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Resist Anti-Aging 5% AHA Daily Treatment

Skin Type: Normal Skin | Dry Skin
Skin Concern: Anti-Ageing | Brown Spots | Wrinkles
Full product name: Resist Anti-Aging Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
Size: 50 ml
Item: 7660

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Dull skin, your days are over. Our leave-on exfoliant reveals healthy, new skin as it builds collagen and evens out skin tone.

  • Smooths, brightens, and firms
  • Loaded with antioxidants and anti-irritants
  • 100% fragrance- and colorant-free
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  • 10 ml : £8.50
  • SAMPLE : £0.70


  • When using a AHA product, be sure use sunscreen during the day
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Paulas Products) for all skin types
Thumbs up from me :)
Review by Sahina
I ordered a sample of this product and I'm on day 5. It has worked wonders already. I've never had such smooth skin. Although I think this product may be a tiny bit strong for me, or maybe it's because I was an AHA virgin before this, I have had some redness and peeling on the tops of my cheeks between days 2-4 but that has calmed down now. (Posted on 26/01/2016)
Excellent mild AHA treatment
Review by Katrin
I just tried a sample, but I'm very impressed. Whilst still using another Beautypedia-recommended product from other brand, this or 10% one from Paula's Choise is going to my next full-size purchase. No irritation, super light, and good result. In fact, lazy as I am (and also nearly 40 years old:), I'd even prefer stronger AHA to use once or twice a week instead of layering 4-5 products on top of each other. But for AHA-virgins, definitely great choice. (Posted on 01/11/2015)
Not for my skin type
Review by Kara
After reading these positive reviews I was excited to try this product. However, after using it for the first time last night I have woken up this morning with red, itchy patches on my cheeks. I have quite sensitive/reactive skin so I'm guessing this product is too strong for me.

Customer Care: Thank you for your review. Although this is not a common response, we do understand that each customer is uniquely different in how they will respond to products or ingredients. Please contact us for further assistance. (Posted on 28/09/2015)
Love It!!!
Review by Marlene
After purchasing a whole skincare regime from Paula's Choice and liking them all, I LOVE this product. After cleansing and toning I apply this exfoliant most evenings. It has a wonderful, creamy texture that sinks into the skin quickly and leaves my skin feeling lovely and smooth. A definite must by! (Posted on 29/05/2015)
Good product, terrible packaging
Review by Josephine
Within the first few days of using this product I had smoother, brighter skin, so the actual contents of the product are fantastic. Unfortunately like a number of other customers my pump broke almost immediately and I am now having to screw open the top to get product out. This defeats the purpose of the packaging as I understand it needs to be kept air tight so I'm very disappointed that the pump broke. Please redesign the packaging or I won't be repurchasing what I think is a very good treatment.

Customer Care: We have contacted you for assistance with the pump (Posted on 21/04/2015)
Great product, packaging let me down
Review by Laura
Firstly, I LOVE this product. I've only had it a few days but I do think it's amazing. The difference it has made already is noticeable, hugely noticeable. However, the pump has broken. I've had the product less than a week. I went to pump some out and nothing happened. I tried again, nothing happened. Tried a few times... (you get the picture). I have now resorted to twisting the cap off and shaking a little out - not an exact science. So it would have 5 stars had the pump not given out on me...

