You know those people who can use little to no skin care products, rinse daily, and have a clear and even complexion? Yeah… I’m not one of those people. As you’ve seen from some of my other skin care updates, it takes a lot to keep my skin in check. Just when I thought that I had a good routine down, final exams, deaths in the family, and traveling threw my face a curveball. I’m talking breakouts galore, people.
While my prescription acne treatment has helped tame my skin tremendously, I knew my routine needed a shake up. I’ve heard a ton of wonderful things about Paula’s Choice skin care, so when they offered to give me a consultation and suggest the right products for my concerns, I was all in. I’ve been using these products for a full month now and can see a noticeable difference. Thank goodness!
First up, I started using their Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser, which is targeted for blemish-prone skin. Unlike other acne fighting cleansers, this one doesn’t dry out my skin or induce tightness. Instead, I’m left feeling clean, refreshed and balanced. I also noticed that after a couple of weeks, the pores around my nose (normally my most visible) looked minimized.
As usual after cleansing, I follow up with toner. Paula’s Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner is different than others I’ve tried. It has a slight gel consistency, and it is extremely gentle while still effective at getting that last bit of dirt off and hydrating my face. It’s soothing, which is nice for my sensitive skin (yep, I’m finally admitting it… I have sensitive skin).
For my exfoliant, the Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion has been helping even out my skin tone. Like their other products, this is unscented which was a little bit of a shock at first, since I’m not quite partial to the natural scent it has. Either way, it’s my favorite part of the routine. My skin feels really smooth after using this regularly and I’ve noticed that in conjunction with the toner, redness is way down.
During my consultation, two treatments were suggested for me to use along with my prescription. The Resist BHA 9 is a spot treatment I use at night that has an oily consistency, which is different than what I’m used to. I used this on the few cystic acne spots that popped up during finals, and they were almost completely flat by the following week. During the day, I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment. I develop dark spots after acne really easily, and this has helped both clear up and prevent hyperpigmentation as my skin goes crazy.
I’m loving both of the moisturizers I picked out from the brand. The Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex is perfect for my combo skin. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for ample protection, and sinks into the skin with a demi-matte finish. This lets my skin retain its glow while keeping oil under control. For night time, I’m using the Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream which I’m applying all over the face, including my eye area. It provides rich hydration throughout the night without a heavy feeling, which is just what I need as the temperature climbs here in LA.
While my stress breakouts are still working to clear up, I am thoroughly enjoying my new Paula’s Choice skin care routine to control acne and balance my combo skin. I spent time with my mom both before I started with these products and just last weekend, and she commented on how she could see my skin improving.
Paula’s Choice products have mid-range prices, but often have insane sales so you can build your new routine affordably. They also offer most of their products in trial sizes so you can get a feel for how they work with your skin before you fully commit. Anyway, when skin care works, it’s worth it.
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Stephanie Louise Telford
WOW! Tons I’d like to try here!
Beyond Beauty Lounge
Glad your routine is going well. I’m using Paula’s Choice right now also and I’m loving the results.
RebeccaBBird | HelloPrettyBird
Nice lineup! I use a bunch of Paula’s Choice products, but none of the ones in your routine. The BHA 9 is on my wishlist though… their 2% BHA liquid has done awesome stuff for my skin! Sometimes you need a little something extra for bad breakouts though.
Lisa Marie Heath
Love my Paula’s Choice skin care products! Don’t think I can use anything else now lol
Lots of great goodies in this post and definitely a few I would like to try out for myself. So glad to hear that they work well for you.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brand but never tried them for myself. Great to know that it works for you.
Brooke @ Blushing Noir
I feel like we have similar skin issues, I’ll have to look into these. I’m in need of a shake up as well!!!
Great to know you had positive experience w/ Paula’s Choice. I like this brand as well
I need to get with a PC consultant – it can be intimidating to see all the different products they have! They have something for everyone, though, and great CS if something doesn’t work for you!
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Paula’s Choice.
I love that they have a consultation so you can know what you really should be using.
I’m so thrilled with the PC products that were recommended to me! The consult is so helpful. Glad you found a line of items that work well!
I can’t say enough about my Paula’s Choice skincare. It completely got rid of my breakouts!
I LOVE PC products! Their new RESIST moisturizing cleanser is my fav.
I like the cleanser and toner from that Clear line, they helped me combat acne a few months ago. Great pick!
PC has such a wide range of products to select from. Thanks for sharing all of these.
These sound like wonderful products!
I’m loving my new Paula’s Choice skincare routine too. Different products but the same great results so far
I’m in the market for a new moisturizer. I will look into the ones you’ve suggested.
Probably need to try something new for my breakouts and oily face. Everyone seems to really like this brand. =)