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  • Resist Anti-Aging Weekly Resurfacing Treatment AHA Full size

Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Weekly Exfoliant

  • Potent, weekly exfoliant reveals radiant, dramatically younger skin overnight.

    We’re sorry, our Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Weekly Exfoliant will be discontinued. Stock up while you still can! It will soon be replaced by our Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant. This milky exfoliant contains a blend of four AHAs for radiant, younger-looking skin.

  • Skin Type: Normal skin, Dry skin
  • Concern: Anti-Ageing , Brown spots , Very dry skin
  • Ingredients: Green Tea Extract , Glycolic acid/AHA , Licorice root extract View all
  • Routine: Exfoliate
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  • What does it do?

    Boost your skincare regime overnight.

    Add this leave-on exfoliant with 10% glycolic acid (AHA) and powerful antioxidants to your weekly skincare routine to reveal radiant, dramatically younger skin overnight. Experience improved texture, colour and tone with a noticeable reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage.

  • Key Features

    Restores moisture balance

    Reduces signs of ageing

    Softens rough skin

  • 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.

    Use only at night after cleansing and toning. Apply with a cotton pad (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids) and leave on or rinse off after 10 minutes depending on your skin’s sensitivity. Follow with an antioxidant serum and/or moisturiser. Do not use any other exfoliants or scrubs on the night of this treatment.

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    Paula - Bottle of magic
    So I bought this little beauty as I was getting a bit down about my frown lines . Any ways I used it the first night not having much hope ( sorry Paula's Choice ) . Well I woke in morning I was at sink brushing my teeth along side hubby I looked in the mirror and was like who stole my frown lines . Even hubby agreed my skin looked firmer and less sad . Have had a fair few complements on my skin of late (this never happened before . So a big thumbs up from me
    Nevinson - Not for sensitive skin
    I have tried this a few times and it’s not for me. It left my skin irritated and my face red. I tried it because it says for all skin types but it not for my sensitive skin

    Customer Care: Hello, and thank you for sharing your experience with us - we're sorry to hear this didn't work as expected for you, but we are glad that you used our return policy.
    Jen7 - Not sure yet
    I bought sachets to try and have used 3 so far (once weekly) and my skin does feel softer and must be getting used to the exfoliant as it no longer stings when I apply it to my combination skin. However, I haven't seen a difference in how my skin looks. I'll persevere with the rest of the sachets I have but I'm not sure I'll be purchasing a full bottle.
    Jemma - Excellent
    Great product and would recommend as an alternative to the traditional face scrub to exfoliate. It leaves the skin feeling soft and radiant. Would be five stars but was a little disappointed in the amount I got for the price.
    Lorraine - Not for me
    After reading many positive reviews I decided to try this product considering that many people thought it was worth the price although expensive. I have been using this for the past few months and on a positive note it does last a very long time however unfortunately for me I have seen no results. As we all know, one's skin can take a few weeks to months to even years to show improvement so I decided to be patient and wait to see any changes. I have large pores, an uneven tone and texture and fine lines so I had hoped that this would help but I haven't noticed any changes.

    Customer Care: Thank you for your review. We're sorry to hear that this product has not worked for you. 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 our customer care team for an alternative product recommendation.
    Gemma - Stung but great results
    I got a sample size of this and found it stung like a b**** when I put it on! Why did it do that?
    However in the morning my skin looked lovely - fresh revived and smooth textured. After washing with the clear pore normalising cleanser it felt better than ever. I wish you did a trial size version of this as I will probably buy a couple of sample sachets but don't want to buy a full bottle.
    Ann M - Yes, yes, yes
    I can honestly say I saw a real difference after just one use! I have used the lesser strenght 5%AHA exfoliator daily for 3 weeks and saw a little difference in the texture of my skin....but OMG after I used this 5 days ago my skin has just transformed. My foundation looks fabulous and Stay great all day. I love how my skin feels so soft! Did feel a little tingle on my skin but wore off after a few minutes. i am 58 and have normal/dry skin (also an underactive thryroid doesnt help with dryness). I am told I have good skin for my age but even so this has made the world of difference. Along with 5% AHA, i also use 0.1% Resist retinol every evening and 1% Retinol weekly (taking it slowly with 1%).... After years of seraching i have finally found PC skin care products work really well for me! Thank you Paula
    Amanda - Oh, so good!
    Yes, there really are skin care products that make you exclaim "Oh, my giddy aunt!" and this is one of them. I bought the trial size sachets, 7 of them and have used 2 thus far. I'm impatient so left on overnight rather than for 10 minutes despite initial redness and a bit of burning but come the morning and boy, was I glad I did! My skin looked smoother, fine lines less noticeable and it's cleaner. Whether it's just this product or a combination of all the PC ones I used, the redness on my cheeks is much, much less.

