Paula's Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer

Review: Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer

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My thoughts on the newly reformulated CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer by the American skincare brand Paula’s Choice!

Oh this new CALM collection from Paula’s Choice
 I was waiting for it so eagerly. Yes, I’m aware, it’s mostly for reactive skin, and I don’t really have sensitive skin usually. But if you thought that was going to stop me from trying all those pretty mint green bottles, you’re wrong! 😆 And today, we begin with the Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer, a perfect moisturizer for the season if you have combination skin like me or if you enjoy lightweight textures.

If you’re familiar with the brand Paula’s Choice, you may have noticed that the line for sensitive skin, CALM, is not really new. It’s been around for a while, but a few months ago, the brand revamped it!

Some products have been completely redesigned, and some formulas have remained the same, but all have been rebranded for the occasion with a delicious mint green packaging! All this work of redesigning the line was done with the help of an expert skincare influencer you probably know: RenĂ©e Chow aka Gothamistha on YouTube. I’ve been a follower of RenĂ©e’s YouTube channel for years, and I know she loves Asian skincare at least as much as I do. So I can tell you that when I found out she worked with Paula’s Choice on this line, it felt like Christmas to me! 😂

It was like my two favorite skincare worlds came together: the very technical and “ingredients-focused” world of Paula’s Choice and the love of Asian skincare with their jaw-dropping textures and that quest for super plumped and glowing skin dear to RenĂ©e/ Gothamista!

Because yes, even sensitive skins are entitled to desirable products! There’s no reason to feel bored in your bathroom because your skin can’t tolerate anything. And that’s something Paula’s Choice understands very well. And even me, while I’m not the primary target, I couldn’t resist it.

So, as soon as the CALM collection came out, I placed an order on the US website, and I’ve been trying out some of the products for several months now! And today, I’m going to introduce you to the moisturizing cream for combination skin: CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer. Here is my review!

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Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer, product presentation:

Paula’s Choice’s renewed CALM line is specially formulated for sensitive and reactive skin. So if you suffer from redness, your skin is easily irritated and/or uncomfortable, this range is for you!

For this, the brand relied on gentle but very effective ingredients that will target the causes of sensitivity problems. They don’t just soothe sensitive skin, they also prevent future signs of irritation by making the skin more resilient. And as a second bonus effect, they also fight against the signs of aging!

So there’s a whole cocktail of ingredients that will act both on soothing and on strengthening the skin in the long term!

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In this range, you can find probiotic ingredients that help to repair the skin’s microbiome, which is essential for the skin’s balance, as well as several super-effective soothing ingredients, often with multiple actions, that act in several ways on the skin. For example, there’s allantoin, which moisturizes and soothes, Polypore Confluent mushroom extract to reduce redness, and glycogen, a rebalancing moisturizer that helps provide comfort to the skin.

In short, as is often the case at Paula’s Choice, the formulas are beautiful, super complete and treat the skin in a 360 degrees way!

And as a plus, we get great, sensorial textures, which is always appreciated!

And the CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer totally meets these demanding standards!

It moisturizes, protects and strengthens, it is very soft, it also prevents the signs of aging 
 In short, it plays on several levels!

In its formula, it contains:
squalane: naturally present in the skin’s sebum, it has a moisturizing effect, and it’s also a source of skin-repairing fatty acids and antioxidants,
– hydrating glycerin,
– soothing ingredients like Albatrellus Confluens mushroom extract, allantoin, and prickly pear stem cell extract,
probiotic sugars: help to support and regenerate the skin microbiome, which is often compromised in sensitized skin,
galactoarabinan, an antioxidant ingredient for anti-aging prevention,
– and anti-aging peptides.

And its big plus for me is its texture, which I find really well done! It’s a smooth and almost whipped texture, which melts into the skin. The finish is superb: you barely feel you’re wearing something, but the comfort is still very present! And it lasts all day.

Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer, my experience:

I’ve been using this moisturizer for several months now, I’ve included it in my morning routine. You can use it morning and night if you want, but I found its texture to be well suited for me and my combination skin during the day.

I recently spent several weeks in Europe. I went from the mild temperatures of Dubai in winter (20-25 degrees Celsius), to much colder climates (between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius). And this cream suited me in both cases, it adjusted very well! I used the travel size, super convenient.👍

I didn’t feel tightness in my skin more than usual, on the contrary actually. My skin was well protected. And since I also used other products from the line, I guess that effect was enhanced! (I also have the serum and the milky toner)

And it’s really a great makeup base; it’s perfect for those who, like me, appreciate lightweight textures and aren’t fans of overly dewy finishes that always end up looking greasy during the day. But without giving up on skin comfort!

