Happy Wednesday and Happy February!
Continuing the review of some of the trial sizes I've purchased from Paula's Choice, today we'll talk about the 'extras'.
These are products that can either substitute for products out of the main routine or can be added. This lineup is mainly comprised of treatment products with one, very special extra hydrating moisturizer.
Quite the compilation but one that I think will give me even better results.
Let's start with the only full size product in the bunch - the Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer.
I don't think I can adequately express just how much this stuff has come to mean for me and my very dry skin. It's just life. It truly is. It does exactly what it says on the tube. As I said in the previous post, I combine three moisturizers to help ease the uncomfortable dryness I experience this time of year, although I have sucessfully used this moisturizer all by itself at times.
This is a very thick, very rich product that my skin just drinks up and begs for more. The tube is huge and will last me through the entire season. Since I don't tend to have the dryness issue during the warmer months, I will probably only reorder later in the year once this runs out.
While I have been using the gel formula of the 2% BHA exfoliant, and have in the past used the lotion formula of the 1%, I wanted to see what the liquid version was like.
This is more like a water based toner than a gel or lotion. It's also a bit more drying than the other two. I apply this using a cotton pad and it basically sinks in and disappears, whereas the gel will remain on top of my skin. While it might work more effectively than the gel, there is also nothing to keep it from being so drying. This would be an excellent product for someone with oily skin. I will continue to use it but will probably wait until the warmer months before using it again.
There is another BHA product available for use on particularly troublesome spot - like my nose and cheeks which still harbor blackheads despite the dryness. In an effort to remedy the issue, I gave the 9% BHA a shot.
This is the travel version and I have purchased several until I finally got the full sized version. The recommendation on it is to use it only at night but I have used it during the day without a problem. As long as you use a good SPF, I don't believe using it during the day would be a problem. Then again, we haven't seen much of the sun lately so that determination may change once the sun finally returns.
The BHA in this one is mixed with several other ingredients to buffer against the harshness of the BHA. The consistency is more like an oil but it does seem to penetrate. I have noticed a difference in some areas where I'm using it, although the blackheads are being very stubborn. On the other hand, I have this bump on the side of my nose that I do think is getting smaller.
I have used this by itself and mixed with the gel. So far, I do think it's working but only time will tell if it will finally give those blackheads the boot.
Last but certainly not least, I have been using two retinol products. The first one I tried was the Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum.
I use this product at night right now and I really like it. It's very hydrating and I do believe I'm seeing some changes in the few deeper wrinkles I have - the deepest across the bridge of my nose and on my forehead. I think this has also worked to give my skin a smoother texture. The consistency is sort of gel-like but also oil-like. It's kind of hard to explain really.
This is the travel size that I used up but I did order the full size before that happened. The bottle has the coolest cap on it. Instead of twisting the cap entirely off, the pump rises up as the cap is twisted then locks into place. Twist the other direction and the pump drops back down.
While the serum can be used either day or night, I'm using it at night in place of the Skin Recovery serum.
The other retinol product I'm trying out is one I just started with - the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment.
There doesn't seem to be much in this travel size and maybe I'm using too much but this is another one that just doesn't spread well at all. I've only used it once and while I didn't experience any burning or irritation using it alone, I think I will try mixing it in with my nighttime moisturizer just to give that a retinol boost and help to spread the treatment a bit farther. I think I can safely use both this and the serum at the same time as long as this is mixed with the nighttime moisturizer.
There are a couple other extras that I have tried and either have purchased the full size or plan to, plus some that I want to try but aren't available in either sample or travel version. Once I have them purchased, I will feature them in another post at some point in the future.
If you are looking for high-quality skin care at a reasonable price, I highly recommend stopping by the Paula's Choice website and give some of her products a try. While the prices are definitely not drugstore, they also aren't high-end either. I would call them more of a middle range but so worth it. I can truly say that I am experiencing the best skin of my life right now and it's all thanks to Paula's Choice. And no, this post is not sponsored even though it might sound like it 😉
Also, have a look at the skin care information available there. I know that I will never again use anything packaged in a jar now that I know how air and light can begin to break down active ingredients from the moment the jar is opened and render them useless in a very short time. Just one of the many informative tidbits I've learned from perusing all of the articles and documentation on the website. Not to mention the Beautypedia as well as the books Paul has published. This woman really knows her stuff and it shows.
That's all I have for this week. Hope your week is going well.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned.