What makes this product unique?
This technologically advanced brightening formula contains a proprietary complex of proven vitamin- and plant-based ingredients that fade brown spots and refine skin tone so you'll have a more radiant and youthful appearance. Its lightweight, silky-soft texture instantly provides a more luminous complexion, while an exclusive blend of skin-repairing and antioxidant ingredients target multiple signs of aging. Continued use, coupled with daily application of sunscreen, will prevent discolorations from coming back and keep new discolorations from appearing.
This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free and never tested on animals.
Who is this product for?
Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment is a targeted treatment for all skin types, including those prone to blemishes. It's specially formulated for anyone struggling with brown spots, uneven skin tone, and a dull complexion. A perfect alternative for those who cannot use products that contain hydroquinone.
Sources to support the claims made for Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, January 2012, Epublication; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, October 2011, pages 1,140–1,405; Food and Chemical Toxicology, April 2011, pages 785–790; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, April 2011, pages 87–99; British Journal of Dermatology, February 2010, pages 435–441; August 28, 2009, Epublication; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, December 2007, pages 232–238; March 2007, pages 20–26; and December 2006, pages 309–315; Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, March 2007, pages 393–407; Biophysical Research Communications, volume 243, number 3, pages 801–803; and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, February 2003, pages 1,201–1,207
Glycyrrhiza glabra, mulberry extract, titanium dioxide, sodium hyaluronate, tocopheryl acetate, panthenol, acetyl glucosamine, cholesterol, phytosphingosine, licorice extract, Vitis vinifera, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, niacinamide, Saxifraga sarmentosa extract, Scutellaria baicalensis extract, ceramide AP, mica, ceramide NP, bisabolol, glycerin, ceramide EOP
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agents), Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-repairing ingredient/melanin inhibitor), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient/melanin inhibitor, Butylene Glycol (slip agents), Silica (slip agents), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), PEG-10 Dimethicone (silicone thickener), Bis-Phenylpropyl Dimethicone (silicone skin conditioning agent), Pentylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Morus Alba (White Mulberry) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extracts/melanin inhibitors), Morus Bombycis (Chinese Mulberry) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extracts/melanin inhibitors), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (antioxidant plant extracts/melanin inhibitors), Ceramide NP (skin-repairing ingredients), Ceramide AP (skin-repairing ingredients), Ceramide EOP (skin-repairing ingredients), Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract (antioxidant/anti-inflammatory plant extracts), Saxifraga Sarmentosa Extract (antioxidant/anti-inflammatory plant extracts), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredients), Cholesterol (skin-repairing ingredients), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone thickener), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifiers), Polysorbate 40 (emulsifiers), Polysorbate 80 (emulsifiers), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer (polymer), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Isohexadecane (dry-finish solvent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Polymethyl Methacrylate (film-forming agent), Mica (mineral pigments), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891 (mineral pigments), Disodium EDTA(chelating agent), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
DIRECTIONS: Apply a small amount once or twice daily before moisturizing. For daytime, follow with a product rated SPF 25 or greater. Works beautifully under makeup.
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 long until I see results?
Your skin will take on a more luminous, smoother look instantly. With daily use, you can expect to see an improvement in uneven skin tone and brown spots within two to six weeks. As with any product meant to improve discolorations, daily use of a sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater is essential or you will not achieve optimal results. Ongoing use is necessary to maintain results and keep new discolorations from forming.
What is the difference between the Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment and the Resist Skin Lighteners?
Both of the Resist Skin Lighteners contain 2% hydroquinone as their active ingredient. Hydroquinone is widely considered the gold standard for improving skin discolorations, but not everyone's skin responds well to it and some people prefer to not use it. Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment is an alternative, or you can use both for an even more advanced approached to lightening brown spots and sun-induced discolorations, one at night, the other during the day.
One other difference is that both Resist Skin Lighteners contain an exfoliant to enhance the results from the hydroquinone. The Resist Skin Lightening Lotion contains glycolic acid (an AHA) while Resist Skin Lightening Gel contains salicylic acid BHA.
Is Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment better than the Resist Skin Lighteners?
Not better, just different. All of these products work to lighten brown spots and improve an uneven skin tone, but they contain a different mix of ingredients that work in different ways to provide similar results.
What is the difference between "skin lightening" and "skin brightening"?
Essentially, both mean the same thing; however, "brightening" is more of a cosmetic term and "lightening" is an over-the-counter drug term. We chose "brightening" for Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment because it contains mineral pigments that instantly revitalize the complexion and because several of the ingredients it contains work to make your skin tone more even and healthy-looking.
Is Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment safe for all ethnicities?
Yes. Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment is safe and provides brightening benefits for skin of any color or ethnic background.
How often can I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment?
Twice daily as part of your morning and evening skincare routine. It is also fine to apply once daily, morning or evening. Whether you wear it during the day or not you still must protect your skin from sun damage (even if the sun isn't shining) with a product rated SPF 25 or greater.
Can Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment be used from the neck down?
Yes, absolutely! You can apply this product anywhere discolorations or uneven skin tone are a concern.
Does this product bleach skin?
No. Bleaching refers to removing color from the skin and Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment works very differently. The key ingredients in this product interrupt the pathway melanin takes (melanin is the pigment in skin that makes it brown) in some areas of the face or body to form discolorations such as brown or "age" spots. This process does not remove color from surrounding (non-discolored) skin. Rather, it allows darker, discolored spots to become more even with the surrounding skin.
Can I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment with benzoyl peroxide?
Yes. Apply the benzoyl peroxide product first then follow with Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment. You may prefer to wait for your benzoyl peroxide product to absorb before applying this product.
Does Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment fade scars?
Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment does not fade scars from wounds, but it can help fade bothersome red or brown discolorations left over from past breakouts. These marks may be pink to red or, if you have a darker skin tone, tan to brown. While they aren't technically "scars" many people refer to them as such because they can feel slightly raised and take a long time to fade if you don't use the right skincare routine to help healing.
Can I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment with a Resist Skin Lightener?
Yes but it isn't necessary because you can get great results from using one or the other. However, if you prefer, this combination is fine. If you want to see how using both works for you apply the Resist Skin Lightener first then follow with Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment.
Does Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment moisturize, too?
Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment is a targeted solution product rather than a typical moisturizer, but its formula does provide hydration and also contains skin-repairing ingredients and antioxidants to support smooth, healthy skin. It could work as a moisturizer for someone with normal to slightly dry or combination skin.
Can I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment with a product that contains retinol or with my prescription retinoid product?
Yes. Apply the retinol or prescription retinoid product first, and follow with Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment.
Can I use Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment with a prescription hydroquinone product?
Yes but you would want to check with your physician first. If you do decide to try both, apply the prescription hydroquinone product first and then follow with Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment.
At what point in my skincare routine do I apply Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment?
Is Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment suitable for use on rosacea-affected skin?
Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment should be effective and suitable for someone with rosacea. However, those with rosacea always need to be careful about any skincare product they use because even the gentlest formulas may cause a reaction. Paula's Choice products are guaranteed to be effective or we will refund your money.