Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol

Think of this serum as your skincare regimen's ideal middleman: This treat of a product not only sinks into skin after cleansing to make your complexion extra soft, but it’s also a perfect primer for the layers that follow it, like moisturizer and foundation.

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
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great OTC retinol product for starters
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I'm a huge fan of serums and decided I wanted a nice retinol one that was gentle but nourishing. My face has always reacted well to them and they make a difference in my overall complexion.

The instructions say this would make a great makeup primer and it definitely has that silicone-y consistency that leave a smooth finish, personally it's not my favorite finish as it always feels powdery to me but I can see it. I know retinols don't do well with sun exposure though and although the product says its fine as long as you're good with sunscreen, I'd rather not bother with the possibility.

I use it at night 3x a week, opposite of my exfoliating days. I tone, add a drop of this and finish off with my moisturizing oil afterwards. That silicone-y feel makes it glide all over really easily so it's not hard to apply. I wake up glowing lol.

It's definitely on the weaker end of OTC versions % wise but a nice try, I think I'll branch out and try others due to the price. I say it's a good intro product and complements my skin routine well.

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Best stuff ever
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Makes my skin glow. This serum is so smooth it feels like silk going on to my skin. Perfect for all of the seasons and mixes well with makeup.

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OK in the beginning, but stopped using
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I got a sample of this in my Birchbox and liked it alot so I ordered the full size. After using it for about 2 weeks I felt like it left my skin kind of oily and my chin broke out. It was the summer time so I wonder if this product would be better for me in the winter.

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no more flaky skin!

after just a few days of using this my skin looked and felt so much healthier. it doesn't feel tight and dry anymore

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The best!
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I want to shower in this formula! I love it so much. If the price were a little bit lower, I probably would. I recommend this for someone who has some sun damage to their skin and maybe dry flakes. It will solve those issues right away!

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Light effective serum

I really like the texture of this serum and how it feels on my skin. Has retinol and seems like it helps diminish fine lines, but doesn't irritate or burn like some other products can.

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Refreshed

This product made my skin feel refreshed and invigorated. It may not be something that I purchase in the future as it is a more expensive product.

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love it
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I love the way it makes my skin feel! So soft and clean! I also love the packaging. It is a large size sample! Love Love Love!

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I'm going to be honest I don't know if it works....
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I normally use Wexler serum but when I ran out I decided to give my birchbox sample a try. I can't tell if it actually works or not but I love the way it feels in my skin. It's a bit silky and not at all oily. It doesn't leave a residue on my face and I didn't have a bad reaction to it.

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Small sample
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I have used different serums on my skin and have seen an unbelievable difference in my skin. I was anxious to try this, I like it but it didn't go very far for me to know if it made a difference.

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