Skin Balancing Moisturiser
This gel moisturiser absorbs quickly to give a matte finish, without clogging pores.
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- Skin Type: Combination skin, Oily skin
- Concern: Breakouts , Blackheads , Enlarged pores
- Ingredients: Oat Extract , Glycerin , Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 View all
- Routine: Moisturise PM
- Order before 4:30pm to receive your order within 48 hours
- 30-day money back guarantee
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What does it do?
Weightless hydration for oily, combination skin.
This silky-smooth gel moisturiser for oily skin provides essential hydration for refreshed, smooth and balanced skin. The weightless formula delivers skin proven antioxidants and niacinamide to protect skin from environmental stressors and minimise the appearance of pores.
Light lotion, does not feel oily
Suitable for breakout-prone skin
How to use
How to use
A night moisturiser is the last step in your evening routine.
Apply the moisturiser liberally to your face after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and applying an antioxidant serum or targeted treatment .
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Thank you for submitting your review! It will be reviewed by our staff before it is posted.I would only recommend this if you're not using other products made for oily or acne prone skin. In that case, it will do the job. I used this along with the Paula's choice BHA and it was enough to irritate my skin (red and sore to the touch). I tried other combinations too.
- if you combine this moisturiser with any chemical peel (BHA or AHA or retinol) or even the vitamin C serum from PC's collection, it will most likely irritate your skin (I don't have very sensitive skin). The calm moisturiser is better if you are looking to use PC's exfoliant+vitamin C serum along with it.a very lightweight gel with two of my all time favourite ingredients: niacinamide and oatmeal. Both of them at great for improving skin barrier. If you have oily skin and weak skin barrier, you have to try!I use alot of products in my routine including many other PC serums and boosters, this is great for layering and the final step to my night routine, LOVE IT :)This is still a wonderful product, it's a "juicy" moisturiser for combination skin but I just found it ok when all was said and done. You must shake this product up every time you use it because it tends to separate, I did find it to sting round my eyes a couple of times that I used it. Overall it's a really light moisturiser and it does the job, but there was just nothing ab fab about it... it's a gel type consistency and it has antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in it. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it if you know what I mean... I won't buy it again but i'll try other moisturisers by this brand for sure.Great product, Great Ingredients and Good Price, (usually moisturizers are 50ml not 60).
Left Skin feeling soft and smooth, as well as hydrated and helped fight against breakouts. Whether young or old, it will prevent aging and as long as you have combo/oily skin, this is perfect for you.Bought this as part of the basic 4-step system after trying and enjoying a sample- however after using the full-size product I found it very sticky and it left my face red and blotchy and stinging. I tried using it a few times after but it really makes my skin feel horrible. Just sits in my cabinet now. A shame.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While this response is not typical, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. This along with everyday environmental factors can sometimes play a part in how someone will ultimately respond to a product or combination of products. The truth is that skin care is tricky. Each person will potentially respond different to products and ingredients. Our customer care team will be more than pleased to help you finding the right products for your skin type.After using this product, my skin appears dryer and more breakouts in the morning. after couple days my skin feel a little pain. I have to stop using it immediately.
Customer Care: We are very pleased to see you have already contacted us because of our 30 day money back guaranteeI haven't found a face product or moisturiser that works for my skin except this. All other products lead to breakouts. Finally I found a moisturiser that works really well. A little goes a long way. I find my skin feels greasy to touch during the day after I apply this, but this has no negative effect on my skin.I have never tried a moisturiser like this....it dramatically has helped my skin condition both with anti aging and with my oily skin. My skin looks better without makeup and I am brave enough to go without most days now. It doesn't really have a smell but absorbs into the skin very well, instantly (and over time) improves the appearance of fine lines in my face as well as keeping me matt all day. Will use again am very impressed.I will be the first to admit that when I first purchased this product back in January 2015 (only ran out in July, very good value), it was my holy grail moisturizer. It helped curb breakouts, kept my skin soft and supple, and went on like a dream - very silky finish. Immediately after running out, I was quick to re-order however, was disappointed to find that the faint, almost clear colour of the original product was replaced by a considerable whiter, milky colour. Thinking nothing of it, I continued to use the product however, have been breaking out for the first time in 8 months. It is the only thing I have changed and I am wondering if perhaps there was a formula change. If so, please bring back the old one! (Or, if you have any left in stock, allow me to exchange?) I'm at a loss now as I will have to start all over again to find an HG moisturizer. Very disappointing indeed.
