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Paula's Choice CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

Escape severe dryness and irritation for good. This luxuriant, velvety-smooth cream moisturizer relieves dryness with soothing antioxidants and nourishing plant oils to keep skin thoroughly hydrated, soft, and comforted.

  • Extra Sensitive Skin, Redness
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Plumps the look of dehydrated skin and smooths the appearance of wrinkles
  • Leaves skin feeling remarkably soft and supple
  • Rich, velvety cream texture
  • Use as the last step in your PM routine 


60 ml

Dry Skin Eczema Extra Sensitive Skin

Why is it different?
CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer’s specialized thoroughly hydrating formula immediately relieves uncomfortable dry skin on the face. With specialized formula to relieve stubborn dryness on the face, this decadently rich rejuvenating cream provides an oasis of moisture for thirsty parched skin. A nourishing, healing blend of carefully researched emollients, skin-soothing plant extracts, and replenishing plant oils is infused in this unique anti-aging formula for those with dry, uncomfortable skin.

All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.

What does it do?
CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer locks in vital moisture for up to 12 hours, leaving dry to very dry skin feeling remarkably soft, supple, and comforted. Plumps the look of dehydrated skin and smooths the appearance of dryness and wrinkles as the nourishing plant oils and antioxidants help skin feel soft and rejuvenated. Quickly replenishes the surface of skin to maintain results and keep thirsty skin drenched with moisture. Put it on, and your skin will be smoother, healthier, and significantly more comfortable.

Who is it for?
CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer is for anyone with dry to very dry skin that needs a potent combination of rejuvenating emollient moisturizing plant oils plus skin-securing antioxidants. This specialized moisturizer is also perfect for helping make tight, rough, flaky skin look and feel noticeably improved immediately after applying. Especially helpful for conditions such as eczema and other types of atopic dermatitis. This specialized moisturizer is also perfect for treating hypersensitive, tight, rough, or flaky skin.

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American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 2, pages 107-129
Indian Journal of Dermatology, May-June 2016, issue 1—3, pages 279-287
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Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, volume 20, issue 5, pages 314-21

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (shea butter/emollient/antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient, skin replenishing), Glyceryl Stearate SE (texture-enhancing), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (olive oil/non-fragrant emollient plant oil/antioxidant), Dimethicone (emollient/hydration), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing/stabilizer), Glyceryl Stearate (texture-enhancing/stabilizer), Mangifera Indica Seed Butter (mango butter/non-fragrant emollient plant oils/antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (stabilizer), Cocos Nucifera Oil (coconut oil/non-fragrant emollient plant oil/antioxidants), Ceramide NP (skin replenishing), Ceramide AP (skin replenishing), Ceramide EOP (skin replenishing), Sphingolipids (skin replenishing), Phospholipids (skin replenishing), Phytosphingosine (skin-soothing/skin-restoring ingredient), Squalene (emollient), Cholesterol (skin replenishing), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Simmondsia Chinensis Butter (jojoba butter/plant-based emollient), Persea Gratissima Oil (avocado oil/non-fragrant emollient plant oils/antioxidants), Glycine Soja Oil (soybean oil/non-fragrant emollient plant oils/antioxidant), Oryza Sativa Bran Oil (rice oil/non-fragrant emollient plant oil/antioxidant), Avena Sativa Kernel Extract (oat extract/skin-soothing), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Panthenol (vitamin B5/skin-soothing), Ascorbyl Palmitate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Beta-Sitosterol (skin replenishing/skin-soothing), Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides Citrate (stabilizer), Propylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (stabilizer), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (hydration), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Apply after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. Ideal for treating face, neck, and eye area. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum product rated SPF 25 or greater.

I use SKIN RECOVERY Replenishing Moisturizer, and sometimes feel it doesn’t provide enough moisture. Will CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer be better for my very dry skin?

Yes. CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer is our richest, creamiest facial moisturizer. It was specifically formulated for those with very dry, tight, skin on the face and around the eyes.

What’s the difference between SKIN RECOVERY Replenishing Moisturizer and CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturiser?

The chief difference is texture and that CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer was formulated to address the needs of those whose dry skin doesn’t respond as well as they’d like to other moisturizers. If you’re using SKIN RECOVERY Replenishing Moisturizer and it’s taking good care of your dry skin, stick with it. But if you’ve tried the Skin Recovery formula in the past and found it wasn’t enough to treat your very dry skin, then CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer is for you.

Both of these moisturizers contain a blend of state-of-the-art ingredients that provide hydration and anti-aging benefits. It’s not a question of one being better than the other; it’s a question of which one would work best for you—and that all comes down to how dry your skin is and whether you prefer a rich cream (CLINICAL) or lighter but still substantially moisturizing cream (SKIN RECOVERY).

Can I use CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer underneath my daytime moisturizer with sunscreen?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend doing so if you have very dry skin on the face and neck, as CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer works any time of day to repair and strengthen skin’s barrier—which is vital to making dry, tight skin look and feel better!

I have rosacea. Is CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer an option for me?

Yes, particularly if you have rosacea plus dry, flaky skin. CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer’s exceptionally gentle, fragrance-free formula is loaded with ingredients that soothe and calm skin, thus reducing redness, a major symptom of rosacea.

If you have rosacea and breakout-prone skin, you’ll want to use one of our lighter moisturizers with our RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner, a liquid formula rich in barrier-repairing and soothing ingredients.

What makes this facial moisturizer "clinical"? Is it that different than your other facial moisturisers?

Great question! First, with the CLINICAL line, Paula and her team formulated a specialized line of products meant to treat targeted dermatologic concerns such as persistent redness, scars, and eczema on the face and body. In this case of Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer, very dry, sensitive, and dermatitis-prone facial skin is the area of concerns this product targets.

Every product in our CLINICAL line is supported by clinical proof confirming its effectiveness for the concern in question, so you feel confident you’re getting a solution-oriented product put to rigorous testing to ensure it produces clinical-grade results.

You will find that CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer has a very different texture than our other facial moisturizers, and its formula is amazingly rich and hydrating without feeling slick or greasy.

How does CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer compare to CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Soothing Body Butter?

These two CLINICAL products share the same base formula (core ingredients) but the Ultra-Rich Moisturizer was specifically formulated for dry to very dry facial skin. The Ultra-Rich Moisturizer has a richer assortment of skin-repairing ingredients and slightly higher amount of emollients and plant oils, as the face is always exposed to the elements and more prone to enhanced dryness.

If you’re currently using the CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Body Butter as your facial moisturizer and like the results, stick with it. But you also may want to try the Ultra-Rich Moisturizer and see if you find that works even better for your face and neck.