Customer Care: We have contacted you regarding the problem with the pump. (Posted on 23/03/2015)
Not happy!
Review by Amanda
Not happy at all!
Was so looking forward to using this product after it arrived as I had received a sample of this with a previous order and loved it!
However the bottle stated for "Normal/Dry" skin not "All skin types" likes it states on this websites description, image and the sample I received!
I have oily skin not normal/dry!
Very disappointed customer!
Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We would like to assure you that the RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA is a product that is indeed suitable for all skin types, however is best for dry skin.
AHA products exfoliate cells only on the surface of the skin and therefore is best for reducing signs of aging, including wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations.
(Posted on 07/10/2014)
Holy grail product
Review by Alannah
I love using this product on evenings when I feel the dry areas of my skin need a little extra attention. Upon waking I am always impressed how much using this improves the condition of my skin. It really makes my skin feel smoother, softer, and more moisturised than it typically does. (Posted on 15/08/2014)
Review by Raffaella
Lovely product, the texture is light and comforting and its exfoliating properties are quite effective. I alternate this with the RESIST 10% AHA, using the 5% two days in a row and the 10% on the third day.
I have never had clearer and more glowing skin before.
I would like to mention the erxcellent standard of the Paula' s Customer Service. I had a problem with my first purchase and they've been extremely helpful and kind!
I'll definitely buy from them again soon! (Posted on 27/03/2014)
Disappointing First Experience
Review by effie
I was really excited about trying out the 2 Resist formulas, having spoken to the customer care staff. So after placing my order (which wasn't cheap) and waiting for my products patiently...I was really excited to use my products as soon as I received them. That evening I go to use my Daily Smoothing Treatment...I pump - nothing. I pump again, still nothing, after 5 minutes of twisting and frantically pumping, I realised that I'd received a faulty pump, meaning that I can't get the product out unless I turn it upside down and leave it like a ketchup jar. After dropping £55 on buying the products, I wanted to use the products as soon as possible, worse still I've logged on to see that this product is now out of stock....not the best introduction to Paula's Choice products for a first timer....oh well....waiting to see what customer service will suggest. Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of the pump of this product. We will contact you to discuss how to solve this issue at the earliest. (Posted on 17/03/2014)
great stuff, prices are competitive
Review by Didi
For the first time in years my skin has improved dramatically, is glowing, smooth and the pores are reduced. I have learned so much from the Beautypedia reviews and now avoid fragrance, alcohol and other irritants. I love this brand because there is actual research behind it and my results are confidence inducing. Please do not be put off by a few customers complaining about the prices; sure they are high compared to the US but I fully appreciate the currency difference, VAT, customs charges etc that have led to the price.
The products are great and I am grateful we can buy them in the UK. I have also noticed as well that UK made products are expensive in the US so it cuts both ways.
Please don't let a few complainers cause this brand to pull out of the UK or we all loose. After all I have used so many more expensive brands which did my skin more harm than good, paulas choice is cheaper by comparison and actually works.
I am satisfied and will continue to pay the price because I appreciate what I am getting overall! (Posted on 26/10/2013)
The Best
Review by KAMILA
This is the best day cream I have ever used and I will not be looking for anything else ever. I am on my second bottle now, that I had ordered few weeks before I finished the first one (which never happened before). It sinks into skin immediately and leaves the skin soft and plump. My skin loves it, I did not experience any peeling or itching. My bottles did not break (mentioned by few users) but I agree that it was difficult to asses whether it was almost empty or not. I use it with weekly resurfacing treatment and can not find anything that speaks against this product or the whole resist range. Truly fabulous product that will be staying with me for a long long time. (Posted on 10/10/2013)
Excellent product - pity about packaging & price
Review by Penelope
I really love this product - I am using a full resist regime and this is my favourite of the lot - it absorbs very quickly and leaves my skin feeling both silky and soft. That said, as with all the PC products I have I am a little frustrated by the packaging - it's flimsy and as it's not clear, hard to know when the end is near (more frustrating given PC only available online). It's also frustrating to see the price differential between the UK and USA sight - USA prices much lower (addition of VAT does not adequately explain this) and free postage over $50. I am genuinely pleased with the products and just wish I didn't feel a tad ripped off! Customer Care: Thank you for sharing your concern. We would like to highlight that the US retail price is exclusive VAT and other import duties or taxes which may apply. The price mentioned on the UK website is inclusive of 20% VAT. Also the shipping costs from the US (the free postage is for US customers only) are substantially higher than the European postage. There are various unavoidable regional factors which impact the price of products sold in a particular region. VAT & ongoing regulatory fees are just a few of them. These impact the final price which the consumer needs to pay. For Europe, the costs of compliance with EU regulations and EU testing policies have gone up and continue to increase. Also prevailing economic conditions in Europe and US make currency rates extremely volatile which in turn impacts the cost of imports. When you take all these into account, we feel you will benefit by buying from your PC UK web-shop.
(Posted on 03/09/2013)
First AHA that works!
Review by Jay
I've used AHAs before and this is the only one that has ever worked for me. I bought this after the BHA 2% liquid, failed for me, and i don't regret it. My skin is alot smoother, hyper pigmentation marks (along with Resist Skin Hydrator) have reduced significantly so tone is now alot more even. I did make a mistake and got to cocky and started using this twice a day, all this did was to cause acne, so i reduced it, and my breakout subsided. Now i use a 1% BHA lotion on alternative days, and use this AHA treatment instead once a week. Through this i have found a perfect harmony for my skin, and i wish i took before pictures so i could compare it now. (Posted on 05/07/2013)
I re ordered it - love it
Review by martina
I think this is a wonderful product. It goes on easily and sinks in well. I dislike silicone base and this has a more watery base which gets absorbed easily and quickly. Also helped my melasma. Not a quick fix but I see that it is peeling the old sun damage spots away. I also noticed great improvement in my skin appearance as I used to get spots during ovulation but these are not small and not so angry. Lovely. Will use for a long time. (Posted on 25/07/2012)
Review by Silvic
I have been using this product ever since it became available and I have never looked back!
I have combination, sensitive skin, breakouts (painful ones that stay there for weeks!), blackheads, enlarged pores on forehead and nose, uneven skin tone and raised red spots as well as dry patches on nose, between eyebrows and cheeks.
It has improved my skin tone so much. I don't get red raised spots any more. No blackheads. No breakouts (none!!). Doesn't iritate my skin. Doesn't make it tight like BHA liquid lotion did. Did nothing for the size of my pores. Dry patches all gone.
As I have been using it for a while, I have recentily started using it twice a day (morning and evening) as I couldn't use toners as they irritated my skin and BHA made my skin feel tight. Customer service - could you please confirm that it is ok to use twice a day? Customer Care :thank you for this review. First-time users should apply once daily, preferably at night. If there is no adverse reaction it is perfectly OK to use the AHA twice a day. For maximum results, alternate with RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid once per week. Avoid direct contact with eyes. (Posted on 10/07/2012)
nice product but why so expensive in UK
Review by elle
I bought a sample of this and was going to buy it as I really liked it but I ended up on the US site by mistake, this is only $26 in the US which is roughly £17, why is it so much more expensive in the UK, it has put me off buying the product as I feel I am being ripped off.Customer care: We thank you for your feedback and expressing your concerns. The prices on the EU website include VAT (which averages at 19% in the EU) and that no other import duties or taxes are payable on delivery of the goods. Prices on the website of Paula’s Choice USA are exclusive of VAT (which is payable on importing the goods in the EU) and any other import duties or taxes which may apply.
In addition, for Europe, apart from a general rise in costs, the costs of compliance with EU regulations and EU testing policies have gone up and continue to increase.
Through her ongoing research, Paula Begoun is continuously fine-tuning and updating her line to be sure each and every product contains beneficial, cutting-edge ingredients that provide distinctive benefits depending on your skin type and needs. It is her goal is to continue to offer the best possible products available.
Please be assured that as a customer of Paula's Choice you get the advantage of superior, well-researched products that are still remarkably affordable and we will continue with our special offers.

