Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
1 fl. oz. for $34
Category:Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:01.06.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This water-based serum is the lightest Paula’s Choice offers. It has a thin, fluid consistency that smoothes over skin, leaving an anti-aging veil that feels wonderfully silky without a hint of slickness or greasiness. The matte finish formula contains a bevy of ingredients that help oily, combination skin look and act younger. Among them are hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, niacinamide, and stabilized vitamin C. Like all Paula’s Choice serums, the packaging is designed to protect delicate ingredients from light and air exposure.

Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is ideal for those struggling with signs of aging plus oily skin and breakouts. It works beautifully under makeup (you won’t need a foundation primer) and pairs well with any other anti-aging product. The fragrance-free formula is also suitable for sensitive or rosacea-affected skin.

  • Thin, fluid serum smoothes over skin and feels silky without a hint of greasiness.
  • Excellent for those struggling with signs of aging plus oily skin and breakouts.
  • Loaded with anti-aging ingredients, including hyaluronic acid and niacinamide.
  • Doubles as a makeup primer and eye-area serum.
  • None.

Light as water, but is packed with high concentrations of powerful antioxidants including Vitamin C. Skin-repairing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid protect and nourish skin while fighting multiple signs of aging. Contains soothing anti-irritants that can significantly reduce inflammation to help reduce and heal sun damage. You won’t feel this weightless serum, but you’ll love its skin smoothing, firming, and wrinkle-reducing benefits!


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip/water-binding agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone (silicone polymer), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-repairing ingredient), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Quercetin (antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Ubiquinone, Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Sea Whip Extract, Bisabolol, Beta Glucan (anti-irritants), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent).

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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Does brighten my complexion overall but at the expense of bright red pimples here & there (& I'm pretty sure this is the culprit as this was the only new addition to my skincare regime - which didn't break me out). Maybe my skin still needs to adjust, though there's only a third left in the bottle!

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catherine c.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  I'm so sorry that this product isn't working quite like you expected it to.  If you decide that you truly are unsatisfied, I'd encourage you to contact Paula's Choice's customer service team so they can work with you to get a refund or exchange :)

All time favorite

I have been using this daily for years. Great as an eye serum -- I am 42 and so far no wrinkles around the eyes -- probably because of this stuff. When used all over my face, it does not break me out (I'm oily) and feels weightless. I love it!

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A little disapointed

Based on the description & price I expected more. Me: early 50s, combo skin, prone to occasional stress/ hormonal breakouts, olive complexion. I really liked the non-silicon texture, but did not like the very minor moisturizing effect. Almost drying. Also I never saw a reduction in spots, imperfections, or fine lines around the eyes. Pros: Did not clog pores or cause breakouts. I need something stronger without a silicone (greasy) feeling.

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Nancy A.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hello, and thank you for sharing your comments with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

—Paula's Choice Research Team
Very good product

Very good product! Light texture and applies smoothly. Great product, would buy again but shipping to Canada adds fees for me too bad :-(

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