Resist Anti-Aging 5% AHA Exfoliant
Hydrating exfoliant corrects uneven skin tone and minimises fine lines and wrinkles.
- Skin Type: Normal skin, Dry skin
- Concern: Anti-Ageing, Brown spots, Very dry skin
- Ingredients: Ceramides, Glycolic acid/AHA, Salicylic Acid/BHA View all
- Routine: Exfoliate
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Resist Anti-Aging 5% AHA Exfoliant
What does it do?
Gentle daily exfoliation for youthful radiance.
Formulated with 5% AHA (glycolic acid), this gentle leave-on exfoliant removes dead skin cells, revealing smooth, radiant, younger-looking skin. This lightweight hydrating lotion improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin, corrects uneven skin tone and minimises fine lines and wrinkles.
Is this suitable for my skin?
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Fights signs of ageing
Removes built-up dead skin cells
Leaves skin softer and smoother
How to use
When using an AHA exfoliant for the first time, introduce it into your routine slowly. Start by using your exfoliant once every other day, and then increase usage to once or twice daily based on your skin’s response.
Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Apply a coin-sized amount over the entire face, including the eyes (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, always follow with a moisturiser containing a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.
What are the key ingredients?
Major components of skin’s outer layers, necessary for their water-retention capacity and provide replenishing and restoring benefits.
Can help shed dead skin cells to renew skin’s surface, visibly softening signs of ageing, particularly from sun damage. Can act as a water-binding agent.
Primarily an exfoliant, helps to shed dead skin on the surface and inside the pore, therefore effective for reducing breakouts and blackheads. It also has soothing properties.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards. As with all cosmetics, avoid direct contact with the eyes.
Aqua, Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Dimethicone (hydrations/texture enhancer), Polyacrylamide (texture-enhancing), PPG-14 Butyl Ether (texture-enhancing), Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NG (skin replenishing), Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane (skin-soothing/antioxidant derived from curcumin), Tetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethane (skin-soothing/antioxidant derived from curcumin), Tetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane (skin-soothing/antioxidant derived from curcumin), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant/skin-soothing), Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates (vitamin E-based antioxidant), PEG-10 Phytosterol (texture-enhancing), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydrations/texture enhancers), Cyclohexasiloxane (hydrations/texture enhancers), Dimethiconol (hydrations/texture enhancers), Tribehenin (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (texture enhancing), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (texture enhancing), PEG-40 Stearate (texture enhancing), Sorbitan Stearate (texture enhancing), PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), C13-14 Isoparaffin (solvent), Laureth-7 (texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Caprylyl Glycol (preservative), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (pH adjuster), Hexylene Glycol (solvent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Good to know before you start using your exfoliant.
It is best to gradually build up use of an AHA product. Start by using your exfoliant once every other day and then increase usage to once or twice daily based on your skin’s response. You need to experiment a bit to see what suits your skin best. During the day, always use a moisturiser with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. Your skin will in fact be slightly more sensitive to sunlight when using an exfoliant, so the chance of sunburn and sun damage is slightly higher.
How should I alternate using Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant?
Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant 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 Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on night(s) you do not apply the Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant. 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 30 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.
Creamy cleanser gently yet effectively removes dirt and makeup for clean, smooth skin.
Gentle, milky toner offers superior hydration while minimising the appearance of wrinkles.
Antioxidant serum with vitamin C works to firm, brighten and improve uneven skin tone.
Protects skin from the sun and improves skin tone.
Hydrating moisturiser with 0.01% retinol combats signs of ageing & reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
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