The Skin Care Line That Wants You To Know The Truth About What Goes On Your Face

Paula's Choice review: bha exfoliant and peptide booster

What

Paula’s Choice is a U.S.-based, cruelty-free, fragrance-free skin care line that came about because founder Paula Begoun didn’t like her options on the shelves. Begoun’s own battles with acne and eczema drove her to look for solutions by researching and reading labels. And what she learned was shocking: the stuff she was using to help her skin was likely making it worse.

Paula quickly became an outspoken advocate for truth-telling about skin care safety. Fast forward to 1995 and the Paula’s Choice brand launched with a mission to produce safe, effective skin care that delivers on its promises.

The product

The Paula’s Choice line includes all the essentials—boosters, serums, moisturizers, exfoliants, cleansers and even a men’s line. I personally have been using the Skin Perfecting BHA Exfoliant and the Peptide Booster.

I have one word for the results of this 1-2 skin care punch: Wow.

Catherine Brock, 47-year-old Budget Fashionista

Seriously. If you’ve been hanging around Budget Fashionista for a while, you know I’ve used lots of great skincare products. But these two together are among the best.

I started using the exfoliant and the booster at the same time, so I’m sharing the combined results. These products have taken years off my face, without irritation or increased sensitivity. My skin is firmer, brighter and more evenly toned. Also, that annoying wrinkle between my eyebrows looks way less harsh.

All that seems super subjective, I know. But here is what I can tell you objectively. In the two months since I started using Paula’s Choice, I’ve been asked three times if my daughter is my sister. She’s 27 and I’m 47. I would get that question occasionally when I was much younger, but it’s been a rare occurrence in recent years. For that reason, I’m hooked on this stuff.

Why

Catherine Brock with no makeup on
Apologies if this is too “real,” but this is me with no makeup and no retouching. This is the “after” pic. You’ll have to take my word for it that my skin looks way better than “before.” For what it’s worth, I’m 47.

You’d buy these products because they work. Take a look at the reviews at PaulasChoice.com for corroboration on that point.

But there are other reasons to love this brand as well. The line is cruelty-free, the company is environmentally conscious, and the formulations are carefully developed from research.

Oh, and did I mention you can book a free and private skincare consultation with the Paula’s Choice experts? It’s true! Book your consult right now.

Where

Shop Paula’s Choice at PaulasChoice.com or Amazon.

Thank you to the Paula’s Choice team for providing me with the products reviewed in this post.

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
Catherine Brock