Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel is a gel moisturizer for oily and normal-to-oily (combination) skin. This is my favorite moisturizer. It provides just enough hydration and does not clog my pores or cause breakouts. What makes this an outstanding product is the addition of anti-oxidants and niacinamide, which are very good for the skin. Another significant factor in my decision to use this product is the absence of irritating ingredients such as alcohol or fragrance. Foundation and sunscreen go smoothly over the Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Moisture Gel; you don’t get piling. If my skin needs a bit more hydration, I cmix a drop or two of the Paula’s Choice Resist Moisture Renewal Oil Booster and apply all over my face and neck.
Consistency: It’s an opaque gel that is neither too thick nor too runny.
I have been using this product for over a year now because it’s effective on my combination skin and it is perfect for travel: it works well on my skin when I am in hot, humid countries and it’s under 100 ml so I can take it in my carry-on bag. My skin never gets oilier when I use this and I have never had a bad reaction. The price, $28 for 58 ml (or 2 fluid ounces), is reasonable compared to other products and it contains far more beneficial ingredients that most moisturizers on the market.
Key Ingredients: algae extract, niacinamide, wheat germ oil, glycerin, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, grape seed oil, phospholipid, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, green tea, tocopheryl acetate, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, oat kernel extract, superoxide dismutase.
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Niacinamide (vitamin B3/cell communicating ingredient), Laminaria Saccharina (Algae) Extract (water-binding agent), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil (emollient plant oil/lubricant), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E/antioxidant), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C/antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin identical ingredient), Phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Isohexadecane (emulsifier), Panthenol (Vitamin B5/water-binding agent), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer (film-forming/ water-binding agent), Sodium Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone film-forming agent), Polysorbate 80 (thickener), Hydroxyethylcellulose (gel-based thickener), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).