SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
Based on 270 reviews
A rich, concentrated antioxidant serum with an effective but gentle amount of retinol that restores moisture while defending against environmental stressors and signs of aging.

SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

Based on 270 reviews
A rich, concentrated antioxidant serum with an effective but gentle amount of retinol that restores moisture while defending against environmental stressors and signs of aging.
  • Relieves dryness with superior hydration
  • Antioxidant complex brightens and refines skin
  • Silky-smooth serum texture
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning & exfoliating
Skin Types:
Dry Skin


    1 oz
    $36.00 $30.60
    Travel Size...
Why is it different?
SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is what your skin needs to be hydrated, softer and younger-looking. This high-performance, silky-smooth serum contains an ideal assortment of beneficial ingredients for dry skin to reestablish a dewy, hydrated glow and improve the appearance of wrinkles. It has a luxuriously rich texture and absorbs easily into skin.
What does it do?
Bathes dry, parched skin in wrinkle-smoothing retinol and hydrating, antioxidant-enriched plant oils. Smooths, softens, and fights the appearance of visible signs of environmental damage and aging as it helps strengthen skin so it’s better able to combat environmental attack and future signs of aging. Formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive skin, including for skin prone to eczema.
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), Dimethicone (hydration), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (texture-enhancing), Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (olive oil/antioxidant/emollient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Retinol (skin-restoring), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Haematococcus Pluvialis Extract (antioxidant), Tocotrienols (antioxidant), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (green tea extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (grape oil/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Chamomilla Recutita Matricaria Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (bearberry extract/antioxidant), Stearyl Dimethicone (emollient), Glycine Soja (soybean oil/non-fragrant oil/antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant/skin-soothing), Oenothera Biennis Oil (evening primrose oil/non-fragrant oil/ antioxidant), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Seed Oil (cranberry seed oil/antioxidant), Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil (raspberry oil/non-fragrant oil/antioxidant), Vaccinium Myrtillus Seed Oil (bilberry oil/antioxidant), Elaeis Guineenis Oil (palm oil/non-fragrant oil/antioxidant), SD Alcohol 40 (preservative).

Ratings & Reviews

Nighttime serum


I apply this at night because I find that my makeup does not seem compatible with this serum. However, this is a 5 stars product despite my inability to make it work with my makeup! At night, I apply it under the Resist barrier moisturizer with retinol and I wake up to smooth, glowing healthy looking skin. The serum glides on the skin and makes it feel so silky. My skin looks plump, even toned and smooth. I have read Paula's reviews for years on beautypedia, trying to find products that would work and now I could just kick myself for not trying her products sooner! I ordered right after Christmas and my skin is the best it's ever been after only one month of using her serums, moisturizer and exfoliants!






I have extremely sensitive skin. Seriously, most skin care will make my skin flare up in hives for days then cause dry patches for weeks. I've tried it all. PC skin cleanser has been a savior for me for years but my skin is very dry and I noticed some damage around my eyes and nose from hives on and off. I had wrinkles, discoloration and flaky skin (which is abnormal for a 24 year old). I use a few other PC products but I needed something to REALLY moisturize my skin without clogging my pores. After some research I gave this serum a try and HOLY SMOKES! My skin looks the best it has in years and I couldn't be happier. I would recommend this to anyone who is considering if this would work for them!




Best PC product!


I have been using this serum for years. It is my favorite PC serum and just an all-around star product. It goes on silky, can be left to dry into skin or rubbed in a bit. It does take a little time to soak in and de-grease, something those of us with dry skin, especially in winter, can get behind. For those with oilier skin, I could see this serum not being the best choice, as it could easily leave the face looking like an oil slick. Try one of the lighter serums if you have oily skin. Otherwise, dry people, this one is your new BF.


Minneapolis, MN


Excellent Serum for Repairing Sun Damage on Guy's Skin


I'm a guy and have been a fan of the PC4Men line for a while now. However, I started using this serum during the day under my daytime SPF because I wanted to help fade some brown splotches that were the result of former sun damage. I tried applying my nighttime moisturizer (which also has retinol) under my daytime SPF but it ended up pilling and was too thick. This serum does the trick because it is lighter weight than my nighttime moisturizer but still has a low amount of retinol (0.01) that is repairing enough without being irritating. The serum feels very slippery when applying it, but it soaks in pretty quickly and actually helps set my SPF moisturizer even better. Since I started using this serum, I have noticed my brown splotches are starting to break up and fade, my skin is less red and irritated, and my skin tone is much more even. Just make sure to always wear SPF over this if using during the daytime, and give the serum a couple minutes to absorb before applying anything else over it. While I already have a nighttime moisturizer which contains retinol, I'll bet this serum could even be used on its own in the evening, and may be a good option for hot and humid summer nights when lighter products feel better.


Santa Barbara, CA


Love it!


I was concerned because of my sensitive skin but I absolutely love this product! My face feels so soft and smooth!


Overland Park, KS


Yay retinol!


This serum was my first foray into the world of retinol. Initially nervous about how retinol would affect sensitive skin, I was pleased to find that this product made my skin healthier-looking, hydrated and more radiant.


Richmond VA


Love this serum


After trying an expensive beauty regimen, think of what all your neighbors are selling, it left my already dry skin in desperate need of moisture and was looking super dried out an aged. Within a couple of days of using this my skin started to look more moisturized and that crinkly skin started to smooth out. This stuff is so reasonable priced that I will make sure I don't go without. I mix it with the Vitamin C drops, after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating, and right before my moisturizer. My skin looks amazing. A huge turnaround from what it had looked like using the expensive stuff.




I buy this product again and again.


I love this product. I use it daily, usually before going to bed together with a vitamin C 15 booster. It absorbs almost instantly. My skin looks and feels younger. These two products are my essentials.


Canada, ON


I'm officially obsessed!!


My main skin concern is dryness because I have hypothyroidism but I'm also in my mid 30s so I'm getting fine lines especially between my eyes from squinting. First, this has made my skin so soft and smooth that I can't stop touching my face! It has also decreased the appearance of the lines between my eyes. I use it with the PC Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment mask (which I use as an every day moisturizer because my skin is so dry). The mask has been a staple for me for a couple of years but now I won't ever be without this serum! (Extra note: my skin can at times be sensitive, especially during the winter, and this has not caused me any sensitivity problems or breakouts)




a must have


I wish I would have tried this years ago. Have been with Paula's Choice since late 90's. Potent retinol but still able to use every day, unlike the the clinical strength. Which I couldn't use every day. It has all my favorite antioxidant. You would think that with all the oils in it it would be greasy. When first applied it seems greasy, but it settles into a nice soft glow. Thank you Paula's Choice! Please do change the formula or the tube.!


Brandon, SD



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