What makes this set unique?
The Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing Set is an effective, yet gentle, 2-part resurfacing system formulated to reveal younger-looking skin. The unique combination of 5% daily and 10% weekly alpha hydroxy acid treatments actively exfoliates skin while delivering a potent blend of restorative ingredients, plus essential antioxidants to stimulate healthy collagen production. Within a few days your skin will experience renewed texture, color, and tone, as well as a reduction in the appearance of sun damage and fine lines. Over time skin will feel more toned and better able to Resist the signs of aging!
Fragrance- and colorant-free, this Set is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line. Each of these exfoliants have a pH range of 3.5-3.9. May be used with any other Paula's Choice cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers.
Who is this product for?
Resist Skin Resurfacing & Smoothing Set is ideal for anyone concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, loss of firmness, and uneven or dull skin tone. This high performance, concentrated set is great for all skin types.
NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).
Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, Thornfeldt Carl MD, 2010, pages 180–181; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.
Sources to support the claims made for Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA
Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.
ceramide NS, burdock root, anti-irritant, vitamin C, white nettle, Glycyrrhiza glabra, epigallocatechin gallate, slippery elm bark, grape seed extract, palmitoyl oligopeptide, Avena sativa, green tea, Vitis vinifera, Lamium album flower extract, Borago officinalis extract, salicylic acid, Ulmus fulva bark extract, bisabolol, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, Camellia sinensis, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, borage seed extract, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, antioxidant, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, chamomile, willow bark, glycerin, allantoin, glycolic acid, licorice extract, AHA, Cucumis melo (melon) fruit extract, vitamin E, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane
Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
Water, Glycolic Acid (AHA exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent and penetration enhancer), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 2 (skin-identical ingredient), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuoylmethane (anti-irritants/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide (film-forming agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
Water, Methylpropanediol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritants), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant),Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (anti-irritants), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (anti-irritants), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant) Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
DIRECTIONS: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.
Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:
DIRECTIONS: Apply once weekly, only at night, in place of your daily exfoliant. After cleansing and toning, apply a dime-sized amount over the entire face, avoiding direct contact with eyes and lips. Leave on overnight or rinse after 10 minutes.
Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: These products contains 5% and 10% concentrations of glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.
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 Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid differ from the Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel?
While both of these products are excellent AHA exfoliants, the texture and formulas differ. Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a creamy, lightweight lotion meant to be used every day in combination with the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The 8% AHA Gel is the preferred option for someone with normal to oily skin.
How does Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid differ from the Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel?
Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is a specialized AHA product that contains a higher concentration of glycolic acid and a delivery system that enhances penetration.
Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with either of the Resist skin lighteners?
Yes, but not at the same time unless they are applied to separate areas of your face. This is because both of the Resist skin lighteners contain an exfoliant. You can apply your Resist skin lightener in the morning or at nightwhen you aren't applying the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment. You would not use it on the days you use Resist Weekly Smoothing Treatment.
Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA products?
Your skin really only needs one exfoliant at a time, whether it is an AHA or BHA. However, some women tell us they see great results from using both an AHA and a BHA so you may want to experiment to see what works best for you. If you'd like to use a BHA product and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, we recommend applying one in the morning and the other in the evening. Do not use either on the nights you use the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.
Is Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment recommended for use around the eyes?
Yes, but only up to the orbital bone area (the bony ridge that stops just before the immediate undereye area). Do not apply either product to the eyelid or underbrow area.
What if the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment or the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is too strong for daily use on my skin?
Because skin can respond differently to alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) treatments, first time users should start by applying the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment once per week (morning or evening) and then gradually work up to daily use. Next, try adding Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment and use once per week in the evening, as your sole exfoliant. Do not use any other exfoliant (including a scrub) at the same time you apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. Of course, you should stop using any exfoliant if signs of irritation or redness occur.
Is it OK to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment more than once per week?
Yes, but you need to judge frequency of use based on how your skin responds. Some people find that using this at night either once a week or up to 4 times per week produces great results. Those with advanced sun damage may need to use this Treatment 4 or 5 nights per week for best results.
How should I alternate using Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment?
Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is recommended for use at night, at least once or up to 4 times per week. You can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on nights when you do NOT apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.
What if my skin experiences a stinging or tingling sensation from Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?
It is normal to experience a small amount of tingling. It should dissipate quickly and stop altogether with ongoing use. If the tingling or stinging sensation lasts for more than a few minutes, rinse the product from your face, discontinue use, and return the product for a full refund. Keep in mind that sensitivity can occur if you are also using products from other cosmetic companies that contain irritants, are highly fragranced, or are too drying for your skin type.
I am using a prescription retinoid product (i.e. Renova, Retin-A). Is it OK for me to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?
Yes, but be aware that the prescription retinoid may increase your skin's sensitivity to any AHA treatment. We recommend testing Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment on a small part of your face at first to see how your skin reacts. If your skin responds positively, you can apply it before your prescription retinoid product and then rinse the Resurfacing Treatment after 10 minutes. Finish by applying your prescription retinoid product. If desired, follow with a Paula's Choice serum and/or moisturizer. Because exfoliants make your skin act and look younger, they can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. It is always essential to use a sunscreen and limit sun exposure, regardless of your skin type or the skincare products you use, but even more so when using an exfoliating treatment.
At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my AHA exfoliant 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 an AHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to wait until skin has returned to its normal texture and color. This may mean waiting a few days or, depending on the depth of the peel or laser procedure, it may mean waiting several weeks. Both peels and laser procedures can temporarily leave skin extra-sensitive, so if in doubt it's best to wait rather than rush things. Once you begin using your AHA exfoliant again, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of use accordingly. Discontinue use if you notice signs of irritation.
I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.
This product is packaged in an airless pump dispenser which utilizes a vacuum system to dispense and keep the contents fresh. Airless packaging helps to keep air and contaminates out of the product, which enhances the formula's stability and effectiveness.
When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.