I usually only use Paula's toners bc her moisturizers always seem to irritate and/or break my skin out (though I did like her "anti-aging clear skin hydrator" for awhile). I only got this one out of desparation when my old pm moisturizer (la roche's Effaclar H) got reformulated and I noticed they had similar ingredients.
This is a really light moisturizer--so light that I think it's almost dishonest of them to label it as such bc I can't see it providing sufficient moisture for any but those with oily skin--or at least, it's not gonna be enough unless you use like, 4+ pumps. Considering the price that's a lot. It's more like a serum despite the lotion texture. My skin is currently on the oilier side of combo and if I didn't use the Skin Balancing toner it would'nt be enough.
I've been using about 2-3 pumps every night since the beginning of Jan (thinking I'm nearing the end of the bottle btw) and I have recently noticed my skin looks slightly more refined and what I like about this is that it's come without the cost of the irritation and breakouts that retin a can give me (I've recently tried to start using it again and omg it's so evil).
I think it actually did break me out and irritate me initially. I know I know I just said it wasn't like retin a and it isn't: my skin's reaction was really mild compared to retin a--plus it might not even be typical considering I had not exfoliated in any form for several months due to an accutane course so my skin was all sensitive. At this point I think it actually helps with acne. I can't say whether it helps with skin discoloration or redness cause the Skin Balancing toner already does that a lot for me.
Ultimately, this stuff reminds me of Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair serum--though it doesn't make my skin as glowy and dewy. Still, I think it would be perfect if it actually provided sufficient moisture but I guess you can't have everything (probably if she put moisture in there I'd break out anyways).
This "moisturizer" is now $27 but I plan to repurchase--though I will do so full of resentment bc I am still pretty disgusted with Paula's ever rising prices....Can I just say that I found it HIGHLY ironic when I saw a picture of her in the little pamphlet that came with this product--ironic, bc our girl Paula is obviously a user of botox and fillers...she's got a great profile but straight on her face is frozen, waxy and kind of creepy (it appears to belong to a much older woman than you'd think from the profile so it's just weird). BTW, she admits to it so on the other hand, at least she's honest about it, right?
This is very good, though I would not say it is good for very dry skin as stated. But is good for dry combo skin and does not break me out. It is gentle and has some retinol. I cannot tolerate much retinol, so it is nice to find a product I can use with some regularity. I don't use it every day, but when I don't want to use any exfoliants but need a little skin clearing. I also use it with other creams, as a mild serum. It helps a bit with dark spots and clarity and redness. It's nothing amazing and there are many other retinol products, but I like this one. I get no irritation and no breakouts, and some moisture. Many PC products have broken me out. I find the categories confusing - some for dry skin were super hydrating but broke me out and others like this don't seem like they should be targeted for dry skin. But when you compare it to the Resist Hydrator it is moisturizing. I have bought this one again, so that says something. If I were able to use a retinol serum, I might buy a cheeper moisturizer. However, not all of use need massive amounts of exfoliants and retinol - we are better off with just a little. It does help with clarity on nights I use it. I use it as a moisturizer and with other moisturizers - as a serum. I use it about 3 or 4 times a week. The other thing I like about it, besides being the first retinol I tolerated, is that it is a moisturizer that never breaks me out. If only I could use it every day, but I get irritated if I do that. My skin just doesn't like much retinol. I am happy to know it likes a little. I thought I could not use those products or BHAs. Less is often more with skin.
There are benefits to this, but, for someone with dry skin like me, the usefulness of this product is limited. This moisturizer is very light and does not provide much hydration, so those with drier skin will need another moisturizer on top of this one. However, it should be enough hydration for those with oilier skin. As to why one would use this over any ordinary moisturizer, the retinol, note how far down it is on the ingredient list. Thus, there is probably not much retinol in the product. This can be great if you're wanting to ease into using retinol or can't tolerate higher doses, but I think most people would be happier with a product with a higher percentage if retinol in it. So, in summary, if you have normal to oily skin, are looking for light moisturization, and are looking for a product with just a little bit of retinol - congrats, this is the perfect product for you. Everyone else, though, I suggest using your favorite moisturizer and a separate retinol product (like PC's Retinol Recovery Serum).
I don't find this drying at all. I apply it lightly over the Retinol Repair Serum and it does the job nicely. Skin looks and feels great, not at all dry in the morning. Nicely hydrated. Packed full of antioxidants and helpful retinol. Has helped reduce fine lines.
I would reccommend.