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While this response is not typical we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they respond to products. We will contact you regarding your reaction and the change in the products colour.Unfortunately, this did nothing for my skin. It did not mattify my oily areas, and did not moisturise the dry areas. PC did give a full refund so can't fault their customer service.On days when I just want a gentle added layer of moisturisation, this is perfect. I haven't found it drying and it doesn't break me out. I really like the gel texture and I love the feel of my skin after it soaks in. I would alternate this with a more emollient moisturiser to give my skin what it needs on different days.I have marked this 3 because although it does not break me out, it does make my skin very dry. I wake up with dry patches on my forehead and cheeks and when I apply it during the day under my sunscreen, the sunscreen dries into the dry patches I have from the moisturiser. Very disappointed because it leaves me with flaky dry patches. Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that this moisturizer seems not to be suitable for your skin type. Please contact our Customer Care Team for further assistance.Although this product does leave a matte finish and provides a little moisturisation to the skin the texture isn't particularly nice and often balls up when I apply my sunscreen after (I even wait 5-10 minutes after application to let it soak in). However, I could look past all of this if it wasn't for the high level of irritation this moisturiser causes to me eyes. I don't have particularly sensitive eyes or skin around the eyes and they don't usually react to skincare products/cosmetics unless I actually get some in my eyes but whenever I use this moisturiser anywhere remotely near my eyes including on the bridge of my nose it causes my eyes to sting really badly and turn red to the point where I have had to stop using this product. This is disappointing especially given the fact that Paula reccommends using your normal moisturiser on the eye area. Customer Care : We are sorry to hear about your experiences.Although the response you mentioned is not common with this product, we understand that each person will respond differently to ingredients and products. Please do contact our customer care department at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be more than happy to advise you with an alternative.This moisturiser has a lovely texture, is totally non-greasy, easy to apply, and makes for a good make-up base for my powder foundation. After only a few days of use however, my skin has started to become quite dry and itchy and I now cannot use this on my face as it is simply not moisturising enough for my combination skin. Such a disappointment as it showed such promise at the beginning. As a result I am now left with an almost full product which I cannot useI've loved the products I've bought so far but this one didn't agree with my skin. My skin can be sensitive and since I started using it my forehead became very rough and flaky. I've recently stopped using it and it's returned to normal. I didn't like the texture, it didn't leave my skin feeling soft. It felt like the gel was sitting on my skin. Judging by what I've heard I'm sure it works great for other people, it just wasn't for me. Which is a shame because I can barely afford it lol. When I've saved up enough I'll try something else :)
Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your experience with this product. While this response is not typical, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Customer Care will contact you for an advice on other options .I LOVE this moisturiser! It glides onto my skin so nicely and absorbs straight away with no greasy feeling. I use it around my eyes too and find it quite soothing. I also add it to my Revlon liquid foundation to thin it out and it mixes beautifully. Just a point to add: I tried mixing my foundation with "Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion with SPF 15" but found the two products just wouldn't blend for some reason. I tend to use this only at night if I feel like I need some more moisture or with my foundation, but it is just lovely!This moisturizer does exactly what it says on the tin (well, packaging). It leaves an excellent matte finish whilst providing a nice amount of moisture without leaving the skin feeling too greasy. For me though, I need something just a wee bit more moisturizing so I will try either the Hydralight or Moisture Boost/RESIST AM moisturizers.This is a great mosturiser and doesn't irriate my skin or clog up my pores. I have been searching everywhere for a product like this and I am just about to purchase my 5th bottle. It last's a long time too it may come in a small bottle but it last's months!! Only down fall is, is the price tag it's gone up since the last time I purchased it and it's ALOT cheaper on the US site..This product has worked very well for me. It has a lovely silky texture that spreads really evenly across your face when you apply it. It absorbs very well without leaving any sticky or greasy residue. My skin feels quenched after using it. I found that it worked remarkably well during the winter months as well. Like all of the products I have found a little goes a long way with my 60ml lasting me for 4 months. Given the results you get I think these products really are excellent value for money. I was paying £100 every 2 months for a moisturiser that reduced my breakouts. This is much better and costs much less.This is a brilliant lightweight moisturiser that I would reccommend to anyone who suffers from outbreaks of spots like me! Doesnt clog your pores and is great under makeup. Mine has lasted me nearly 6months as you only need a small amount - well worth the money in my opinion!I would say it is an okay moisturiser, but nothing special especially for the price, plus the shipping costs (costing roughly £24 lasting about a month and a half at the most). If it was like £5-£8 i could understand and rate this product much higher, however it is let down especially for the small size of the product.
