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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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  • 1 oz   
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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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great stuff

I received this as one of my BB samples a while back and recently decided to try it out. I have dark, ugly, brown blotches on my face that I have been so self-conscious of for a very long time. Paula's Choice RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum has been such a great product for me! The little lines I had on my face were filled in and those dreaded spots are fading to the point where now I can cover them with makeup (no concealer necessary). The texture of my skin is so much better as well. I will be purchasing the full size product very soon, as I am so happy with the sample. Thanks Birchbox and Paula's!

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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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The Best thing I have ever ordered

Since I got my birchbox, I have taken to investigating all sorts of products and reading reviews, which I find so helpful. I was looking for a night time product. One that would make my skin soft, help with wrinkles and lighten the spots on my face. It's like a miracle. I have always had the worst skin. Now I get compliments all of the time. And when I wake up, my face feels so incredibly good. I cannot say too many good things about it.

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Birchbox sells Paula's Choice?!?

I am so excited to see Paula's Choice products on Birchbox. I am a researcher when it comes to beauty products; I like to know the details and whether or not a product can live up to its claims. I have depending on Paula's Choice to provide that research for me for years and I love PC products. This retinol serum (along with PC's 2% BHA liquid exfoliant) are 2 products I will never be without. I live in Arizona where sun damage is a major concern. This serum really does provide what my skin needs to repair itself (I use it at night after the exfoliant). I have never had a bad reaction to it. My dermatologist tried to sell me a nearly identical product for over $100. This is a bargain.

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Smooth, light serum

I got this sample last year and used it to the very end. I have tried many more since the and I have gone right back to this.
I love the way it feels on my skin. Not greasy, very smooth. It really does feel good I my skin which i find difficult to find with many products.
The only issue I would have with the product maybe the packaging is a little cheesy but does work- it almost feels like it's going to break. I hadn't yet though.

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Needed a wrinkle serum,

and that is what I got! This absorbs very quickly into the skin, and leaves it feeling so nice. The texture of my face is feeling and looking better after only a few days. It feels like it would be greasy upon immediate application, but it really does absorb quickly, so don't be put off by the texture. And dare I mention, it has a really cool twisty top? Try it!

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must have

I am in love with this product its a must have! leave your skin so soft. Not greasy at all, instead have a silky texture.

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Great for nighttime

I agree with another reviewer that this wrinkle repair gel is thick and a bit gooey and best used at night. I love how it repairs and moisturizes and my skin feels soft in the morning.

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This stuff is amazing

I rarely strongly recommend facial products, because they are so personal but I LOVED this and have recommended it to several friends who have all ended up purchasing it. I have older skin, and this works so much better than the multiple lancome products I was using. I get compliments all the time about my skin now, and people have started knocking 10yrs or more off my age since I started using it consistently. Not only has it decreased my fine lines, but it moisturizes and has basically ended the breakouts I was having. It also significantly reduced my acne scars. I have no idea if it was supposed to, but it did LOL. Seriously good stuff and so much cheaper than what I was using before. I've bought it twice now and will continue to buy it.

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I understand serums are always a little oily, but this is a little too oily. Typically, a serum will soak into my skin. This does not. I reveived this as a sample and have tried multiple times. Each time, I have had to wipe it away after a couple of hours. I wish it worked because I sure do have wrinkles that need help!

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