First of all is it the best costumer service I've ever recived. Really want to buy from Paula's choise again!! :)
But ... SADLY I broke out horribly - not with acne but with a kind of eczema :( I gave it to my mother and she's very satifised with it. :)
I bought this because I had store credit and was going to experiment eventually anyways. I can't afford to use a serum every day, but I still wanted to see what it could do. I've never used a serum before. I'm 23 years old and wrinkle free, though I wish my skin had a more even, rested, and less red appearance. My skin looks amazing minutes after I get up, but then it "adjusts" and looks worse. Maybe it has to do with circulation. Also, I have some veins around my eyes that become more prominent during this process.
PROS: This serum is bursting with beneficial ingredients (if you're reading this, then you already know too)... and for the price I don't see how it can be beat. Despite being heavy in silicones, it never breaks me out or clogs my skin - and I've used a thick layer of this on my entire face multiple times to see if it would. I like the fact that it has no retinol (I have nothing against retinol though) The packaging is really good too, the opening to dispense the product is REALLY tiny. No waste and no air getting inside! The tube material is opaque enough that, when placed in front of a lightbulb you can see exactly how much is remaining.
CONS: Result wise, maybe my skin is a little more even, but it's the kind of result in the realm of placebo. Am I really experiencing this? Granted, I haven't used up a full tube, but I have been using it for almost 2 months, usually twice a day, and I don't skimp. No improvement on redness and nothing for dark circles or veins. Yes, it can be a bit heavy if you use too much (however see below).
OTHER: I don't mind the texture. It's really not traditionally thick or oily... it just lacks natural viscosity (ability to flow) due to having no water and 2 silicones in it's place. Yes, when first applied can be really shiny and oily feeling, but it goes away. I do think the silicones evaporate and leave just other ingredients behind. If you give it enough time or spend longer than usual patting it in, it DOES dry down and isn't heavy. It also depends on cleansing. I tried a cleanser recently which was more drying, and putting this on after cleansing with that, I had ZERO greasy look or feeling. It absorbed really quickly. One thing I don't like about the serum though is it doesn't naturally spread around/expand. You'd think with dimethicone as the first ingredient it would, but it doesn't. Not a big deal but it does move more over another product.
OVERALL: Maybe it's working, maybe it's not. I can't tell. I'll continue using it, but after I run out, I'm replacing it with Silk Naturals Oatmeal Hydrating Serum. I don't need the extra hydration, but it's way cheaper and as I'm young, I don't need to pay for something like the RESIST line. Plus, I've read good things about oatmeal so I really want to try that.
I was on the fence about this the first few times I used it, but I've grown to love it and now use it every day as a primer. The formula feels thick and almost oily, although it's not really greasy at all. After two weeks of everyday use, I've had no issues with breakouts or the product breaking down my foundation or producing greasy patches on my skin. The heavy feel goes away after it sinks in. If you want a primer that doesn't consist of a bunch of "-cones", this is a great alternative. Chock full of anti-oxidants, great packaging and a little bit goes a long way.
This a new addition to my skin care routine. Omg! I love this stuff! I originally chose this Serum because it does not contain Retinol, weird right? I currently use a Retin A cream at night, so I strictly need an antioxidant serum. My night time routine is pretty basic with Paula's Skin Recovery Cleanser, Skin Recovery Toner, & Retin A. My morning routine is a little more extensive. I apply this serum after cleansing & toning; then follow with Paula's Skin Recovery SPF 15. This serum is such a welcome step in my routine! I have dry skin due to Retin A use and this might not work for those with oily skin. This serum keeps me from becoming flakey, which is a downfall to Retin A. It is very important to add antioxidants to your skin after Retin A use as well. I could not be happier with how my skin glows! I have coworkers stop me at work to ask me what I am doing to make my skin glow. It's a nice thing to be asked when your my age. I willingly share my routine with anyone who wants to know.
My skin is Sensitive, Dry, Eczema Prone. I am highly reactive to Niacinamide & Chemical Sunscreen. This particular line is safe for me. continued >>
There are 3 different versions of this product listed in productville so I hope I'm reviewing the right one. My tube is blue and silver and says RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. It looks like honey and has a very greasy feel when first applied. I thought I like it but after using it several times, I believe it is causing me to break out. Not surprising as my skin breaks out from most products. This one has a ton of 'cones so I guess I should have known. This could work for someone with dry non-sensitive skin. I definitely think it only works for nighttime use as it leaves me very shiny and never fully absorbs (and I have dry skin).
I've been using this for a couple of years now and it's excellent.I use it under my moisturiser during the day and at night also.Glides on like silk (yes it does contain silicones) but quickly sinks in to leave lovely soft skin . This is also a superb eye cream.You could get away with using this on it's own at night(not during the day as must be coupled with sunscreen) but I appy a night cream over it. I've definitely noticed a big improvement in my skin since using this especially around the eyes. The crepiness seems to have improved greatly. I'm never going to look 21 again,but products like this will give skin a fightiing chance for the future. Sometimes I also use Paula's choice skin recovery serum . That one contains retinol if that's your preference.These serums are rich in skin beneficial ingredients and are packaged so the ingredients remain stable during use.So glad I found them. My skin is better now than it was years ago.
I loved Grassroots Pomegranate Anti-Oxidant serum, but I needed a replacement once it became impossible to find. My research lead me to this one by Paula's choice. Although I prefer the texture of my old serum, I can more than tolerate the Paula's Choice. I had no reaction to the difference. I like that it is fragrance-free, as I don't love putting fragranced products on my face. It seems to calm any redness, and brighten my complexion as well as my old serum. I also think it is a fairly priced product. I have not found a decent serum for less.
I finished 1 tube in 3 months time. Can't say I noticed anything dramatically different but as an antioxidant, I think it's about prevention than fixing existing issue. As much I don't like the texture (due dimethicone base?), but it doesn't give me break out or make my white/blackhead worse.
Bottomline: I have another tube unopen, will decide if I continue with it after I finish that one.
This is an excellent serum, definately thick and goopy, but who cares if it works? For my face overall I've seen an improvement in overall tone and moisture level. Under my eyes though, I'm actually seeing small lines go away. This is a serious benefit in my book. With the exception of the bad nights when I sleep on my face and get squished, puffy pillow face, I really think this serum works. For half of what I was paying for dept. store brand I'm very happy.
My only complaint is that package could be a little bigger. Also because it's so goopy you have to squeeze tube super hard to get the stuff out. Details, details.
This is one of my top holy grail products. I have been using this for about a year and a half and previously used the skin recovery version with retinol. I prefer this version because retinol is not good to wear in the sun, while vitamin C is excellent for use in the sun. I have noticed considerable difference in my skin since starting to use this product, however it does take a good 6 months - a year before you see the effects. I wear this morning and night, immediately after washing my face. It feels like you are putting oil on your face at first but completely soaks in after about 5 minutes. Absolutely no stinging on eczema that I have around my eyes and cheeks. As a side note, you want to store this product standing on its cap, exactly like the picture. This will ensure that no air gets into the package when you are squeezing it out. If it slurps in air, the antioxidants will be useless and you may as well throw it out. By keeping it standing all the time, all of the product will be at the bottom and air wont go in when you release the squeeze.This will be one product I won't give up!