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Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum

Skin Type: All Skin Types
Skin Concern: Aging | Rosacea | Sensitive Skin
Size: 30 ml

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This serum is one of makeup expert Wayne Goss' favourites. Watch to find out why he loves it. Find more of Wayne Goss' favourites here.

  • Works immediately and long term to improve multiple signs of aging

    • Unique blend of highly stabilized retinol, the gold standard dermatologists agree reduces wrinkles, as well as potent antioxidants to help repair and heal skin.
    • Stimulates healthy collagen production for firmer skin
    • Improves skin tone and texture so you’ll see a smooth, radiant glow
    • Can be worn under or over moisturizer, underneath sunscreen, and some foundations
    • Proven anti-irritants reduce redness and soothe sensitive skin
    • Helps fade red marks from past breakouts
    • Enhances makeup application by making skin’s surface extremely smooth
    • 100% fragrance- and colorant-free

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    RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum

    No difference whatsoever
    Review by Willow
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    I purchased this product, along with the Paula's Choice Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner, and I have been using both for over five weeks now and have noticed no discernible difference in my skin whatsoever. If anything, my skin seems slightly more irritated and prone to spots.

    Although these products are by no means the most expensive, it still felt like an investment at £55 for the two. Since having both my children, my skin has gone from good to tired-looking, blotchy, bumpy and haggard. I was desperately seeking a skincare regime that would help alleviate some of these problems and the reviews of Paula's Choice products generally, seemed very good. I really wanted to like the Resist products and I have persevered with them, but sadly, they don't seem to work at all for me.
    Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you haven't seen better results. Please contact our Customer Care Team so we can help you find products that may work better for you. (Posted on 24/09/2014)
    Review by Alegría Shiau
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    I've been using RESIST Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum for 3 years and it really does work and makes my skin healthy and radiant. I'll continue using it!
    (Posted on 08/06/2014)
    great product let down by packaging
    Review by Fran
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    11 out of 10 for this serum - after testing out extensively with samples I took the plunge and bought the full size. This product really is fantastic, but packaging is ludicrous and pointlessly fiddly. What's wrong with a tube or even a normal pump? I am definitely a convert to Paula's range, she has sorted out my aging rosacea and eczma raddled skin, but this smacks of a marketing dept justifying their existence. (Posted on 07/02/2014)
    Too Oily for Oily skin - ingreidents PALM OIL
    Review by Kevin
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    Ok so, Paula has said on many reviews on this very webiste that palm oil can clog pores.. yet continues to put it in her product designed for all skin types.Therefore, no surprise I had a breakout. I must admit not a major breakout - two yellow heads because I used BHA 2% liquid before applying (which i highly recommend) Although I didn't like this product, the texture is silky gel like, great for dry skin types although obviously retinol can be drying I think the kernel and palm oil has sort of counter-balanced the dryness as I have not experienced any what so ever. Although I have previously been using Retin-a for several months prior to changing to this. I cannot really comment on results as I haven't used it for full 12 weeks, which most retinol products require to actually see any difference. Although my skin has not been irritated by this product, skin feels smoothers next morning. Although I think this is more down to 2% BHA liquid, which is best product Paula has to offer for oily skin. All in all - I don't hate this product, just for the money I would prefer one with more suitable ingredients for oliy/combo skin.
    (Posted on 08/01/2014)
    Review by Alex
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    I had received a deluxe sample for this, and before it was over I had order the full size. I am early thirties with oily combination skin, and I always suffered from mild acne. This product worked miracles for me. I did not experience any break out period that people say that happens with retinol. I have been using it for almost 3 months now, and my acne has complete gone and my skin tone has tremendously improved. Perhaps it is worth mentioning that I alternate with the 2% BHA gel. In summary, I would recommend to try this if you are interested in a retinol product. (Posted on 05/01/2014)
    The best thing ever!
    Review by Toni
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    Been using this only five nights and can see a visibly difference in my skin! My skin is more radiant ja clearer and pores and blemishes has vanished. The most amazing thing is with the lines, they are already less vissible and the hole skin is firmer.
    I like that its emollient, so i dont need moisturizer after this.
    At nights i use pore reducing toner/resist toner and 2 % bha and this serum, mornings use same toners and bha, resist light serum and the new skin balancing spf 30 moisturizer.

