Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol

Wave goodbye, wrinkles. This light moisturizer with retinol smooths out skin, reduces fine lines and leaves skin looking and acting younger.
Item #: 761
  • Anti-Aging, Rosacea, Wrinkles
  • Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Retinol makes skin look younger
  • Antioxidants stimulate collagen production

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Customer Ratings:

87 out of 100
(Based on 336 Reviews)
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  1. Kiah K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Not a lot of moisture here
    • I am returning mine b/c I can't seem to ease into using this successfully. Retinol apparently causes breakouts and some flaking for me, and while I am still optimistic I might be able to use it at all, I would much rather have a standard moisturizer on hand that I can always use with the option of adding boosters. I will try mixing my sample of the clinical 1% retinol treatment in my Moisture Boost Cream. This moisturizer does not provide much hydration for my super dry but congestion prone skin

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, May 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, but are glad to hear you are using our return policy!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Genevieve D.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Transforms your skin
    • I'm so impressed with all of PC's RESIST products. This moisturizer with its powerhouse retinol formula is no exception. After the first two weeks, paired with a BHA liquid, this miracle worker plumped out all the fine lines that had been lurking around my eyes. It smoothed out all the bumps and rough patches on my cheeks and chin and nearly erased the sun damage, fading out my brown spots on my nose and temples. Excellent product. No hype here. It's the real deal for your skin!

  3. Amanda S
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Amazing
    • I have been searching for a lotion that isn't greasy and helps smooth out skin texture/isn't irritating. I have very sensitive skin, especially around my chin area. This product has made my skin literally GLOW! I no longer have greasy skin and there is just enough moisture that I do not need any other product- I don't even need a foundation anymore, and just after one month of use! I am very impressed and already purchased my second bottle.

  4. Alex M.
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 09, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Rich
    • This product is good if you have like really really really dry skin. I tried to sample version of this product. I applied it at night and my skin seemed to have a b it of trouble absorbing it. It sort of sat on my face. I went to bed though and the next day my skin looked a bit better.

  5. Jessica
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 02, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Barrier Repair/PC4Men
    • I received a sample of PC4Men Nighttime Repair Moisturizer and realized it's the same as the Barrier Repair Moisturizer, a really great formula. However for the same sized product (1.7 oz, instead of the normal 2 oz) the "men's" moisturizer costs 2$ less, meaning the one women would tend to buy costs 2$ more (when not on sale). I love PC, but I'm kind of disappointed that the prices keep getting higher, the sizes smaller and that they are using non-transparent marketing tactics more and more.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, April 02, 2015

    Thanks for your feedback! Yes, the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and PC4MEN Nighttime Repair are identical formulas. If you wish to save a couple of dollars, the men's version is the way to go. This product is priced a bit lower than the "main line" Barrier Repair Moisturizer due primarily to the difference in the cost of each product's packaging. Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer has a  more sophisticated pump component that adds to the total cost of manufacturing the product, while the men's version is housed in a far more simple, less expensive tube. It's not an issue of price-gouging our female customers, as our brand was and continues to be built on the faith and good word of mouth our female customers place in us.

    —Admin
  6. Margaret R.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 23, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Does What It's Supposed To
    • Perfect for acne prone skin. No breakouts! I use it on my T-Zone. It's not enough for my dry cheeks, but that's o.k. because it is not advertised as a product for super dry skin.

  7. Jamie M.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    20 out of 100
    • Rating
      Worst / 4
    Terrible reaction
    • I used samples of this moisturizer for two nights and ended up with small red, itchy bumps and flaky skin over most of my face. I am confident this reaction was to the moisturizer because I changed nothing else in my routine.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Thursday, March 19, 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
  8. K. Brand
    Reviewed on Wednesday, March 18, 2015
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Part of a great routine
    • My moisturizer of choice has been oils over the last few years: jojoba, Argan and chia are my favorites and I've opted for chia as of late. Unfortunately, all of those pure oils are moisturizing but do little else. I was looking for a moisturizer with retinol and this is perfect! This combined with a couple drops of oil (including Paula's new moisture boosting oil--another great oil) and I now have a more complete anti aging regimen. This is also a great way to begin a retinol regimen.