    I have booked the day (or evening) in my calendar to make sure I use this product regularly and keep up its good work. I prefer using a weekly exfoliant to a daily one and this is fantastic, in my opinion. I will keep on using and using and using....

    However, I am going to say it again...delivery sucks! My first delivery took 5 days and the second one took 7 days so I wonder how long my just placed third order will take to arrive?

    Customer Care: Thank your for your feedback. We are sorry to hear of the delivery issues. Orders are being sent from our warehouse in the Netherlands, therefore currently it can take up to 9 work days (weekends and public holidays excluded) for the parcel to reach you. However we are monitoring this closely and hope to be able to offer faster options in the near future.
    nafi - Poreless.....
    I have used product for a least 4 months and in this time I can confidently say that I no longer have white heads poking out the pores on my nose which was the main reason I tried this product. I use it twice a week and my skin is now very smooth and soft with less visible pores. I still have a lot of product left.Try it, its worth it.
    Cynthia - Does the job!
    I've used various exfoliants over the years, even going as far as microdermasion and chemical skin peels, but this one ticks all the boxes. It has brightened up my skin and definitely reduced my fine lines and pigmentation. Admittedly at first it did sting upon application, but as my skin has got used to it I have increased the frequency of use. I now normally use this two nights running and then on the following two nights I will focus on moisturising, and then start again. Just to note I am dark skinned and was sceptical at first about trying something new, especially since I have been so heavily dependant on my dermatologist for the past ten years! But I am pleased to say that after lots of research I am happy I have taken that step. Paula's Choice products are awesome :)
    Ieva - Good but not enough
    I've been using this for over a month twice a week and it helps to smoothen my skin a bit and minimize wrinkles but this effect lasts only for 1 day... quite disappointing as it's not cheap.
    Mmadi - Sample Review
    The sample packaging is bad. By the time it got to me , the product seemed to have seeped out of the packet so I had nothing to sample. A real shame because I have had success with other products and was looking forward to trying it.

