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Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

Anti-aging without the shine. Use this serum to normalize oily skin and fight the signs of aging. Tones down redness, too.
Item #: 774
  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles
  • Combination, Oily Skin
  • Weightless, silky serum spreads easily, dries shine-free

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Customer Ratings:

91 out of 100
(Based on 229 Reviews)
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  1. Shell
    Reviewed on Friday, October 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Light
    • I got a sample of this and liked it very much. I have oily skin and rosacea so I need something light and non-irritating. works great as a primer!

  2. Deb
    Reviewed on Monday, October 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    LOVE!
    • I love the feel of this serum....my favorite so far.

  3. Lixing Z.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Light weight moisturizer for oily skins
    • Instead of using this as a serum, and layer too many products on my skin, I use this as a light weight moisturizer. It gives just the right amount of moisture to my extremely oily skin. This serum is also very good for people with acne, as it contains (probably 1%) resveratrol, niacinamide and EGCG, which all have a good amount of researches indicating their efficacy at helping different forms of acne.

  4. Sophia P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 04, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Used it to the last drop
    • Liked this product a lot. I used it over Retin A at night and it did not irritate my skin like almost everything does. Great for oily skin like mine

  5. Jill K.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great serum for oily skin
    • Great weightless antioxidant serum for oily skin. I apply this morning and night with C15 resist serum. You probably won't see an radical results from this product, but it is still an excellent addition to my daily skin care ritual. The results are more long term. I definitely recommend.

  6. Emily E.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 20, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Not sure
    • Doesn't break me out like Skin Recovery did, but I haven't really noticed any improvement. I mix it with a moisturizer at night. I also wonder about the packaging, aren't antioxidants sensitive to air exposure? The tube rebounds when you squeeze it, sucking in outside air. I try to be careful and keep it squeezed while I put the cap back on to prevent that.

  7. Esther
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 14, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Love the texture of this serum, but it turns me yellow!!!
    • I really like how this serum feels on the skin, very lightweight and refreshing. However, it LITERALLY turns my skin yellow!! It doesn't matter if I mix it with another Paula's Choice product, the yellow just isn't so bright! Is it possible for whatever ingredient that stains my skin yellow to be taken out? Surely other pale skinned people must be having this problem! I would give it 5 stars if not for this problem!

  8. Birgit R.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Good for combination/sensitive skin
    • This serum has a nice consistency that is suitable for combination/oily skin, and it calms down my sensitive skin nicely. It seems to be reducing my redness as well. As others have mentioned, it does have a yellow tint, which causes some discoloration along my hair line and eyebrows, which means I can only use it at night, which is a bummer. Still, I love it! I wish Paulaschoice would make an antioxidant serum with less silicones though, a gel similar to the MD formulations antioxidant gel!

  9. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    love
    • I love it.

  10. pretty g.
    Reviewed on Saturday, September 06, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Just okay!
    • Nice light texture which is good for oily/combo skin. My sensitive skin did not react to it. But that's where the good news ends. It didn't hurt my skin but neither did I see any benefits. I didn't see improvements to the texture or radiance. Perhaps it's protecting it from damage but I'm looking for more than just that.

  11. Tegan
    Reviewed on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I use this stuff twice a day, once in the morning under my sunscreen and paired with the C15 Super Booster at night. The difference it has made in the overall health of my skin is amazing! I have never been more pleased with a skincare product. It truly does not make my skin extra oily during the day, which is rare for me when it comes to using daytime moisturizers or serums. It hydrates just the perfect amount and helps heal any post breakout redness if I get extra stressed or hormonal.

  12. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Monday, September 01, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    excellent
    • The absolute best serum ever. I'm a retin a user and I use this serum twice daily. I wake up looking really well rested and radiant. To be honest I just started using this at nite. I 've been using it for 3 nites after retin a and I can see immediate results. My skin is brighter and younger looking. I will always repurchase.

  13. Kristi.C
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 31, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Nice but yellow!
    • Tried a sample of this and loved the texture...until a friend mentioned my skin had turned yellow! Beware fair skinned that the colour may show through. Will stick with the resist original serum!

  14. Laura
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Too Runny
    • I'm sure this would be great for some people, if find the serum itself quite good, but it's too runny and not moisturizing enough for my weirdly dry/oily skin. I prefer a thicker serum with the vitamin C boost.

  15. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My go-to serum! Fave!
    • I found that I was going a little crazy with moisture. I have combo skin that is on the dry side, so I was choosing products that were all highly moisturizing. It was overkill. So I tried this, and found it to be the perfect solution - all the benefits of using an antioxidant serum without adding another source of rich moisture. It has a light, silky feel, and absorbs quickly. My favorite serum by far!

