SKIN BALANCING Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
Based on 336 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 336 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


    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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Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, 2014, issue 2, pages 173-81

Archives of Dermatology, August 2000, issue 8, pages 989-94

Molecular Medicine Reports, November 2010, issue 6, pages 895–901

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

Acta Biochimica Polonica, 2012, issue 1, pages 43-7

Pharmacology and Physiology, March-April 2005, issue 2, pages 81-7

Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, December 2006, issue 4, pages 327–348

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

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

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


Excellent eye primer. Must have item.


I have used this product for 3 years daily around my eyes. The silicone base conceals and softens wrinkles around the eyes unlike any product I've ever used. I apply before my concealer. I'm 56 and I do have crows feet. My 30 year old daughter is jealous that I don't have wrinkles around my eyes.




I love this product!


I love this product I am using it every night before going to bed and I find it amazing! My skin looks relaxed and fresh in the morning. In love with PC products!



Use this daily; I love it!


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 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.


San Jose, CA


Skin balancing serum


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!






I'm a 23 year old with sensitive combination skin, acne and a little sun damage from years of sports. Since it is never too early to begin an anti aging routine, I was looking for a serum with a gentle amount of retinol and this fit the bill perfectly!! I started using it at night and within a week it made a noticeable difference on my skin. My skin is SO smooth, glowing, even toned and I noticed it even helped reduce my acne a little! I travel a lot for work and cannot always bring my entire PC skincare with me but this is the one product I always bring. The texture might be a little unusual for some people but, like previous comments have said, you should give it a little shake before you apply! This has become my holy grail PC product and will always reorder.


Baton Rouge




I am now obsessed with this stuff! It is silky, absorbs quickly and makes my skin feel like a dream. Used in combination with the Resist Intensive Repair Cream, I wake up with baby soft, even skin every day. I cannot say enough about how much I love this serum. (NOTE: If you do not shake it up again, I can see what the earlier reviewer stating it is like dry oil means. However, if you shake it, that issue is resolved and the consistency is much easier to work with.)





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