SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
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SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
A skin-renewing antioxidant serum with an effective but gentle amount of retinol that helps develop a balanced-looking complexion while helping defend against environmental stressors.
  • Replenishes and improves skin’s appearance
  • Antioxidants soothe and recondition skin
  • Weightless gel formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating

SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

Based on 322 reviews

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A skin-renewing antioxidant serum with an effective but gentle amount of retinol that helps develop a balanced-looking complexion while helping defend against environmental stressors.
  • Replenishes and improves skin’s appearance
  • Antioxidants soothe and recondition skin
  • Weightless gel formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating
Skin Types:
Combination Skin, Oily Skin
Concerns:
Anti-Aging

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Why is it different?
SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum has a unique texture with a soft, light feel that supplies skin with an exciting mix of antioxidants and retinol to help soothe skin, unclog congested pores and visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin tone. This revitalizing serum amplifies your skin’s hydration and fends off environmental assault for a refreshed, more even-looking complexion.
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What does it do?
Delivers an invisible layer of retinol and age-fighting antioxidants to ease the appearance of first signs of aging. It also hydrates and helps defend skin against environmental assault. This cutting-edge formula helps to balance and revitalize skin, leading to a healthier, more normal-looking appearance.
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How to use
Smooth a few drops onto face, neck and eye area before moisturizing (or use alone). For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
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Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, September 2014, issue 9, pages 1092-7

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Indian Dermatology Online Journal, April-June 2013, issue 2, pages 143-146

Ingredients
Product Ingredients Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Isododecane (texture-enhancing), Cyclohexasiloxane (hydration), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (texture-enhancing), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (texture-enhancing), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A/antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient/texture-enhancing), Retinol (antioxidant/skin-restoring), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis Astaxanthin Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant), Salix Alba Leaf Extract (willow extract/skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Calluna Vulgaris Flower Extract (heather extract/antioxidant), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit Extract (cranberry extract/antioxidant), Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (raspberry extract/antioxidant), Betula Alba Bark Extract (white birch extract/antioxidant), Glycine Soja Oil (soybean oil/non-fragrant oil/antioxidant), Silica (texture-enhancing), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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Paula's Choice SkincareSKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz
 
3.9

(based on 322 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (167)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (30)

66%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (29)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Works effectively (14)
  • Soothes skin (13)
  • Mattifies/controls oil (11)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Ineffective (5)
  • Irritates skin (5)
  • Doesn't work (3)

Best Uses

  • Fine lines/wrinkles (9)
  • Uneven skin tone (9)
  • Breakouts (6)
  • Brightening (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Beauty conscious (28), Survivalist / minimalist (11), Beauty expert (3)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (35), Oily (8)

Reviewed by 322 customers

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5.0

Use this daily; I love it!

By Lake

from San Jose, CA

About Me Budget conscious senior

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

      I first tried Paula's antioxidant serum back when there was just one that came in a white tube. It was too oily for me, and made me break out (I had oily skin). Because of that experience, I was hesitant to try the newer ones. But I'm so glad that one year ago, I ordered this Skin Balancing version. I've had no bad reactions to the small dose of retinol, and best of all, it doesn't cause me to break out. Some people don't seem to like the texture, but I do...it leaves a silky feel that dries completely matt (more matt than the Resist Weightless version), but it allows other products to effortlessly slide on top, whether it's sunscreen, makeup, or whatever. One tube was too dry and rubbery, but they replaced it without a hitch. Sometimes the product "separates"; shaking may be required. I've never noticed any kind of odor. I prefer to use the Resist Weightless version around my eyes for the extra moisture. I use this on the rest of my face day and night, unless I'm using the Wrinkle Repair Retinol in the evening. I love this product, and don't want to be without it. My only complaint is that the price seems to go up every time I buy it. Getting really expensive for this retired senior because it doesn't lasts long. Still love this, and will use it as long as I can afford it.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Great service; fast delivery.

