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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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89 out of 100
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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 28, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    The Best
    • Have happily used this serum for months now. This was the only additional PC product I added to my skin care, 95% of which is PC products. Have oily t-zone and signs of aging elsewhere. Since adding this, I use less foundation and acquaintances have asked if I had a recent vacation because skin looks brighter. Love this product-texture, effects, feeling on the skin. Keep up the great work, Paula's Choice team!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 24, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Dissatisfied
    • At first it was great, gave me glowing results but then I started breaking out - badly! I have never had such large breakouts until trying this product. Further to that, any bit of glow or improvement I had seen initially in my skin also went away - results were temporary? I won't be repurchasing!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 26, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  3. Magen S
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 24, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I have combination skin and sometimes moisturizers can be too much for my skin. I use this product instead of moisturizer. Amazing!! Just enough hydration without the oiliness. Does not break me out either. A definite repurchase.

  4. Kim V
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 22, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Silky skin
    • I ordered this a while ago, then forgot it in the back my medicine cabinet. My dermatologist started me on Retin-A cream a few months back, which works very well but was making my face super flaky. I read Paula's info about pairing PC skincare with retinoids and voila- by layering this under my Rx cream, no more flakes. In fact, my skin is glowing even with the Chicago cold, dry, winter air. I will not forget this again- use it as my primer underneath my cc cream, too. Good stuff!

  5. ANITA
    Reviewed on Monday, January 19, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Broke me out like no mother!
    • My 1st order of PC was this serum, the Vita C, & the 2% BHA lotion. I started with the Vita C (great results) until it ran out & started using this serum & the BHA together - and I started breaking out. At first I thought it was my pillowcases, phone, makeup brushes, or my diet, but even when I cleaned all the bacteria playground hotspots & cleaned up my diet, the culprit was the serum! I pin it on the large # of "slip agents" high up in the ingredients! This has been demoted to my neck & hands

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  6. tara c.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 19, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    wanted to love
    • I LOVE the entire resist line (for normal/oily/combo skin) and my skin has looked great using the cleanser, 2% bha and day/evening moisturizers. I wanted to add a serum to do a little more for wrinkles and naturally went with the resist ultra light serum. Unfortunately it made me breakout! I even stopped using for two weeks and started again to be sure and indeed I broke out again.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 19, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  7. Maddie
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Works For My Oily Skin
    • I have oily skin, and this is another one of PC products that I really like. It goes on silky smooth, not greasy, and it's safe to use around the eye area. I like to use this one at night along with PC Vitamin C Serum. I just discovered PC a few short months ago when I was researching cosmetic ingredients. I am pleasantly surprised at how well my sensitive skin is doing with various PC products such as this serum. Would purchase again.

  8. Jennie M.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 12, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    favorite of PC serums
    • Ive tried the skin balancing and the skin recovery...did not like the texture of those though. This one is perfect if you have combo skin. The skin balancing is a silicone texture, and the skin recovery is more of an oil-like texture (which some people like) but this one is very silky and light feeling. It did not break me out. I do not have major acne problems but I do breakout sometimes still. So order samples of all the serums first. you can mix in retinol from another prod if you also want

  9. M B
    Reviewed on Monday, January 12, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Watery -useless
    • Awful too watery. I love the plain Super serum but this stuff is terrible.

  10. Heeyoung C.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 12, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It's Okay.
    • I almost finished a bottle - It is okay. I had no breaks-out or any other problems while using this product. I noticed that some people had break-out problems - I heard that hyaluronic acid might cause some skin irritation to some people, so I recommend trying samples first before ordering a full-size product. Although it has been fine product, I'm going back to skin balancing antioxidant serum with retinole, which worked smoother and more effectively -I have oily and complex skin type.

  11. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 10, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Superior Texture
    • I love, love, love the texture of this serum: it sinks right in (no yellow cast on my very pale skin). I can't say what it does or doesn't do: I understand the need for antioxidants and trust that these are potent. It's part of my overall skin-care routine, so what I can say is that it works perfectly under my SPF and make-up in the morning. My only wish is that it came in a bigger tube: it goes quickly and a tube lasts me about 6 weeks. I'm on my 5th or 6th, so I think that's some testimony.

  12. nikyla s.
    Reviewed on Friday, January 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love using this :)
    • silky, elegant, not greasy, I love using it. Great under makeup, I use morning and night. I might try using the skin balancing serum for day though as I'd like to be using retinal twice a day and I only use the 1% retinal at night. This absorbs really quickly and I usually end up using too much as I'm worried its absorbed before its covered my whole face but that's not the serums fault. I'm sure that will improve the more I use it. Atleast I can put the exess on my neck & chest :)

  13. Saigh C.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 07, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    So sad
    • I'm not sure if it's this serum, or the Resist 2% BHA that's causing me to breakout, but either way its disappointing. I ordered them both on Christmas day and I've only been using them for about 8-9 days and I've developed tons of little red bumps on my forehead, cheeks and chin. Going to be eliminating this from my regime to see which product it is or if it's both :(

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, January 08, 2015

    Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team, who can assist you with a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  14. Rebecca T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 03, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Can be used on oily skin
    • Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum does not add to the oil or shine on my face. It is such a relief to find a product that does not feel greasy. Thank you Paula's Choice.

