Paula's Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum

3.7

61 reviews

60% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/suspending agents), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Squalane (emollient), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinol 0,1 (cell-communicating ingredient/antioxidant), Tocotrienols (vitamin E-based antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract (anti-irritant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil (anti-irritant), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (skin-repairing ingredient), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (licorice-derived anti-irritant), Hexylene Glycol (slip agent), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Not for combination/ oily skin.!!!Broke me out



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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I have repurchased twice in the past, but I am currently experimenting with using Resist body (a light cream) and resist clinical 1% and I do not think I will go back to this product for reasons of its texture. This has a distinct silicone slip and is reasonably well suited to mature skin that tends to be on the dry side (fine for me in the winter, but too heavy now). If you are normal or oily, you might find this too heavy and rich. (My current purpose in using OTC retinols is for improved skin texture, so I may be more tolerant of heavy product than someone who is mainly concerned with blemishes).

If you are not accustomed to retinol products, I advise going slowly and perhaps starting with samples. Although PC instructions encourage layering of different products, I prefer not to do so. I find it's better to just rotate throughout the week. In general, I only use retinoids at night. PC prices are increasing, but I do find the PC line of products, particularly the BHA and AHA, give good value in terms of performance. In general, I do prefer PC BHA and AHA products to the PC retinols, but I obviously use all three categories. Re packaging, PC pumps tend to be flimsy.

Note: even OTC retinols might cause some people to purge. Going very slowly into using a new product may limit this possibility. If not, you may want to use BHA or AHA (separately from retinol) to treat.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is food for my skin! Fells a little oily at the beggining, but it blends in really nice and usually I don't feel the need for moisturiser on top. Light and nourishing at the same time. I sometimes use it 15 mins after chimically exfolianting. Retinol concentration: 0,1%. The only retinol product I can even use on my eyelids.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I've tried this a couple of times and it doesn't work for me. The texture - it's incredibly greasy. My skin felt suffocated. Definitely order a sample first.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Olive, Cool

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Tried the sample of this. It's of a somewhat yellowish oil like serum. Feels a little oily when applied but i personally like it. After application at night my face feels very smooth, my pores seem to have shrunk a little and my face seem to be more radiant the next morning. Because it feels kind of oily, i would recommend using this at night. It does stink my face as much as paulaschoice 1% retinol treatment does so its a good serum to alternate with the 1% retinol treatment.

I got mine from Paula's Choice Australia. If you are interested, you can get AUD 15 off your first purchase using the link below:
https://goo.gl/gQLB1I

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

Writing an initial review after using once....and I never write a review after using something once.....That said, I got this as a sample with my Resist Super Antioxidant Serum, without the retinol, which I have yet to review and have been using for months.

I used a small amount before bed. Experienced some tingling after application, which I expected. Waited a bit and applied my usual moisturizer. When I woke up the next day and washed my face I was amazed. My pores were significantly diminished. I have dry skin, but enlarged pores on my cheeks. Pore size was noticeably different. As were my deep forehead wrinkles. Still there mind you, but looked much softer. I also noticed my skin feels plumped, thicker almost if that makes sense.

I also suffer from skin sensitivity, so I will be introducing this product slowly....twice a week to start and will build up. With a retinol that is recommended anyway, and this is a stronger one, so it could cause dryness and irritation if used to much. I was so astounded by the initial use though that I had to share the positive results. Will update.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I got a sample sized bottle of this with a recent order from Paula's choice. Unfortunately it's not for me. It leaves quite a greasy/shiny finish to my skin which is too heavy for my oily/combination skin. If your skin is on the normal to dry side and you're looking for a product with retinol in it this might be worth a go. The packaging is perfect for keeping light/air sensitive ingredients stable.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Other

This is not meant for people with oily skin. This serum is in a silicone base that leaves a greasy film on the skin and will cause breakouts. I much prefer and like Paula's Choice 1% retinol lotion and and have been using that for a few months now with no breakouts.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product is terrible. First of all the packaging is awful. Every time I use it, I inevitably end up having to fiddle with it for a bit and I can never press the pump all the way down. It makes it very difficult to apply the exact same amount every night.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, I am convinced it has caused me a lot of breakouts. I initially bought this product because after years of using AHAs/BHAs I found that my skin was relatively clear and glowy at the surface but had a lot of clogged pores/bumps underneath, retained dark scarring from old cystic/hormonal acne I had, and was starting to develop melasma from my birth control. I thought it would be good to switch to retinol which helps keep skin clear and is also a bit more aggressive about handling hyperpigmentation.

At first I thought I was just going through an initial purge period. But the intensity of my breakouts didn't quite make sense because even though I had some clogged pores I was breaking out constantly, like I used to as a teenager. Still, committed to using a retinol, I stuck with it. I bought this product at the end of October. It is now mid-January. I have new breakouts every day, something I never had with AHAs/BHAs (and I used a lot of different ones - Ole Henriksen, a few Peter Thomas Roth products, Philosophy, Alpha Hydrox). My skin has not been this finicky in years.

Finally I looked further into the ingredient list. THE FIRST ingredient is Cyclopentasiloxane which is comodegenic and is WIDELY KNOWN TO CAUSE BREAKOUTS.

I'm throwing my bottle away. Paula's Choice seems very scammy. They post negative reviews of almost all other products in the market but fail to acknowledge the weakness of their own - like the inclusion of comodogenic silicones in their retinol serums. There may be a grain of truth in their reviews but it is all obscured by a desire to push their own products, regardless of their sub-par packaging and mediocre formulations.

The only positive thing I can say about this product is that it did help reduce some of my hyperpigmentation and clogged pores. However, in causing breakouts it caused more clogged pores and hyperpigmentation. I would say DO NOT BUY. This product is a little cheaper than other retinols on the market which is why I bought it. But it's cheaper for a reason....


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Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

This product is not for all skin types, it should be for dry skin. It could break a lot of people out, as it has Cyclopentasiloxane, silicones and a palm oil (that part worried me but it's low in the ingredient list). That said, if you are dry or have mature skin and tolerate those ingredients. For me this is really gentle and amazing. It feels luxurious, like a thick oil or thick siliconey serum. Similar texture to EL's night serum. It does not irritate my skin which is a miracle as I don't tolerate retinol or any actives well. It has some really calming ingredients and some nice anti oxidants that are anyti-aging on theirown. . I could not use the Skin Recovery Antioxidant serum which felt lovely too, but broke me out and irritated my skin.. I started with the Resist Barrier Repair Moisture (same as the PC4 Men's Night) and that is very gentle and didn't break me out. Eventually started adding this a few nights a week. It's August and I have been using this every night for a month adn it's really making a difference. I use it after my toner and wait 30 minutes for it work. My skin does not feel dry while waiting for this to absorb. .I feel it works a lot better since I started using it nightly. There are strong products, I doubt I'd tolerate them and not sure I need them. I don't have major probems, but some my skin has lost some bounce and this brough it back.

It coms in pump canister that looks nice but feels flimsy. However, if you are careful it works well. It does keep it fresh a long time, so that is key.

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