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For skin emergencies, add this all-purpose spot corrector to your arsenal: Paula’s Choice RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections.

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  • 3.7 out of 5 stars, based on 1,256 Reviews 1,256 Reviews Write a Review
  • $36.00
  • 1 oz.   
  • Availability: In stock


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We love ourselves a vigorous antiaging cream, but here’s the rub: They tend to be a tad on the greasy side and rarely take oily skin into consideration. Not so with this ultralightweight serum from Paula’s Choice. The water-based formula is designed especially for oily, enlarged pores and is also suitable for use around the eyes. Not only does it come loaded with clinically proven antioxidants for a smooth, matte look that minimizes the appearance of pores, but it targets wrinkles without retinol, which can upset oily skin.

How to Use

Morning and night, smooth a few drops onto clean, dry skin (and don’t forget the eye area). Works great under makeup too.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip/water-binding agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone (silicone polymer), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-repairing ingredient), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Quercetin (antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Ubiquinone, Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Sea Whip Extract, Bisabolol, Beta Glucan (anti-irritants), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent).

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So Smooth

The product is almost disconcertingly silky. I haven't used it long, so I haven't yet noticed any changes in tone, but I have no new breakouts!

I know it says it's for oily skin, but experience taught me that I could still have a reaction to it. It's the 1st anti-aging product that hasn't caused any bad effects! I have been looking to find some anti-oxidant products, and I think I have found one I can stick with.

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like, dont love

I purchased this with a paula's choice exfoliant and a moisturzier. I've been putting it on in betwen the two, about 3-4 times per week.

I have a puffy face sometimes, so I dont necessarily need it to plump up anything, but it does nicely fill in my tiny lines under eyes.

The biggest benefit is that it absorbs really quickly-- I can moisturize almost immedately after! It dries matte and I dont usually skip moisturizer but if I do, I'm okay. I really appreciate the lack of scent too.

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While this product was clear, unscented and absorbed into the skin nicely, it's hard for me to say if it worked because the sample was small and it's hard to tell after only a few uses. I may purchase this in the future due to the great reviews it has gotten.

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I like it!

I have used other products with hyaluronic acid at the recommendation of my esthetician to help combat skin dehydration which is different than dry skin (which explains a lot). I noticed a very fine line on just one side of my mouth and I started using a heavier application of the hyaluronic acid my esthetician recommended with little improvement. I used this product once and it worked much better and it is actually less expensive!

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Great Serum!

So I'm fairly new to the world of serums. I had received a different one in one of my boxes and thought I had found a game-changer. After purchasing the full size and using it up completely, I decided to try a new one. I bought this one based solely on the reviews (and because it's a cruelty free company!) and I'm so glad I did! Yes, it's an odd, yellow color, but so what? It goes on smoothly, absorbs beautifully, and leaves NO residue. I have been using it for about a month. I think my skin is clearer - less breakouts and redness. I don't have a lot of fine lines (yet) so I don't really know how it works on those. The size will last me several (I'm estimating 4-5) months! Great formula - I highly recommend. I may have found "the one."

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This was one of the first PC products I purchased, and I was seriously so impressed!! I have really oily skin, so I was looking for a lightweight serum that could double as a moisturizer during the summer. Using it as an eye serum was just a huge bonus!
This stuff delivers! Its pale yellow color actually neutralizes redness surprisingly well. As an eye serum, it absorbs quickly and really plumps up my fine lines. I can apply concealer within a few minutes, unlike thicker creams that take forever to sink in. Because of my oily skin, I've found I don't always need to apply moisturizer on top of this. It leaves my skin soft, plump, and matte, which is a must for me. I would definitely repurchase this!

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Lightweight and evening

This stuff evens out my skin tone and goes on easily. I wanted to invest in an anti-aging component to my skincare routine (I am super pale and therefore wrinkle-prone), but I didn't want to go all out with retinoids just yet. This stuff is gentle on my skin, which now feels fuller, firmer and more even. It has a slight smell but it goes away after the product sinks in.

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A little goes a long way

My first introduction was a sample in my Bb- although pricey I decided to splurge as I was impressed with the sample tests; I use a thin layer of Paula's RESIST ever morning before applying my moisturizer , then I apply my foundation which glides on smoothly; results a seamless flawless finish

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Love PC.

I have been using Paula's Choice skin care for years and I rarely, if ever, use any other brand. This is a newer product in their line and it is the quality I have learned to expect from PC. I use this as a nighttime serum after I cleanse and exfoliate.

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Add this to the Vitamin C serum

My sister recommended adding the two together and it still remains light weight and absorbs quickly. I use it in the morning prior to applying my makeup. The price is right for both products.

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