I thought it would be useful to do a bit of an overview of the Paula's Choice products I am currently using.
Not all of them are winners for me but some of them are absolute musts! Let's start with the lemons:
This is just... OK. Nothing crazy. I don't feel a huge difference in my skin texture and in the status of new and old acne scars. My acne isn't fading away quicker when I use this versus when I don't. I prefer the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask as that one contains BHAs and it has more of a noticeable difference when I use this. I will repurchase that one over this one. I think if your concern is more fine line prevention and some sun spot fading, this will perform great. It just isn't what I am looking for with my personal skincare concerns, which are mainly acne scars at this time.
I do find that my skin is better when I use this, but the smell and texture I just can't continue dealing with. It smells like rust and sausages, it's sticky and it leaves red stains on my skin if it mixes with my Kate Somerville Anti Bac Acne Treatment lotion. If you have a nose of steel and are looking for a relatively affordable Vitamin C serum, give this a try. At $48 it's not cheap but it's less expensive than other comparable serums on the market. I won't repurchase once I use my bottle up and I will try something new.
I don't like the texture of this - it feels like silicone when applied to the skin. It has a texture that is very similar to the classic Smashbox Photo Finish makeup primer. I would be willing to overlook the texture of the product if I felt that it actually improved my skin but alas, I see no different in my skin when I use this product regularly versus when I don't. I've been using it for about 2-3 months now, so I do think I gave it a fair shot.
Now onto the goodies!!
This is awesome! No silicone-like feeling. It's just a serum (thin, fluid consistency) that sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it feeling hydrated and plump. When I use this, my skin looks so much better the next day. You can use it day and night but I just use it at night. Sometimes I follow up with a moisturizer (Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream) if my skin is feeling dehydrated. The price point is great, too and you don't need a whole lot of it to make a difference. I use about a hazelnut-sized dollop of product. Speaking of hazelnuts, WHERE IS MY NUTELLA JAR????
This is my third tube of this. I can't be without it. I tried not using it anymore after I had a conversation with a friend who was saying she didn't like it. I don't know why I did that. It works wonders for me. It's a 9% salicylic acid spot treatment. If you have cystic acne or any sort of congested pores/uneven skin/bumps, blackheads - this is awesome! It will not shrink your pores or magically make all your problems go away but it significantly helps clear out the skin in a fraction of the time that it would usually take. The consistency is a bit oily and it does leave an oily residue on the skin. It doesn't sink in (which is why I think some people don't like it) but the results are worth it. I wish it came in a bigger container because I do go through it quite quickly and it's not cheap. It's $40 but goes on sale for $32 periodically (on sale now, in fact) so keep an eye out if you're interested! I use it every night. I cleanse, tone, moisturize and then apply this on areas of concern.
I hope you liked this post and that you have found it helpful! What has been your experience with Paula's Choice products? Any favourites you care to share with me?