MOISTURE BOOST Essential Hydrating Toner
Based on 189 reviews
This silky, hydrating toner soothes and renews skin while fighting signs of ageing.

MOISTURE BOOST Essential Hydrating Toner

Based on 189 reviews
This silky, hydrating toner soothes and renews skin while fighting signs of ageing.
  • Antioxidants help protect against environmental stress
  • Moisture-rich liquid soothes and hydrates
  • Use twice daily after cleansing
Skin Types:
Dry Skin
Dry Skin
Why is it different?
This rich, creamy liquid is 100% fragrance-and-alcohol-free. It immediately soothes and rehydrates even the most sensitive skin while gently eliminating any trace makeup left after cleansing, leaving your complexion soft and refined.
What does it do?
Green tea and grape leaf extract (powerful antioxidants) lessen the appearance of damage caused by environmental factors like pollution, which can lead to sagging, wrinkles, and dull skin tone. Skin-restoring sodium PCA and fatty acids help replenish then protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
How to use
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and/or toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater in the final step of your routine.
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Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83;

FEBS Letters, December 2009, Epbulication;

Acta-Dermatovenereologica Croatia, Volume 17, 2009, pages 25–39;

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, September 2009, pages 299–304;

Dermato-Endocrinology, March 2009, pages 72–76;

Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626;

Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9;

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12;

Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329;

Dermatologic Surgery, "The Antioxidant Network of the Stratum Corneum," July 2005, pages 814–817;

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337;

Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25;

Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; and

Toxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73;

Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2002, pages 618–625;

Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B, October 2001, pages 61–69; and

Key Ingredients
Product Ingredients Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Superoxide Dismutase, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium PCA, Creatine, Lecithin, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, PEG-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol.

Ratings & Reviews

I've Used It for Years


I use this toner after cleansing and love the silky, soothing feel of it. It takes off any crumbs of eye makeup or bit of foundation the cleanser may have missed and leaves my face ready for my serum or moisturizer. I've used it for years and love it.




My New Favorite Toner!


I have combination skin that's more oily than dry, but I still use this toner on my entire face. It's very soothing and calming. Also, unlike some other PC toners I've tried, this doesn't have a greasy feel at all. It's just the right amount of hydration for my skin.




HG for me.


I wonder if the reviewer who thought this was greasy wasn't referring to the lotion? This isn't greasy at all. I've been using the toner on normal skin for over five years. It does tingle a bit, but I feel that my skin looks better after using the product. It wouldn't be suitable for someone with very dry sensitive skin (Advanced Replenishing toner would be better for that). I have normal skin with blackheads and wrinkles and I use this after getting out of the shower instead of moisturizer.


Orange County, CA




This toner definitely evens out my skin, relaxes it, and prepares it well for the moisturizer but you have to put a generous amount on your face. Currently, I use the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer without the Skin Perfecting BHA 1% and it is a simple combination for my skin that gets easily irritated and dry.

Dr. Wag

Southern California


Gentle, moisturizing toner


This toner is great. I normally use the Skin Balancing toner, and the Skin Recovery toner as needed (I'm prone to eczema). The Moisture Boost toner is a great in-between choice! My skin is oily and acne-prone, but often sensitive and flakey because of nightly prescription tretinoin use (especially in the winter months). This toner is incredibly gentle and absolutely amazing at removing flakey skin, moisturizing, and keeping my skin soothed and comfortable all day long. It provides the additional moisture I need during the cooler months, without having to layer an additional moisturizer under my moisturizer + spf (the Clear spf 30+). If you like the Skin Balancing toner but need a more hydrating formula, this is worth trying. I now exclusively use Paula's Choice products in my daily routine (with the exception of a prescription product), and I haven't had a single spot of eczema this fall/winter. I'm sure this product helped. Amazing.


Berkeley, CA


my moisturizer!


This is a nice refreshing addition of moisture after cleansing or throughout the day if your skin feels dry. I repackage it in a spray bottle and just spritz it on clean skin or over makeup and skin care for a quick refreshment! It's all the moisture I need. Store it in the fridge for a nice cool down and never fly without it! Just spritz on throughout your flight and arrive with fresh dewey skin. Makes a nice hand lotion too...


grand haven mi




I am a faithful user of Resist Recovery toner and with age and drying winter coming, needing more moisture on my face. I am choosing this toner even with the "irritating" reviews with the faith in PC being that they won't sell anything that is "harmful" to the skin. Paula's Choicehas always been a reputable company and I'm counting on that! Thanks PC!

Punkin' Pea

Lancaster, Pa


Lovely results after a few days


I received a sample packet of this and, because I've never really thought toners mattered, threw it in a drawer and forgot about it. I stumbled across it the other day and decided to give it a go; I'd just finished a PC mask that was terrible for my skin type, and my face was tight and angry and quite painful to touch. A little moisture couldn't hurt. I wasn't expecting much, and for the first few nights not much happened; my post-cleansed skin felt soothed and hydrated, but there was no visible difference in my skin tone or texture. The morning after I ran out I woke up with absolutely lovely skin--dewy and hydrated without being sweaty or oily; even skin tone; calm acne/hyperpigmentation spots. I don't think it faded my dark spots, but I think it calmed my skin in such a way that they were less noticeable. I was Glowy, which hasn't happened in years. I guess a good toner can be useful after all! P.S. I got four uses out of the sample packet--not bad. (Skin: very sensitive, very dry, acne-prone, hyperpigmentation. Very fair, aged 27.)

Island Exile

Commonwealth of Dominica


Love this toner!


Have been using this toner for many years without problems. I will try another type or brand, but always return to this one. It has never caused flushing or burned, even after waxing. Please don't change this formula!

Mary Beth J.


Soothing and moisturizing


This is my new favorite toner. Previously used skin balancing toner. I am older now and my combination skin is drier.This toner calms my skin as soon as I apply it. Paula please do not change this formula.

Sally M


Moisture Boost Essential Hydrating Toner

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