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To keep oily skin and blackheads at bay, scoop up Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel Exfoliant.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum with Retinol

$34.00 Ships Free
1 fl oz

Availability: In stock


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As morning routine minimalists, we'’re always on the lookout for products that do double duty. Enter this antiaging serum from Paula'’s Choice: It not only acts as a mattifying primer for oil-prone skin, but also shrinks the look of pores, evens texture, and diminishes the appearance of fine lines with a blend of retinol, antioxidants, and vitamins. Now that'’s a primer that packs some (wrinkle-fighting) punch.

How to Use

Apply a few drops of serum to clean skin. Go for a bare-faced look or follow up with your favorite foundation—. Either way, apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher since retinol can make skin sun-sensitive.

Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Isododecane (matte finish solvent), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone suspending agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (non-aqueous thickener), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A/antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (thickener), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract (antioxidant pigment), Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo) Leaf Extract, Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (White Birch) Bark Extract (antioxidants), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant plant oil), Silica (absorbent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

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Great Product

I was looking for something to help with the little lines around my eyes as well as something to help with my breakouts. I'm in my 30's now and having both issues, just isn't fair. This product has helped significantly with my monthly pimples on my chin and clearing up my pore on my forehead. The lines around my eyes are not noticable anymore either. I only use this at night, but it would work very nice as a primer as well. It makes my skin very soft and makeup would go over very nicely. I love all of Paula's products and this one is also great.

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Didn't Seem to Do Much

I had a hard time using and understanding this product. It slid off my hand several times when I squeezed the tube - sort of an oily texture. I felt like I had to use a large amount to cover my face and I didn't see any of the anti-wrinkle/anti-oil qualities it was supposed to provide. In addition, I still felt like my face needed extra moisturizer when I stopped using this a week later.

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good enough

I like this product well enough. Noticed I was starting to get lines from squinting so much so I started applying this and noticed a slight difference.

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Loved it!

My skin felt so good after my first use, and my husband noticed a difference to my skin as well. Will be buying full size! Love, love, love!!

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Antioxidant Serum

I have combination skin so I was excited about a balancing serum. However, it did not meet my expectations. The serum dried out my skin and caused it to peel on my forehead. I would not use this product again.

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