-Lightweight, gel-like formula (this could be a pro or con depending on your skin's needs)
-Improves skin texture
-Hygienic pump packaging
-Difficult to tell how much product is left
-Not moisturizing enough for very dry skin
I've been searching far and wide for a moisturizer that doesn't have silicones or jojoba oil (since both break me out) and this seems to fit the bill. I have combo skin that tends to get dehydrated and flaky. This stuff doesn't really help with the flakies, but it does moisturize fairly well, and leaves my skin texture feeling smooth and plump. I don't know how effective it is as far as anti-aging properties are concerned--especially considering that retinol is like the 12th ingredient down. However, it doesn't seem to clog my pores, and my skin texture (not including fine lines) has definitely improved with daily use.
This product was not moisturizing at all. It is expensive. I might recommend this to someone who needs the lightest moisture. Because it didn't really moisturize my skin, makeup did not apply well over this. Primer made things worse, again, due to lack of moisture. The pump is nice but the packaging is bulky when compared to other products with the same amount of product.
PROS: No sticky film or greasy feeling after applying. Feels heavenly and light going on, but it moisturizes my dry skin. My sensitive skin soaks it up and feels calm and nourished with it on. Can easily wear this under makeup. NO fragrance. . Retinol will lessen wrinkles help firm skin by helping to build collagen, and I am excited for that. The retinol in this is quite gentle. I have very sensitive, mild rosacea, skin. But it is not bothered by this. The cost is reasonable for the quality of ingredients. Customer service with Paula's Choice is excellent. A pump is great to keep bacteria out, and the darkness
protects the antixoidants, etc., inside. Cruelty-free product.
CONS: There may not be enough of a film of moisture left for those who want that feeling. But it does describe it on their site as "light". At night, I like a LOT of moisture and have switched to Paula's Choice Skin Recovery mask.
APPLICATION TIPS: I use at night, because that's what most derm experts seem to be recommending.
ALTERNATES: Their Resist retinol serum has a stronger concentration of retinol, but you'll have to add a moisturizer if you need that moisture that this was providing. If this is somehow too much moisture for you, you may like Paula's Choice Hydralight lotion. Also, see "cons" above.
I've been using Paula's products for about 8 or 9 months and my skin is looking great overall: more even skin tone, smaller pores, plumper. But I accept that the benefits of good skin care show themselves over time, and there aren't miracles. I've never had a wrinkle or dark circles just disappear and stay away forever. I just don't think it's a fair or realistic to expect a product (not that brands don't set you up to expect miracles, but that's a whole other story) to wipe away years of sun exposure, smoking, poking, prodding, and other stupid things I've done to my skin in my 37 years. I always review skin care with that thought in mind.
For about 6 months I've been using PC's Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol at night with success and no irritation. Winter hit, the air got dry, and my formerly oily skin needed something slightly more emollient for nighttime. This worked great for providing more hydration with other great ingredients, and some nights I still used it with the serum, but not often as I was afraid of irritation. This moisturizer is very creamy in texture so I thought it was going to be greasy and just sit there with an oily film on my skin, but I just could not believe how it absorbed completely as soon as I applied it, and yet it still made my skin softer and more hydrated. I could not be happier.
Another reviewer mentioned that retinol is the 13th ingredient in this product. I moseyed over to the PC website just to double check and realized that he or she is 100% right. That's a very valid point and I'm grateful that the other reviewer pointed that out. Now I know why Paula's info packet suggests using a serum WITH this. I would now say that this is a fabulous moisturizer that happens to have excellent ingredients such as retinol, peptides, etc. But like me, you may still choose another product to act as your primary retinol product. Now I'm no so worried about using both products simultaneously. That's why we're responsible for reading ingredient lists, even if they are PC products! Much thanks to the other reviewer!
At first, I thought this product wouldn't be nearly moisturizing enough for my over 50, dry skin, especially since I live in a very dry climate. However, my skin is moisturized and fresh looking in the morning, without feeling like there's a lot of extra product sitting on top of my skin. After two weeks of daily use, my skin looks fabulous. I've been using five of the RESIST products for the past two weeks and I love the results. My skin is just plain good skin now, not greasy or sticky with product, not irritated from too much exfoliation, no breakouts, no redness, etc. Cannot say enough good things about this line, and I'm replacing my other products with RESIST products as they run out (using Youth Surge daily moisturizer SPF25 from Clinique, but will replace with the RESIST SPF moisturizer when I'm done). The products are a bit pricey, but they're full of high concentrations of proven, powerhouse ingredients, no bells and whistles, no fragrance, no extra fillers, etc. Every dime goes towards an ingredient that does what it's supposed to do. Love this line!
Im currently on a 3rd bottle of this product. Started to see positive results of reducing expression lines from my 2nd bottle. My skin can tolerate the rentinol in Barrier Repair and skinMedica 0.65 tri-rentinol , but badly irritated by so-called gentle Neutrogena's healthy skin night cream, weird. Love this product and will continue to repurchase. Hope Pc team can improve the packaging since the pump isn't great.