Paula Begoun is the only skincare specialist and manufacturer who does her own clinical studies, reviews every ingredient in a product scientifically, and who recommends products that aren’t just her own. In an industry that’s rife with deceit, she’s a breath of fresh air, asking all the questions everyone’s afraid to ask and audaciously debunking pervasive claims. “Magic” ingredients, for instance, don’t exist; “rainforest” and “gem” ingredients are all scams; anything that comes in a jar is useless; there are barely any benefits to including preservatives; and all ingredients must be at a specific pH level to be effective. All of which is to say: her line of products, Paula’s Choice, is worth its weight in gold. And the Skin Recovery System is the perfect place to start.