Is RESIST Anti-Aging Better? Who's It For?

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Wondering whether you should be using products from the expanded Resist collection or from one of our other lines? You're not alone! We'll explain who Resist products are for, how you can incorporate them in to your routine, and why every Paula's Choice skin care collection is anti-aging. Wonder no more, all your Resist-related questions will be answered. Plus, find out when you should start using anti-aging products!
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Who Are Resist Products For?

Since the debut of the Resist anti-aging products, it has been the Paula's Choice collection we're asked about most often. Many ask about how they can incorporate Resist into their current Paula's Choice routine, and others ask who benefits most from using the Resist collection versus other Paula's Choice products (such as the Skin Balancing or Skin Recovery collections.)

The most frequently asked questions include:

  • Is Resist only for mature skin?
  • I am in my 20s. Am I too young to use Resist?
  • How is Resist different from my current Paula's Choice routine (such as Skin Balancing, Moisture Boost, or Skin Recovery)?
  • What if I have wrinkles and breakouts at the same time?
  • Who benefits the most from using Resist?

Paula and her team formulated Resist lines for normal to dry skin and normal to oily skin to be the most comprehensive series of anti-aging skin-care products on the market. However, you may be surprised to learn that all Paula's Choice systems, including those other than Resist, also provide anti-aging benefits.

Paula's Choice collections, other than Resist, are first designed to address the needs of specific skin types. For example, the Skin Recovery range provides greater levels of anti-irritants and emollients for dry to very dry skin, while Skin Balancing products provide lighter, oil-controlling formulas for those with oily or combination skin. These products' anti-aging properties are built into their exceptional formulas since they're loaded with antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. The difference between these systems and Resist is that anti-aging is not their specific focus, although they absolutely do provide your skin with anti-aging ingredients.

OK… So How is Resist Different?

Whether you're considering Resist for normal to dry skin or normal to oily/breakout-prone skin, the Resist products are, in most instances, more complex than those of other Paula's Choice systems, as they contain greater levels of anti-aging ingredients in innovative formulas for fighting wrinkles, firming skin, and improving skin tone. The Resist line for normal to oily skin also improves clogged, enlarged pores, breakouts, and marks from past breakouts, all while also reducing signs of aging (without feeling heavy or greasy).

It is perfectly fine to use a mix of products from either Resist collection or intermix Resist with one or more products from our other collections. This depends more on personal preference (for example, gel vs. cream) than shopping based on skin type or concern. If you wish to have your entire routine consist of Resist products, we've outlined examples of morning and evening routines using Resist products for normal to dry skin and normal to oily, breakout-prone skin:

Suggested Resist Skin-Care Routines

For normal to dry skin:

MORNING

  1. Cleanse with Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
  2. Tone and replenish with Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner
  3. Exfoliate and renew skin with Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment
  4. Treat signs of aging with Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  5. Protect and hydrate with Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25

EVENING

  1. Cleanse with Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
  2. Tone and replenish with Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner
  3. Exfoliate and renew skin:
  4. Treat signs of aging with Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  5. Moisturize with Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer

Special Care for Dry Skin, as needed: Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

For combination, oily, and/or breakout-prone skin:

MORNING

  1. Cleanse with Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
  2. Tone and normalize pore function and size with Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner
  3. Exfoliate and reduce breakouts with Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA
  4. Treat signs of aging and breakout-related redness with Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  5. Protect and add water-light moisture with Resist Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 50

EVENING

  1. Cleanse with Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser
  2. Tone and normalize pore function and size with Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner
  3. Exfoliate and reduce breakouts with Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment with 2% BHA
  4. Treat signs of aging and breakout-related redness with Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  5. Moisturize and fade red marks with Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator

Special Care for Oily Skin: Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask

When Should I Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care?

The term 'anti-aging' has a multitude of meanings in the beauty industry. In many instances, it's used to describe a series of products that you must "graduate to" once you reach a certain age. But, despite those types of claims which you may have heard or read, age is not a skin type! There is no magic number of years when you should begin using anti-aging products, just as there isn't a specific age when you should start eating healthy, nutritious foods. Skin needs anti-aging ingredients throughout your lifetime—you cannot begin too early, and waiting until you see signs of aging doesn't make any sense, either.

Ideally, anti-aging is about giving skin of any age more of what it needs to repair past damage, produce healthy collagen, and function properly so that it looks and feels healthier and acts more like younger skin (before it became damaged). The treatments and the types of ingredients that are essential in any effective anti-aging routine include the following:

  • Antioxidants to stimulate collagen and strengthen skin
  • Cell-communicating and skin-repairing ingredients to ensure healthier, more normal skin function
  • Exfoliants such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to improve texture, tone, pores, and breakouts
  • Daily, liberal application of a sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater. UV damage is the number one cause of premature wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and brown spots

Can Skin Get Used to Anti-Aging Ingredients so They Lose Their Effect?

We're asked this question often, and our ready answer is: "No." Skin cannot get used to anti-aging products any more than your body gets used to eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables—spinach or grapes do not lose their nutritional benefits whether you eat them at age 21 or 71, or every day of your life. The same is true of anti-aging ingredients in skin-care products: The ingredients that are healthy for your skin and work to fight aging do so in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and the more of those healthy ingredients you put on your skin the better it will look and act!

In addition to giving your skin what it needs to act younger, it is equally important to avoid behaviors and products that make your skin look older. Things like irritating ingredients, getting a tan from the sun or tanning beds, smoking, ineffective jar or clear packaging that doesn't keep beneficial ingredients stable, mediocre formulas and not applying sunscreen every day, rain or shine, summer or winter—all of these are a recipe for skin that look and acts much older than it really is.

Now that you understand how Paula's Choice defines anti-aging, hopefully it will make sense to you why all Paula's Choice products can be described as anti-aging. We formulate our leave-on products with a variety of effective antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients proven to keep your skin looking and acting younger. Whether you choose to assemble a skin-care routine based entirely on Resist products or choose to customize your routine so it includes Resist and other Paula's Choice products, your skin will be treated to proven ingredients from products that work as claimed. It comes down to this: With Paula's Choice, you're going to have the skin you've always wanted, no matter your age or concern.

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About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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