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Next in your skincare lineup: the soothing, hydrating Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer.

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

$30.00 Ships Free
1 oz.

Availability: Out of stock


Birchbox Breakdown

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.

How to Use

After cleansing, toning, and/or exfoliating, squeeze a drop or two of this serum onto your fingertips and apply to the face and neck before following with a moisturizer or foundation. Good news: It’s safe to use on the undereye area.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (silicone slip agents), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (plant oil/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Astaxanthin (Haematococcus Pluvialis) Extract, Tocotrienols (antioxidants), Adenosine(cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahydromethoxydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrobisdemethoydiferuloylmethane, Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (curcumin-derived antioxidants), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (anti-irritant), Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract (non-volatile plant extract), Stearyl Dimethicone (silicone skin-conditioning agent), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (plant oils/antioxidants), SD-Alcohol 40 (solvent).

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great OTC retinol product for starters

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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Love this stuff! I usually apply it after I wash my face and before I apply my moisturizer. Makes my skin feel and look so much healthier with reduced redness & dryness.

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Good product

I didn't have much use for this product as I don't wear a ton of makeup so I didn't need a primer and I am often scared of serums as my skin can be oily. But I liked the product and it did make my skin look smooth!

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Best stuff ever

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

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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