Skin Health Magazine Issue #10 / Winter 2019 - Page 36

PRODUCT REVIEW PAULA’S CHOICE Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel By Danielle Hadley T here are very few brands that achieve ‘cult favourite’ status, selling out thou- sands of units in a matter of minutes, while still managing to avoid falling into the trap of hype over substance. One such brand that has managed to remain both heavily hyped yet truly effective and well-loved by its cus- tomers is Paula’s Choice, which is the exact reason why I added it to my must-try list a few years back. After agonising over which one of their in-de- mand formulas to try, I settled on the sister product to their best-selling liquid exfoliant: the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel. Their Skin Perfecting 2% BHA formula comes in many guises, from a liquid toner to a light lotion, but the one that has truly captured my attention is the gel. I’m a big fan of exfoliators and have always relied on the AHA family to deliver the high standards I have come to expect from a cell-sloughing formula; opting to save Salicylic Acid (the BHA in question here) for battling blemishes. However, this facial gel has flipped this notion on its head and introduced me to a whole new way of exfoliating the skin. Salicylic Acid is best known for its ability to penetrate oil-packed pores to help prevent and minimise blackheads and pimples, but it is also an excellent exfoliator in the more traditional sense as it can both soften and loosen dead cells that are lingering on the surface of the skin without causing irritation, essentially giving you a deeper and more effective resurfacing treatment than any AHA ever could. What grabbed me initially about this gel is that it doesn’t really feel like any other Salicylic Acid- based gel I’ve ever used. It’s incredibly lightweight – almost water-like – and doesn’t feel sticky on the skin. In fact, it sinks in almost immediately so you never have to hang around waiting for it to dry before you can apply your moisturiser. It doesn’t sting, even (in my expe- rience) on active breakouts, and doesn’t smell too strongly of anything offensive. I’ve varied the ways I use it too: once a day, sometimes twice a day, all over my face, only in the most prob- lematic areas, and every time it does something positive. Despite the unavoidable hormonal breakout, it has kept my skin beautifully clear and not just of blemishes. Of redness, uneven tone and dryness, some- thing I would never have associated with a BHA treatment before using this. So thank you Paula’s Choice. You’ve opened my eyes and changed my skin. If you fancy trying some Paula’s Choice products for your- self, check out page 38 for details on how to win their new 10% Azelaic Acid Booster. ISSUE #10 | 2019 | 36