Paula's Choice Skincare CALM Restoring Moisturizer Normal to Oily

Paula's Choice Skincare

CALM Restoring Moisturizer Normal to Oily/Combination

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 31.00
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Paula's Choice Skincare has sensitive skin that's also oily in mind with their CALM Restoring Moisturizer Normal to Oily/Combination. A sheer gel-cream, it provides just enough hydration to suit those with its namesake skin type, and, like all formulas from the brand, is fragrance free.

Packaged in a plastic squeeze tube, its lightweight texture feels pleasant on skin and dries quickly without leaving a residue behind.

A look at its formula reveals that it takes its "redness relief" claims seriously. Licorice extracts, allantoin, beta-glucan and willow herb, just to name a few of its ingredients, provide both antioxidant and soothing benefits to skin. There is a good dose of these (and other) soothing ingredients contained within CALM Restoring Moisturizer Normal to Oily/Combination. It's gentle enough even for those with skin prone to rosacea. What it doesn't contain are heavy oils or other emollients, which is evident from its sheer feel on skin. (So light, in fact, that it layers well under a sunscreen, or over serums and other treatments.) Of course, since this moisturizer is for sensitive, redness-prone skin, we love that it doesn't contain a single ingredient known to worsen such concerns.

Your skin will also benefit from the ample environmental protection and soothing effects of its antioxidant blend, and replenishing ingredients like sodium hyaluronate.

CALM Restoring Moisturizer Normal to Oily/Combination earned its rating thanks to its formidable range of beneficial soothing and antioxidant ingredients as well as its pleasant gel texture that's ideal for its intended skin types. If you count yourself among those with oily to combination extra-sensitive skin (whether you're battling redness or a "finicky" complexion), this moisturizer may be the perfect choice for your needs.

  • Sheer, hydrating texture is ideal for combination to oily skin.
  • Blend of soothing and restorative ingredients makes it suitable for extra-sensitive skin.
  • Layers well and dries without leaving a residue on skin.
  • Fragrance free.
  • None.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

CALM Restoring Moisturizer for Normal to Oily Skin’s soothing, lightweight formula instantly calms and hydrates sensitive, reddened skin so it can quickly look and feel younger and refreshed. Antioxidants and skin-replenishing ingredients work together to help oily skin look naturally normalized and healthy.

Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone (hydration), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Allantoin (skin-soothing), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb extract/skin-soothing), Phenyl Trimethicone (hydration), Dimethicone (hydration), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Arctium Majus Root Extract (burdock extract/skin-soothing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea/skin-soothing/antioxidant), Laminaria Saccharina Extract (algae extract/hydration/skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Panthenol (skin replenishing), Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture-enhancing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Isohexadecane (texture-enhancing), Sodium Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Polysorbate 80 (texture-enhancing), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance


Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.

Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit

About the Experts

The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.

Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.

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