Paula's Choice


Ingredient Rating

Camellia Oleifera

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Astringent,  Solvent, 


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Texture Enhancer,  Fragrance, 

Derived from coconut oil and glycerin, itŠ—Ès considered an excellent emollient and skin-replenishing ingredient. ItŠ—Ès included in cosmetics due to its mix of fatty acids that skin can use to replenish its surface and resist moisture loss. Caprylic/capric triglyceride can also function as a thickener, but its chief job is to moisturize and replenish skin. This ingredientŠ—Ès value for skin is made greater by the fact that itŠ—Ès considered gentle.Reference for this information:Food and Chemical Toxicology, January 2000, issue 1, pages 79-98


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.


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.


Decyl Glucoside

Cleansing Agent,  Surfactant, 

Sugar-derived ingredient used as a gentle detergent cleansing agent.



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


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.


Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Skin-Softening, 

A mixure of the diesters of methyl glucoside and stearic acid. Functions as a skin-softening agent and emollient.


PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate

Cleansing Agent,  Emollient,  Emulsifier, 

A complex mixture of a glycol with a fatty acid and glucose that funtions multiple ways: emollient, surfactant, or emulsifier.




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.


Ppg-20 Methyl Glucose Ether

Uncategorized,  Moisturizer,  Antistatic, 

A synthetic ingredient that funtions as hair- and skin-replenishing agent. The "PPG" designation stands for polypropylene glycol.


Sapindus Mukurossi Peel

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing, 

A plant extract that is a natural source of saponin.



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, 

Polyacrylamide & C13-14 Isoparaffin & Laureth-7

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control, 

Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol

Emulsifier,  Viscosity Control,  Surfactant, 

Natural Xanthan Gum

Viscosity Control, 

No Match

A silky smooth skin-softening cleanser that replenishes skin’s moisture content while gently but effectively cleansing skin and removing makeup.
Cleanses without dryness or leaving a tight feeling
Contains skin-restoring ingredients
Hydrating lotion formula
Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
SKIN TYPES: Dry/Very Dry Skin
CONCERNS: Anti-Aging

Allergic ingredients not found