Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner

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Type of product Toner
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Description

  • cruelty-free toner that contains ceramides, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamin c.
  • it doesn't contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates.
  • it does contain fragrances.
  • it is likely to be good for anti aging and brightening skin.
  • it is reef safe.
  • it is not fungal acne (malassezia) safe.

Directions

After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your morning or evening skincare routine. For daytime, finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Ingredient List (26)

Product Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

Community Ingredient Ratings

Here's what our community thinks of the 26 ingredients in this product ✨

50% are loved or liked
4% have mixed ratings
19% are disliked or very disliked
27% have no rating yet

Ingredient Details

Here's a breakdown of the benefits, notable ingredients, and drawbacks that we found with Paula's Choice's Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner.

Benefits (8)

Good For Oily Skin Icon
Good For Oily Skin
Reduces Redness Icon
Reduces Redness
Helps Reduce Irritation Icon
Helps Reduce Irritation
Good For Skin Texture Icon
Good For Skin Texture
Good For Anti-Aging Icon
Good For Anti-Aging
Good For Dark Spots Icon
Good For Dark Spots
Helps Fight Acne Icon
Helps Fight Acne
Helps Brighten Skin Icon
Helps Brighten Skin

Notable Ingredients (4)

Vitamin C Icon
Vitamin C
Niacinamide Icon
Niacinamide
Ceramides Icon
Ceramides
Hyaluronic Acid Icon
Hyaluronic Acid

Concerns (0)

Our analysis didn't find any major concerns with the ingredients in this product. However, this doesn't mean that it is perfect! We suggest doing further research.

Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner Ingredients Explained

This product contains 26 ingredients. Click on any ingredient to learn more about it

1
Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Eau, Aqua, Purified Water, Aqua / Water, Distilled Water, Deionized Water, and Spring Water
Community rating: Loved

Water is the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. It often makes up the largest portion of a product, and is thus typically found at (or near) the top of an ingredients list.

In most cases, the purpose of water within an ingredient list is to act as a solvent - this means it's there to help dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

Water also happens to be necessary for all life on Earth. If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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2
Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Also known as: Vegetable Glycerin, Glycerine, and Glycerol
Community rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin and helps moisturize and protect your skin. A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

Glycerin is a humectant, helping the skin retain moisture by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin. Having moisturized skin helps improve the skin barrier. Your skin barrier protects against skin irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, animal sources include tallow. It is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English while British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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3
Humectant, Masking, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: Bg
Community rating: Mixed

Butylene Glycol (or BG) is used within cosmetic products for a few different reasons:

  • It is a solvent, meaning that it helps to dissolve other ingredients. This also enhances the absorption of the product into one's skin.
  • It is a humectant, which means that it helps attract moisture into the skin.
  • It helps improve product application.

Overall, Butylene Glycol is a safe and well-rounded ingredient. It is unlikely to irritate skin, and works well with pretty much all other ingredients.

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4
Smoothing
Also known as: Vitamin B3, Nicotinamide, and 3-Pyridinecarboxamide
Community rating: Liked

Niacinamide has emerged as an all-star ingredient due to its many benefits.

It is known to treat acne by reducing inflammation fading dark-spots. It can strengthen the skin by promoting the growth of the ceramide barrier.

Other benefits include smoothing wrinkles and minimizing redness.

Niacinamide can also help build keratin, a protein that keeps skin firm.

When incorporating Niacinamide into your routine, look out for concentration amounts. Typically, 5% Niacinamide provides benefits such as fading dark spots. However, if you have sensitive skin, it is better to begin with a smaller concentration.

Niacinamide can be mixed with other ingredients to boost benefits. For instance, it has shown to be effective when used with copper, folic acid, and zinc to treat acne.

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5
Emulsifying
Also known as: Tween 20 and Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Monolaurate
Community rating: Very Disliked

Polysorbate 20 is made by combining ethoxylation of sorbitan, ethylene oxide, and lauric acid. It is a mild cleansing agent, surfactant, and emulsifier.

As a surfactant, it helps collect dirt and oils for washing. Emulsifiers prevent oils and water from separating.

Polysorbate 20 also adds scent to a product. Since it is made using sorbitol, it has a sweet scent. Sorbitol can also be found in fruits such as apples and peaches.

The lauric acid used to create Polysorbate 20 is often derived from coconuts.

Polysorbate 20 is not fungal acne safe.

