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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Made me breakout!
from Chicago, IL
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:
I have had sensitivity to retinols in the past, so originally I tried the antioxidant serum w/retinol for dry skin, but it caused me to break out. I have pretty normal skin that can get dryer in the winter and oilier in summer. I was told I broke out because I used the dry skin version, and I should use this skin balancing serum w/retinol instead. The good news is that the retinol didn't irritate my sensitive skin in either product. That's about where the good news ends. First, I didn't like the scent or texture at all. The scent is almost gasoline like, but thankfully it fades quickly. The texture is gel-like, but oddly slippery and doesn't absorb very quickly. However, it's not heavy or sticky or greasy. It just feels like it gets smeared around the face for a while before sinking in.I used this for about 2 weeks, and started noticing I was getting small pimples on my forehead. I rarely breakout on my forehead, so this was unusual. I didn't connect it to the serum at first. I kept getting more bumps, and eventually ended up with a red, painful zit on the end of my nose! I never break out on my nose. When I realized the timing wasn't right for my breakout to be hormonal, I suspected this serum. I stopped using it, and within a week my skin was clearing up. However, I still have a scar on the end of my nose from that pimple. The other night I decided to try the serum again just to see if my breakout was due to something else. The next night I noticed a new batch of pimples on my forehead, so I'm pretty certain it's due to this serum.I don't understand what's breaking me out, as retinol is supposed to help acne. But this product did not work for me. I love most of Paula's products, just not this one. It may work great for others. As for the anti-aging benefits, I didn't notice a particular difference but it may require longer use to see results.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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By Amy T
from Chardo, OH
This causes breakouts frequently for me. Wish I would have realized it prior to ordering a new tube. It hasn't been opened but I am way past the 60-day return. It's too bad, the skin that didn't break out did look good after using this. But I battle acne enough already without adding a product that exacerbates it.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Baton Rouge
I'm a 23 year old with sensitive combination skin, acne and a little sun damage from years of sports. Since it is never too early to begin an anti aging routine, I was looking for a serum with a gentle amount of retinol and this fit the bill perfectly!! I started using it at night and within a week it made a noticeable difference on my skin. My skin is SO smooth, glowing, even toned and I noticed it even helped reduce my acne a little! I travel a lot for work and cannot always bring my entire PC skincare with me but this is the one product I always bring. The texture might be a little unusual for some people but, like previous comments have said, you should give it a little shake before you apply! This has become my holy grail PC product and will always reorder.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Made My Skin Wrinkly
from Toronto ON
I didn't like this product. I wanted something with retinol for my under-eye area and it made my skin dry & wrinkly - old looking. i look younger and better without it. sticking with my regular Neutrogena face cream from the drug store.
Customer Service Response: 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.
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I am now obsessed with this stuff! It is silky, absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel like a dream. Used in combination with the Resist Intensive Repair Cream, I wake up with baby soft, even skin every day. I cannot say enough about how much I love this serum.(NOTE: If you do not shake it up again, I can see what the earlier reviewer stating it is like dry oil means. However, if you shake it, that issue is resolved and the consistency is much easier to work with.)
Works very well and I love the gel fell. Goes on easily and dries quickly.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Antioxidants against Acne
from San Francisco, CA
The first time I used this I applied it at night, and woke up to see my acne marks (very dark on pale skin) fade a lot! It feels like it calms down the skin a little and definitely helps the skin heal MUCH faster and I continue to see those results after long term use, even though that initial incredible lightning "boost" effect wore off.I would appreciate if the same antioxidants with some added anti-irritants would be available in a more fluid texture, so that one could mix it with thicker cremes or other silicone as well. However, this serum is easy to spread when you make sure you shake it properly before applying a few drops to your fingertips, otherwise it stays separated; and it mixes best with liquids (such as a little of the Vitamin C Booster or Clinical Redness Relief).This is better suited for normal-oily skin, as it is not a hydrating serum (hence under Oily/Combination), but can easily be followed/layered/mixed with something more moisturizing. I recommend this for people who are looking for a way to speed up the healing of damage caused by acne, shorten the "lifespan" of a breakout, as well as prevent minor breakouts and greatly reduce major infections. My mother used this quite a few times as well, and she noticed that this serum minimized fine lines and greatly improved the texture of her skin.Definitely recommend this if you are looking to give your skin some goodies and help it do its thing.
Great for summer
I have aging, sun damaged, combination skin, prone to breakouts and redness. I also have melasma and wear quite a bit of foundation and concealer.I needed something to protect my skin against further damage, but would not make my skin greasy and make my makeup wear off sooner. This serum really works for me. It is matte and absorbs completely. My skin feels soft and soothed when I put it on and my makeup goes on smoothly and lasts, especially in summer and in combination with Paula's Antiaging Clear Skin Hydrator. Fortunately, my skin has not had any negative reaction and it's pretty sensitive. I love the gel-like consistency. My skin has really benefitted from this serum. Lines softer, brown areas a little lighter. Great product for me.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from houston, texas
I was really hoping this would work for me as an all-over face serum since I had been using the Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum all over my face for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I have not been able to use this product anywhere other than under my eyes.. and even that area (initially) had little bumps when I woke up the next morning. Additionally, the texture of this serum is not as serum-like. It is more like a gooey gel that does not spread as well as the Ultra-light. I wish I would have stuck with that one because this has not done anything that positive for me.
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Greasy and difficult to apply
from Los Angles, CA
About Me Minimalist
This serum reminds me very much of "dry oil" body products I have used in that it has both a dry, and a greasy, slick feel to it. Application was a bit awkward since the serum was separated into liquid and gel parts. On my face, it left a slight slimy film, and lots of shine on my forehead and nose. On the plus side, it is very light weight, soaks in relatively quickly, and isn't sticky like some serums I have used. The scent is inoffensive, and does not linger once the product is applied. The serum isn't particularly hydrating, so for combination skin, some moisturizer would need to be applied to drier areas.I used the serum from two sample sachets, so I can't comment on the long term benefits. Based on this experience, I will probably not buy the full size product. However, if I were to use this product full time, I would choose to only wear it at night because of how shiny it made my skin.