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Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

Wrinkles and dry skin, we're through. Wear this silky moisturizing serum morning and evening for younger looking, radiant skin. Taking charge looks great on you.
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  • Anti-Aging, Eczema, Redness, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Protects skin from environmental damage

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Customer Ratings:

89 out of 100
(Based on 172 Reviews)
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  1. ck
    Reviewed on Friday, September 26, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Great feel, but most actives less than .01%?
    • I love the feel of this product and the nice finish it leaves on the skin- I'm a big fan of oils and my skin responds well to them. My only concern is whether the actives in this are at meaningful concentrations?...if the retinol is .01% (according to FAQ's section under Clinical 1% retinol), then all the ingredients that follow are less than that...and that is pretty much all the impressive actives, including the vitamin C (Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate). These are lower than cited studies used.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Friday, September 26, 2014

    Thanks for your feedback! All of the ingredients are used in concentrations that research has shown to be effective, especially when you consider the combined total amount of antioxidants. From olive oil to palm oil, this serum is loaded with antioxidants.

    —Admin
  2. gabriela
    Reviewed on Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    amazing
    • I love this serum! I have eczema and it helps along with my meds to keep break outs at bay and skin feels so soft. Little dry patches on my cheeks are gone. At first I thought the texture was too oily, (eczema & all still get some blackheads and pimples from time to time) but it absorbs quickly so it's not an issue. It also soothes my eye area as it tends to be very itchy all the time but not anymore with this little wonder.

  3. Sonja
    Reviewed on Thursday, August 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    best product ever
    • Im from Germany and this is the best product I´ve ever use. My skin was never more healthy than with this product. Its perfect to put under make up. sometimes I dont put moisturizer, only this wonderful product. I´m so happy that we have such good products now since Paula.

  4. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Monday, August 25, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Not sure if it's for me
    • This is the thickest and most moisturizing of PC serums. I did react to it with some red flaky patches, I'm thinking to the retinol specifically. I've never used retinol & wanted to try it, so I started with this. I'm going to keep using & see if my skin acclimates. If it does, I'll probably use some other retinol product because I find this to be too moisturizing when paired with my other moisture-rich products. Still, a great product for dry skin & a great starter retinol product.

  5. Jenny W
    Reviewed on Sunday, August 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing product
    • "Miracle" is a term thrown around way too much in the cosmetics industry, but this is a product that would be worthy of that title. After just a few days my skin was positively BEAUTIFUL. So soft! My friends even said, "your skin looks so nice!" Even some of my crappy makeup looked fabulous. It is an amazing product and does wonders for my skin. I use it in conjunction with Resist C15. It is worth every penny. Paula is a savior.

  6. Marie S
    Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    My favourite skin care product
    • Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol is my number one favourite skin care product. Since using it I have never had a single patch of dry skin on my face. Wonderful for dry skin. Love it!!

  7. Michelle M
    Reviewed on Thursday, July 17, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    I didn't like it
    • The consistency of this is a little weird, and I found it hard to use with other products. I didn't notice any difference in my skin after using this, except that it may have caused me to break out. Bottom line, I wouldn't recommend this. However, I switched to Paula's Choice 1% retinol (I mix a very small amount in my sunscreen each morning), and that works wonders!

  8. Kenya T.
    Reviewed on Saturday, June 28, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Skin feels SO much healtheir!
    • My skin is usually like a greaseball but lately it's been so dry, even in this GA weather! Since Oct. 2013, my skin has been breaking out in a TERRIBLE acne & eczema episode, and looks SO dull/dry. This serum has totally reversed that, and I've only been using it for a week! At 1st it stung a LITTLE bc I use a moisturizer with Vitamin A in it, but after 2 uses of my skin getting used to the extra manpower, it DRASTICALLY looks much better! I plan on grabbing the c15 Booster to supercharge it!

  9. Anastacia R.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 27, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I have noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this product. My skin is firmer and looks and feels healthier. I'm really happy with the results I've had so far.

  10. Amanda C.
    Reviewed on Sunday, June 01, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Soft Skin
    • What I really like about this serum is how soft it makes my face feel once its been applied. I apply it once a day (before bed). I don't have wrinkles yet due to my age, but I am using this now to get the "one up" on aging while I can. It kind of made my face a little bit flakey around my chin when I first started using this, but when I apply the night cream, its fine. I have seen an improvement in my skin and it does look more refreshed, evened out, and softer. A little bit goes a long way!

  11. K G
    Reviewed on Monday, May 26, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Looking forward
    • I am basing my review on samples of this product that I received with my RESIST purchase. The results were so dramatic for me that this product will be a must have. My skin looks and feels great every morning (after a night time application). A little seems to go a long way.

