My go-to for crazy winter skin? Paula’s Choice.

I don’t know what it is about winter but it sure makes my skin do crazy things. One day it’s so dry and itchy, the next day I have random blemishes…add into that mix wrinkles and hyperpigmentation and I am just a mess. I usually have my favorite skin care products that vary by season – products that I use in the summer when my skin is never dry and mostly oily, and products that I use in the fall and spring when I am a more predictably normal t-zone mix. But in the winter, I turn to Paula’s Choice more often than not to help my crazy lady skin get back to normal. Here are some of my favorites for my season of insanity.

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Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil

Cleanser is an issue for me – I need something that suits my t-zone in spring and fall, and something that suits my overall oiliness in the summer. In the winter, I need something that addresses my suddenly dry skin that isn’t so rich it sends me back to the blemishes I had at 16 – no way, not unless I also get the body I had at 16.

I actually prefer the Resist Cleanser for spring and autumn and the Skin Balancing Cleanser for summer, but for winter I adore the Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil ($25). I don’t even need a separate makeup remover, and the oils in this – sunflower and coconut – hydrate my dryness without overdoing it and making me break out. It’s fragrance-free, and a small amount mixed with warm water takes off super stubborn makeup. I use it with my Foreo Luna for amazingly clean skin regardless of its current mood.

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch

Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask swatch after drying

No matter what, in the winter my skin goes nuts and it transforms from super dry to super oily with blemishes and congested skin, seemingly from nowhere. When that happens I break out the Paula’s Choice Pore Clarifying Charcoal Gel Mask ($30) to banish the break outs on my skin.  I’ve used this for years now. The charcoal coaxes all that nasty stuff out of my pores without drying out skin, and the mask is actually a gel mask so it hydrates while purifying. My pores look smaller, I don’t look oily throughout the day, and I don’t break out – plus I don’t get that dryness that can happen with clay masks. It’s really perfect. Just apply this on clean dry skin and leave on for about 20 minutes. It doesn’t dry completely – that swatch on my hand had been there for 20 minutes when I took that photo. Oh, one more plus – this mask is so gentle you can use it every day if you want. Every single day. For real.

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask

Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask swatch

So, my skin is certifiably nuts in the winter, right? I wake up one morning and it’s an oily, congested mess. I wake up a week later and I am as dry as the Sahara Desert. When that happens, I switch to my Paula’s Choice Rehydrating Moisture Mask ($30). This mask is like a long, tall, cool glass of water for dehydrated skin. It works immediately to moisturize and soften skin. The mask is thick and creamy and doesn’t dry hard. It has great ingredients including jojoba, vitamin E, plant oils, antioxidants, amino acids and glycerin. You can use this every day if you want, as a regular mask that you wash off after 20 minutes, or you can use it as an overnight mask. It’s glorious.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion

The real miracle product for winter from Paula’s Choice is the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion ($29). This is a skin treatment that exfoliates, moisturizes, reduces pore size, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. It does all of this and quickly too – you will get results very quickly and you won’t believe how terrific those results are!! If you have dry skin and blemishes, you need this. If you also have wrinkles, my goodness, get this. If, in addition to dry skin, blemishes, and wrinkles, you also have large pores, why don’t you have this???? Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion has a pH range of 3.2–3.8. Use it after cleansing and toning – just a small amount as your treatment serum before moisturizing and it will get rid of dead skin, give you great skin texture, smaller pores, and less wrinkles. It’s fantastic.

In the winter, I also have my Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm ($15)  with me at all times. I reviewed this last week, you can read the full review HERE.

If you have crazy lady skin in the winter like me, definitely check out Paula’s Choice. She has loads of options that take amazing care of pretty much any skin care woe you may have!  – Lisa


  1. I would love to try that Paula’s Choice Perfect Cleansing Oil. I have winter skin issues too!

  2. i love paula’s choice too! thanks for this round-up. i can’t wait to try the cleansing oil

  3. Sandy Pincombe says

    A couple of these products are going on my need to try list

  4. Of these products you’re talking about, I used the Cleansing Oil and I love it. I am currently loving the Paula’s Choice 10% AHA serum and a fantastic daytime moisturizer. Such a great brand

  5. I would really love o ry this cleansing oil! Paula’s Choice makes such solid performing products.

  6. They’re still the number one skincare brand I recommend!

  7. I wish that oil didnt have coconut in it.

  8. 25 Sweetpeas says

    That first line or two are so spot on! Sounds like a great product!

  9. Love Paula’s Choice! Finally added the RESIST BHA back into my routine and picked up the CLEAR BHA for my daughter. We’re both seeing immediate results. I’d love to check out her cleansing oil but am leery about the coconut oil. Thanks for the post!

  10. The oil Cleanser is a thing of perfection, especially in these cold temperatures. I can cleanse without stripping my skin. Great picks!

  11. I love the PC cleansing oil!

  12. All the Paula’s Choice products I’ve tried have been outstanding!

  13. Paula’s Choice has a lot of great products!

  14. Winter brings out the worse in our skin, regardless of skin type. I battled acne before Christmas, good thing I was on vacation. Now I’m fighting dry skin. PC has extensive line!

  15. I just love Paula’s Choice products, they are always so well-formulated!

  16. I didn’t know that Paula’s Choice had a cleansing oil! Due to how dry my skin is I prefer cleansing oils when removing my makeup and will for sure give this one a try now!

  17. I absolutely love face masks and that makes me happy that you can use it daily!

  18. I am a total hot mess in the winter, it’s awful. I need to check out Paula’s Choice soooooon!

  19. I still need to try Paula’s Choice! I know, I’ve been saying this for years. I’m super interested in that charcoal mask.

  20. Ehmkay nails says

    The charcoal gel mask is definitely something new to me. Winter is killing my skin right now!