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Follow with Paula's Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 for all-day sun protection.

Paula's Choice

Birchbox Breakdown

Like a refreshing sip of water for your complexion, this silky gel from Paula’s Choice offers light, soothing hydration—the perfect moisturizer for oily or acne-prone skin types. The fragrance-free formula contains antioxidants and natural extracts that instantly absorb into skin, resulting in healthy, nourished skin with a pretty, matte finish.

How to Use

After cleansing, toning, and exfoliating, apply a thin layer of product to face, neck, and eye area. Use day and night.

Water, cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), butylene glycol (slip agent), glycerin, (skin-identical ingredient) laminaria saccharina (seaweed) extract (water-binding agent), camellia oleifera (green tea) leaf extract, vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract (antioxidants), triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil (emollient plant oil/lubricant), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e/antioxidant), niacinamide (vitamin b3/cell-communicating ingredient), phenyl trimethicone, dimethicone, bis-phenylpropyl dimethicone (silicones/slip agents), dipotassium glycyrrhizate (licorice/anti-irritant), tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (Vitamin c/antioxidant), sodium hyaluronate (skin-identical ingredient), phospholipids (cell-communicating ingredient), superoxide dismutase (antioxidant), isohexadecane (emulsifier), panthenol (vitamin b5/water-binding agent), propylene glycol (slip agent), sodium carbomer (gel-based thickener), sodium acrylate/acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer (film-forming/water-binding agent), dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer (silicone film-forming agent), polysorbate 80 (thickener), hydroxyethylcellulose (gel-based thickener), diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben (all preservatives).

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Changed my life

I almost cried after the first week of using this product. After suffering from uncontrollably oily skin for over 20 years, I had finally found some relief.
I went ahead and bought it, without ever sampling it in my box. It was one of the best purchases I have ever made.
With regular cream based moisturizers, I would be oily within the first hour. But yesterday I did not start to get shiny for 9 HOURS! And that was without any other form of makeup, only the moisturizer. I can imagine how amazing this will be when I wear it under makeup; it will surely be even more magical.
It has not just reduced oil, but evened my skin tone, reduced redness, and minimized the appearance of acne scars (all issues I have had over the past 10 years) within 2 DAYS of starting use. Honestly, I had just given up on finding the right product for me, until I found this.
My advice: if you're frustrated with your oily skin and you feel like there is no solution, switch to a gel based moisturizer. I know there are plenty of other people out there in a similar situation as me and I just want them to feel the relief and joy that I have experienced. I have a new found confidence in myself.
NOTE: this moisturizer does NOT have any SPF protection. I have not used any since I started the product because I wanted to see the pure results. Luckily my foundation (Dr. Jart++ Beauty Detox) has SPF 35. It is critical that you find an appropriate sunscreen or protective foundation!!!!

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LOVE IT!!
Purchased

I love this moisturizer, it works great for my combination skin. I have been a Paula's Choice customer for several years, I am super excited that I can now purchase some of my favorite products through Birchbox!

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Finally...a skincare product that works!
Purchased

I am thrilled with this moisturizer. I have been suffering with acne-prone, oily skin for the last few years and have tried everything. I finally decided to give this product a try and I could not be more pleased. The moisturizer is light, provides a soft mattifying coverage and maintains this throughout the day. My pores don't feel or look clogged! It has improved the appearance of my skin and I am now a dedicated Paula's Choice follower.

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Day moisturizer that doesn't break out my sensitive skin!

I love Paula's Choice products, and this one is no exception. It absorbs really well into my combination skin without irritating it, and to make it a triple-threat: it doubles as a makeup primer! It smoothes out fine lines and imperfections (...or so I've heard. From a friend. That totally isn't me...). I've tried it w/ three different liquid foundations (finger, beauty blender, and brush applications, too), and found that if I apply foundation while my moisturizer is still slightly damp, it really helps to set my foundation.

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hydrating.
Purchased

So far my face has even feeling great and hydrating. I am a little turned off because it helps with wrinkles and I am too young of that but I hear great things about paula choice.. i am going to use this for a couple of weeks and see how it is.

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Love it!
Purchased

I purchased the gel formula as opposed to the cream formula since it's summer, and I have oily skin, so I didn't want any heavy feeling lotions on my face. This is amazing! It's so lightweight, it makes your skin so silky soft, there's no shine, and no annoying scent! I'm also really happy that they don't test on animals, so it's perfect in my book!

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WOW

I had never used a gel moisturizer until I ran across this one. And let me say I never want to change my moisturizer ever again! The results were wonderful. It does exactly what it says it does. My skin has never felt this soft before, and my face is brighter. I keep touching my face because of how soft it is (even though it's not good to constantly touch my face). The gel dry's quickly into a soft top layer to protect skin. When the gel "dry's" it doesn't dry out your skin, it leaves it feeling softer than ever. Honestly the 2 oz seemed pricey at first, but it's worth every penny and I will be purchasing again!

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Ideal for Oily Skin but not great for Sensitive Skin
Purchased

First off, I really do like this moisturizer. I have extremely acne-prone, sensitive, oily skin and this product does help with the overall oiliness. However, due to the sensitive nature of my skin, I was surprised when this moisturizer actually made my face red. I applied the moisturizer immediately after I applied the toner of the same Paula's Choice brand and was met with a red, uneven tone face staring back at me in the mirror. Ignoring the sensitivity aspect, the texture of this moisturizer is absolutely phenomenal and I would highly recommend it for people with normal sensitivity but oily skin.

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Effective
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I love this product because it gives my skin moisture, evens out my skin tone and makes a great base for make-up during they day. My face is much less greasy at the end of the day when I use Paula's Choice. I recommend trying this if you have oily skin!

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The perfect daytime moisturizer for combo skin
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I've been in search of a day time moisturizer that'll help control the oily parts of my face. I've been using this moisturizer for about three months now and am thrilled.

It helps to hydrate my face during the day, while smoothing out the look of pores and keep my t-zone in check.

One note: I do have combination skin, so at night I need something that's a little more hydrating. Still, this is phenomenal for daytime use.

There isn't any SPF, but I have SPF built into my primer and foundations to take care of that. Still worth noting that you'll need some SPF if you decide to wear this without makeup containing SPF.

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