    Customer Care: Thank you for the review. We are sorry to hear of the leaking sample, which is not the usual. We will be contacting you by email to arrange for a replacement.
    Ellie - Noticeably glowing smoother skin
    I've been using this product for almost a year (the bottle lasts!) typically once a week and every time I do I receive complimentss on how well I look. I've been using PC for a while but this product (and the Resist Daily 2% BHA) in particular has really helped with my hyper pigmentation and skin texture to the point where I'm a lot more comfortable having make-up free days. I find it works best when I use it the night before a day where I don't plan to wear any makeup. I like to let my freshly exfoliated skin breath for a day before applying makeup. In the day I use the SPF 30 moisturiser from the clear range. It's definitely one of my staple products. I'm a dark-skinned black woman with combination skin. Highly recommend this to help with the hyper pigmentation we often have.
    Lynda - Love this.
    This is so easy to use. I haven't found it drying at all ( unlike a couple of the moisturisers) in fact I have now purchased the daily 5% one as well. Really very impressed with both. As someone who can't be bothered with exfoliation,this couldn't be easier. I started with a sample,but have bought the full size now. Great stuff!
    Daniel - paula knows
    well done paula it delivers and how !! hero product congratulations. also a first in serious eye refining, all other companies want to sell eye serums creams etc. you address this in a scientific and simple way...
    Eunyoung - Instant result
    Felt quite harsh on skin at first but after about 2 week's use (i.e. twice), my skin re-adjusted itself and now sloughs off as regularly as I exfoliate with this now. It really does make my skin feel like butter, and sometime if I go over a week without this treatment, my skin feels a bit tight and then soon gets better after leaving this treatment on overnight. It seems quite effective (if I have slight skin trouble or a slight cut from plucking, seems to sting skin but... as long as it doesn't do my body any harm, I can stand it) so much so that I am wondering about the 5% AHA daily treatment. I mean... couldn't I just use this weekly treatment and leave it at that? I wonder...
    Marlene - Good
    I purchased bottles of both the 10% AHA Exfoliant and the 5% AHA Exfoliant after receiving samples and liking them. So it has now been about a month since I started using this exfoliant and I use it just once a week. Unlike the 5% exfoliant which has a cream consistency, this exfoliant is watery and I put a few drops onto a cotton pad and wipe it over my face and neck. I think it's pricey but will last a very long time. Now, how does it feel on my skin? It does sting on application but that goes away very quickly and I also do get a slight redness on my cheeks but I use this just before I moisturise and go to bed and by the next morning my skin is great. I can't honestly say that it is this particular product which has made vast differences to my skin but I'm sure it helps...a lot! Using Paula's Choice skincare products in my skincare regime, my skin is not only feeling and looking better but I am actually getting remarks from other people that my skin looks good - now that's never happened before! Only wish the consistency of this exfoliant could be the same as the 5% creamy exfoliant but definitely give this a try.
    Lucy - Mixed reactions
    The first time I used this on my combination skin, I loved it. It left me with smooth, glowing skin in the morning and even seemed to reduce blackheads. The second time, it tingled and irritated my skin to the point where I washed it off after five minutes and the ne t morning my skin was a little blotchy. I used the same products to wash my face prior to applying the treatment so who knows? Environment factors can't always be accounted for. I would advise anyone to buy a few samples, try it and see how they get on.
    Laura - Wonderful stuff
    I ordered this as part of the Resist sample pack (highly recommend the packs, by the way - a great way to work out your routine). Well, so many others have said it and I have to repeat it - WOW! I woke up with a new looking face - smooth, plump, refined texture. I have managed 3 goes out of my sample pack and will be purchasing the full size bottle soon. It's a game changer!
    Ad - Love love love!!!
    I absolutely love this exfoliant. I'm generally very pleased with all my choices so far from PC. I love how smooth and supple my skin feels after using this product. It, like the other products I use, is one of my staples. My years of frustration over my facial skin are over! I hope that they continue to give great results.
    Hussain - LOVE LOVE this Product
    This is great, even if you dont have ageing skin (lines and wrinkles) but have a lot of brown discolouration left on the skin from past blemishes this is a great product for you makes you skin much more brighter looking and overall more healthy! so win win all the way
    Alannah - Love this product.
    This product is like an overnight facial treatment for my skin. I typically use it once a week, and this is enough to keep my skin's tendency towards dry patches at bay. I love how glowing and soft this makes my skin.
    Hannah - Love this product
    ordered a sample of this product as i didnt know if the 10% may be a little too strong for my skin, but it worked wonders.
    I only use once, sometimes twice a week, as any more would be too much for my skin and cause breakouts.
    After using my skin feels so smooth and soft, and looks much healthier and clearer.
    Paulas choice products have worked wonders on my skin. I cant recommend them enough.
    sara - does what is says :)
    3 words to describe this product 'amazing amazing amazing'. I use it every other night, even though my skin is very sensitive as I have just come of acne treatment it has reacted well to this product. After my treatment for acne, I am left with little scars however I have red marks which I know will soon fade away. However I wanted to speed up the process, after using this product just for a month the red marks are almost gone. This product is really amazing. I saw a difference in my skin just after 1 week and even my colleagues at work commented on my skin looking fresh and having a health glow. Thanks Paul's Choice! you have given me my confidence back.
    Andrew - An improvement on the BHA line, in my opinion.
    Firstly, this is a great product, in a liquid format that's easy to apply; just tap out a little in the palm of your hand, and apply with your fingers, simple! This method rids the need for cotton pads, and removes wastage (some people, I note, complain of this - no need to, in my opinion).
    Now, secondly, this product - I have used the BHAs - has proved much kinder on the skin (no drying - after experimentation of no. of times used in a week) and has been better at removing my blackheads; I now use this product exclusively (the BHAs where far too drying). I do wash the product off after 30 minutes or so, and only use 4 times per week (with a day in-between), which works well for me and my skin (normal to dry, but sometimes a little oily). And just a tip, rosehip seed oil works well when put on after this product. Customer care : Thank you for your review. Depending on the the sensitivity of your skin you can leave the RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% AHA on overnight or rinse off after minimum 10 minutes.
    Bumbalina - Does what it says on the bottle
    What an amazing experience to use something that actually does what it says. I have lost count of the things I have tried that promise to improve the appearance of fine lines, skin texture etc etc only to be disappointed. This really does work. I only use this every couple of weeks and it really seems to have come into its own over the winter months in getting rid of dry patches. This also worked well when my skin reacted to an inhalable decongestant that left red, scaly, spotty patches around my nose. After 2 applications in a week the patches had gone. As someone who has congested combination skin I'd just like to add a bit of personal experience that might be usful to others: I started using this when I started using the products for combination skin and found that at first it made my skin breakout. However now that my blackheads have cleared up after using the beta hydroxy exfoliant my skin does not breakout now when using this. I use at night before slapping on the Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum to wake up to soft, glowing, evenly toned skin and reduced fine lines. Marvellous.
    miladear - fantastic!
    This product is one of the very few skincare products I can honestly say I can't be without. It provides amazing results after one use only and every morning after using it I wake up with smoother, clearer, glowing skin. I have combination skin and often apply it 3-4 times a week. After using it for 3 months, I still have 3/4 of the bottle left, it's very economical. It's my one product to use if I want to look my very best the day after. Simply amazing!
    b0bbarella - Excellent - really works
    this stuff is amazing. you can really notice the different quite quite quickly. works great in combination with the daily smoothing treatment ( i prefer this for my face). recommended.
    xGoofyxGooberxYeahx - Amazing!!
    This stuff is absolutely the holy grail of radiant skin in my opinion. I have been using it for about three weeks and barely a day goes by now without someone saying to me "wow your skin looks so smooth!" I use it every other day which is what my skin seems able to tolerate. If I had to choose one product to buy from paula's choice (all of them are pretty good though) this would be it!
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  • Ingredients

