Review: Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum

Superfood for your skin! Omega fatty acids in this serum strengthen skin’s surface with the essential nutrients needed for healthy, hydrated, visibly stronger skin.

Paula’s Choice

Looking for a powerful moisturizer to protect my skin during the dry, cold night, I picked up Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Serum after reviewing its many ingredients. Though I had read some alternating reviews of the product, I was happy to find that this serum suited me well. Despite the many Ceramides and oils packed into this small bottle, the serum itself is light and non-greasy, spreading and absorbing into the skin with ease. Most importantly, it fulfills its grand moisturizing claims and kept my skin supple all throughout the skin into the morning. The only downside here then, is the fact that it runs out quickly (perhaps about one month of daily night usage).

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Diheptyl Succinate (emollient), Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters (texture enhancer), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (flax seed; non-fragrant omega -3, -6, and -9 plant oil), Linoleic Acid (skin-restoring omega-6 fatty acid), Linolenic Acid (skin-restoring omega-3 fatty acid), Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega-6 plant oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega-3 plant oil), Ceramide EOP (skin-restoring/replenishing), Ceramide EOS (skin-restoring/replenishing), Ceramide NP (skin-restoring/replenishing), Ceramide NS (skin-restoring/replenishing), Caprooyl Sphingosine (skin-restoring/replenishing), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables (skin-smoothing antioxidant fatty acid), Caprooyl Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-replenishing/hydration), Cholesterol (skin-replenishing), Ceramide AP (skin-restoring/replenishing), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (antioxidant emollient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancer/stabilizer), Prunus Domestica Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil/omega-9 fatty acid), Lauryl Laurate (skin-softening opacifying agent), Glyceryl Behenate (emollient/emulsifier), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring ingredient), Sodium Phytate (chelating agent), Trehalose (hydration), Isohexadecane (texture enhancer/solvent), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Cetyl Alcohol (hydration), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Agar (binding agent), Glyceryl Stearate (emulsifier), Ceteareth-25 (solubilizer), Cetearyl Alcohol (hydration), Behenic Acid (opacifying agent), Glyceryl Rosinate (emollient), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative).

Significant Pros

  • Glycerin (moisturizing)
  • Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters (moisturizing, soothing, evens skin tone)
  •  Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (moisturizing – omega -3, -6, and -9 plant oil)
  • Linoleic Acid (moisturizing omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid)
  • Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil (moisturizing omega-6 plant oil)
  • Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil (moisturizing omega-3 plant oil)
  • Ceramide EOP (moisturizing)
  • Ceramide EOS (moisturizing)
  • Ceramide NP (moisturizing)
  • Ceramide NS (moisturizing)
  • Sodium Hyaluronate (hydrating)
  • Cholesterol (moisturizing)
  • Ceramide AP (moisturizing)

Significant Cons

  • This is choc full of fungal acne triggers, so if you’re someone who is prone to fungal acne, I would stay clear

The Takeaway

Overall, I’m pleased with my experience with this product. Though I can’t recommend it for everyone, especially those who struggle with fungal acne, it’s worth a try for those with dry or dehydrated skin. The price is a bit high ($37) but not unreasonable, so while I may continue to search for other moisturizing serums, I can also see myself repurchasing this sometime again in the future.

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