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Start off with the cleanest of slates with Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser.

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We love things that you can count on to go above and beyond the call of duty—a delicious leave-in conditioner, an ultrahydrating sleeping facial, and now, this leave-on exfoliant. No beads or scrubs here though. Powerful ingredients like AHA (short for alpha hydroxy acid) and glycolic acid rejuvenate skin cells for a more luminous complexion. Layer this gel under your other serum and moisturizer and go, no rinsing necessary.

How it Works

Alpha hydroxyl acid is the super power behind this gentle exfoliant and works to soothe skin, fade sun damage, and boost radiance. AHAs are particularly good for sun-damaged and dry skin because they exfoliate at a cellular level to rejuvenate skin’s texture. Like all of Paula’s Choice products, this one is fragrance free and with a pH range of 3.5 to 3.8. Green tea and chamomile soothe sensitive skin while delivering effective results.

How to Use

Apply a small amount once or twice a day after cleansing and toning. Remember: No rinsing! Follow with the rest of your daily skincare and makeup routine.

Water, Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (chamomile/soothing agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (water-binding agent), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), Panthenol (water-binding agent), Sodium PCA (skin-identical ingredient), Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol (slip agents/penetration enhancers), Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquaternium-10 (thickeners), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben (preservatives).

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Feels Amazing
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I love how this exfoliant felt on my face. It feels like a serum rather than an exfoliant. My skin felt really soft after wearing it and it didn't cause my face tint to smear or go on abnormally.

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This stuff is amazing!
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I have very dry, acne prone skin. I could not get the flaking to stop last winter. This product has totally helped! My skin is no longer all flaky because of the awesome exfoliant. It has also helped my breakouts TREMENDOUSLY. I no longer use very pricy prescription topical gel's because this honestly worked better for me. My Birchbox sample has made me a customer for life!

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Works well
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This product wasn't (isn't) good for everyday use on my combination skin. I liked the consistency and the application of the gel, but I think the acid might be a percentage or 2 too strong. My skin didn't feel hydrated, but did clear up of any minor spots. I'm slightly worried that it stripped my skin of protective oils, so I'm still skeptical on prolonged usage.

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Loved it
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Really like this product, especially the mild scent. I would recommend it to a friend for sure and it is within my price range.

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Love this! Gave me soft and even skin
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I really liked this exfoliant, it gave my skin a soft and even texture. I also love that it's a gel--it's light, not oily, and dries quickly--so easy to throw on before bed.

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Gentle yet effective
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This gel is excellent. I have really dry skin and AHA products are a must for me. This gel really allows the AHA to work its magic and my skin has not been this smooth in a while. Even the cold, dry air didn't give my skin such a hard time this year. It doesnt make my skin red or itchy like some other glycolic acid products, either. A word of caution, though--always top this product with sunscreen.

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it was okay
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I didn't mind this product, but I didn't use it as much as the others. I hope to get some better products next time.

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Highly recommend
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Received this in my box and was hesitant to try it...I was seeing a dermatologist weekly for serious acne treatment and didn't want to use anything they didn't direct. However when I tried it, my skin began clearing up quickly. A little goes a long way so it will definitely last, and the price is a steal compared to the stuff my dermatologist had me buying. I'm still using my sample bottle from two months ago (it's still halfway full), but I'll be purchasing the full size soon.

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awesome product
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This product is great! It really helps my complexion without drying it out. I will be buying this once my sample is done.

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Wonder Serum
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I was at first skeptical about the claims on this product, but as it turns out it does a great job. A few nights a week I put this on under my moisturizer and have found that my skin looks bright. Although right out of the bottle it feels a bit tacky, it dries quickly and with no residue.

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