  9. Laura R
    Reviewed on Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    60 out of 100
    • Rating
      Neutral / 4
    Feels nice going on...
    • Feels great going on, but gets absorbed too quickly (for my skin type/Dry). Havent seen any changes in my skin.

  10. Rita K.
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 08, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Love it!
    • I have used this happily and with good result for some time. Wanting to try something different I strayed and tried out several other products, some of them a lot more expensive. But I am back - this Moisturizer is the best! I use Tri-Luma prescribed by my Dermatologist for brown spot at night and Paula's Moisturizer during the day for texture, moisture and wrinkles. Its the perfect combination for me.

  11. EUN-I R.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    not good for me
    • I bought this product for my winter moisturizer cause it is for dry , very dry skin. But it doesn't give me enough moisturizing . I have to use extra oils or other cream .i have acne prone skin and bit oily skin. Not happy with this product.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Wednesday, February 18, 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
  12. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 15, 2015
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Gives me pimples
    • Really disappointed after using this for several months. Gives me tiny white pimples around my nose and on my cheeks and chin. Unfortunately, this has been a common problem with many of your products. I might be allergic to one or more of the ingredients.

    Customer Service Response
    Replied on: Monday, February 16, 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 for information on a possible exchange or refund.

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  13. Christina E.
    Reviewed on Monday, February 09, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Most recent review
    • My review, the most recent posted review, was meant for the new Intensive Repair Moisturizing Cream. Sorry for the confusion, and I really would LOVE to see a non-retinol version of that product. My skin needs more moisture! :p

  14. Christina
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 24, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Wonderful, but please make a non-retinol version!
    • I've been frustrated with PC moisturizers, as none seem rich enough. I've used Moisture Boost & Skin Recovery. Neither were enough for my skin to feel hydrated. They'd also sit on top of my skin, then rub off on my pillow during the night, & I'd wake with a dry, tired face. This cream is rich, thick, & absorbs quickly. I wake with my skin still feeling hydrated & looking plumped up and fresh. My only complaint - I wish there were a non-retinol version, as I can't use this every night.

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

    Hello, and thanks for your feedback - we can definitely take that into consideration!
     

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  15. Cathy V.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, January 06, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Another Winner
    • I am really impressed with Paula's Choice products so far. This is a very nice night moisturizer which absorbs quickly. The only thing is I was told not to use it with the Clinical 1% retinol because it's very strong, so I have to alternate every other day. It was recommended I get the Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment next time to use with the Clinical retinol. If you're not using any other retinol at night, this is great!

  16. Tea S.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 05, 2015
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    So good!
    • Love the feel of this moisturizer and the improvement I've seen in fine lines and wrinkles. My skin really does feel smoother and plumper and I think it looks and behaves like younger skin too. Before using Paula's Choice products I had patches of very dry skin, but, now that I'm using toner, exfoliant and serum too, this light moisturizer is enough even in the dry winter moths. Very happy!

  17. Kaitlin H
    Reviewed on Friday, December 05, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Problems Solved
    • I received a sample of this product, fell in love, and ordered the full size. I've been using it for both day (my BB cream has great SPF) and night moisturizer. I used this product during the summer and fall months and my breakouts have stopped! I live in a very cold climate so for the winter months this hasn't given my face enough moisture and am trying out the Moisture Boost cream. This product is responsible for converting me to Paula's Choice though and will return it after winter!

