Paula’s Choice is known for anti-aging and acne-fighting products that truly work, and you can get them all for less during the Dermstore's Anniversary Event.

By Claudia Fisher
August 19, 2019
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Reddit’s beauty community won't be ignored. 

With nearly 1 million members in the popular subreddit Skincare Addiction, the advice board doles out well-vetted expert takes on products from popular, household-name brands to more obscure, under-the-radar picks. The purpose of the group is to find—and share—the best of the best when it comes to anti-aging, acne-fighting, skin-brightening products. With a network so large, though, a brand or product shout-out can get swept up and buried by the deluge of comments, which makes it particularly noticeable when a brand is repeatedly mentioned… like Paula’s Choice.

Paula’s Choice Skincare is a brand dedicated to ingredient-forward products, focusing on the science and efficacy of formulas rather than on brand marketing or gilded messaging. Redditors are huge fans of the brand and recommend the toners, chemical exfoliants, and retinol-infused creams for multiple skin-care concerns, like wrinkles and acne. 

Today, you can pick up some essential Paula’s Choice toners, BHA liquids, hyaluronic acid creams, retinol treatments, and more for less as part of Dermstore’s Anniversary Event. The sale runs until this Sunday, Aug. 25, with the promo code CELEBRATE giving you up to 25 percent off and double Dermstore Rewards points (for members) on select brands.

Of the 90 products available on Dermstore, we went ahead and selected our top Paula’s Choice Skincare picks so you can get a head start adding these beloved, top-rated beauty essentials to your carts—and regimens—ASAP.

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

This is perhaps Paula’s Choice Skincare’s best-known product, frequently being touted as a skin-smoothing powerhouse. Featuring 2 percent salicylic acid, a tiny beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that can slip deep into pores to clean them out, the toner not only combats acne but also reduces the appearance of pores, diminishes fine lines, and reduces redness. Reviewers say the BHA toner works well on stubborn bumps and is a “must-have skincare product,” especially for oily, acne-prone, and sensitive skin. 

To buy: $24 (was $30);

Paula's Choice C15 Super Booster

Vitamin C has been gaining a lot of attention recently for its anti-aging benefits. Not only does it diminish signs of aging, it also brightens, bringing a youthful radiance back to your complexion. The Paula’s Choice serum includes a blend of antioxidants and peptides as well to boost your skin’s collagen production and ability to retain nutrients from whatever products you use after it. Reviewers credit the vitamin C serum with counteracting hyper-pigmentation, reducing scars, and brightening tone and even count the more affordable price tag than a lot of competitor products as a benefit.

To buy: $40 (was $49);

Paula's Choice Resist Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30

Protecting your skin from the sun is inherently an anti-aging practice, but this tinted moisturizer packs in additional wrinkle-fighting benefits on top of the SPF. The tinted cream gives you subtle coverage while the formula works to protect your skin from harmful free radicals and boost collagen production. Paula’s Choice reviews on the product rave about the fast-absorbing texture that primes skin perfectly for makeup (but caution those with darker skin tones that it might be difficult to rub in completely because of its lighter shade).

To buy: $27 (was $33);

Paula's Choice CLINICAL 1% Retinol Treatment

Retinol is another key ingredient in many people’s skincare routines for its multitasking abilities, fighting acne and aging at the same time. Whether you’re looking to streamline your nighttime routine by swapping single-benefit products for multipurpose finds like this or are just interested in giving retinol a whirl, Paula’s Choice’s lotion treatment is a reliable option. Formulated with natural extracts and vitamin C as well as retinol, the formula moisturizes skin to prevent irritation, with one reviewer saying, “I have heard so many people swear my Paula’s products and now I understand why. This product makes softens lines and makes me look more glowy.”

To buy: $47 (was $58);

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

In yet another showing of the brand’s dedication to using top-notch, science-backed ingredients, the Skin Balancing toner packs hyaluronic acid, ceramides, jojoba, and niacinamide into a formula customers vouch for to reduce the appearance of pores and enhance their skin’s absorption of other products. The combination of these potent ingredients makes for a toner that leaves your skin feeling clear and refreshed, with one reviewer noticing the results best only in the absence of the product. She said, “I went through a bottle of this (it took a few months, probably) and wasn't sure what it was doing for me--until I ran out and decided not to buy any more. My skin became unusually dry when I stopped using it, especially at night, and I didn't change anything else I was doing.”

To buy: $17 (was $21);