Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief might be sleeper product in Paula's Choice line. It's a toner-like liquid, but the calming effect on red, irritated or inflamed skin takes it a step beyond cosmetics. Paula Begoun suggest a wide range of uses for Clinical Redness Relief, from rosacea relief to an aftershave. I use it on the sensitive skin around my nose when I have a cold, on parched cold-bitten skin, and in the summer heat. The effect is instantly visible, not to mention that you can feel it.
I usually apply the liquid when I feel the need, either after cleansing or on its own on a makeup-free face (and neck, and anywhere that feels irritated, including from after an allergic reaction to soap). Serum, moisturizer, SPF--- they all come after. I also keep a couple of the sample packets in my purse (I ask for them with every Paula's Choice order I place) for emergencies on the go. It also makes a world of difference when adjusting to a retinoid routine.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (slip agents), Sea Whip Extract, Oat Beta Glucan, Colloidal Oatmeal (anti-inflammatory agents), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (plant-derived anti-irritant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant-derived antioxidant), Phytic Acid (corn-derived chelating agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).
Bottom Line: a staple.
Paula's Choice Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief ($18, 4oz) is available from paulaschoice.com.