Paula's Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer

Paula's Choice RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer
RESIST Barrier Repair MoisturizerRESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer


117 reviews

64% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals


(New formula) Aqua, Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-identical agent), Ethylhexyl Stearate (thickener), Cocoglycerides (emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (antioxidant/emollient), Squalane (emollient), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 3 (skin-identical agent), Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Propylene Glycol (slip agent), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Meh. It pills on top of my serum and other night creams don’t. It doesn’t feel very hydrating nor does it seem to do anything else.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I started using Hibiclens for my adult acne that I have had on and off for years because my derm basically told me after trying spiro, the next and only other solution would be accutane. While Hibiclens has made a remarkable difference in the acne (both normal and cystic) it also strips my skin of its moisture barrier from daily use. I have tried all sorts of creams, lotions, serums, and many work okay, some were horrible, but this product is one of the few that seems to actually replace the moisture barrier. I use this product every other night in conjunction with products from The Ordinary. It is not enough by itself to replace that lost moisture, but it is definitely a significant player in regimen I currently have.

I know this contains a fraction of retinol, but I did not purchase this product for that reason, so it is not a concern for me.

It absorbs almost fully, leaving the skin surface supple, smooth and firm. There is no fragrance. The product has a pump dispenser, so it is hygienic.

Is it worth the price?? Well, I cannot say for sure. I know there are few products out there that were developed solely for replacing a lost moisture barrier. Some of the others are even more pricey than this one. If I find another product to replicate the effects, I would definitely switch if the cost is lower.

UPDATE: Broke out with 2 cystic acne sores and suspect this product may be the culprit. Just be aware.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I have used this off and on with PC Retinol 1%. It is a fine moisturizer, lightweight and easily absorbed.

Overall, I am not in love with this product. It honestly doesn't seem any better than the CeraVe PM, which costs less than half. Retinol helps with those hormonal breakouts and aids in cellular turnover. I get there is some retinol in it, albeit in small amounts. But honestly for the level of retinol, it feels like a rip off.

I do not mind wrinkles. It is not my mission to eradicate them from my face. I like my skin to feel soft, supple, and hydrated. This product alone is not enough, so I usually use an oil along with it.

Overall it is a meh product for me. It is a fair product with excellent packaging, but honestly I believe it costs too much for what it is. I certainly wouldn't buy it without a discount. Look on YouTube or makeup blogs for discount codes- there are plenty around.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

on 9/2/2016 10:53:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

What an ingredient list!

However, this product was not compatible for my sensitive skin type. I felt heat and tingling upon application.

I prefer the Resist Intensive Repair Cream.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is my favorite moisturizer from Paula's Choice!

on 4/30/2016 6:03:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Pros : Absorbs Quickly, Long Lasting, Elegant Texture, Moisturizes Well, Smells Great, Goes On Smoothly
Cons: None
Best Uses : Dry/Chapped Skin, Deep Moisturization, Daily Use

Although I have combination normal-to-oily skin, I have dry parts from the cheeks outward and also on my neck. I've been sampling all of PC night moisturizers in search of one that will provide hydration over night, be non-irritating, and without a greasy texture. To be honest, I haven't been having much luck with longevity, even with the products that are supposed to be best for the driest skins.

My luck changed when I tried Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer. After I finished my sample, I visited the PC web site to purchase the full size. It was out of stock, but I got a tip that the PC4Men Night Time Repair is the same product, so I purchased that one! I actually prefer the PC4Men tube packaging, so extra win for me.

I am absolutely delighted to report that this cream has met and exceeded my expectations! It is an elegant creamy lotion, translucent white in color. The scent is pleasing and fresh. The product sinks into skin, and also leaves a long-lasting moisture barrier that wears through the night. In the morning, my skin feels soft, hydrated, soothed and nourished. This is my new favorite! Recommended!

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

on 1/21/2016 4:57:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I was surprised to find that this moisturizer is very very light and leaves my skin with a matte finish, wanting more moisture. It was ok when I added a second layer. Reading "barrier repair" in the name, I concluded that it would be quite a rich formula, but I was wrong. Positive is that it didnt aggravate my skin and has great ingredients, so Ill give it two lippies for that.

on 1/19/2016 5:18:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I used this for a couple months before realizing it was causing me breakouts.

on 11/25/2015 2:31:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I found out on comments on the PC website that it is the exact same thing as the PC4Men Nighttime Repair, just in different packaging and geared towards a different market, and it was confirmed by a PC staff. However, the Nighttime Repair contains the same amount of product for less, so go with that instead.

I've used a few bottles of this moisturizer, which is good but I wouldn't say it's something I can't live without. It does a good job at moisturizer my dry skin, but a lot of times I skip it because the Resist Replenishing Toner (my HG) is good enough on its own. However, I do use this on the days when I feel I need more moisture on my skin.

7 of 7 people found this helpful.

on 6/18/2015 2:04:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Unfortunately, this product didn't do anything for me. I used only Paula's Choice Resist line for 6 months. It just dried out my skin even more and made it look so dull. The items I used were: Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer, Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment 10% AHA. Resist Cellular Day Moisturizer with spf 25, Resist Non-Greasy Moisturizer, Resist Wrinkle Repair Retinol serum, Skin Perfecting 2% BHA, Resist c15 super booster, Resist Toner, Resist Cleanser, Resist Foundation, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA. With all of this, I not only saw no results, my skin looked worse. I like to enjoy my skincare. That is huge for me. These products bored me. I ended up throwing what wasn't used up in the garbage after giving it a good 6 months. In summary, they were so boring and ineffective. Fortunately, I am using new products now that have made a huge difference. I am enjoying my skincare routine again!

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