Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
1 fl. oz. for $32
Last Updated:07.09.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum revitalizes normal to very dry, dehydrated skin with copious antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients (including retinol), and efficacious plant oils, making it an ideal treatment to use with a moisturizer for dry skin.

This elegant serum is a great way to improve the appearance and healthy functioning of sun-damaged skin, including wrinkles and loss of firmness. Better yet, the anti-aging formula is fragrance-free and the plant oils provide anti-inflammatory benefits. What's not to love?

  • Elegantly textured, hydrating serum smoothes and replenishes dry skin.
  • Concentrated anti-aging formula includes retinol and several antioxidants.
  • Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • None.

Revitalize, rehydrate, and eliminate dry skin with a daily dose of this emollient blend of antioxidants, cell-communication ingredients (including retinol), plant-oils, and anti-irritants. A protective barrier combats the effects of sun damage, pollution, and the environment, while plentiful antioxidants restore a healthy appearance and encourage skin to create collagen and function normally.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (plant oil/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis) Extract, Tocotrienols (antioxidants), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydromethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxycurcumin, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (non-volatile plant extract), Stearyl Methicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (plant oils/antioxidants), SD-Alcohol 40 (solvent).

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.

Member Comments
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Feels luxurious

Huge difference in my skin after using this serum. Skin feels and looks healthier. It doesn't feel heavy or greasy. It absorbs quickly and it lasts all day. So sad that I can't currently use it because I'm pregnant. Gives my skin a boost of moisture and glow I'm missing.

Reviewed by
Leah C.
Skin softer than a baby's bottom

Just a few drops makes my skin feel so silky!

Reviewed by
Tiffany I.
A little goes a long way

A couple drops is all that is needed for my entire face. It glides effortlessly and absorbs completely. Fine lines are lessening and texture and tone are improving. My skin is very dry and sensitive and yet this serum has caused no irritation. I use in my morning routine and love it.

Reviewed by
Muirne' T.
Amazing feel

After receiving a two night's worth sample of this I'm ready to buy. It feels so moisturizing and silky and seems much more calming to my dry with acne and wrinkles skin than the Skin Recovery Hydrating treatment Mask that I've been using. I tried the serum with vitamin C for day and this at night with another highly rated .5 retinol product and had no flaking or irritation and my skin felt better all day.

Reviewed by
Avery W.
skin recovery super antioxidant serum

I have been using PC products since the start (1997 I think) and only recently have starting experiencing dry sensitive skin. Skin seems to be changing from oily to dry maybe due to being over 40 now. I love this serum! I use this alone in the am and mix in 3 to 4 drops of the C15 for the evening. Great stuff!

Reviewed by
Lovely Stuff

Boy, I like this. I've always thought of serums as being less of an instantaneous fix, and more like preventative care, but this is the first serum I've found that really does make my skin look and feel noticeably better. It's a very silky golden colour, and applies easily to my face and neck, and while it looks oily at first, it soon settles down into a soft dewy-matte texture. It plays nicely with foundation too, so you can wear it during the day without any worries. I really love it.

Reviewed by
Adriana H
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