  12. Nadia N.
    Reviewed on Thursday, May 08, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great!
    • Started using this in with my routine and I love the way it feels. It does feel oily, it's a serum BUT once you smooth it over your neck and face, it absorbs and your skin feels so soft and smooth. I am using it nightly and I love the way my skin looks when I use it. It looks brighter and I love the feel!

  13. Kaysha P.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    It's okay
    • This is just okay. It didn't notice any radiance, but neither did it break me out. I kind of hate the feeling of it. It feels oily/silicone-y but at the same time didn't moisturize the patches of eczema that I had when I began using this product. My skin was in really bad shape because of the weather, and this stung a little when I put it on my eczema, but the skin barrier was broken, so everything stung. To use it up I put it around my eyes, where it feels less oily. Would not repurchase.

  14. JENNIFER M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, May 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing!
    • I have had a dry patch of skin in my t-zone, specifically between eyebrows and around my nostrils. This serum, in combination with other PC products, has done miracles for my face! I tried other PC serums, but this by far meets my needs. The serum is thicker, but spreads easily. A little goes a long, long way. The packaging is fabulous and easy to dispense the small amount I need. I have really dry skin in combination with really oily skin, but this serum is the best for me!

  15. Janice
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great Serum!
    • I am on my 3rd tube of this serum! Great for my dry skin! Better than any of the drugstore serums & department store as well. I wear this in the evening under my night cream. Gosh, my skin never looked so good since using this! Believe me, I have tried many.

  16. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 03, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Magic - no breakouts, no more scaley spots
    • Within a week this got rid of the scaly, itchy dry patches that I have in winter. It also caused no breakouts and didn't irritate my skin. I had no idea that hydrated skin feels so nice. It's wonderfully smooth and soft. Plus a little bit goes a very, very long way. I compared with an Olay serum, to see if this magic was due to the serum category or unique to Paula's Choice. Olay was better than regular moisturizer, but not as good as PC. And it didn't go as far. I will buy PC serum again.

  17. Norene
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love this wonderful elixir!
    • I have been using Paula's Choice products for years. When I started using the retinol products I was experiencing breakouts. Rather than giving up on this awesome serum, I decided to do some research. Apparently, it is not uncommon to have some reaction when using retinol with exfoliants. I changed my routine so that I only use an exfoliant during the day (with the Resist Serum-blue) and only Retinol products at night. It worked! No breakouts and my skin looks and feels fabulous!

  18. Lauren A.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 03, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good Product, Better Customer Service
    • This serum was so moisturizing on my arid, flaky, easily irritated face. It made all the difference when I added it to my regimen. Unfortunately, I was intolerant of the retinol. I followed all the advice in acclimating my skin to it, but I would always be super red and flaky in the morning. I contacted Customer Service asking about it, and they immediately refunded me (I didn't even ask!). I got the Resist serum instead. Love the products, love the service.

  19. Elissa B.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A must have for dehydrated skin
    • I've tried so many different face creams and serums that promise to take care of dehydrated/dry skin, but when I wake up the morning after all the moisture is completely gone and it feels just awful. This product is the only product I've tried so far that really stays on and changes your skins texture literally overnight. Can't live without it this in the winter time! Life saver!

  20. KATHERINE W.
    Reviewed on Thursday, February 20, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Holy Grail products
    • This and the Resist Antioxidant serum (dark blue one) are my favorite PC products! I know many people think they're just preventative, but they are the only thing I've been consistent with over the months. Nonetheless, I've seen a softening of my wrinkles. My dry skin just soaks these up in about 30-60 seconds (longer when it's humid, of course). No break outs despite having super sensitive skin, and it seems to help keep my skin moisturized.

  21. Britton B.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing.
    • Even though I have oily/combination skin, I still use this. I usually use it at night and I'll use it during the day if I am particularly dry. I just love the texture of this stuff, it's like honey that melts into your skin. I've been using this along with other PC products and it's a must have for me. I feel it has really helped me with my acne scaring and at 28 I know it's helping my skin to look more youthful as I get older. Oh! And it's incredible with the C15 booster!

  22. BungalowChic
    Reviewed on Friday, February 07, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Reviving Serum
    • I have used the Skin Recovery skin care system for two weeks now. I cannot express how pleased I am to have moist skin. The furrows between my brow and forehead lines have significantly softened and I believe it is due to this line and specifically the serum. It is liquid gold and my skin enjoys drinking it up twice per day.

  23. Kim M
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 30, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Liking this so far
    • So far I"m liking this serum. I felt it made my skin look refreshed in the beginning but not seeing any futher improvements. Like the ingredients and emolliency as well however the green tea extract and grape seed extract alarm me. Both of these ingredients are high in organic fluoride, not exactly beneficial to skin. The othe antioxidants are great though. Will keep using anyway.