    (Posted on 27/07/2013)
    Great texture bad results
    Review by Farhana
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    Although I love the smooth texture of this serum which glides onto your skin and is absorbed in seconds, it dries out your skin and irritates it. I tried to stick with, but my skin is now red and raw. I have oily skin and don't understand what exactly made my skin so dry?
    Customer Care: We are sorry to hear of your experience and discomfort. We understand that each person will respond differently to products and ingredients. We will contact you to discuss an alternative for this product. (Posted on 30/05/2013)
    faulty packaging
    Review by Marlena
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    I did not have much chance to use this product as it came with a faulty pump and I had to press 20 times to get a tiny bit of it. Then I took it with me on holiday in the mountains and it leaked so badly that there was almost nothing left in the bottle. I am back to skin recovery super antioxidant concentrate serum but would like to try the resist retinol serum again.
    Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that the pump of this product was malfunctioning. Please always contact our Customer Care Team in case of such an issue, so we can solve it to your satisfaction. (Posted on 14/04/2013)
    Excellent - with a caveat
    Review by Artemis
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    A little goes a long way and it makes my skin soft and radiant - just like all the other Paula's products I use. I do believe this product has helped A LOT with wrinkles around my eyes and also my decolletage, which was beginning to show a crease - I can see that it's literally stopped it from happening. So big rave for the results. The caveat I referred to is that I think it can give me spots around my mouth and on the chin. I try to counteract this by using it every other evening and generally avoiding the sensitive area. (Posted on 22/03/2013)
    not so great
    Review by alexandra
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    I've used this product on my face only twice as the first time I had 3 nasty spots come up the morning after I used it. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried again a week later but I again had spots come up overnight, so I think this product is too thick, greasy and possibly silicone based? I might get a spot 2 or 3 times a year normally, and I've never had this reaction from a serum before but I did find it very greasy and heavy and not very pleasant to use on my face, so I'm using it up just on my hands instead. Disappointing product. Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We do wish you could have seen better results with this product. Result times may vary from person to person and depend on the extent of the concern you are addressing. We encourage you to contact customer care to discuss your skin type and how the product was being used. we will be more than pleased assisting in finding an alternative for you. (Posted on 28/02/2013)
    Excellent product
    Review by Susie
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    This is a brilliant product which is very well packaged (for maintenance of the active ingredients as well as aesthetics). I have sensitive dry skin and rosacea and have found this to be absolutely excellent for my skin. It glides on smoothly and is quite quickly soaked up by the skin. I have been using PC products for years and have never had any problems with my skin (and most people think I look at least 10 years younger than I am - SPF 30 every day combined with antioxidant serum :-). Worth every penny! (Posted on 19/02/2013)
    Irritated my eyes
    Review by Frances
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    I'm always cautious of products that contain retinol and this one has brought very mixed results for me. The slightly sun-damaged skin on my chest is definitely smoother but the skin round my eyes looks now looks crepey and flakey, my crows' feet are more pronounced and I have a strange new semicircular line above my eyelid that simply wasn't there before.
    Noting that the product is specifically advertised as being perfect for the area round the eyes, I persisted after the first application (with moisturiser) when the skin felt tight - but left two days before trying again. The skin started to flake: more moisturiser and another wait before my third attempt. I don't know if matters will approve with further applications but I'm not prepared to take the risk. I've resorted to petroleum jelly to soothe matters.I see belatedly from your American website that a significant minority of customers experienced the same side effects that I did. Bearing that in mind, is it a good idea to market this as "perfect" for the eye area?While generally a fan of your products and service - with reservations about the pricing - I'd have appreciated a warning that some people with sensitive skin should proceed with care when using this around their eyes. Customer Care : Thank you for your review. We do wish this product could have worked for you! However you are correct, it is our most potent Retinol Serum and may not work for those with more sensitive skin types.We will certainly pass your comments along to Paula and our product development manager. If you have any questions please feel free to contact customer care, we are always happy to help!
    (Posted on 31/10/2012)
    visible improvement
    Review by Rochelle
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    This really is an exceptional product, the improvement in my skin is very visible but best of all it feels wonderful. I have not been economical in my use of this product and use it twice daily now, I will definitely be reordering! (Posted on 10/10/2012)
    Excellent Product
    Review by Petra
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    This is the most fantastic product I have ever used! I use it at night and then apply the hydrating mask on top - my skin has never looked so perfect (hydrated, even skin tone, wrinkles less visible). After reading all the reviews on the US website I was slightly concerned that it may be too strong for my skin as I usually react to even basic exfoliating products, AHA etc but no reaction sofar. I used to spend an absolute fortune on skincare and my skin never looked this good -so 10 out of 10 for value for money / consistency of serum and most importantly result. (Posted on 25/04/2012)
    Really works
    Review by Galina
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    This is the best night product I've used so far. Using it with Resist exfoliants and even without applying a night cream my skin looks and feels great in the morning.. Love it! (Posted on 28/03/2012)
    my new favorite product
    Review by Johanna
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    I love everything about it. The packaging is really chique, the serum smells lovely and is easy to use. The best bit is that it works wonders. I have been using other Resist products for a while, so my skin already looked very good for its 49 years of age but this serum adds more benefits: It plumps the skin even more and makes it look yet younger. What more to ask for? It is difficult to determine when to order a new bottle as it is impossible to tell how much of the product is used up. I would hate to run out of it so next time I will order two at once. (Posted on 24/03/2012)
    Simply amazing stuff
    Review by Lisa
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    I was already in love with the RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, but this product combines the best features of it with the power of retinol. I use it every night, starting with the weekly resurfacing treatment, then the retinol serum. Wow, if feels so great on my skin, and the best part is that in the morning I wake up with hardly any wrinkles on my brow! It definitely has a tightening effect on my face. And after only a week of using it I can already see some improvements in my wrinkles. My 47 year old face loves it. I was using a retinol product before this, but it used to irritate my skin so that I could only use it for a few days at a time then needed to take a break, but I don't have that with the resist retinol serum. The only problem is that I have other expensive night creams in my bathroom that I should use up, but every night I can't bear to put anything else but Paula's Choice serum on my face! Please never stop making this and thanks for keeping the price so reasonable. (Posted on 08/03/2012)

    How should this product be used?

