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.


Caprylyl Glycol

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Preservative,  Moisturizer, 

Skin and hair conditioning agent that may be plant-derived or synthetic. Often used as part of a preservative blend in cosmetics.


Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose

Emollient,  Texture Enhancer, 

A mixture of cetyl alcohol and hydroxyethylcellulose. It functions as thickener and stabilizing agent.


Chamomilla Recutita

Antioxidant,  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.


Cocamidopropyl Betaine

Cleansing Agent,  Viscosity Control,  Surfactant,  Antistatic, 

Gentle surfactant used in skincare products, almost always as a secondary cleansing agent and lather booster. When used alone as the sole cleansing agent, it is too mild to clean adult skin and hair.


Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate

Cleansing Agent,  Surfactant, 

A cleansing agent derived from coconut.


Hexylene Glycol

Emulsifier,  Slip Agent,  Surfactant,  Solvent, 


Methyl Gluceth-20

Skin-Softening,  Moisturizer,  Surfactant, 

Synthetic liquid that functions as a water-binding and skin-softening agent.




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.


Phytic Acid

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract, 

Component of plants that has antioxidant properties.


Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate

Emollient,  Uncategorized,  Viscosity Control, 

Gel-textured ingredient used in many lightweight moisturizers. ItŠ—Ès a mix of propylene glycol and capric acid, a fatty acid derived from plants.


Sodium Hyaluronate

Antioxidant,  Skin-Replenishing,  Skin-Restoring,  Moisturizer, 

Salt form of skin-replenishing ingredient hyaluronic acid; considered more effective for skin than pure hyaluronic acid due to its greater compatibility. References for this information:



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.


Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Solvent, 

This lotion cleanser quickly and gently lifts away impurities and makeup, leaving skin feeling refreshed but not tight or dry.
Skin-softening formula effectively removes makeup
Leaves skin beautifully soft yet thoroughly cleansed
Hydrating lotion formula
Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
SKIN TYPES: Dry/Very Dry Skin

Allergic ingredients not found