Paula's Choice


Ingredient Rating

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing,  Moisturizer,  Anti, 

May also be listed as aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, aloe extract, or aloe juice.


Arctium Majus

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing, 


Butylene Glycol

Texture Enhancer,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

Commonly-used ingredient that has multiple functions in cosmetics, including as a texture enhancer. It’s similar to propylene glycol, but has a lighter texture.


Calendula Officinalis

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Fragrance,  Anti, 


Citric Acid

Uncategorized,  Ph Adjusters, 

Extract derived from citrus fruits and used primarily in small amounts to adjust the pH of products to prevent them from being too alkaline.



Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

Antioxidant that's considered the most effective form of vitamin E.


Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate

Cleansing Agent,  Surfactant, 

Mild detergent cleansing agent derived from coconut; most often used in facial cleansers.



Preservative,  Moisturizer,  Miscellaneous, 

A synthetic skin-softening agent also used as a preservative, a carrier, or suspending agent for other preservatives such as phenoxyethanol.



Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 

Also called glycerol or glycerine, glycerin is a humectant thatŠ—Ès present in all natural lipids (fats), whether animal or vegetable. It can be derived from natural substances by hydrolysis of fats and by fermentation of sugars; it also can be synthetically manufactured, which is usually the case with modern-day skincare products.Glycerin is a skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, meaning it is a substance found naturally in skin, helping to establish normal balance and hydration. ItŠ—Ès one of the many substances in skin that helps maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness and working to maintain skinŠ—Ès moisture level. Essentially, glycerin is a master at hydration, and works best when combined with other replenishing and emollient ingredients.Some people wonder whether using products with glycerin takes too much water from skin when there isnŠ—Èt enough humidity in the air. This can occur with pure glycerin (100% concentrationŠ—”an amount thatŠ—Ès never used in skincare products). Any humectant (including glycerin) used in pure form can increase water loss by attracting water from the lower layers of skin into the surface layers when the climate is too arid (low humidity). For this reason, glycerin and humectants are typically used in concentrations of 5% or less and always combined with other ingredients to soften skin. In fact, glycerin combined with other emollients and/or oils is a fundamental cornerstone of most moisturizers.References for this information:International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2016, ePublicationBritish Journal of Dermatology, July 2008, pages 23-34Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 75-82Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, June 2003, pages 7,360-7,365


Isoamyl Laurate

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Skin-Softening, 

The ester of isoamyl alcohol and lauric acid, this plant- or synthetic-based texture-enhancing ingredient feels velvety-soft. Used to help keep pigments dispersed in makeup products such as foundations and also because it enhances the spreadability of products. PaulaŠ—Ès Choice Skincare uses the plant-derived, 100% natural form of this ingredient.


Limnanthes Alba Seed Oil

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer, 


Methylsilanol PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate

Emollient,  Silicone,  Texture Enhancer, 

A glyceryl ester used as an emollient and texture enhancer in cosmetics.


PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate

Cleansing Agent,  Emollient,  Moisturizer, 




Common cosmetics preservative thatŠ—Ès considered one of the least sensitizing for use in formulations. It does not release formaldehyde. Phenoxyethanol is approved worldwide (including in Japan and in the EU) for use in all types of water-based cosmetics, up to a 1% concentration.


Polysorbate 20

Cleansing Agent,  Emulsifier,  Surfactant, 


Potassium Sorbate


Used as a preservative, almost always used in conjunction with other preservatives.


Sodium Benzoate


Salt of benzoic acid used as a preservative in both cosmetics and food products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has designated it a Š—“generally recognized as safeŠ—


Tetrasodium EDTA


Chelating agent used to prevent minerals present in formulations from bonding to other ingredients.


Tocopheryl Acetate

Antioxidant,  Vitamin,  Moisturizer, 



Solvent,  Miscellaneous, 

Most widely used cosmetic ingredient; water is almost always listed first on an ingredient label because it is usually the ingredient with the highest concentration in the formula. Despite claims of skinŠ—Ès need for hydration and claims regarding special types of water, it turns out that water may not be an important ingredient for skin. Only a 10% concentration of water in the outer layer of skin is necessary for softness and pliability in this part of the epidermis. Studies that have compared the water content of dry skin with that of normal or oily skin do not find a statistically significant difference in moisture levels between them.


Disodium Coco-Glucoside Citrate

Emulsifier,  Surfactant, 

Natural Xanthan Gum

Viscosity Control, 

This multi-action cleansing gel removes impurities and makeup while softening and calming skin. Formulated with the most soothing ingredients, it’s gentle enough even for skin prone to rosacea.
Ideal for those with sensitive skin
Promotes healthy-looking skin & eases redness
Refreshing gel texture won’t leave skin dry or tight
Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
SKIN TYPES: Oily Skin, Combination Skin, Extra Sensitive Skin

Allergic ingredients not found