Paula's Choice: Giving the Gift of Good Skin

Paula's Choice: Giving the Gift of Good Skin

Next month when January rolls around, we'll all set our sights on a few things we'd like to accomplish in the new year. This more often than not includes working out more, eating healthier, reading more know, the regular New Year's resolution things. While all of those are on my list for 2018, my biggest mission each year is cracking the code on some skincare products that will make my skin look and feel like never before. I'm happy to say I got a head start on my resolution thanks to Paula's Choice.


I've openly discussed with all of you how sensitive and challenging my skin can be. It's basically like pandora's box trying to figure out what is and isn't going to make matters worse. Having suffered from cystic acne most of my life, with the onset of rosacea in my twenties, it's been a rough go! I was never one of those girls who could leave the house with little or no makeup on because I had so many flaws I didn't want anyone to see. 


Back in November, I met with Desiree of Paula's Choice to discuss my turbulent skin. She listened to all of my concerns, and the hesitation I have when it comes to trying new products. At the end of our chat, she was confident there was a solution. She sent me a collection of products specially curated for my skin and I was so excited to get to work on seeing some results! 


Let me first start with my favorite collection of products, the CALM Redness Relief Kit. The first thing I'll say about this kit is that my skin responded positively on day one and I've never been more dedicated to a regimen since. I've been using the same moisturizer for a couple years now, and I never thought it could be replaced! Turns out I was very wrong, my old moisturizer has been kicked to the curb! The kit comes with two different moisturizers, one of which has 30SPF that I apply in the morning, using the other in the evening. The kit also includes Paula's coveted 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant, a product the company is known for. This super gentle, non-abrasive, leave-on exfoliant sheds built-up layers of dead skin to reveal the hidden radiant skin beneath. It's not as strong as their popular 2%, but is perfect for my sensitive skin. I've honestly never had a smoother transition when trying new products. I always brace myself for the worst, but the worst never came! I've been using the Normal to Dry kit – it's expertly designed to give you less sensitive red skin, improvement in signs of aging, and amazingly smoother skin texture. All three of these things I can say are true within the two weeks I've been using these products. 


Another one of my favorite stand-out products from Paula's Choice is their RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster. It's been especially useful this winter when my skin is more dry than usual. If you ever feel like you need a tad more hydration, this is great. It can be used alone, or mixed in with your moisturizer. I love how sheer and lightweight the formula is. I've been using it just about every day. 


Raise your hand if you make it a habit of taking off your makeup every single day and know how important a cleanser is! *raises hand with enthusiasm* As a result, I'm especially fond of good cleanser. I've tried all different types, and come to find that the foaming kind is so last year. I'm loving Paula's Perfect Cleansing Oil. It creates a milky emulsion when mixed with water and leaves my skin super smooth and hydrated. Not to mention it looks super luxe.


Aside from my own skin, there are a few holiday kits from Paula's Choice that I'm definitely gifting this year! One of those is the Best Of Brightening Radiant Skin Collection. Who doesn't want radiant, glowing skin for the new year!? This trio of products will prep and prime your skin for an even, bright glow. The overnight mask is the bomb. My favorite kind of mask is one that works as I sleep! It smooths the surface of skin, boosts luminosity, and intensifies hydration. Yes, please.


Looking for a good stocking stuffer? Pick up a lip duo. Quite aptly named The Only Balm You'll Ever Need, these lip balms are a cult-favorite and the set includes a limited edition tinted balm that you can also apply on your cheeks. You might want to pick up two sets – you'll want to keep one for yourself! This balm is always in my handbag.


In 2018 I say goodbye to my old skincare routine, and hello to Paula's Choice! I'm going to keep coming back to this brand to try new things after the changes I've experienced in such a short amount of time. I can honestly say my skin is glowing these days, and that's something that not only boosts my confidence but makes me believe no one should accept living with bad skin. The warmest, most heartfelt thank you to Desiree and Paula's Choice for providing me with a regimen that I can say is only short of magic. 


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