5 Ways to Use the Resist 1% Retinol Booster That Will Transform Your Skin


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Retinol is an anti-aging powerhouse for skin—that’s why we love it! But, as good as it is, retinol isn’t the only ingredient you need for great skin. We formulated our Resist 1% Retinol Booster so you can add a more potent percentage of retinol with any other product in your skincare routine for enhanced, custom results YOU control!

Unlike the other Paula’s Choice retinol products, Resist 1% Retinol Booster is specifically formulated to penetrate faster and more efficiently, making it more effective when applied first, and then you can apply your serum or moisturizer.

With that in mind, we’ve put together five problem-solving "power couples" featuring our Resist 1% Retinol Booster—each one tackles the skin concerns you worry about most.

For Smoother, More Even-Toned Skin…

Problem: Red areas and uneven skin texture
Solution: Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator + Resist 1% Retinol Booster

This combination of superstar ingredients helps restore a smooth, even appearance on rough, bumpy skin while simultaneously refining pores. Both products also contain soothing agents to calm redness while their potent formulas go to work. Bonus: The combination of retinol and lactoperoxidase can help promote clearer-looking skin.

How to Use it: Apply the Resist 1% Retinol Booster first and then apply the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator over it. You can also use a Paula’s Choice serum as well depending on your skin type.

Revive Flaky, Temperamental Skin…

Problem: Dull, dry, temperamental skin
Solution: Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer + Resist 1% Retinol Booster

Whether you’re struggling with seasonal dryness or a persistently dry, dull-looking complexion, you can replenish your skin with this intensely moisturizing skin renewing duo. Our Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer provides rich emollients for an instant youthful glow and lasting moisture, while the Resist 1% Retinol Booster visibly improves multiple signs of aging and environmental assault that are causing skin to look dry, dull and uneven. More to love, this duo’s calming ingredients help ensure temperamental skin can handle this powerhouse retinol formula.

How to Use it: Apply the Resist 1% Retinol Booster first and then the Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer over it at night.

Defend Against Environmental Assault and Improve Skin Tone

Problem: Multiple signs of aging caused by environmental assault a visibly uneven skin tone
Solution: Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment + Resist 1% Retinol Booster

Uneven skin tone is often stubborn to improve, but there’s a good deal of research showing that for some people, a mixture of skin-brightening ingredients and retinol are the winning combination for optimal results. By using this combination of our Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment with the Resist 1% Retinol Booster, you’re supercharging its ability to renew and promote a more even-looking skin tone. That means you’ll see more dramatic results, even faster!

This duo adds instant radiance as it works overtime to ensure your skin tone goes from uneven to even. But don’t forget to apply daily broad-spectrum sun protection—the key to making sure more discolored areas don’t show up!

How to Use it: Apply the Resist 1% Retinol Booster first and then apply the Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment over it at night. Follow with your nighttime moisturizer. As always, during the day it’s essential to protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen applied as the last step in your morning skincare routine.

Smooth the Appearance of Crow’s-Feet Around the Eyes…

Problem: Crow’s-feet and deep wrinkles around the eyes
Solution: Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream + Resist 1% Retinol Booster

What do you get when you combine an ultra-rich eye cream with the power of retinol? A truly dynamic duo that goes to the next level to help combat wrinkles and other signs of aging, including dryness, environmental assault, and loss of firmness. Even better, you can adjust the strength of this duo to suit your particular needs.

This power couple’s mix of ingredients includes proven emollients and skin-restoring ingredients as well as several potent antioxidants to improve skin texture while helping to noticeably minimize the look of wrinkles and calm stressed skin. Did we mention that this ultra-concentrated combination keeps the eye area moisturized all night? You’ll wake up to smooth, supple skin around the eyes!

How to Use it: At night first apply the Resist 1% Retinol Booster over the lines at the corner of the eye area and the "eleven" lines between the eyes. Then dab on (don’t rub) the Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream over those same areas as well as the undereye area.

Visibly Improve Multiple Signs of Aging

Problem: Warding off advanced signs of aging
Solution: Any of our Super Antioxidant Serums + Resist 1% Retinol Booster

What if you don’t have a specific skin concern, but simply want to interrupt the overall signs of advancing aging in their tracks? Load your skin up with antioxidants AND a potent amount of retinol, which is exactly what combining our Resist 1% Retinol Booster with any of our Super Antioxidant Serums will do!

In addition to minimizing surface effects from environmental assault, the antioxidants can impressively help minimize the look of more advanced signs of aging plus renew skin’s smoothness. Anything you can do to relieve temperamental skin is crucial to your skin appearing healthy and younger! When you combine that with the power of retinol, it’s a game-changer for skin! We think you’ll agree each and every time you catch sight of your ever-improving complexion in the mirror!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! Learn more at Shop Paula's Choice.

References for this information:

Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012, pages 135 – 206
Acta Dermatovernerol Alpina, Pannonica, et Adriatica, June 2008, issue 2, pages 47 – 54
The Journal of Pathology, January 2007, pages 241 – 251

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