  16. DEBORAH
    Reviewed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great for Extreme Combo Skin
    • Keeps my skin soft, flake-free and helps decrease pore size and oil in my T-zone. I use with the skin balancing regimen. Adds a little more moisture than the super mattifying serum so it works better for my entire face. I add a few drops of Super C, like others, to get that extra softening, clearing boost. Thanks for another awesome product!

  17. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 09, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Excellent serum at a friendly price
    • As a beauty and skin care junkie, it's rare for me to like something enough to repurchase. This serum is so beneficial to my skin that I just bought my second tube. It goes on smoothly and dries quickly. I found it works even better if I add 2-3 drops of Paula's vitamin C to it. I used to have red splotches on my cheeks -- nothing major, but I always needed foundation to cover it -- but after using Paula's products all I need is tinted sunscreen and I'm good to go. Love PC products!

  18. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Friday, August 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful addition to my regimen!
    • I have combo skin prone to breakouts (especially when products contain apparently ANY kind of oil!). This serum is the only one that appears to be oil-free & it's wonderful. I use it along with the Vit C Super Booster every am & pm. My skin is incredibly smooth, soft, nourished & healthy. It soaks right into my skin immediately, it's like vitamins for my face. I follow up w/ moisturizer bc my skin needs a bit more. As a side note - I appreciate the sample sizes, makes traveling SUPER easy!

  19. Anna K.
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 07, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    :(
    • My skin is sensitive and combination.the serum supposed to be for Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Enlarged Pores, Wrinkles Combination, Oily Skin and for me it doesn't work. Actually it is exactly opposite. it gave me white heads all over my face, larger pores and oily skin. I am so disappointed.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, August 07, 2014

    Thanks for your review! We encourage you to contact us to discuss your routine, as what you described isn't something this serum could do, though it's possible you had an allergic reactoin to one or more of the ingredients.

    —Admin
  20. Zillah B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    HOLY SERUM BATMAN!
    • Ok, I have been using this serum with the start of the new year. Needed to change it up from a prior serum I was using from Lanc*m. You know the one, Genifiqu*! All I can say, is where in the devil has this been all my life! Not only is it filled with ingredients that are wonderful for your skin, it goes on as light as WATER! I find myself now switching all my skin care to PC. I'm in my early 30's, so taking good care of my skin is a must! I'm using this in conjunction with the Resist C15,

  21. Cecilia S.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    excellent
    • This is an excellent serum it doesn't cause breakouts and feels good going on. Will continue to repurchase.

  22. Jamie M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not sure I see the point...
    • After reading some of the information available on the the Beautypedia site, I decided to try using an antioxidant serum. I was hoping that this would help to reduce redness and fade dark marks. I didn't necessarily notice any problems with the serum, but I also didn't find that there was any benefit. Also, the serum feels pretty heavy on silicone--like a makeup primer--making it unpleasant for me to use under moisturizer. I didn't throw it out, but I haven't reached for it in a long time.

  23. Jennifer S.
    Reviewed on Monday, July 21, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My HG serum!
    • My skin adores this serum! It is thin in consistency, water-based (no silicone-slick feel) and so refreshingly light on my combo/acneic/sensitive/30's skin. I love the amount of hyaluronic acid in the product (great for the undereye area). And there is resveratrol in it! These two ingredients paired with the niacinamide and Vitamin C makes it an unbeatable combination in a single product. Most brands only have one or two of these four ingredients...for more money. A true holy grail!

  24. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Caused itchiness
    • I was so excited about this product, especially since I love all of the other Paula's Choice products I've tried, but it made my skin itchy and caused some breakouts on my chin. Unfortunately, I'll be returning it.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, July 18, 2014

    Hi Mandy! Thank you for sharing your experience with the Resist Super Light Serum; we're sorry to learn it wasn't a fit for you! Please contact our Customer Care Team, as they would be happy to help with a refund or recommendations for an exchange.

    —Admin
  25. Sam
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Another must have from Paula
    • I love everything about this serum. The feel how fast it absorbs and the fragrance free scent smells amazing! Just like origins which I used to miss because of the fragrances. This serum absorbs quickly, refreshes my skin tone and look, soothing, zero grease, your skin drinks this stuff up. Even in my oily areas I love using this. It doesn't aggravate at all. Will keep repurchasing when it's on sale.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is light as water, but is packed with high concentrations of powerful antioxidants including Vitamin C. These antioxidants are paired with skin-repairing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to protect and nourish skin while fighting multiple signs of aging. This serum also 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!

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is a light, water-based formula that’s perfect for anyone—but those with oily/combination skin will especially love this weightless serum’s invisible finish!

