What is it?
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer (longest name ever..) is described as containing “a unique CollagenSupport Complex with hydrating ceramides reduces fine lines and wrinkles; retinol improves firmness and vitamin C restores radiance.” In short, this is a moisturiser packed with ceramides, retinol and vitamin C. This product retails for £55 for 50ml/1.7oz.
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream* is claimed as being the brand’s “most advanced eye cream with 5 ceramides, vitamin C and retinol to tackle signs of ageing.” Basically, this is the eye-specific version of the moisturiser – but is it necessary? This retails for £43 for 15ml/0.5oz.
What’s good about it?
Ingredients-wise, the moisturiser is packed with 4 different forms of Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Ascorbate and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate), which gives the cream a distinctive sheer tint, , as well as having a metallic vitamin C scent, that most of us are familiar with. This is in addition to 5 different Ceramides and 0.1% pure Retinol, which means that this product could be called upon to be used as a very gentle Vitamin A option, but not one that is going to deliver draw-dropping results, in my opinion. Additional ingredients include Squalane (emollient), Licorice Root Extract (soothing), Panthenol (hydration), Sodium PCA (replenishment) and a mix of antioxidants, including Vitamin E, Grape seed Extract and Pomegranate.
This is a lightweight lotion which contains a host of proven active ingredients, which allows this to function as an ‘all-in-one, master of none’ moisturising treatment.
The eye cream contains the same 4 forms of Vitamin C, at a total concentration of 5% (which the brand does not list for the moisturiser, but I would imagine at least 10% based on the order of ingredients), as well as 0.01% Retinol (instead of 0.1% in the moisturiser) and Ceramides. Interesting to note, the brand comment that “the percentage of vitamin C and retinol is at a deliberately lower amount to the Clinical Ceramide Moisturiser, allowing for application of both products to the eye area without causing sensitivity.” The eye cream contains Peptides and Sodium Hyaluronate, which the moisturiser does not include.
What’s not so good about it?
The Vitamin C content in the moisturiser makes this product have quite a metallic scent, which is to be expected, but something to bare in mind for those with sensitivity to scent. The eye cream is less extreme, but in my opinion, not a necessity to a routine. I am a member of the ‘use your moisturiser on your entire face, including eye area‘ school of thought, which ironically, Paula Begoun had been the CEO of until very recently. Paula has always said that you can use your face products around the eyes as long as they’re well-formulated and fragrance free, which the Clinical Moisturiser is, but I don’t believe the separate Clinical Eye Cream is an essential step, by any means.
I have used the Moisturiser for a lot longer than the Eye Cream, but I find both rather lacklustre, especially for the price. These are amongst Paula’s most pricey products, based on the high-quality ingredients that they contain, but for many, £55 for a moisturiser simple isn’t realistic, especially when the formula isn’t as great in reality, as it is on paper. The lightweight, thin lotion texture of these products is definitely not as hydrating as would be expected, which is great on one hand, as emollience isn’t for all, but this leaves my dehydrated skin wanting more moisture.
The bottom line
- Air-tight packaging and fragrance-free formulations, packed with proven active ingredients at reasonable concentrations.
- Thin texture leaves skin wanting more hydration. This would not be enough for normal-dry skin types.
- Eye Cream is not necessary.
- Expensive at £1.10/ml (moisturiser) and £2.87/ml (eye cream).
Rating: 3 Stars
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturizer (£55/50ml/1.7oz.)
Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Eye Cream (£43/15ml/0.5oz.)
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