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6
Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Loved

Adenosine is in every living organism. It is one of four components in nucleic acids that helps store our DNA.

Adenosine has many benefits when used. These benefits include hydrating the skin, smoothing skin, and reducing wrinkles. Once applied, adenosine increases collagen production. It also helps with improving firmness and tissue repair.

Studies have found adenosine may also help with wound healing.

In skincare products, Adenosine is usually derived from yeast.

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7
Masking, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Roman Chamomile

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract is from the Roman Chamomile flower.

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract helps soothe the skin and contains antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells

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8
Also known as: Burdock Root

Arctium Lappa Root Extract is from the burdock plant. It is an antioxidant and helps soothe skin. Antioxidants help fight free-radicals. Free-radicals are molecules that may damage your skin cells.

In folk medicine, Arctium Lappa has been used to treat skin inflammation and digestion.

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9
Skin Conditioning

We don't have a description for Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters.

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Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Sodium 5-Oxo-2-Pyrrolidinecarboxylate
Community rating: Loved

Sodium PCA is the sodium salt of pyroglutamic acid and is naturally occurring on human skin. PCA stands for pyrrolidone carboxylic acid, a natural amino acid derivative.

Sodium PCA is a conditioning agent and humectant. Humectants help hydrate your skin by drawing moisture from the air. This helps keep your skin moisturized.

Sodium PCA also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.

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11
Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Pro-Vitamin B5
Community rating: Loved

Panthenol (also referred to as pro-vitamin B5) is a common ingredient that helps hydrate and soothe the skin.

Panthenol is a humectant, meaning that it helps the skin attract and retain moisture. It's also known to have anti-inflammatory abilities. This means that it's great for sensitive, irritation-prone skin.

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12
Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Sodium, and Hyaluronic Salt
Community rating: Liked

Sodium Hyaluronate is hyaluronic acid's salt form.

Sodium Hyaluronate is great at holding water and acts as a humectant. It plays a role in hydrating and soothing skin.

It is naturally occurring in our bodies and is mostly found in eye fluid and joints; it is commonly derived from sodium salt of hyaluronic acid.

These are some other common types of Hyaluronic Acid:

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13
Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Ceramide NP, 2-Octadecanamide, Stearoyl-C18-Phytosphingosine, and Stearoyl-4-Hydroxysphinganine
Community rating: Loved

Ceramide NP is one type of ceramide.

Ceramides are intercellular lipids naturally found in our skin that bonds dead skin cells together to create a barrier. They are known for their ability to hold water and thus are a great ingredient for dry skin.

Ceramides are an important building block for our skin barrier. A stronger barrier helps the skin look more firm and hydrated. By bolstering the skin ceramides act as a barrier against irritating ingredients. This can help with inflammation as well.

If you would like to eat ceramides, sweet potatoes contain a small amount.

Read more about other common types of ceramides here:
Ceramide AP
Ceramide EOP

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14
Skin Conditioning
Also known as: 1, 3, 4-Octadecanetriol, 2-(2-Hydroxy) Stearamide, Ξ‘-Hydroxy-N-Stearoylphytosphingosine, and Ceramide 6
Community rating: Loved

Ceramide AP is a type of Ceramide.

Ceramides are intercellular lipids naturally found in our skin that bonds dead skin cells together to create a barrier. Having a strong skin barrier leads to more firm and hydrated skin.

They are known for their ability to hold water and thus are a great ingredient for dry skin. By bolstering the skin ceramides act as a barrier against irritating ingredients. This can help with inflammation as well.

If you would like to eat ceramides, sweet potatoes contain a small amount.

Read more about other common types of ceramides here:
Ceramide NP
Ceramide EOP

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15
Skin Conditioning
Also known as: 2-Stearoyloxyheptacosamide, Stearoyloxyheptacosanoyl-C18-Phytosphingosine, and Stearoyloxyheptacosanoyl-4-Hydroxysphinganine
Community rating: Loved

Ceramide EOP is a type of Ceramide. EOP stands for a linked Ester fatty acid, a linked Omega hydroxy fatty acid, and the Phytosphingosine base.

Ceramides are intercellular lipids naturally found in our skin that bonds dead skin cells together to create a barrier. They are known for their ability to hold water and thus are a great ingredient for dry skin.

Ceramides are an important building block for our skin barrier. A stronger barrier helps the skin look more firm and hydrated. By bolstering the skin ceramides act as a barrier against irritating ingredients. This can help with inflammation as well.