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Ultra-Light Antioxidant Serum

European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, March 2012, ePublication; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2011, pages 990–1,000; Biofactors, September 2011, pages 381–385; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2011, pages 87–99; Experimental Dermatology, October 2010, pages 763–771; Archives of Dermatological Research, March 2010, pages 71–83; Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology, and Leprology, January-February 2010, pages 20–26; British Journal of Dermatology, December 2009, pages 1,357–1,364 and July 2008, pages 23–34; British Journal of Pharmacology, October 2008, pages 463-474; Journal of Molecular Medicine, February 2008, pages 221-231; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, January 2008, pages 39-45; Clinical Experiments in Dermatology, January 2007, pages 88-90; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; Medicinal Chemistry, November 2005, pages 629–633; Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, May 2005, pages 405–430; Antioxidant Redox Signal, December 2001, pages 1041–1064; and Journal of Wound Care, July 2000, pages 319–324.

Key Ingredients: vitamin E, niacinamide, vitamin C, ubiquinone, bisabolol, phospholipid, glycerin, adenosine , beta-glucan, resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, sea whip extract, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin

Product Ingredients:

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).

DIRECTIONS: During your morning and evening skincare routine, smooth a few drops over face and neck after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. Works beautifully under makeup and is suitable for use around the eyes.

Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.

How does Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum differ from the other Antioxidant Concentrates that Paula's Choice offers?

Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is our only water-based serum (our other serums are silicone-based), and it is the lightest serum in the Resist line. Its blend of potent antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients help fight multiple signs of aging without feeling slick, greasy, or heavy on combination to oily skin. Because oily skin tends to also have enlarged pores, this serum was formulated with ingredients that help normalize pore function. It also contains anti-irritants which reduce redness from acne and acne marks. This serum is one of two Paula offers that does not contain retinol. Some people with oily skin cannot tolerate retinol, making Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum a great alternative.

Every Paula's Choice serum contains an effective blend of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients to restore skin and significantly reduce wrinkles, increase collagen production, and improve skin color. You will be getting anti-aging benefits regardless of which one you choose! Select the best serum for you based on your skin type and chief concerns, plus texture preference.

How does Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum differ from Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum? Is one better for anti-aging?

The chief difference is that the Skin Balancing serum contains retinol and sets to a powder-like matte finish. Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is more hydrating yet incredibly light. As part of the Resist line, it also contains a greater array of repairing and cell-communicating ingredients designed to help oily skin fight multiple signs of aging. Both serums contain an array of proven anti-aging ingredients. If you have oily or combination skin you may wish to use both serums: one in the morning and the other at night. Or, you may simply prefer the texture and finish of one over the other. Either way, your skin will start looking and acting younger, and enlarged pores will be less evident.

Can Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum be used around the eyes?

Yes. All Paula’s Choice serums (and moisturizers) can and should be applied around the eyes, too. The same statement also applies to the neck and chest, two areas prone to showing signs of sun damage and aging.

How would I use Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish?

After cleansing, toning, and exfoliating with the Paula's Choice products appropriate for your skin type, apply Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum to your entire face (including around the eyes) and neck. Follow with one of our lightweight moisturizers (if needed) and finish with Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish, which can be dabbed all over or just where your skin is especially oily. If desired, proceed with makeup application. Shine Stopper may also be dabbed on over your foundation.

Can I use Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with my Clear routine?

Yes! This serum's benefits are excellent for those with acne who are also struggling with signs of aging and sun damage. Apply the serum after your 3-step Clear routine, and follow with a product rated SPF 15 or greater (those with oily skin and acne still need sun protection).

Can I use Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator?

Yes. As with all of our daily skincare routines, we recommend applying the serum before your moisturizer. In this case, you'd apply Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum after the exfoliant step, and follow with Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

How would I use Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with the Resist Retinol Serum? Is it OK to use both?

It is perfectly fine to use both serums. We recommend either alternating days (using one serum morning and evening one day, then switch) or using Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum as your daytime serum and Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum as your nighttime serum, either alone or followed with the Paula's Choice moisturizer appropriate for your skin type and concerns.

Is Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum suitable for those with rosacea?

Yes, particularly if you have rosacea plus oily skin or oily areas. The antioxidants and anti-irritants in this serum are wonderfully soothing for rosacea-affected skin.

Why does this serum contain hyaluronic acid but your other products contain sodium hyaluronate? Is one better than the other?

First, both of these ingredients are skin-repairing ingredients that are part of skin’s intercellular matrix. These ingredients benefit all skin types and in fact have essentially identical functions. We used pure hyaluronic acid in this serum because of customer requests and the fact that more people are familiar with the term hyaluronic acid than sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is the salt form of hyaluronic acid. It is easier and less expensive to produce compared to hyaluronic acid. But regardless of cost, your skin will benefit greatly from either ingredient.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my serum again?

First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of a serum, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to begin using your serum again as soon as possible. All of our serums contain skin-repairing, anti-inflammatory, and replenishing ingredients that calm reddened skin and help enhance the healing process. Make sure you're also protecting your "new" skin every day with a product rated SPF 15 or greater.

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