Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Paula's Choice Clinical Instant Calm Advanced Redness Relief

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.


  1. hmmmm....interesting! This seems like a good one to try out. Hope I can find samples to try it out first before buying the bigger bottle.

  2. Emmy, you can order samples from Paula's Choice - they're usually $.50-1.00. I love PC so much, and this is a great product if you have rosacea or an accidental sunburn.

    The customer service is amazing. Even if you buy a big bottle and it doesn't work out, they'll give you a refund or store credit. (I'm not affiliated, I just love this brand and use several of their products daily).

  3. I really like this too - I use it most days and I'm on my second bottle. I haven't actually tried it on irritated skin, but I have a lot of surface redness and it seems to help a little.


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