  15. Josh
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    One of PC's star players
    • I love that I can get a potent dose of antioxidants in such a weightless, moisturizing formula. I tend to mix it with prescription Finacea at night, which is a thicker gel/cream that alone could leave you feeling a bit dry, but the two of them together applies like a dream. No yellow tint. Definitely a winning combo. Please don't skimp on the quercetin in future formulations. It seems like a brilliant ingredient and I'd hate to see the quality of this serum compromised for aesthetic reasons.

  16. Sarah
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    ONLY PC Antioxidant Serum for me!
    • I have sensitive, acne-prone, combination skin and can't use anything with oils in it as I break out. This is the only PC antioxidant serum that I doesn't break me out and I love it! It has a nice silky texture that "sinks" right into my skin and leaves me with an immediate "refreshed" feeling. It smooths my fine lines, helps heal any breakouts I have faster, and leaves my skin looking bright and feeling soft. I use this product every morning and night. Couldn't be more pleased!

  17. Alex E.
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 25, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Staple product I will never go without
    • I don't see why people are so negative on antioxidant reviews in general! You didn't get that sundamage over night and you won't get ride of it in one night either. I loveeee this water like product. I use it because I know I'll be more protected with my sunscreen from sundamage. Also pro tip it's very good to mix the c15 with. I'll do a full dropper of c15 then a pea size amout of this and it works wonders! Give it time! It'll benifit you in the long run :)

  18. Stephanie K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Yellow!
    • I love how silky this product feels on my skin, and i'm happy it does not break me out. The downside is that after a couple of minutes after application my skin turns highlighter yellow!

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Thanks for your review! The yellow coloration comes from the amount of antioxidant quercetin this product contains. As a natural ingredient, this antioxidant's color can vary from batch to batch, and may appear yellowish on light skin tones. We are taking steps to minimize the quercetain to reduce this potential while still allowing skin to gain the benefits of this potent antioxidant.
     

    —Admin
  19. VICTORIA D.
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 20, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    breaks me out
    • Wanted to love this so much because I like the effect it gives to my skin and sits beautifully under makeup, but...it breaks me out, within 3-4 days of using it my chin is broken out and get those itchy cysts on my jawline. Skip this, but the rest of my routine incorporates PC products with amazing results.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 22, 2014

    Hello, and thank you for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  20. Jeremy S
    Reviewed on Wednesday, December 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Clarity
    • This serum is so light and moisturizing. I simply can't get enough! For me, it has helped my redness and skin clarity. You may not be able to notice right away, but after not using this product for a few days my face looked so dull and lackluster, so it has obviously been working. I love that I can add antioxidants to my skin care regimen to help protect and repair my skin. A must have!!

  21. Leslie
    Reviewed on Thursday, December 04, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    I had high hopes!
    • I REALLY wanted to love this product, but I think it's contributing to my break outs. I use mostly PC products and when I incorporated this and the Skin Balancing Cleanser in my routine my face went nuts. This does feel very soothing going on though! It's worth a try if you don't have acne or if your acne is under control.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, December 08, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you! Please contact a member of our Customer Care team for information about a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  22. Miranda R
    Reviewed on Tuesday, December 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    I'm in Love
    • I didn't think I needed a serum (I'm only 24) but I decided I should give it a try since my skin gets really dry in the winter plus I was starting a BHA treatment which I figured would be even more drying. I mix a few drops in with my moisturizer and it keeps my dry skin soft and supple. I think I'm gonna try some of the other serums too just out of curiosity, but this is amazing!

  23. De H.
    Reviewed on Monday, December 01, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not a good fit
    • I've used PC for many years and they've worked wonders for my acne-prone skin, so I had high hopes for this serum. I've used it two times now (roughly a year apart) for a month or more each time, and while it made my skin look soft, smooth and glowy initially, it also made my face an oil slick by midday and broke me out something fierce. It also caused red, painful, scaly patches on my cheeks and neck (niacinimide?). It's just nit for me, I guess. Hoping for better luck with the SB serum.

  24. Enrique M.
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this under moisturizer
    • One of my favorites, it's not greasy at all, on contrary it's very matte which i don't mind because i do apply moisturizer over it. I can't really tell if it does anything because I'm still very young but i will continue to repurchase this.

  25. Amanda M.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 21, 2014
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    My skin hated this. First ever fail for my skin from PC
    • I'm sure that for many this serum does wonders, as does most of Paula's Choice products tend to do! However, this was not the case for my skin. This serum made me breakout...BAD. I stopped using for two weeks and the breakouts started to heal and diminish. This was my very first fail from Paula's Choice, I use PC exclusively as my only skincare but this was just not the serum for me.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, November 21, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry this didn't work out for you as expected. Please contact a member of our Customer Care team to see about a possible exchange or refund.
     

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
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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: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing, toning and exfoliating. Smooth a few drops onto face, neck and eye area before moisturizing (or use alone). For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater.

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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