Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol
1.7 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:07.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol contains a unique complex of ingredients (including retinol) proven to remodel your skin by building and preserving collagen, firming, and protecting against moisture loss. It's a great example of what an anti-aging moisturizer should contain, and is one of several we highly recommend.

The feather-light, silky texture provides substantial hydration for those with normal to dry skin, but because it sets to a satiny finish that won't make skin look or feel greasy, it is also an option for slightly oily or combination skin.

The active ingredients in Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer can make a visible difference in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and skin firmness. As with all Paula's Choice Skincare products, this is fragrance-free. Irresistible is more like it!

  • Retinol and other anti-aging ingredients increase firmness while hydrating skin.
  • Contains ingredients proven to improve fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tone.
  • Feather-light, silky formula ideal for normal to dry skin (but all skin types can use it).
  • Fragrance-free.
  • None.

Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer contains a specialized complex of ingredients proven to remodel aging skin, bringing it to a healthier, more youthful state—really. The formula is packed with ingredients that work to build and preserve collagen, prevent moisture loss, restore essential ingredients to protect skin's barrier function, and reduce inflammation with potent antioxidants.


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

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

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, 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. The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the 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.

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.

Strengths: All products are fragrance-free; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection; proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed.

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

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

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.

Member Comments
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Almost perfect

I am really enjoying this moisturizer with the exception that Paula formulated it without SPF in it! She slams many moisturizers for this, but not her own. I hate that I spent so much money on this moisturizer, only to realize I have to slather on yet another moisturizer with SPF if I'm not applying my make up. If I didn't have to spend even more money on buying an SPF now to go with it, I would've gave this the four stars it claims to be. sensitive acne prone skin here and it's been great sofar

Reviewed by
Delilah, M
Beautypedia Team Response

Thanks for your comments! We understand where this can get confusing, so appreciate the opportunity to clarify. Paula hasn't slammed any moisturizers that don't contain sunscreen unless the product is labeled "day cream" or "day ________", implying that it's best for use in the morning, when skin really does need UV protection. Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer is designed for use at night. Paula's Choice offers several daytime moisturizers with SPF that are great for daytime use, or you can use a non-SPF moisturizer and follow with an SPF-rated product. But of course, that means two products when it seems you only want to use one. You may want to begin using Barrier Repair Moisturizer at night, and consider an SPF-rated moisturizer for daytime use.

An immediate difference

This is my first experience with Paula's Choice. Having listened to her on a local radio show, Lori & Julia here in Minnesota, I liked her instantly. I'm sorry I waited so long to try her products. This product goes on beautifully, no scent and my skin feels so wonderful after the first use. Wow, I love it!

Reviewed by
Lisa C
love it

Does all it claims to do. My skin has never been better. Thanks. I. will be using this product as long as it is available. Great price too. Wish i'd of known about Paula's Choice long ago. Loving her product, loving my skin.

Reviewed by
Sandi J.
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