Paula's Choice


Ingredient Rating

Adenosine Triphosphate

Skin-Restoring,  Skin-Soothing, 

Organic compound from adenosine, which is formed by the hydrolysis of yeast nucleic acids.


Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract,  Whitening, 


C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Texture Enhancer, 

Synthetic ingredient used as an emollient and texture enhancing agent in cosmetics. This common ingredient is soluble in oil and oil-like ingredients, and can impart a lightly conditioning, silky finish to products. Its excellent solubility is one of the main reasons its used in so many sunscreens, as it helps keep the active ingredients dispersed throughout the formula.


Camellia Oleifera

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Astringent,  Solvent, 



Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

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



Emollient,  Silicone, 

A type of silicone, dimethicone is one of the most frequently used emollient ingredients in moisturizers due to its gentleness and effectiveness. Dimethicone is considered a synthetic ingredient, even though itŠ—Ès derived from natural silicon.


Elaeis Guineensis

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract, 


Glycine Soja Seed

Emollient,  Emulsifier,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer,  Solvent, 


Haematococcus Pluvialis

Antioxidant,  Plant Extract, 


Oenothera Biennis Oil

Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Soothing,  Astringent, 


Olea Europaea Fruit Oil

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Skin-Replenishing,  Fragrance,  Solvent, 



Antioxidant,  Skin-Restoring,  Vitamin, 

Name for the entire vitamin A molecule. Retinol is a powerhouse ingredient that has value for skin on several fronts: ItŠ—Ès a skin-restoring, wrinkle-smoothing, firming ingredient and an antioxidant, allowing it to improve a variety of skin concerns, most related to visible signs of aging.Packaging is a key issue, so any container that lets in air (like jar packaging) or sunlight (clear containers) just wonŠ—Èt cut it. Lots of retinol products come in unacceptable packaging; these should be avoided because the retinol will most likely be (or quickly become) ineffective. Look for opaque, airless, or air-restrictive packaging.Many consumers are concerned about the percentage of retinol in anti-aging products such as serums or moisturizers. Although the percentage can make a difference (especially if itŠ—Ès too low), itŠ—Ès not helpful in understanding how a retinol product will benefit your skin. Far more important is the delivery system, packaging, and the other ingredients present with the retinol.ξUsing a product with a range of anti-aging ingredients plus retinol is far more valuable for skin than using a product with only a supposedly high percentage of retinol. Skin needs far more than any one ingredient can provide, however great that one ingredient may be. See our article on this topic for detailed information.There are several myths about using retinol with other anti-aging ingredients or products, such as those with vitamin C or exfoliants like glycolic acid. See our article on this topic to learn what the research has shown to be true.References for this information:Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, March 2015, pages 271-280Dermatology, May 2014, pages 314-325Dermatoendocrinology, July 2012, issue 3, pages 308-319Toxicological Research, March 2010, pages 61-66Archives of Dermatology, May 2007, pages 606-612The Journal of Pathology, January 2007, issue 2, pages 241-251Clinical Interventions in Aging, December 2006, pages 327-348


Rubus Idaeus

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Exfoliant,  Plant Extract,  Astringent, 


Sd Alcohol 40-2

Sensitizing,  Solvent, 

Denatured alcohol used as a solvent. It can be drying to skin when one of the main ingredients in a cosmetic product. Lesser amounts are not cause for concern.


Stearyl Dimethicone

Emollient,  Silicone,  Slip Agent, 

Stearyl dimethicone is a synthetyic skin-conditioning agent that's a siloxane polymer. It add opacity and a silky feel to cosmetic products. This ingredient is considered safe as used in cosmetics.


Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate

Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

Stable form of vitamin C that is considered an analogue of L-ascorbic acid. Unlike pure vitamin C (ascorbic acid), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is lipid (fat) soluble.Some researchers believe this form of vitamin C has a greater affinity for skin because its fatty acid component helps aid penetration. It pairs well with other forms of vitamin C and retinol for enhanced effectiveness.References for this information:Clinics in Plastic Surgery, July 2016, page 601Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Supplement, May 2014, pages AB26Dermatologic Surgery, March 2002, pages 231-236




A synthetic antioxidant derived from curcumin.



Antioxidant,  Skin-Soothing, 

A synthetic antioxidant that provides the beneficial effects of the antioxidant curcumin but without the deep yellow coloration this plant imparts, which would be cosmetically unacceptable. Known collectively as curcuminoids, these compounds exert an skin-soothing benefit.



Antioxidant,  Skin-Soothing, 

Antioxidant and skin-soothing plant extract.



Antioxidant,  Vitamin, 

Potent forms of vitamins E that are considered stable and powerful antioxidants, as well as skin-soothing agents. These forms of vitamin E are usually derived from rice bran or wheat germ.


Vaccinium Myrtillus

Plant Extract,  Astringent, 


Vitis Vinifera

Antioxidant,  Emollient,  Plant Extract,  Moisturizer, 

Latin name for the vines that produce wine grapes. More commonly known as grape seed oil or grape seed extract.


Matricaria Recutita

Fragrance,  Anti, 



A rich, concentrated antioxidant serum with an effective but gentle amount of retinol that restores moisture while defending against environmental stressors and signs of aging.
Relieves dryness with superior hydration
Antioxidant complex brightens and refines skin
Silky-smooth serum texture
Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating
SKIN TYPES: Dry/Very Dry Skin
CONCERNS: Anti-Aging

Allergic ingredients not found