Not really having a sensitive skin, I can’t vouch too much for its soothing effect, but what’s for sure is that my skin was quite “calm” with it, and I also found it to be quite resistant to temperature changes. 😉

In conclusion:

Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer is a really nice product to use, especially in this season. It leaves the skin soothed, strengthened and comfortable all day long, all with a finish suitable for combination to oily skin: all lightweight and skin-like.

It also has a protective shield effect, which strengthens the skin in the long term and is also an anti-aging and antioxidant! As usual with Paula’s Choice, they thought of everything! 🙂

I will most likely repurchase it, especially during the cold season!

The Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer retails for $33 for 60ml.

Product Review in detail

Summary

Paula's Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer

"A lightweight moisturizer for sensitive, oily-to-combo skin types. Visibly calms redness + smooths while targeting wrinkles and other signs of aging."

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Recommendation

A+

A joy of a moisturizer!

Price

$33

Details

Packaging
Texture
Scent
Feeling on the skin
Formula/ Ingredients
Efficiency/ Result
Value For Money
Availability

+ Pros

- the texture is really well-done: light, melting that leaves the skin comfortable but not shiny: perfection!
- combination to oily skins will appreciate its lightweight texture!
- the formula is very complete and contains many soothing and anti-aging ingredients,
- the soothing effect is there immediately, and it lasts,
- the feeling of comfort is immediate and long-lasting, without making the skin greasy,
- the tube is super convenient to use daily,
- its generous format of 60ml,
- and I think the color of the packaging is great (yes, aesthetics counts!).

- Cons

Nothing to declare!

product name

CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer

brand name

Paula's Choice

size

60ml

made in

USA

packaging

A squeezy mint green plastic tube.

fragrance

Fragrance-free.

texture

A joy: a smooth and almost "whipped" texture that melts into the skin. The finish is superb: you barely feel you're wearing something, but the comfort is still very present!

For Who

For all skin types (except maybe very dry skin), all ages.

Concerns

– dehydration,
– lack of comfort, skin tightness,
– redness, sensitivity,
– if you want to prevent the first signs of ageing.

Method

I use the Paula’s Choice CALM Rescue & Repair Weightless Moisturizer in the morning because it contains a lot of antioxidant ingredients, but you can use it in the morning and/or evening.
I take the equivalent of a small amount of cream and apply it to my face and neck at the end of my routine, after my serums.
I wait a few minutes and then apply my sunscreen.

Key Ingredients

This moisturizer is perfect for soothing and comforting combination to oily skin! It contains many interesting ingredients, such as:
squalane: naturally present in the skin’s sebum, it has a moisturizing effect, and it’s also a source of skin-repairing fatty acids and antioxidants,
– hydrating glycerin,
– soothing ingredients like Albatrellus Confluens mushroom extract, allantoin, and prickly pear stem cell extract,
probiotic sugars: help to support and regenerate the skin microbiome, which is often compromised in sensitized skin,
galactoarabinan, an antioxidant ingredient for anti-aging prevention,
– and anti-aging peptides.

Ingredients

Water⁠, Glycerin⁠, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride⁠, Stearic Acid⁠, Triheptanoin⁠, C13-16 Isoalkane⁠, Butylene Glycol⁠, Propanediol⁠, Inulin⁠, Glyceryl Stearate⁠, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer⁠, Squalane⁠, Ethylhexyl Stearate⁠, Sodium Hydroxide⁠, Caprylyl Glycol⁠, Allantoin⁠, Sodium Phytate⁠, Ethylhexylglycerin⁠, Hexylene Glycol⁠, Alpha Glucan Oligosaccharide⁠, Glycogen⁠, Laminaria Digitata Extract⁠, Albatrellus Confluens (Mushroom) Extract⁠, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract⁠, Galactorarabinan ⁠, Citric Acid⁠, Maltodextrin⁠, Schizophyllan⁠, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8⁠, Phenoxyethanol⁠, Potassium Sorbate.

Ingredients not included

– alcohol,
– mineral oil,
– silicone,
– fragrance,
– dye.

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