  24. Kj
    Reviewed on Friday, January 24, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    A+++ Wonderful Product!!!
    • After 2 days use I knew I had finally found a product that works! I have dry mature skin, an illness that one of the symptoms is dry skin and I take a medication that causes dry skin. To say I have been looking and trying out different productions for some time is an understatement. I have been using this serum each day for over two weeks now and my skin continues to improve. This really works and it works quickly, my skin feels and looks so much better than it has for a long time.

  25. Sara H
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 08, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Acne breakouts
    • I'm 39 with very dry, acne-prone skin. Had gotten the acne under control when I started with product, and broke out within a week of using it. Stopped using it for a few weeks. My skin cleared up. Gave it a second try, and broke out again. I think perhaps the olive oil is just too heavy. Otherwise, I liked the product. It feels nice going on, and kept my skin from feeling dry in these bitterly cold winter conditions, but it's just not worth the breakouts.

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What makes this product unique?
Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with retinol is salvation for dry, dehydrated skin. It contains a potent blend of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, plant oils and anti-irritants. Each of these works quickly to revitalize lackluster skin so it can look and act healthier and younger. This elegant formula provides a barrier to help protect skin from everyday environmental damage. Your skin will be looking and feeling more radiant than you ever thought possible!

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

Who is this product for?
Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is formulated for normal to very dry/dehydrated skin.

Sources to support the claims made for Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

Duodecim, Volume 128, Issue 22, 2012, pages 2,327–2,335; and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2011, pages 614–620; Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprolology, January-February 2010, pages 20-26; Talanta, December 2009, pages 924-934; Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods, September 2009, pages 447–460; International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research, May 2009, pages 152–165; Journal of Medicinal Food, April 2009, pages 429-434; Archives of Dermatological Research, August 2009, pages 487–495; Cell Biology and Toxicology, March 2009, Epublication; Molecules, January 2009, pages 540–554; Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry, April 2008, pages 127–149; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; General Physiology and Biophysics, June 2007, pages 97-103; Archives of Dermatology, May 2007, pages 606-612; International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 24, supplement 2, 2005, pages 51-111; Experimental Dermatology, September 2005, pages 684-691; International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology, July-September 2005, pages 497-502; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2005, pages 799-804; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156-1162; Cosmetic Dermatology, supplement, Revisiting Retinol, January 2005, pages 1-20; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, November-December 2004, pages 298-303; BMC Dermatology, September 2004, page 13; and International Journal of Dermatology, August 2004, pages 604-607.

Key Ingredients: skin-repairing ingredients, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, adenosine , tocotrienols, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, bisabolol, vitamin C, vitamin E, tocopherol, soy oil, retinol, Rubus idaeus, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, curcumin, cell-communicating ingredients, chamomile, olive oil/olive fruit oil, grape seed extract, evening primrose oil, green tea, antioxidant, Arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf

Product Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (plant oil/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis) Extract, Tocotrienols (antioxidants),  Adenosine(cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahydromethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (curcumin-derived antioxidants), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed  Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (non-volatile plant extract), Stearyl Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (plant oils/antioxidants), SD-Alcohol 40 (solvent). 

DIRECTIONS: Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum can be used once or twice daily, as desired. It functions beautifully as a foundation primer. 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 product rated SPF 15 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.

Which Paula's Choice serum should I use?

All skin types can use any of our serum and each provides multiple anti-aging benefits, but there are some formulary distinctions that make certain Paula's Choice serums preferred for specific skin types. Here's how they break down:

  • Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum can be used by all skin types, including sensitive skin. The Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Serum contains the highest amount of retinol.
  • Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is best for normal to very dry skin because it contains plant oils.
  • Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate is best for normal to oily or combination or breakout-prone skin because it has the lightest texture and weightless finish.
  • Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is one of two Paula’s Choice serums that does not contain retinol. It’s the natural choice for anyone whose skin cannot tolerate retinol.
  • Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum has the lightest texture of all the Resist serums and is our only water-based (rather than silicone-based) serum. It does not contain retinol, so is recommended for those whose skin cannot tolerate this ingredient (or it may be used with one of our retinol serums).

What does this product do?

The primary purpose of Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate is to supply the skin with a selection of effective and potent antioxidants and anti-irritants. It has a silky silicone base that efficiently delivers the antioxidants into the top layers of skin and helps enhance the product's stability.

I use a prescription product with tretinoin (i.e. Retina-A, Renova, Tazorac). Since Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum contain retinol, is it OK to combine them?

We are not aware of any contraindications surrounding the use of tretinoin and retinol and believe this combination is beneficial to skin. Because this question concerns a prescription drug, we recommend consulting your physician and following his or her advice.

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.

Is Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum suitable for those with rosacea?

Yes. Research has shown that retinol can reduce inflammation that leads to symptoms of rosacea. The other antioxidants and soothing agents in this serum will help calm redness and soothe skin as they deliver anti-aging benefits.

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