       
      4.0

      I liked my sample so I'm buying the full sized product

      By Stephanie

      from New York

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

          I used to have acneic skin from hormones until tretinoin. No breakouts from this product. I love that it's full of antioxidants. The slip factor is my favorite - no tugging or pulling my skin. All other products glide on. I have combo skin, but leaning more towards normal...and it absorbs. I did not notice any dramatic difference with my skin...but for me prevention is key and that's kind of the point with an antioxidant serum.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Ok. Maybe try if stronger serums irritate your skin

          By courtney

          from KC

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Ineffective

          Best Uses

            Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

            About all I can say is that it's fine. It didn't really do much for me, but it might be worth trying if stronger antioxidants are too irritating for you. The texture was fine for me but it does have that slippery, silicone finish mentioned in other reviews.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Silicone texture is not for me

            By Marie

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Brightening
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

              This doesn't do anything bad for my skin, but I can't stand to use a full amount of it on my face by itself because of the texture. I always mix a pea size amount with a water/hyaluronic acid based serum, which means I get less retinol each night. I'm sure the texture is fine with others, but it's just not for me.

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              I wouldn't buy this product again, but the serum is quite ok

              By Marek

              from Poland

              About Me Skin Care Professional

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Evens Skin Tone
              • Fine lines/Wrinkles
              • Lightweight
              • Mattifies/Controls Oil

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • As a primer, maybe
              • Mattifying the skin

              Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

              Well I have to say, that I'm used to liquid serums that just glide well and leave a slight moisturized feel. This feels like a rubbery/silicony/mashed up jello and leaves a dry and mat finish. Well I'm not a fan of it at all... you have to shake the bottle well as is it said in the instruction but it hardly ever feels like it's mixing well, it feels like it's sticking to the tube and you have to shake *really* hard, seriously. I didn't pay for a product that much to have problems with texture like that, no not a fan. On the positive note I think someone with extremely oily skin would like this serum, if you put any moisturizer on top of it it'll be more matte no matter what. I think Resist Ultra Light serum is much much better, even for all skin types. I just don't like the formulation here.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Yes, it was ok..

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Hate it

              By Desilvaa

              from Canada

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Didn't break out skin
              • Easy To Use
              • Not very pricey for a serum

              Cons

              • Balls up when appying
              • Greasy feeling
              • Ineffective

              Best Uses

                Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

                I bought this as an alternative to an expensive clinique one that I love. I've tried this serum for months now, and I just do not like it at all. The texture is weird ( even with a few good shakes), it leaves my skin feeling greasy and after months of using it- I haven't noticed anything to make me think it was benefiting my skin. As well, frequently the product would ball up when applying to the skin. I thought perhaps it was interacting poorly with another product but it would ball up on bare skin too.

                However, since switching back to clinique I have noticed my skin has improved. So this product is just not for me.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Website should list canada prices or at the very least provide customers with receipts that depict what they are actually being charged.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not what I expected

                By Ilaria

                from Dublin, Ireland

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Ineffective

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

                    I tried this serum since I tried the pink one before and I was really impressed, but I am not sure if mine was damaged since when I try to squeez the product out I have clear water coming out and a ticker yellowish paste (whereas the other product I tried is similar to oil). I have to say I didn't use it very much, the consistency does not feel right.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Skin balancing serum

                    By Lyro

                    from Texas

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Moisturizes
                    • Non-Greasy
                    • Softens Skin
                    • Soothes Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Enlarged Pores
                      • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
                      • Uneven Skin Tone

                      Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

                      have oily acne prone skin. Got this with the advanced skin balancing line. I love this serum. I only use this in the am as I use a different serum at night. I agree with other posters that this feels similar to a dry oil. It feels weird at first on ur fingers but feels nice on my face. Vey light and absorbs fast into skin. Leaves your skin looking smooth. It works well under my makeup (powder foundation). Started out using this a few times a week (to make sure I wasn't sensitive to retinol) and now I use it every day. I have been using this for about 3 months now and my skin feels and looks so much smoother. Will repurchase!

                      • Skin Type:
                      • Oily, Oily
                      • Age:
                      • 30-44, 30-44

                      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Made me breakout!

                      By Cathy

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Beauty Conscious

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Softens Skin

                      Cons

                      • Bad Smell
                      • Causes Breakouts
                      • Odd Texture

                      Best Uses

                        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.

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Combination, Combination
                        • Age:
                        • 30-44

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Causes breakouts

                        By Amy T

                        from Chardo, OH

                        About Me Beauty Conscious

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about SKIN BALANCING Antioxidant Serum with Retinol - 1 oz:

                        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.

                        • Skin Type:
                        • Combination, Combination
                        • Age:
                        • 30-44, 30-44

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