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Here’s a quick skincare tip: Ditch the fairy dust and try an effective beauty product made with research-backed ingredients. We’ll help guide the way. This daily exfoliator from Paula’s Choice relies on a trio of proven wrinkle-fighters to help combat the inevitable effects of Father Time. No magic required, just the cold, hard (gorgeous) facts.

How it Works

Consider alpha hydroxy, glycolic, and salicylic acids the skincare version of the Dream Team. The antiaging lineup stimulates collagen production, helping your complexion appear smoother, firmer, and more even-toned. Bonus: The silky formula is free of skin-irritating fragrances and dyes.

How to Use

Gentle enough for daily use, this ace exfoliant works best when applied after your cleanser and toner. Dispense 1–2 pumps and smooth over clean skin in small circular motions. Remember: This product contains glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. To avoid any irritation always, always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher before heading outdoors

Water, Glycolic Acid (AHA exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent and penetration enhancer), Palmitoyl Oligopeptide (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide 2 (skin-identical ingredient), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuoylmethane (anti-irritants/antioxidants derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Caffeic Acid (antioxidants), Salicylic Acid (BHA exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol, Allantoin (anti-irritants), Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, PEG-40 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate (thickeners), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide (film-forming agents), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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Excellent Moisturizer

I love light moisturizers I can apply day or night that really refresh my skin. Paula's Choice "RESIST" moisturizer is excellent. After a few days my skin was softer, moisture balanced, and fine lines reduced. Works well in the morning under make-up and at night before bed. It does a little bit of everything and doesn't irritate the skin. Love it!

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No-Nonsense results
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I've followed Paula since her "Don't Go to the Cosmetic Counter Without Me" days. I used her reviews as a guide when purchasing make up and skin care. But I had never taken the plunge to purchase her own brand of products. The price point was great, and she clearly knows what she is doing…but would they work? Yes. I have fair, sensitive skin and am focused on moisture and preventative anti-aging in my nightly routine. Two pumps of this product and I am good to go each night. Sometimes I add another couple of products on top of it, but this product stands up to its claim no matter how I use it in conjunction with other products.

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Noticeably Smoother
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So I have been a convert and have started using a strict regimen on my skin. I was always the simple type of gal. I was skeptical of regimented skin routines. I was soap and water lady. Being well into my 30's now, I was beginning to get frustrated with adult acne and fine lines and wrinkles. Since I have been religiously using Paula's choice gel exfoliant, I have noticed that my actual skin is smoother. I used to have flesh colored bumps and regular breakouts. All of this has been greatly reduced. I will probably never stop using these products. I wish that I had discovered this years earlier.

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love!

great alternative to harsh facial scrubs, very gentle and leaves me with soft skin. has definitely helped to clear up unwanted acne. use daily for best results (and wear spf on top of it)

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Nightly love for my face.
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I tend to use this most nights for my face. The next morning my face is smooth and moisturized while having been chemically exfoliated. I love that I can apply this and go, instead of applying another BHA or AHA, waiting a bit, and then applying moisturizer. Make sure to use less frequently when beginning, and there shouldn't be any issues. If there is any broken skin, this can burn a bit! I like to use it after making the mistake of resting my chin on my hand during the day (which nearly always leads to deep cystic acne), and this seems to very very significantly reduce the occurrence of that.

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improvement in my skin
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I have already noticed my skin clearer and smoother. The product isn't harsh on my skin like some have been.

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great daily exfoliator
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you need an exfoliator and this AHA formula is gentle enough to use every day. It keeps my pores clear and my skin bright.

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Good Reviews Convinced Me to Buy

And I am glad I did. At this point, it's hard to tell if anything really works anymore! But I do think I've noticed a slight improvement over other products and it's a lot of product for the money.

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LOVE it!
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Paula's Choice products are terrific. Love how they make my skin look and feel. The other day I had a friend ask me over and over "what do you put on your face to look so much younger than me!?" Try Paula's Choice!

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Like it, not love
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I really have not noticed a huge difference in my skin since using this. It does exfoliate but does not do anything for fine lines which I sadly have noticed on my face:( So, I will be looking for another product to help with those.
This does make your skin soft so if you are using just for that and possibly to even out skin tone then it would be good.

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