can be a little scary!

Some Paula's Choice products are available as samples and they do have an entire travel size section here too.
If ever you're unsure if products are vegan, you can check their list of non-vegan items here and their customer service is always super helpful if you go to them with ingredient questions or just general queries too.

What are your favorite Paula's Choice products?

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  1. I going for the brand The Ordinary. I found out about it by Wayne Goss :-) It is cruelty free, Decidem not sell to China. Free of parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, dyes, coal tar, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. Before I had in mind to buy Paula's Choice.

  2. yes! i love that exfoliating solution! i need to buy another bottle!

  3. I use this anti redness formula daily, it's really one of the best skin product Ive ever used (tried them all).