Review: Paula’s Choice Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizer

A moisturizer made with pre, pro and postbiotics that help maintain skin’s good bacteria for a stable microbiome and a healthier, more balanced complexion.

Paula’s Choice

Looking for a night moisturizer to get me through the winter, I recently purchased Paula’s Choice Probiotic Nutrient Moisturizer when it was on sale. I’ve wanted to implement probiotics into my skin routine again after cycling out Biossance’s Gel Moisturizer from my morning application. As for use – Paula’s moisturizer has a sticky slime consistency and though it’s not super thick, it does take a while to spread and soak into the skin due to its texture. While I don’t particularly enjoy application, after a few minutes the moisturizer sets in just fine. Now that I’ve used this moisturizer consistently for about 2 weeks or so, I feel confident in its results . . . it’s absolutely outstanding! My skin is soft and supple every morning after using this.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isoamyl Laurate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Butylene Glycol (texture enhancer), Sodium Polyacrylate Starch (texture enhancer/stabilizer), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Lauroyl Lysine (texture enhancer/hydration) Lactobacillus/Rye Flour Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing), Lactobacillus Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing), Bifida Ferment Lysate (probiotic/skin-soothing), Glucomannan (prebiotic/hydration), Saccharomyces Lysate (postbiotic/hydration), Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (probiotic/skin-soothing), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Acetyl Hexapeptide-1 (skin-restoring/skin-soothing), Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10 (antioxidant/skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Palmitoyl Proline (amino acid/hydration), Glycine (amino acid/hydration), Serine (amino acid/hydration), Threonine (amino acid/hydration), Alanine (amino acid/hydration), Valine (amino acid/hydration), Arginine (amino acid/hydration), Proline (amino acid/hydration), Lysine HCl (amino acid/hydration), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract (prebiotic/antioxidant), Niacinamide (skin-restoring/skin-replenishing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Yeast Extract/Faex (prebiotic/postbiotic/hydration), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Sodium PCA (skin-replenishing) Sodium Lactate (postbiotic/hydration), PCA (skin-replenishing), Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate (skin-softening), Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate (skin-softening), Isopropyl Palmitate (emollient), Glutamic Acid (amino acid/hydration), Betaine (hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer/emulsifier), Hydroxyacetophenone (antioxidant/hydration) Sodium Acrylates Copolymer (texture enhancer), Ceteth-20 (solubolizer), Steareth-20 (emulsifier), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), PEG-75 Stearate (cleansing agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Propylene Glycol (texture enhancer), 1,2-Hexanediol (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

Significant Pros

  • Glycerin (moisturizing)
  • Lactobacillus/Rye Flour Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing)
  • Lactobacillus Ferment (probiotic/skin-soothing)
  • Bifida Ferment Lysate (probiotic/skin-soothing)
  • Glucomannan (prebiotic/hydration)
  • Saccharomyces Lysate (postbiotic/hydration)
  • Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (probiotic/skin-soothing)
  • Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant)
  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant)
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant)
  • Acetyl Hexapeptide-1 (skin-restoring/skin-soothing)
  • Palmitoyl Dipeptide-10 (antioxidant/skin-restoring)
  • Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing, moisturizing)

Significant Cons

  • Isoamyl Laurate (fungal acne trigger)
  • Isopropyl Palmitate (fungal acne trigger)
  • Glyceryl Stearate (fungal acne trigger)

The Takeaway

This is definitely a product I’ll be using up this winter. A rich moisturizer that works immediately to satiate the skin, this product contains a bevy of pro, pre, and postbiotics alongside other antioxidants and soothing ingredients. If you struggle with fungal acne, this moisturizer may be too much for you, but otherwise, I have no problem in recommending this moisturizer to those searching for a good winter refresher for their dry, dehydrated, sensitive, or normal skin.

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