SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
Based on 344 reviews
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.

SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

Based on 344 reviews
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


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    1 oz
    Travel Size...
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.
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.
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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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).

Ratings & Reviews

The perfect foundation primer with benefits!


I've been using this product consistently for at least 5 years. It is my go-to foundation primer as it layers perfectly under makeup or tinted moisturizer. It adds a sort of blurred look to the skin, so pores appear smaller and your skin tone will look more even. It's even nice to wear on its own as it just makes your skin look better. The retinol in it is a bonus as it does help to refine pore size when used consistently. Do not expect the pore refining results overnight, but if you use this daily for a month or so you will find yourself surprised to look in the mirror one day and notice that your skin just looks smoother and more even toned. I stopped using this once for a couple months because I thought I'd try a different foundation primer by another brand, and I really ended up noticing that my skin looked less smooth and clear after a time. I immediately bought this one again, and I will never be without it from now on. I use it every morning in place of a moisturizer under my makeup. It is a staple for me, and I hope Paula will carry this product unchanged forever!


Hamilton, ON


Solid performer; layers well.


The texture is a dry gel-oil that seems to be a hate-it or love-it factor. For me the texture makes it a perfect first layer for whatever else I want to put over. I like to use it as a base at night with the CLINICAL Ceramide as a second layer with a light moisturizer on top. It performs no miracles but my skin does feel refreshed. The precise way I'd like to have my skin prepped to go with executive formal attire for a presentation. The product has not pilled on me, but I do not wear it in the morning under makeup. You do have to repeatedly shake it well before dispensing.




This product works!


I have been using this for two weeks now. It has helped clear my congested skin. My skin a lot clearer. I like that this product has some natural ingredients and it is not all chemicals. I am so glad for Paula's Choice products. I look forward to trying more.


Birmingham, AL


My go-to serum


I have tried several PC serums and this is my fave. I actually love the gel-like texture - glides on smooth and matte. I use this am and pm as part of my routine.




This works!


I put this on before bedtime and I wake up with smoother skin!


Birmingham, AL


My can't-go-without product


I have been using this product for several years and have definitely noticed an improvement in my skin. I have oily, acne-prone skin and this serum really works to smooth the texture of my face and to give my skin a healthy glow. I don't even wear foundation most of the time, despite my quite scarred face, because of the healthy look this product gives my skin. I also happen to live the smell, although it is not fragranced. I do use it in combination with other PC products (cleaners, moisturizers, occasionally BHA liquids), but have definitely noticed a difference when I've removed it from my overall routine. Now I use it twice a day, after I apply my BHA liquid, followed by a dedicated moisturizer. In a pinch this functions as a moisturizer, but is not quite the same texture and doesn't have an SPF, so that's not advisable.


Iowa City, IA


Love the texture!


Wonderful serum! I have oily skin, and many serums either clog my pores or don't fully absorb, leaving my skin feeling sticky and looking red. This is a light serum that instantly makes face feel smooth and soft. After applying serum, it feels like I have just powdered my face. I use serum at night. My night routine: PC exfoliater, PC niamacide booster, skin balancing antioxidant serum with retinol, skin balancing gel. After the niamacide booster (which I love for the results!), skin feels sticky. This antioxidant serum, however, fixes the sticky feeling and leaves face feeling soft. The retinol has never caused any issues (i.e. no flaking or redness), and the combo of this and niamacide has cleared up redness and acne. I rarely wear makeup now! I am not really sure if this helps fine lines (I only have a few, and they do seem less obvious now, but it could just be from moisturizing or any other combo of things), I'm more using as preventative measure. I will mention that I do NOT like the feel of the actual serum going on my face (I like it once rubbed in). It feels greasy and clogging for just a second, I think just because the texture is so different from other serums I've used. Then, it has the powdered feeling once rubbed in.


North carolina


Why buy a million boosters? Get this great all-purpose serum


Use this every day! (Or the one without retinol, they are both fabulous). It has a gorgeous matte silken texture, mixes wonderfully into all 3 of my moisturizers that I rotate between, and already contains most of the great ingredients that people are buying expensive individual boosters for. Non-greasy and matte, I can absolutely see an overall brighter, even, smoother, plumper, and happier face with repeat use. Make any moisturizer a super-nutrient treat for your face! On my second tube :) If you are comparing it to the non-retinol version, the only difference aesthetically is a slightly darker color and it's a teensy bit greasier. But that's just relative - I would still call it non-greasy overall and my oily/combo skin hates grease so fear not.


Columbus, OH


Happy to have found this product!


I am super satisfied with this serum, I loved the RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum in the winter, but it is too greasy for me once the heat of summer arrives. This product is perfect as my pores are finally getting unclogged with the retinol, yet it is gentle enough to not cause any problems. It applies really well - a tiny amount goes a long way, so this tube will last me the whole season. Very happy to be able to continue to use Retinol as the 1% Clinical version is too strong for me.


Toronto, Canada


Great Product!


This product has an unusual texture but it's one that I like. It has a lot of slip, which is good for skin. It doesn't feel heavy but I can tell that its there. Not sticky but soft and light It feels wonderful on my skin. I have used this as my only moisturizer at night when my skin was very oily. It soothes and comforts my skin and leaves it soft and smooth and ready for the day.


Cochran, GA



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