(Posted on 11/02/2012)
Simply awesome
Review by Hector Enrique
Attractive luxury package, incredible formula, efficient, nice texture/color...It does what it promises so skin isn't the same after only first application. Sincerely, one of the best products from this brand which should be included in your daily routine. Simply awesome. (Posted on 05/12/2010)
Love the new AHA's
Review by Helena (review US customer)
My skin has always needed a lot of exfoliation to feel soft and look smooth. Now in my mid-40s, I prefer chemical exfoliation to mechanical because it just seems gentler overall. This new treatment is so much nicer to use than 8% gel. It goes on and absorbs/dries quicker, and my skin feels much nicer once it has dried compared to the old gel formulation. (and I wish the 10% AHA was deliverd in the same vehicle as the 5%). I feel like even after a week my skin looks 'brighter', but I didn't use a control or independant evaluation - just my feeling. I'm thinking of giving bottles to my friends for the holidays. Thanks! (Posted on 23/11/2010)
What a team!
Review by Tama (review US customer)
I've been using this product every morning for over a week now and it's sister product (Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment) and I already see a huge improvement in my skin tone and texture! (Posted on 23/11/2010)

Apply daily after cleansing and toning. Dispense 1–2 pumps and smooth over entire face. Follow with Paula's Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum and/or Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer or Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. First-time users should apply once daily, preferably at night. For maximum results, alternate with Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA once per week. Avoid direct contact with eyes.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

Sun Protection Advice When Using Any AHA Exfoliant: This product contains 5% glycolic acid, an ingredient that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 25 or greater every day. When outdoors, wear protective clothing whenever possible, seek shade, and avoid prolonged sun exposure.

