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Resist Anti-Aging Brightening Essence

  • Lightweight fluid works to revitalise a dull complexion, for radiant-looking skin.

    Unfortunately this product has been discontinued. It will also not be available in the future. Maybe you’d like to try our C15 Super Booster or Radiance Renewal Mask as an alternative product.

  • Skin Type: All Skin Types
  • Concern: Anti-Ageing , Brown spots , Dull skin
  • Ingredients: Arbutin , Bearberry Extract , Vitamin C View all
  • Routine: Treatment
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  • What does it do?

    Revitalise and brighten dull skin.

    This lightweight essence combines the illuminating power of arbutin with a unique blend of plant extracts and vitamins that are proven to counteract a dull, uneven complexion. The formula is infused with two types of hyaluronic acid leaving skin glowing and hydrated.

  • Key Features

    Brightens skin

    Fades brown spots

    Promotes radiant-looking skin

  • How to use

    Apply 2-3 drops to face and neck, after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating, once or twice daily. Do not rinse. Follow with a serum and/or moisturiser. For daytime, always follow with a moisturiser containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

  • Reviews

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    Lauren - Diasppointed
    I love Paula's Choice products and there are many that are staples in my skincare routine however this product is a little disappointing. I don't see any difference in my complexion or radiance after using the product. I would not purchase this again. Although there are many other products within the range that I love!
    I have been using this product for just over a month now, but haven't seen any visible difference in my skin apart from having quite a few spots on my cheeks. It doesn't absorb into my skin and seems to create a barrier which prevents any other serum or moisturiser from being absorbed as well, and make up just slides off. I have been using Paulas Choice products for a couple of years now and can't rate them highly enough, but won't be buying this one again.
    Rafaela - Amazing dewy skin
    I have normal to dehydrated skin, with a few acne scars on my chin. I also suffer from really dull skin. This product makes me glow, my whole face looks like I have super illuminating makeup on. It has also helped with the red marks, but I think I need to use it for longer to see if they will completely disappear.
    Peony1318 - Just ok
    I have combination skin with some uneven pigmentation around the chin area and wanted to try this out to see if it might brighten and even out my skin tone in general . It is very watery and absorbs very well into the skin. Unfortunately apart from that it did nothing at all for me , I appreciate the pump bottle and the fact that it glides on smoothly over my skin and almost instantly absorbs but it did nothing for brightening at all. It is also very expensive for what you get . I only purchased this about two months ago and only use one drop at night and the bottle is almost empty ! I have noticed no change at all , very disappointed .
    Maria - Ultimate Glow
    I cannot be without this product. The glow and luminescence it gives my skin makes it a daily must. I use it every am just before sunscreen, but I have been applying it frequently before bed as well. It pairs very well with the Brightening Essense Mask which I use a couple times a week. Lovely!
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  • Ingredients

    What are the key ingredients?

    Has an increasing amount of research attesting to its effectiveness for brightening an uneven skin tone.

    Bearberry Extract
    Has antioxidant properties, and there is some research showing it can have skin-brightening properties.

    Vitamin C
    One of the most well-researched vitamins for skin, shown to improve the look of multiple signs of ageing, brighten uneven skin tone, as well as provide skin-restoring and soothing benefits.

    Aqua, Butylene Glycol (hydration/penetration enhancer), Glycerin (skin-replenishing), Arbutin (skin-brightening), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-restoring ingredient), Ascorbyl Glucoside (vitamin C/antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (soothing extract), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract (brightening plant extract), Morus Alba (WhiteMulberry) Root Extract (brightening plant extract), Niacinamide (skin-restoring ingredient), etanorulayH muidoS (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-replenishing/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring ingredient), Allantoin (skin-soothing), enisonedA (skin-restoring), Silanetriol (antioxidant), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (texture enhancer), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Sodium Citrate (preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

  • Faq

    What makes the Resist Brightening Essence different from other products in our line?

    Resist Brightening Essence combines research-proven ingredients that work together to create a more even, luminous complexion. It is the only Paula’s Choice brightening product that combines arbutin with acetyl glucosamine, vitamin C, and plant extracts that address skin pigmentation concerns.

  • Expert Advice


Phytochemistry Letters, Volume 13, 2015, pages 35-40; Journal of Cosmetic Science, January 2012, pages 43-54; Asian Journal of Chemistry, April 2012, pages 1805–1808 The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, March 2014, pages 27-29; and February 2010, pages 22-41; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Volume 13, April 2008, pages 20–24; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, September 2010, pages 218-225; March 2007, pages 20-26; and December 2006, pages 309-315; Skin Research and Technology, May 2006, pages 105-113; Pigment Cell Research, August 1998, pages 206-212