The product itself doesnt irritate at all, and has lovely ingredients in it which i cannot fault at all, absorbs quick and non greasy. I would say it moisturises okay, but somethimes your face can still seem to feel like it needs more as the dry bits do return and face feels tight-ish again, so need to reapply. All in all it is a good moisturiser, however the price really does let it down imo and wish paula and her team could make it cheaper for us.
Customer Care: Please be assured that as a customer of Paula's Choice you get the advantage of superior, well-researched products that are still remarkably affordable compared to other brandsThe first time I sampled this I knew it was going to be a future purchase. It is perfect for combination/oily skins and is the best base for make up that anyone could wish for. I have tried so many primers that feel greasy and slick but this leaves your skin soft, silky and a natural matte. A 2 in 1 product; lightweight hydration and make up primer with skin loving ingredients. Love it.Not greasy, moisturises well and makes my skin feel great - I tried the hydralight paula's choice aswell to see how they compared but to me that one felt too thin and didn't sit as well on the skin. I'm sticking with this now, I've tried many moisturizers over the years and have not found anything better.
What are the key ingredients?
Contains antioxidant and skin-soothing properties.
Skin-replenishing and restoring ingredient, found naturally in skin. It helps skin to maintain a healthy look and feel, defending against dryness.
Very effective skin-restoring ingredient that can visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and dullness.
Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone (hydration), Niacinamide (vitamin B3/skin-restoring), Laminaria Saccharina (Algae) Extract (hydration), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin-soothing), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (non-fragrant oil/emollient/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phenyl Trimethicone (hydration), Dimethicone (hydration), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), etanorulayH muidoS (hydration/skin replenishing), Phospholipids (skin-restoring), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Isohexadecane (texture-enhancing), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Sodium Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Frequently asked questions
Why do I actually need a night moisturiser for my oily skin?
All skin types-including oily skin - need certain substances to function normally and healthy, such as antioxidants, cell-communicating and skin-repairing ingredients. For oily skin or oily areas it is important to choose a lightweight texture that does not clog pores, but does provide the necessary hydration. Skin Balancing Moisture Gel for this is an excellent option.
Should I consider this moisturiser or Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator if my concerns are wrinkles and breakouts?
Either moisturiser contains anti-ageing ingredients that help your skin look and act younger. Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator was specially formulated for those struggling with wrinkles and breakouts, particularly if your breakouts leave red marks that you'd like to fade. If that describes your skin, go for the Resist option. If not, enjoy the weightless smoothing and anti-ageing benefits provided by Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel. Or, you can alternate between the two, applying one in the morning (under your SPF-rated product) and the other at night.
This foaming cleanser removes dirt, excess oil and makeup without stripping skin.
Restore the balance of your skin with this lightly hydrating toner.
Fast absorbing liquid removes built-up dead skin cells and fights blackheads.
Lightweight, mattifying lotion protects skin from signs of ageing caused by the sun.
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