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(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
My Skin's Holy Grail
from New York, NY
About Me Beauty Conscious
Comments about RESIST Retinol Serum - 1 oz:
This product is heaven. When I first tried it, the texture seemed very thick and emollient, and I was concerned about breakouts or it being too much for my young-ish skin. However, I quickly realized that the initial shiny effect faded as the serum absorbed into my skin, leaving it incredibly soft and supple.I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin, and not only does this product help keep breakouts at bay while healing red marks from previous blemishes, but I was surprised to discover it is the only thing I've tried that helped clear a constellation of whiteheads from my cheeks. Bonus! I'm going to be using this for a long time.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)
Great Retinol serum
from Toronto, Canada
About Me Beauty Expert
I am new to Paula's Choice, but I have practically used anything and everything from low to high end. I have gotten increasingly sensitive towards anything with fragrance, so I had to stop using all my Korean skincare products. Also, my skin burns at any hint of alcohol, which makes this product a great choice. I have used many retinol serums, very few of which had enough of concentration to make a difference; or in inferior forms. Also, my skin usually burns and peels badly with retinol, but surprisingly not with this one. I have no real wrinkles yet, just fine lines, and this is a great product for fine lines and overall skin tone. I am waiting for more stock now that it's sold out!
(10 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Initial Review-Next Day
About Me Beauty Conscious, Beauty Expert
Writing an initial review after using once....and I never write a review after using something once.....That said, I got this as a sample with my Resist Super Antioxidant Serum, without the retinol, which I have yet to review and have been using for months.I used a small amount before bed. Experienced some tingling after application, which I expected. Waited a bit and applied my usual moisturizer. When I woke up the next day and washed my face I was amazed. My pores were significantly diminished. I have dry skin, but enlarged pores on my cheeks. Pore size was noticeably different. As were my deep forehead wrinkles. Still there mind you, but looked much softer. I also noticed my skin feels plumped, thicker almost if that makes sense. I also suffer from skin sensitivity, so I will be introducing this product slowly....twice a week to start and will build up. With a retinol that is recommended anyway, and this is a stronger one, so it could cause dryness and irritation if used to much. I was so astounded by the initial use though that I had to share the positive results. Will update.On another note, I am always impressed with the speed of P.C. shipping. Ordered this at 10pm EST got here MOnday afternoon.
(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Wow, you won't be disappointed
I'm one of those people who wants to believe in products so badly and all the good reviews that I've tried dozens of products on the market, some cheap and some expensive. I decided to try PC because her products are based off science and research, not millions of dollars on marketing and advertising. Nothing has changed my skin like this . . . ever. I have even received 3-4 compliments whereas before I was never a person who got complimented on my skin! I use this as part of my daily routine, after PC toner, and add the Vitamin C drops to it. My skin is much smoother and brighter (someone said I was even glowing, and no, I'm not pregnant). I was worried it might make me break out since my skin breaks out easily and its on the greasy side, but it didn't. Give it a few minutes and it will absorb. Honestly, I'll never stop using this product along with the Vitamin C drops. I'm so satisfied, I will slowly replace all my other products with PC products! Thank you!
(11 of 21 customers found this review helpful)
Burned my sking
from Seattle, WA
I have never had a problem with any other Paula's Choice product and I have been using them for years. I figured I would splurge and get myself a more expensive face treatment. Immediately after I applied this on my skin it started to burn, I tried to wait and see if it would dissipate but it kept getting worse and it was extremely painful. I washed my face but the burning kept lingering and my face has been peeling and red ever since. Unfortunately now I'm scared to try any new products from this brand after this horrible experience.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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, as well as recommend a product that might work better for your skin type.
(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)
Best Retinol ever
from Detroit MI
I've tried other products from 20.00 drugstore to hundreds of dollars cosmeticueticals. This is the best I've ever used. I bought it on sale and 3 days of using it has already improved my skin texture. I'm 37, African American with complicated skin that is getting freckles as I age. My makeup applies more smoothly with this product underneath my sunscreen-which is a side bonus.
(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
mild yet effective
By kt rose
from Issaquah, WA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Minimalist
I had previously tried both Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment and Resist C15 Super Booster. The former made my skin flaky so I couldn't use it every day. The latter made my face itch. THIS product combines both ingredients in a milder formulation that works. I use it consistently every day without irritation, flakiness or itching.Although the texture SEEMS thick it goes on light, absorbs quickly and I don't notice it's there.
(12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
Finally! A retinoid for my reactive skin!
About Me Skincare Junkie
After using several other PC products, I opted for two sample pouches of this product to see whether my skin could handle it. The sample sizes have enough product for 2-3 applications but since the air can get at it, the retinoid destabilizes and is not as effective. I used each pouch for one application - first a patch test and the second one as a regular, full-face application the following week.My skin was able to handle both the patch test and the full-face application with no reactions aside from some minor peeling (expected). I couldn't believe it! Finally, a retinoid for my reactive skin.Since my sample packages were successful, I ordered the full-size bottle. I really appreciate the air-tight packaging and the twist-and-lock lid.I began my retinoid application as follows:Week 1-3: once a weekWeek 4-5: twice a weekWeek 6-8+: three time a week (every other night)My skin glows a healthy, lit from within glow. I have noticed some of the very fine lines around my eyes beginning to plump out/fill in, my pore size has continued to decrease around my nose and upper cheeks (I have also seen a major improvement since using PC 2% BHA toner 3x a week in conjunction with this retinoid). I regularly receive compliments and am asked what products I use. Maybe once a month I will get a hormonally-related acne spot on my chin which I spot treat with BHA9 and it is gone within 24h.I no longer need foundation or tinted moisturizer - I solely use an SPF along with my eye makeup. *I finally* have the skin I've always wanted thanks to my PC products. I can't sing enough praises to about them! My biggest tip would be to try sample sizes, read reviews, watch YouTube reviews and educate yourself about your skin type - patch test, patch test, patch test!'Perfect' skin is achievable!
(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
No visible results
Love PC and I have tried just about everything from the PC line and was most excited about the retinols but found very little change in terms of results after using up the entire bottle. I'm not a heavy retinol user (only on my 2nd year of using retinals at all) but I've had good results with another retinol product and was hoping for the same here. The silicone based serum feels nice going on the skin (although I could do without the cyclopentasiloxane base) but I didn't see the kind of line-reducing results I had with my previous (not PC) product. I am now going to try the 1% clinical and see if that works any better before giving up on PC treatments.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Able to use on sensitive skin
from San Francisco, CA
About Me Beauty Conscious, Budget Conscious
This was my first purchase (with the 2% BHA) from PC, and my first try with a retinol product. I have sensitive, fair skin, but also a very oily t-zone and lots of blockheads. I really didn't believe I could use a retinol, but figured I could return if I needed to.The texture is thick, and easy to manipulate over skin. The bottle is great -air tight, and one full pump covers my face and neck. I first tried it once a week, and after no break outs, or reaction, am now using three times a week at night. I've had no burning sensation, but feel a little bit of heat in my most sensitive areas (cheeks and chin). I have not yet tried it after the BHA, but I alternate the two products.It wont give you fast results, but if you have sensitive skin, I recommend trying this. I didn't plan to use it during the day, and the texture would be too oily for my t-zone. Overall, I can't believe I'm even able to use a retinol, and am so grateful for PC!