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Prep pores for this serum by scrubbing down with Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant.

Paula's Choice

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We’'ve been searching for a way to help us cover up our skin sins of the past. (Beet-red sunburns, we’re looking at you.) Consider our search over: This retinol-enhanced antiaging serum is backed by solid science. Not only do the clinically tested ingredients zap wrinkles, age spots, and acne scars, but they also fade redness for silky, zenned-out skin.This fragrance-free serum starts working immediately to clear up and smooth out your complexion. It releases a patented blend of retinol (stabilized for high performance), wrinkle-resisting antioxidants, and proven skin-soothers to help erase the effects of sun damage, poor lifestyle choices (ahem—: tanning beds), and of course, Father Time.

How to Use

Before bed, gently smooth a few drops into clean, dry skin. Safe for the eye area, too.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol (silicone slip agents/suspending agents), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Squalane (emollient), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinol (cell-communicating ingredient/antioxidant), Tocotrienols (vitamin E-based antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Laminaria Ochroleuca (Kelp) Extract (anti-irritant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Oil (anti-irritant), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (skin-repairing ingredient), Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (licorice-derived anti-irritant), Hexylene Glycol (slip agent), Caprylyl Glycol (emollient), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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purchasing for the third time...that good.

If you don't know about Paula's Choice, you are missing out. Her story began when she took it upon herself to analyze and "grade" as many professional skin products as she possibly could and publish a book "Don't Go the the Cosmetics Counter Without Me!" I got it from my sister for a holiday gift. Paula was strict-she outlawed anything that came in a "jar", told you when a product was poorly packaged (like if it allowed sunlight to get through and destroy ingredients) and gave only those products that were both incredibly effective and accurately priced (not overpriced) her high ratings. I went through my products and threw half of them away. At some point, Paula threw up her hands and developed her own line, Paula's Choice. There are some incredible, affordable, amazing products in this line. The acne kit resurfaced my skin to the point that I get compliments and asked "what do you use" every week of my life. This particular product is one of the TOP of all tops. It had a packaging issue that has now been resolved. I love the way it feels on my face, and I feel a true, remarkable difference using it. I put it on my arm where I had scarring and it helped that too! I also love her BHA 2% gel. Like a salicylic toner that you don't swipe on, you glide on and it stays there, to kill any impending pimples. So many amazing products, this one being a personal favorite, you'll find yourself trying more than one, and it won't break the bank! Thanks Paula!

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Thick, but Effective
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This goes on a little thick and oily, but if you have dry skin like mine, it gets absorbed quickly and leaves your skin feeling great.

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Love it!
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This serum feels great on my face. It really is soothing. I also love the packaging and the twist and pop up top! What a great sample - Thank you!!

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comforting and replenishing serum
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This is a wonderful product. My skin feels rejuvenated within seconds of application. Many moisturizing products just glide over the surface, but this serum is absorbed in a way that produces immediate results.

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I love this serum!
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I have been applying the serum every day under my moisturizer and my skin looks and feels amazing. I will definitely be buying more!!

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Just what I needed
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I have no idea if this works, but it was just what my skin needed. my skin was feeling parched, even with moisturizer, and this made it feel quenched and protected. Just better in general and softer. I Realize these are pretty poor descriptors, but I really love this serum and was very sad when my sample ran out. I will definitely purchase this.

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love this serum!
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I have tried lots of different serums but this one has been the best so far.It feels wonderful on the skin.Although it is an oil it absorbs quickly and makes my skin smooth. I look forward to washing my face just to put this on.It smooths out my fine lines and my skin has a nice glow.After using the sample I just had to order it.Looking forward to using the full size.

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Love it!
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Perfect for the winter to help that super dry skin feel soft and supple again! I don't know about the wrinkle effect since I haven't used it long enough/don't have much in the wrinkle dept but I love it to help with my other daily moisturizer.

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All in one
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Love the packaging and the way my skin feels. A little goes a long way. This is a wonderful product! I will definitely purchase this item.

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I do like this product. My skin looked great after using. I will keep using this lotion.

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