03.12.2015
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Resist C15 Super Booster
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0.67 fl. oz. for $48
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Paula's Choice Resist C15 Super Booster is a water based 15% ascorbic acid treatment marketed for use in combination with your non-SPF moisturizers or serum. The good news is that this formula is well suited to treat a variety of skin concerns, and it's water-like texture makes it suitable for any skin type, including the acne prone.

We should note that if you have rosacea or very sensitive skin, we would recommend trying a sample first as high concentrations of ascorbic acid could be potentially sensitizing for you.

Packaged in a dropper with an internal air-restrictor—a step above the average dropper container—this blends well into your go-to serum or non-SPF moisturizer. You can absolutely mix this into any product that isn't a sunscreen, actually, so feel free to experiment with mixing the C15 Super Booster into your favorite leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant, your toner or other treatments.

At a 15% concentration, ascorbic acid can make a significant improvement in the appearance of sun damage, uneven skin tone and strengthen the skin's barrier. Vitamin C can also help boost the free-radical protection ability of your sunscreen when worn underneath (Skin Research & Technology, 2008 and Experimental Dermatology, 2003 and The Journal of Pathology, 2007).

Also included in the Resist C15 Super Booster is sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of hyaluronic acid and optimal for use in topical skincare products. Hyaluronic acid helps improve skin's moisture content, reduces inflammation, and provide antioxidant defense (Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, 2012).

You'll also find the antioxidant ferulic acid, vitamin E and the peptide acetyl octapeptide-3—with such a mix of anti-agers, this is a well-rounded treatment that is ideal for those who would like to "boost" the results of their routine.

The Resist C15 Super Booster earns our highest rating for its potent, well-formulated combination of beneficial ingredients and that it is suitable for any skin type. We should note that Paula's Choice recommends this be used within three months, which is absolutely accurate. At such a high concentration of vitamin C, stability can become an issue if you keep it for longer than that period after opening.

Pros:
  • Light-as-water texture suitable for all skin types.
  • Helps repair skin's barrier.
  • Improves free radical defense of skin, and reduces inflammation.
  • Can improve the appearance of post-breakout red marks and dark spots from sun damage.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims
Resist C15 Super Booster is a concentrated, light-as-water liquid treatment product designed to supercharge your Paula's Choice serum, or it may be used alone. A blend of 15% stabilized vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides repairs visible signs of aging and stimulates collagen production for smoother, brighter, and firmer skin.
Ingredients
Water, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ethoxydiglycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), PPG-26 Buteth-26 (emulsifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (thickener), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Acetyl Octapeptide-3 (cell-communicating ingredient), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin conditioning agent), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer/antioxidant), Triethanolamine (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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06.28.2015
Allergic reaction to recent batch

About three months ago, I managed to convince my husband to start using my Resist C Super Booster, along with my Resist Serum. There seemed to be an improvement to the appearance of his skin so the plan was for him to continue using it. When we started using a new bottle of the Super Booster, within a couple of days he developed a reaction - skin became red and dry. We noticed that the new product is a lighter colour than the previous. Have you changed the formula and why is this happening?

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Kathy
06.29.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Thanks for reaching out to us at Beautypedia.  We're so sorry that your husband had an unpleasant reaction to his latest bottle.  I'm going to forward your e-mail address to the Paula's Choice Customer Service Team so that they can reach out to you regarding this issue.

—Admin
05.15.2015
Keep it standing

Unfortunately, I will never know if this product made a difference. I have a metal cabinet (with pull out drawers) that I keep all my skin care, makeup, ect., in which requires me to lie everything down. This cap has a slow leak and I did not realize it until 2/4 of my product was gone after 2 weeks. I would recommend a different type of container so that this does not happen.

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Sheri, R
05.15.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  We are so sorry that you had a negative experience with the packaging on this product.  I encourage you to contact Paula's Choice's customer service team to discuss getting a refund or exchange :)

—Admin
11.07.2014
Would love to see before and after pictures

Last year I bought several Resist products. Six months after daily use of 1 product or a combination of them and religious use of high spf sunscreen, my dark spots and fine lines look the same. I have even noticed a few new spots appear. The only reason to use this is if you like the way it feels on your skin and are willing to spend the money betting that your skin would look even worse than if you didn't use it. In my experience it doesn't live up to it's claims.

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Anonymous
10.09.2014
In love

I'm 31 years old but I feel that my face was looking like I was 50. It was getting hard to cover what looked like dark circles under my eyes. Since using the serum my eyes aren't near as purple underneath and the rest of my skin tone has evened out. I feel like I'm in my 20s again. My husband even made a comment about my eyes the other day and that they don't look as dark (I didn't even know he noticed they were getting dark). Consider me addicted!

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Sarah A
05.17.2014
Another Reason to Switch to Paula's Choice

This product is another perfect example of the exceedingly high quality of PC's products. I saw results in two days; combined with the concentrated Retinol serum left my skin so smooth it felt like glass! I actually had people ask to touch my face—it glowed and looked 'new'. Sort of hard to explain but if you try it you will see what I mean. But be warned: her stuff will spoil you, no other line comes close in quality, results, & customer service!

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Scott B.
02.23.2014
Great price extremely effective

I started using this product as an alternative to skinceuticals C E ferulic acid which is AMAZING but very expensive. These two are literally the same. This product helps balance my skin, no mid day oil slick. Its reduces hormonal and all other breakouts significantly as well as improves healing time plus it brightens my skin. Most days i use this to replace my moisturizer entirely. Anyone could use a little of this product in their life!

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Crystal S
10.06.2013
Excellent product

Absolutely love this product, saw a difference within a few days. I also use prescription strength retina A, along with sunscreen, retinol and make-up from Paula Begoun. It is the best kept secret! I do tell people about it, since I always get many compliments on my skin. Sold high end skin care for a number of years and it could not compare with Paula Begoun products. However, have to say the C serum is most impressive!

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GEMMA M.
10.05.2013
Love this!

I'm 49, and since using this at night, in combination with my RESIST Super Antioxidant Serum, my face is softer, more even-toned, and glowing. I'm using much less foundation (event the Resist Anti-Aging Foundation-sorry Paula!) and love the way my skin looks. The serum does have a slight odor -kind of a metallic, or "a wood-smoke" smell, but it's not bad enough to prevent me from continuing to use this nightly. It's a great addition to the RESIST line. Thanks, Paula!

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