It’s taken me an embarrassingly long time to try any of the Paula’s Choice skin care. If you don’t know the range, it’s founded by Paula Begoun, aka The Cosmetic Cop, who has written several books (notably Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me) to help women make their skin care choices. To say that she doesn’t hold back is an understatement – Paula has an opinion on everything! The difference between Paula and other opinion leaders in beauty is that everything is based on research, rather than just thoughts. I use her site regularly as a kind of barometer if I’m unsure on my findings on a product; I will nip over to see if we have drawn the same conclusion. Beauty writers are highly reliant on information given from PRs and sometimes we have to look away, undo the PR and get to the real nuts and bolts of a product to give out information that’s of any use and Paula is the master of this.
So, onto the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Lotion, which I’ve been trying for a few days now. The claims are that it will give radiant, even toned skin, reduce redness and build collagen, unclog and diminish enlarged pores. Obviously, you’d need to use this long term for any of the results, and as this is a PR sample, it wasn’t chosen exactly for my skin, but more as just an example of what Paula does. So, it’s a slightly mixed review because at 1% BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid), it’s too mild for my skin. However, even with the mildest formula, I did feel a difference in skin texture so I’m definitely going to hit up the 2%. It’s a leave on exfoliant (with salicylic acid) that nibbles away at dead skin cells – my skin was definitely smoother even from the first use which made me realise that maybe I’m not exfoliating nearly enough. Obviously, less dead cells, less clogging, clearer skin – it all makes sense. If I had spots, dull skin or clogged pores, I’d be all over this and even though I don’t have any of those things, I’m still all over it!
Just this one product has made me want to look more closely at the range – I’m starting to see why Paula has so many fans. It’s also good news that there is no animal testing and no fragrance.
You can find Paula’s Choice HERE. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA Lotion is £23.50.