Paula's Choice • Super Antioxidant Concentrate (new & improved 2009) • Treatments
|Would buy this product again.||66%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
Ordered this and received it about 5 days ago and guess what? 2 days later and I was sporting 4 pimples for the first time since I was 17 years old. They are still on my face too. Not good. They all showed up at once the 2nd morning after using it.
I'm sending this back to her in the morning. A complete disappointment because I know it is packed with state of the art ingredients. I love all of her other products though; especially her BHA 2% , her tinted moisturizer and her weightless sunscreen.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have known about this serum for quite sometime, due in part to all the praise here on MUA. After so much reading on antioxidants, I wanted to incorporate them into my skin regimen. Finally took the plunge and purchased. While I was concerned that such a thick serum would break me out, I have had NO problems whatsoever. Absorbs quickly, too. I've been using the Skin Recovery Toner, 2% BHA liquid and this, and my skin really seems to agree with this combo. Superficially, this hasn't had an adverse effect on my skin, but at the same time, there is no real visible improvement. Hopefully it's helping (in combo with SPF) protect my skin the way it's supposed to. I suppose time will tell.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
LOVE THIS!!! The texture is kind of thick silicone but it does absorb after a few minutes. Reminds me of DrD hydroshield and Kate Somerville's quench but just a tad thicker. Still it leaves my combo skin super soft and I have noticed brightening in my skin. I haven't had one breakout with this. It would be nice to have this in an airless pump but its fine in the tube as its travel friendly.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I have been using this at night for about 6 weeks and my skin is looking beautiful. I have sensitive, dry-combination, previously acne-prone (now scarred) skin - my biggest issues right now as I head into my 30's are blotchiness, redness, dryness, and wrinkles! (I wear an SPF but the Australian sun is brutal).
This concentrate absorbs quickly, doesnt sting my eyes when i use around eye area, and makes me glow - especially when I use at night...the next morning my skin looks amazing.
Another reviewer mentioned Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Cream - I used that and loved that but this is equal, if not better, and here that Clinique cream costs AU$100, whereas I bought my PC concentrate for AU$35.
I also use and love the PC BHA 2% and the AHA 8% - but really didn't love the Resist moisturiser. It did nothing for my skin and seemed to sit on top even though I only used a little.
But anyway this is a winner!
UPDATE: I had some horrible red dry excema skin around my eyes, and I couldnt go near it with any moisturiser as it was stinging like crazy. Have been using this around my eyes and it has soothed, not stung, AND the red is almost gone after a few days! LOVE this product.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
This product has unfortunately given me milia and cystic acne, despite using it in conjunction with AHA/BHA products. I tried to use it as an eye serum but it irritates the skin around my eyes if used every day. I will continue using it 2-3 times a week around the eyes until I finish the tube and won't be repurchasing.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
My dermatologist told me recently that I really only need 3 different skincare products to keep my skin in good condition one of which was a good antioxidant (the other two were suncreen of 30 spf + and a retinol product). I have used this in the original formula several years ago and thought it was pretty good. I only use it at night and my skin is always sooo soft in the morning. I like this formula even better. I have oily skin but this sinks in extremely well for me but then again, I only use it at night and alternate it with Retin A. I think this is one of those preventive measures vs really changing any wrinkles but it must be working b/c my dermatologist said my skin looked at least 10 years younger than it actually is. Because there's so much slip to this product, I don't think you have to use that much. For an antioxidant product , I think the price is very reasonable. It's also in the right kind of container that doesn't let air or light in. I have used it during the day too without turning into a grease pit either but I still use it mainly at night. I will definately re-purchase.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I'm not writing an official review for this product yet. I did want to add some info for those of you ordering samples of the new improved version. I have ordered samples twice and both times I made sure to check the ingredients on the packet. Both were the OLD formula. The first time I was told that the formulas outcomes were essentially the same so there would be no difference. I have sensitive skin and need to test an exact formula to be sure I don't have a reaction. They offered me free shipping on ordering again. never did but a few months later I ordered more samples and still got the old formula. I dealt with customer service and was very pleased with their response. They told me that Paula had decided to sell through all the old formula samples since the performance of the product was the same. This seems pretty misleading to me because if I order something to try it I want to try the new formula. So they sent me a tube of the new stuff on the house. I was very pleased with their response and have used the new formula for a few days. I'll write a review later. I just wanted to post this since I have seen some people not liking the samples they got and they might not even know that it's not the new formula and be put off by texture, etc. which is different in the new version.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Back when my skin was oilier, I used the PC Skin Balancing Antioxidant Concentrate, but when I recently decided that I wanted to use an antioxidant serum again, I chose the new and improved version of the Super Antioxidant Concentrate because it seemed more appropriate for my current skin type and it had great reviews. Unfortunately, it hasn't worked out all that well for me. It seems to make my skin break out, and it sometimes (though not always) makes the skin around my eyes sting temporarily when I apply it. I'm disappointed, and I will not be repurchasing this product.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol, Ubiquinone, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid, Beta-Glucan, Saccharomyces/Selenium Ferment, Superoxide Dismutase, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Ergothioneine, Glutathione, Xanthophyll, Soybean Seed Extract, Ceramide 3, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Turmeric Root Extract, Palm Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
This is the first Paula's Choice product I have tried. I wanted to try an antioxidant serum and this was the least expensive pre-made serum with the ingredients that interested me. I am glad I ordered this! It is very soothing on my skin and feels silky and mildly moisturizing. I have only been using it for about one month so it is hard to say if I have had results but my skin does look a little better overall (I started using a couple other new products around the same time so it is hard to say what has caused improvement). I also find it makes a nice light primer under make-up.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Why buy this if you can get the Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer FOR YOUR OWN SKIN TYPE!!! They come in 3 types, oliy dry and i think normal. Paula herself rates Clinique's Antioxidant "Paula's pick" on her site but with $$$, meaning it's over priced. Now I beg to DIFFER!!! I buy Clinique's 50ml for $46 CND, and this serum is $26CND for 30ml. Do the math and add shipping for Paula's serum. IT IS MORE!!! Common sense! I guess she just wants us to buy hers, not surprised. Also it's easier to return the Clinique to it's counter. I LOVE Clinique's Antioxidant and DDMG. Just pure LOVE!!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
God!! buy this you will not regreat look at ingredient best stuff in their look at price it's worth money you have spare on it I have used this about 3 tube so far!