If you would like to eat ceramides, sweet potatoes contain a small amount.

Read more about other common types of ceramides here:
Ceramide AP
Ceramide NP

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Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Disliked

Phytosphingosine is a phospholipid naturally found in our skin. It helps moisturize, soothe, and protect skin.

Phytosphingosine is already present in our skin. On our skin, it is a building block for ceramides.

Phytosphingosine tells our skin to increase its natural moisturizing factor (NMF). The NMF is responsible for hydration, a strong barrier, and plasticity. Our NMF decreases with age. Increasing NMF leads to more healthy and hydrated skin.

Studies show products formulated with NMF ingredients help strengthen our skin's barrier. Having a healthy skin barrier reduces irritation and increases hydration. Our skin barrier is responsible for having plump and firm skin. It also helps protect our skin against infection, allergies, and inflammation.

Phytosphingosine is also abundant in plants and fungi.

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17
Emollient, Emulsifying, Skin Conditioning, Stabilising
Community rating: Liked

Cholesterol is a class of organic molecules called lipids. It helps hydrate your skin and is essential to having a healthy skin barrier.

Our skin naturally contains cholesterol in the outermost layer. Besides cholesterol, it also contains ceramides and fatty acids. Cholesterol makes up about 1/4 of your skin's outer layer and barrier. Your skin barrier is responsible for keeping allergens and microbes out. Having a healthy skin barrier is also responsible for keeping your skin firm and plump.

Our bodies use cholestrol to create vitamin D, steroid hormones, and more.

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18
Antioxidant, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Liked

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is a form of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C helps reduce redness, improve skin texture, reduce the effects of aging, reduce the visibility of dark spots, and brighten skin.

Your skin uses Vitamin C to produce collagen and collagen production plays a role in having a strong skin barrier and having plump skin. As an antioxidant, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate also helps reduce the signs of aging such as fine-lines and wrinkles.

Studies show Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is more stable when combined with stabilizing ingredients.

VItamin C helps brighten skin by blocking the process of skin darkening.

Read more about other types of Vitamin C:

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19
Emulsifying

We don't have a description for Oleth-10.

We don't have a description for Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate.

21
Emollient, Skin Conditioning
Community rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant, meaning it retains and preserves moisture. It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products.

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22
Emulsifying, Perfuming, Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Also known as: 2-Methyl-2,4-Pentanediol
Community rating: Very Disliked

Hexylene Glycol is a surfactant. Glycols are a class of alcohols. Hexylene Glycol is a surfactant and emulsifier.

As a surfactant, Hexylene Glycol helps gather dirt and oil on your skin to be washed away.

As an emulsifier, Hexylene Glycol helps keep water and oil together. This prevents them from separating in a product. Hexylene Glycol also thins out the texture of a product by lessening viscosity.

Hexylene Glycol has a small molecular weight.

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Sodium Citrate is the sodium salts of citric acid. In skincare, it is used to alter pH levels and acts as a preservative.

Sodium Citrate helps maintain the pH of a product. Normal pH level of skin is slightly acidic (~4.75-5.5). The acidity of our skin is maintained by our glands and skin biome. Being slightly acidic allows our skin to create an "acid mantle". This acid mantle is a thin barrier that protects our skin from bacteria and contaminants.

Sodium Citrate is a chelating agent. It neutralizes metal ions from water and prevents them from binding to other ingredients. This ensures the other ingredients will not be altered.

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Emulsifying, Emulsion Stabilising, Gel Forming, Skin Conditioning
Also known as: Xanthomonas Campestris Gum
Community rating: Disliked

Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and thickener within cosmetic products. It helps give products a sticky, thick feeling - preventing them from being too runny.

On the technical side of things, xanthan gum is a polysaccharide - a combination consisting of multiple sugar molecules bonded together.

Xanthan gum is a pretty common and great ingredient. It is a natural, non-toxic, non-irritating ingredient that is also commonly used in food products.

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We don't have a description for Trisodium EDTA.

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Preservative
Also known as: 2-Phenoxyethanol
Community rating: Disliked

Phenoxyethanol is a preservative that has germicide, antimicrobial, and aromatic properties. Studies show that phenoxyethanol can prevent germ and microbial growth. By itself, it has a scent that is similar to that of a rose.

It's often used in formulations along with Caprylyl Glycol to preserve the shelf life of products.

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