    Smooth a few drops onto your face, neck, and eye area before moisturizing (or use alone). For daytime, follow with a product rated SPF 15 or greater. If alternating with Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, we recommend applying the Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum at night, after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating with the Paula’s Choice products suitable for your skin type and concerns.
    Skin Type
    All Skin Types
    Special Needs
    Wrinkles Normal to Dry Skin, Wrinkles Dry to Very Dry Skin
    Additional info
  • Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum can be used with any moisturizer, sunscreen, or topical prescription medicine, including prescription retinoids.
  • If worn during the day, be sure to protect your skin with a moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater (and greater is better).
  • Works beautifully as a foundation primer (apply sparingly and allow to set before applying makeup).
  • Ongoing, substantiated research has shown that topical application of antioxidants will help reduce irritation and inflammation – two major problems for the health and short and long-term appearance of the skin.
  • Despite the many benefits retinol has, there is no single “best” anti-aging ingredient for skin. The retinol plus multiple antioxidants in this formula were chosen for their well-researched track records and history of being able to improve signs of aging. We’ve also included potent anti-irritants to ensure compatibility with sensitive skin.
  • What makes this product unique?

    Paula’s Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum is an exclusive formula that utilizes a proprietary blend of highly stabilized retinol, potent antioxidants, and skin-repairing ingredients. Its soothing, silky texture goes to work immediately to help skin of any age look and act younger. With ongoing use, you will see fewer wrinkles, smoother skin, and improved skin tone. This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

    Who is this product for?

    Anyone concerned with improving the appearance of aging skin and helping sun-damaged skin repair itself so it functions in a younger, healthier manner. Ideal for use with Paula’s Choice Resist line of anti-aging products. May be alternated with our best-selling Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.
    Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent/suspending agent), Dimethiconol (silicone slip agent/suspending agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (skin-conditioning agent), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (emollient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (skin-repairing ingredient), Phenyl Trimethicone (silicone slip agent), Squalane (emollient), Bisabolol (anti-irritanting agent), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), 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).

    Sources to support the claims made for Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum:

    Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, September 2011, ePublication; Experimental Dermatology, July 2011, pages 572–576; Fitoterapia, March 2011, pages 208–211; Lipids, September 2010, pages 833–841; Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, January-February 2010, pages 35–43; The Journal of Dermatological Treatment, May 2009, pages 276–281; Journal of the Indian Medical Association, April 2009, pages 219–222; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, June 2008, pages 369–381; International Journal of Cosmetic Science, June 2008, pages 175–182; Journal of Dermatological Science, May 2008, pages 99–107; Archives of Dermatology, May 2007, pages 606–612; and Clinical Interventions in Aging, April 2006, pages 327-348.

    Is Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum better than the other Paula’s Choice serums?

    Not better, just different. Think of it like broccoli and carrots: both are good for you but provide different nutritional benefits your body needs to be healthy. Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum was formulated with a greater amount of retinol to provide a higher degree of wrinkle repair – but all Paula’s Choice serums contain an array of ingredients proven to help repair wrinkles and other signs of aging.

    Can I use two Paula’s Choice products with retinol, such as Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum?

    Yes, this is fine; however, if you noticed that applying such products at the same time causes signs of irritation (such as redness or flaking) it would be best to apply one in the morning and the other at night, or consider switching to Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, which is retinol-free.

    Can I use Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum with my prescription retinoid product (examples: Renova, Retin-A, generic tretinoin).

    Yes, but generally speaking, you don’t necessarily need to use retinol and a prescription retinoid. Many will do fine with one or the other, or you can apply the prescription retinoid at night and apply the retinol product during the day, always being sure to protect your skin with a product rated SPF 15 or greater. Keep in mind that using multiple retinoid products increases the risk of irritation, which is never the goal. With retinoids, more is not automatically better!

    Can I apply Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum with a product medicated with benzoyl peroxide?

    Yes. For best results, apply the benzoyl peroxide product to breakout-prone areas, allow to dry, then follow with Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. Note that benzoyl peroxide should not be applied at the same time as the prescription retinoid tretinoin, as it renders this active ingredient ineffective. It does not appear to have this same effect on retinol.

    Can I layer Paula’s Choice serums? Do I need to do this?
    Yes, you can and it does not matter which serum is applied first. Experiment to see which order of serum application works best for you.
    No, you do not need to layer serums as every Paula’s Choice serum treats skin to an array of brilliant ingredients. But for those who desire to apply more than one of our serums at the same time, it is fine to do this after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating. Because layering two serums plus your daytime moisturizer may feel too heavy under makeup, we recommend those who wish to layer our serums do so at night.

    I keep depressing the pump, but no product is coming out.
    The pump is not broken as you might think, but it is a so called airless pump. 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.
    We kindly request you to please try again. If the pump still isn’t working please contact us.

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