paula's choice calm redness relief repairing serum

Got redness?

It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with acne, rosacea, a sunburn or an irritation, redness is always a sign of inflammation.

Nothing I’ve tried so far brings inflammation down faster than Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum. It’s magic in a bottle, I tell you.

Its secret? It’s packed to the brim with every soothing ingredients you can think of (and them some more). Here are the highlights:

Licorice & Co

Let’s start with my fave soothing ingredient: licorice. It’s loaded with glycyrrhizate, a group of substances that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It can soothe contact dermatitis, psoriasis, irritations… You name it.

It works by reducing hyaluronidase, one of the MMP enzymes that break down healthy tissue when your skin is inflamed. The best part? Licorice also doubles up as an antioxidant to help you fight wrinkles.

Licorice doesn’t play solo. It’s joined by beta-glucan, sea whip extract and feverfew extract (to name a few), all ingredients with soothing properties that calm inflammation and bring the redness down a notch or two.

Related: 3 Reasons You Should Use Licorice Extract For Younger-Looking Skin


Skin doesn’t get inflamed for no reason. Often, it means your skin’s protective barrier is damaged.

A broken protective barrier lets moisture out, drying your skin, and germs in to attack it. Both can lead to inflammation.

Enter ceramides. These waxes are like plasters for your skin’s protective barrier. They patch up the cracks in the barrier, nursing it back to health.

Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum contains three types of ceramides (plus cholesterol – it does the same thing) to repair your broken protective barrier so your skin can heal faster.

Related: Are Ceramides The Key To Healthy Skin?

Hyaluronic Acid

The thing I love the most about Paula’s Choice? They always go the extra mile.

Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum doesn’t just soothes inflammation and reduces redness, it hydrates skin to boot.

How? Hyaluronic acid. It’s a moisture magnet (scientists like to call it “humectant”) that draws moisture from the air into your skin. It’s so powerful, it can bind up to 1000 times its weight in water!

All that moisture makes your skin very happy: it plumps it up so your fine lines and wrinkles look smaller; it makes its texture softer to the touch; and it gives your complexion a youthful glow.

P.S. Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum has TWO forms of hyaluronic acid, so you’re getting double the benefits.  I wasn’t joking when I said they always go the extra mile. 😉

Related: Why You Should Add Hyaluronic Acid To Your Skincare Routine

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

I’m blessed I don’t have acne, rosacea or anything like that. But my skin is on the dry side and, if I’m not careful, my cheeks can get a little red (especially in winter).

I always keep a bottle of Paula’s Choice Calm Redness Relief Repairing Serum in my cabinet for days like that. It has a lightweight watery, gel-like texture that sinks in quickly and works well under most moisturisers and makeup.

I wish I could tell you that it makes the redness disappear after just one swipe but skincare doesn’t work like that. Inflammation is a complex process that takes its time to subside.

But, already after the first use, you will see a little reduction in redness. Use it everyday, and one morning you’ll wake up to redness-free skin.

I use this serum only when my skin needs it but if you have rosacea, acne or perennially red skin, make it a part of your daily skincare routine. Your skin is more prone to inflammation and needs all the help it can get to soothe it.

Available at: $34.00 at Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice



How do you deal with skin redness? Share your fave tips and products in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin (skin replenishing), Hyaluronic Acid (hydration/skin replenishing), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Sea Whip Extract (skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide NP (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide AP (hydration/skin replenishing), Ceramide EOP (hydration/skin replenishing), Cholesterol (skin replenishing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (licorice extract/skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb/skin-soothing), Phytosphingosine (skin-renewing), Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids (skin replenishing), Chrysanthemum Parthenium Flower Extract (feverfew extracts/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Glycine Soja Seed Extract (soybean extract/skin-soothing), Ubiquinone (antioxidant), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (texture-enhancing), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin replenishing/emollient), Magnesium Aspartate (emollient), Potassium Aspartate (emollient), Sarcosine (emollient), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), PEG/PPG-14/4 Dimethicone (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)

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