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Other, Medium Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I have never been much of a fan of "serums" but I really like this one. My skin has been so abused in the past due to tanning, acne, and the use of harsh products but since using many of Paula's other products, this one has helped greatly in the healing process. You only need a very small amount and it goes a long way. Its packaging is perfectly designed to retain its properties and I call it my "gem in a tube".
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
I have used Paula's serums for about 6 years and I love them! I am thrilled with the ingredient updating--for the price this serum is a fantastic value. Compare the ingredients to other high end serums and you will see very little difference. I use 3 tiny drops in the AM under my sunscreen and 3 tiny drops at night. In warmer weather I don't even moisturize--this is all I need. When applying the drops take the time to really work into your skin. When it warms it will spread evenly all over your face and then sink right in.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
The main improvement I noticed from the previous version is that you can actually get the product out of the tube. (The serum used to come in a bottle and you had to exert great force on it to get one or two drops.) The packaging now is MUCH better. For those who are bothered by the Skin Balancing version (designed for a matte finish) separating in the tube, you might prefer this Super Antioxidant Concentrate - it is more like a traditional serum and the texture is more consistent. I have combination skin and do not like to use it under makeup as it is not really a good primer. I find that this is best used in the evening after I wash my face.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This is my single, must-have product from Paula. Absolutely perfect. You're not going to find another antioxidant serum this good for only $24!! The packaging is superb, and this will last you about 2 months. The texture is extremely thick, but if you use the recommended amount (3-4 drops for face), it will sink in completely and leave no film or shininess on your face. I use this every morning under my sunscreen to increase its benefits, and it's ideal for that purpose. My only wish is that Paula would indicate the actual percentage of vitamin C.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red Eyes: Green
I really wanted to include a serum into my skin care routine, but had a hard time finding one that actually had any significant benefit and decent quality/quantity of ingredients, but based on the reviews on MUA and some research I decided to give this one a go. I tried a few sample packets over the course a 2 weeks applying this product at night only. After waiting a few minutes I then apply my night cream. The ingredients list is amazing for the money as it contains Vitamin C, cell-communicating peptides, antioxidants, and skin-identical ingredients. I love the silky texture, blends easily, quick absorption, and smooth finish. I wake up with beautiful and smooth skin. I have not had any negative reactions and love it so much that I splurged to but the full container. This will definitely become part of my nightly skin care routine.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents/suspending agents), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (cell-communicating ingredient), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidants), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Alpha Lipoic Acid (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Beta-Glucan (anti-irritant), Saccharomyces/Selenium Ferment (skin-conditioning agent/antioxidant), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Ergothioneine (mushroom-derived antioxidant), Glutathione (fruit-derived antioxidant), Xanthophyll (antioxidant pigment), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Ceramide 3 (skin-identical ingredient), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (anti-inflammatory agent), Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (antioxidants), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (emollient), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol (preservatives), Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol (slip agents).
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I decided at my age, it was time to get a vitamin c serum to keep the lines and age spots at bay. Paula knows her stuff since keeping vitamin c stable in a treatment is pretty important- she put it into small tube with a thin hole for dispensing, rather than in a jar where the vitamin c could go bad quickly. Very good. I took off one star for the thickness, but in general, I really like this- no scent and doesn't make me break out.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Luckily I only bought 2 sample packets of this product. I really wanted to like it because the ingredients looked so good, and I am sensitive to fragrance and colors and it is so hard to find any anti-aging products without them. But, this felt like thick cooking oil on my face. Really thick and oily. I thought maybe I was using too much, so the next time I only used a couple of drops, but 1) it didn't spread all over my face and 2) the areas that did get covered felt really greasy. So next I tried mixing a couple of drops with my usual face lotion, but it just made that feel greasy too. Paula, please make a super antioxidant in a light lotion form!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This product is amazing, It's very easy to spread, and I always wake up with smooth, bright and soft skin. Surprisingly it did not give me pimples on my T-zone.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I was really excited about the formulation of this product and couldn't wait to give it a try. I was *so* disappointed that this product gave me awful pus lesions all over my face and neck where I'd applied it--painful breakouts that went deep under the surface of the skin and have taken several days to heal. I would never have expected this from a Paula's Choice product. In fact, I stupidly applied it a couple of times because I just couldn't believe this product could have caused *that*. Well, it most certainly did. I've never had a reaction like this to anything I've ever put on my face.