Paula's Choice

CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer

CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer
5.8

/ 10

Is it right for me?

Moisturizing

1.5Humectancy10.0Occlusivity

Rich

In Antioxidants

Overview

How moisturizing is it? Quite moisturizing. Paula's Choice CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer has a moisturizing rating of 5.8 out of 10.

Is it more humectant or occlusive? Significantly more occlusive. It has a low Humectancy of 1.5 out of 10 and a maximum Occlusivity of 10.0 out of 10.

What else is good about it? Paula's Choice CLINICAL Ultra-Rich Moisturizer is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are believed to reduce the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus preventing accelerated skin aging.

  • ALCOHOL-FREE
  • SULFATE-FREE
  • FRAGRANCE-FREE
  • PHTHALATE-FREE
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • ESSENTIAL OIL-FREE

Score
IngredientOriginFunctions
60
WaterNaturally occurringFormula Helper
9
Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) ButterBotanicalMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Formula Helper
6
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride Botanical,SyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
4
Glyceryl Stearate SEBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalFormula Helper
3
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit OilBotanicalMoisturizing (occlusive),Antioxidant,Emollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
2.5
DimethiconeSyntheticMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Formula Helper
2
Stearic AcidBotanical,Synthetic,AnimalMoisturizing (occlusive),Barrier repair,Emollient,Cleansing,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.5
Glyceryl StearateBotanical,SyntheticEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
1.3
Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed ButterBotanicalMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient
1
Cetyl AlcoholBotanical,AnimalEmollient,Fragrance,Formula Helper
0.3
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) OilBotanicalMoisturizing (occlusive),Emollient,Fragrance
0.3
Ceramide NPSyntheticBarrier repair

Ingredients explained

Score

60

Function

Solvent

Origin

Naturally occurring

The most used ingredient in skincare. Its concentration defines the product texture: rich creams may have about 50% of water while a light jelly about 90%. Water doesn’t moisturize the skin by itself and is used in skincare as a solvent for other ingredients.
Score

9

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient, Viscosity controlling

Origin

Botanical

A semi-solid, buttery fat extracted from the seeds of the Shea tree that is a wonderful occlusive and emollient ingredient mainly comprised of fatty acids. Shea butter contains a large amount of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds.
Score

6

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Emollient, Fragrance, Solvent

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic

A natural occlusive moisturizing and emollient ingredient, it is a blend of glycerin and two fatty acids, caprylic and capric acid. It creates an oil-based protective layer on the skin, thereby preventing water loss.
Score

4

Function

Emulsifying

Origin

Botanical,Synthetic,Animal

An emulsifier, where the SE stands for self-emulsifying. Emulsions containing glyceryl stearate SE often impart a smooth, velvety feel upon the skin.
Score

3

Function

Moisturizing (occlusive), Antioxidant, Emollient, Fragrance, Solvent

Origin

Botanical

A famous olive oil widely used in skincare as an emollient and occlusive moisturizer. It contains mainly unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidant flavonoids, and oleuropeins. Olive oil is listed as a common comedogenic ingredient by acne.org.

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