  18. Jamie F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 23, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Perfect-but not for me
    • This is an outstanding product, no question. I was using it for the general purpose as an eye cream at night. I used it faithfully for 1 week, and yes my eyes looked brighter and very important no skin reaction! But, sadly it is not moisturizing enough for me. It felt almost like a film and very tight after application. BUT- I ordered the new Resist Intensive Repair Cream and I could tell the moment I put on around my eyes I was sold. Great product, but not for my skin type. Super Dry and Cranky

  19. Karen M
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 18, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Have to have this moisturizer
    • have combination skin. This product works great for my skin, not greasy. The only thing for me , I put it on in the AM because if I put it on at night my face itches. It doesn't itch during the day. Not sure why, maybe I'll ask the expert on chat. Possibly a serum with it would help.

  20. Donna E.
    Reviewed on Friday, October 17, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Gentle Moisturizer with Retinol!
    • I love the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer! I have sensitive skin, so cannot tolerate many retinol products. This moisturizer did not cause any irritation and absorbed into my skin quickly and easily. It does not provide enough moisture for around my eyes, so I use the Resist Intensive Wrinkle Repair Retinol Serum for that area.

  21. Kelly N
    Reviewed on Friday, October 10, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    Great product
    • I started using Paula's Choice products in September. My mom whom I have not seen since August just commented that my skin looked 'perfect, like porcelain.' I saw a dramatic difference with this product within the first week. My skin looks healthier, clearer and more even. Thank you Paula!

  22. jee young p.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Good
    • Good retinol product, doesn't feel too greasy nor dry. I have combination/dry skin. For me the oily/combination products were too dry, while dry/very dry products were too oily/pore clogging, so this is perfect. Feel a little dry in the morning, but Soothing on the irritated skin after retinol treatment.

  23. Julia B.
    Reviewed on Monday, October 06, 2014
    100 out of 100
    • Rating
      Best / 4
    This works!
    • My eyelids were getting creepy and wrinkly around eyes. Thought I would try this as a sample and quickly purchased it in a full bottle. My skin drinks it right up. I am on my second bottle now. I have to agree with Dianne F. The bottle is most annoying. You can't get all the last remnants of lotion out of the bottle unless you want to be drastic like me--and literally cut through it. This is how much I like it. Please Paula, put this in a screw top or a pump you can unscrew.

  24. HL
    Reviewed on Sunday, September 28, 2014
    80 out of 100
    • Rating
      Good / 4
    Why is Men's Cheeper?
    • There is a men's version that is exactly the same, but cost a bit less. OK the mens's doesn't have a pump. Women always get charged then man, but Paula's Choice should know better. At least make it clear there is a cheaper version in the FAQ. Otherwise it's a great light moisturizer with s bit of retinol. Doesn't break me out and never irritate my skin, which Retinol products tend to. Not super moisturizing though. Can be used like a serum. It's quite calming.

  25. Gabrielle G.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 25, 2014
    40 out of 100
    • Rating
      Poor / 4
    Not good for oily skin
    • This product just didn't work for me. When used as a follow-up to the BHA 2% toner, the product goes on nice and creamy with no irritation. However, a few hours later, my skin had an extremely greasy texture that caused my makeup to break down quickly. If used at night, the next morning my skin would feel again greasy, requiring a full-on cleanse. Over time, I didn't feel that the product improved my skin enough to put up with the hassle; and am using another PC product without retinol.

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What makes this product unique?
Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer contains a unique complex of ingredients proven to remodel your skin by building and preserving collagen, firming skin and protecting against moisture loss. The feather-light, silky texture provides substantial hydration. The active ingredients in the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer are proven to make a visible difference in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and skin firmness.

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

Who is this product for?
Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer is best for those with normal to dry skin. However, because the lightweight, cream texture sets to a satiny finish that won't make skin look or feel greasy, it is also an option for slightly oily or combination skin. All skin types will benefit from the key ingredients that help skin to look its best while Resisting signs of aging.

