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Paula’s Choice Skincare Routine: AM & PM

Paula’s Choice Skincare Routine: AM & PM

Paula’s Choice is a cult-favorite skincare brand with products that I generally think are wonderfully formulated.

To build the best Paula’s Choice skincare routine, here’s what you should do:



This article will explain everything you need to know to build a Paula’s Choice skin care routine for any skin type.

Paula’s Choice Morning Routine

These are the best Paula’s Choice products to build a great morning skincare routine.

Step 1: Ultra Gentle Cleanser

Paula's Choice Ultra Gentle Cleanser

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Ultra Gentle Cleanser

To start off your morning right, try either rinsing with water or washing your face with this Ultra Gentle Cleanser. It’s suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin, and gives you a fresh canvas to layer the rest of morning skincare products.

Step 2: C15 Super Booster

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C15 Super Booster

One of the most important active ingredients for anti-aging to add into your skincare routine is Vitamin C. To help with uneven skin tone and dull skin, this product is formualted with:

  • 15% l-ascorbic acid

  • Vitamin E

  • Ferulic acid

Make sure to apply 3-5 drops of this product on dry skin and gently rub in until absorbed.

Step 3: Pro-Collagen Multi Peptide Booster

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Pro-Collagen Multi Peptide Booster

After applying vitamin C, you can also try a peptide serum to help with aging skin concerns.

By the time you get to your mid-20s, your body is no longer products collagen and new skin cells as quickly as it did when you were younger. This product, formulated with pro-collagen peptides and hyaluronic acid, will help increase your skin’s elasticity and firmness.

Apply 3-5 drops all of your face and neck, then gently rub in until absorbed.

Step 4: Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer

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Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer

Moisturizing is an essential step in your routine, and this one is suitable for oily skin and dry skin alike. Plus, it includes a ton of skin-loving ingredients and licorice extract which is awesome for getting rid of dark spots.

Step 5: Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50

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Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50

No morning skincare routine is complete without a broad spectrum sunscreen to help reduce your exposure to excess UV and premature aging. SPF helps even the skin tone and help you achieve younger looking skin.

Paula’s Choice Night Routine

Step 1: Perfect Cleansing Oil

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Perfect Cleansing Oil

If you’re wearing makeup and sunscreen throughout the day, the first step of your nighttime routine should be an oil cleanser. Oil cleansers help breakdown makeup and SPF better than traditional water-based cleansers and can help reduce your chances of breaking out.

This one is formulated with sunflower and coconut oils, so be sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin (see step 2) afterwards, especially if you have acne prone skin.

Step 2: Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

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Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

This cleanser has a few great soothing ingredients to still be gentle enough to clean your skin without stripping your natural oils too much.

If you have oily or acne prone skin, you may prefer a cleanser with salicylic acid. In that case, I suggest checking out the Renewing SA Cleanser from CeraVe.

Step 3: 1% Retinol Booster

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1% Retinol Booster

The gold standard in anti-aging is hands down retinol.

Retinol is a vitamin A derivative that helps fight signs of premature aging and turn over dead skin cells. By the time you reach your mid-20s, it’s a good idea to start include retinol in your routine.

To use this product, dispense a pea-sized amount onto your pointer finger. Then, dot that pea all over your face and gentle rub it in. Start with 3 nights per week and slowly work your way up to 5-6.

Step 4: Calm Repairing Serum

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Calm Repairing Serum

This step is optional, but I love following up my retinoid with a solid hydrating or repair serum. This one includes hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help protect your skin barrier.

Even though I included this in your evening routine, you can technically wear it during the day as well. Personally, I love using a hydrating serum like this twice a day.

If you deal with rosacea or irritation, you can also consider Paula’s Choice Redness Relief Toner for calming redness.

Step 5: Clinical Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Paula's Choice Ultra Rich Moisturizer with BowTiedFawn branding

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Clinical Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Cleansing and using retinol can cause dryness, and generally, it’s best to finish off your routine by replenishing your skin barrier with omega fatty acids and other ingredients. That means you need to moisturize!

This moisturizer includes shea butter which can be ideal for dry and dehydrated skin.

Step 6: Moisture Renewal Oil Booster

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Moisture Renewal Oil Booster

If you have dry skin like me, you may benefit from a facial oil. This one has a lovely texture and a great blend of oils and fatty acids that also provide some antioxidant protection.

Summary: Best Paula’s Choice Products

Paula’s Choice makes some incredible skincare products for plenty of different skin types.

You can find skincare products to address any skin concern you have and build the perfect routine for yourself.

Start with this guide and try experimenting to figure out what works best for you.

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