Additional info

What makes this product unique?
Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is a must-have product for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It features an effective concentration of glycolic acid with a boost of pore-penetrating salicylic acid. This exfoliating duo reveals youthfully radiant skin and counteracts sun damage—without redness and irritation! This innovative daily-use formula continually renews your skin's texture, evens skin tone, smoothes fine lines, and stimulates healthy collagen production via exfoliation and by delivering a potent blend of antioxidants that help fight free-radical damage.

Fragrance- and colorant-free, this silky treatment doubles as a lightweight moisturizer and is recommended as an integral part of the Paula's Choice Resist line. This AHA exfoliant has a pH range of 3.5-3.8.

Who is this product for?
RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid can be used by all skin types and is ideal for anyone concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles.

Aqua, Glycolic Acid, (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent/texture enhancer), Polyacrylamide (film-forming agent), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (thickener), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (cell-communicating ingredient), Ceramide NG (skin-identical agent), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (antioxidant/anti-irritant derived from curcumin), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant/anti-irritant derived from curcumin), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (antioxidant/anti-irritant derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant/anti-irritant), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol (fatty acid thickener), Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol (anti-irritant), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent/texture enhancer), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agent/texture enhancer), Dimethiconol (silicone slip agent/texture enhancer), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (thickener), PEG-40 Stearate (thickener), Sorbitan Stearate (thickener), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (emulsifier), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Sources to support the claims made for Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid:

The New Ideal in Skin Health: Separating Fact From Fiction, Allured Books, Thornfeldt Carl MD, 2010, pages 180–181; Dermatologic Surgery, July 2009, pages 1,109–1,118; Clinical Evidence Online, December 16, 2008; Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, September 2008, pages 170–176; Journal of Dermatological Science, December 2005, pages 195–204; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, April 2005, pages 1156–1162; Cutis, August 2001, pages 135–142; Dermatologic Surgery, May 2001 pages 1–5; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, July 2000, pages 280–284; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, March-April 2000, pages 81–88; Dry Skin and Moisturizers: Chemistry and Function, edited by Marie Loden and Howard Maibach, 2000, page 237; Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology, May-June 1999, pages 111–119; Journal of Cell Physiology, October 1999, pages 14–23; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 1996, pages 867–875.

How should I alternate using Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?
Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is recommended for use at night, at least once but up to 4 or 5 times per week depending on how your skin responds. Since we do not advise using other exfoliants at the same time as Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on night(s) you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. In the morning, if desired, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment after cleansing and toning or you can limit use of the Daily Smoothing Treatment to nighttime (this is best for first-time users). For daytime, follow with a serum and/or moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater.

Can I use Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA products?
Yes, but ultimately it is not necessary to use an AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time. Exfoliation is a balancing act that requires not tipping the scale so the potential for irritation outweighs the benefits. Using multiple exfoliants at the same time increases the likelihood of irritation and doesn't necessarily provide greater benefits. If you'd like to use a BHA product and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, we recommend applying one in the morning and the other in the evening. Which one you apply when is a matter of personal preference.

Is Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment recommended for use around the eyes?
Yes, but only up to the orbital bone area (the bony ridge that stops just before the immediate undereye area). Do not apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment to the eyelid or underbrow area.

At what point after my laser and/or peel procedure can I begin using my AHA exfoliant again?
First, we urge you to follow the post-procedure instructions your doctor or nurse provided. If nothing was mentioned about when to resume use of an AHA exfoliant, please contact the doctor's office where you had the procedure done. Otherwise, our general advice is to wait until skin has returned to its normal texture and color. This may mean waiting a few days or, depending on the depth of the peel or laser procedure, it may mean waiting several weeks. Both peels and laser procedures can temporarily leave skin extra-sensitive, so if in doubt it's best to wait rather than rush things. Once you begin using your AHA exfoliant again, pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust frequency of use accordingly. Discontinue use if you notice signs of irritation.

I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.
This product is packaged in an airless pump dispenser which utilizes a vacuum system to dispense and keep the contents fresh. Airless packaging helps to keep air and contaminates out of the product, which enhances the formula's stability and effectiveness.

When using your product for the first time, you may need to “prime” the dispenser. To prime, simply pump the dispenser slowly about 10-15 times. If the dispenser stops working at any time, simply repeat the "priming" step. Do not attempt to dismantle the package.

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