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer

Duodecim, Volume 128, Issue 22, 2012, pages 2,327–2,335; and Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, June 2011, pages 614–620; Biochemical Pharmacology, December 2008, pages 1,590-1,611 and February 2008, pages 787-809; Clinics in Dermatology, November-December 2008, pages 614–626; Skin Therapy Letter, September 2008, pages 5–9; Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, July 2008, pages S7–S12; Archives of Dermatology, May 2008, pages 666-672; Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 2007, pages 343-357;Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 322–329; Dermatologic Surgery, "The Antioxidant Network of the Stratum Corneum," July 2005, pages 814–817; Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2005, pages 287–295; Exogenous Dermatology, June 2004, pages 154–160; Cosmetics & Toiletries, March 2003, pages 43–52; Toxicology Letters, December 2003, pages 65–73; Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2001, pages 37–40; and The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, March 2000, pages 480-486.

Key Ingredients: licorice extract, tocopheryl acetate, lecithin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, vitamin E, Glycine soja seed extract, Punica granatum extract, chamomile, tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, antioxidant, skin-repairing ingredients, soy oil, retinol, Camellia oleifera, cell-communicating ingredients, adenosine , pomegranate extract, ceramide NP, licorice root, squalane, glycerin, green tea, Glycine soja oil, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, soy extract, tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, shea butter

Product Ingredients:

Water, Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Ethylhexyl Stearate (thickener), Cocoglycerides (emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (antioxidant emollient), Squalane (emollient), Sodium Polyacrylate (film-forming agent), Lecithin, Adenosine, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredients), Ceramide 3 (skin-identical ingredient), Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tocopheryl Acetate (antioxidants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Oil (antioxidants), Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol (slip agents), Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

DIRECTIONS: Ideal for softening and smoothing the face, neck and eye area. At night, use as the last step in your skincare routine. 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 is the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer different from the other retinol products Paula's Choice offers?

Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer is a light cream designed for those concerned with wrinkles and signs of aging. Combining retinol, peptides, ceramides, and antioxidants, this moisturizer is perfect for normal to dry skin types (or even those with combination skin that leans a bit toward dry).

The percentage of retinol needed for efficacy is generally between 0.01% and 1%, which is quite a range, but further proof of just how powerful retinol is! For more on percentages of retinol in Paula’s Choice products, see our article Which Strength of Retinol Do I Need?

All of these products may be used with Resist Barrier Repair or on their own, as each treats skin to a beneficial range of anti-aging ingredients.

My skin is dry. Which moisturizer do you recommend?

Several Paula's Choice moisturizers would work well for you. Choosing the perfect moisturizer has a lot to do with personal preference and trying a product to determine which one works best on your skin. A good place to start, especially if signs of aging are a concern, is with our Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer. If you want a richer texture, try our Moisture Boost Hydrating Treatment Cream or Skin Recovery Moisturizer. It is also helpful to use our Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum or Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum in combination with (on top of or underneath) any moisturizer you apply. You may also wish to treat your dry skin to frequent applications of our Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask.

Do I need to use a serum with Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer?

Ideally, yes. Although Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer contains an excellent blend of antioxidants, it is a good idea to pair it with our Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum for enhanced results. When it comes to antioxidant and topical application to skin, more is generally better! By combining Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with our Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, you're treating skin to an even more extraordinary combination of ingredients that help you look younger and Resist signs of aging.

Which Super Antioxidant Concentrate is best for use with Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer?

Generally, we recommend pairing Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. However, our Skin Recovery or Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrates are also options. Those with normal to very dry skin may want to consider our Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. If you have normal to oily/combination skin, consider our Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Mattifying Concentrate Serum. All skin types can use Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. This serum is the one to choose if you only want one of your anti-aging skincare products to supply retinol (Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum does not contain retinol). It is also an option to use one Antioxidant Concentrate as part of your morning routine and another version for evening. Samples are available so you can experiment and see which formula works best with Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and your skin.

Is Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer 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 moisturizer will help calm redness and soothe skin as they deliver anti-aging benefits.

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.

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