    What are the key ingredients?

    Green Tea Extract
    Possesses potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties and has impressive research in terms of its many benefits for skin, including anti-ageing properties.

    Glycolic acid/AHA
    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.

    Licorice root extract
    Plant extract that has potent antioxidant and skin-soothing properties. Can be effective in improving the look of an uneven skin tone.

    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, Methylpropanediol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (Alpha Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (hydration/skin-soothing), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract (skin-soothing), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract (antioxidant), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (skin-soothing), Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract (antioxidant), xilaS Alba (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), xilaS Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Propylene Glycol (solvent), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

  • Faq

    Is it OK to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment more than once per week?
    Yes, but we do not recommend doing so until you've seen how your skin responds to this treatment. Overuse may not provide better results; most people will find using this at night either once a week or up to 2 or 3 times per week produces great results, and you can use another Paula's Choice exfoliant on other nights. If you have advanced sun damage 4 or 5 times a week may be extremely beneficial.

    How should I alternate using Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment?
    Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment is recommended for use at night, at least once but up to 4 or 5 times per week. Since we do not advise using other exfoliants at the same time that you apply Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, you can apply Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment as part of your morning skincare routine or on nights you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. In the morning, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment should be applied after cleansing and toning. Follow with a serum and/or moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater.

    Can I use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with one of the Resist skin lighteners?
    Yes, but not at the same time. This is because both of our Resist skin lighteners contain an exfoliant (the Lotion has glycolic acid and the Gel has salicylic acid). If you're using one of our Resist skin lighteners, you may apply it in the morning or on the nights you do not apply the Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

    Can I use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment at the same time as one of Paula's Choice BHA products?
    We do not recommend the use of any other exfoliant, including Paula's Choice BHA products with salicylic acid, be applied at the same time as Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment. Doing so increases the risk of irritation that excessive exfoliation can cause and irritation is never the goal. It is fine to apply any of our BHA products in the morning or on the nights you are not applying Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment.

    Is Resist Weekly Resurfacing 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 Weekly Resurfacing Treatment to the eyelid or underbrow area

    What if my skin experiences a stinging or tingling sensation from Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?
    Upon application to cleansed, toned skin, some people may experience a small amount of tingling or feel a stinging sensation. This is normal and it should dissipate quickly and stop with ongoing use. If the tingling or stinging sensation does not stop or worsens, or if your skin becomes red or feels like it's burning, immediately rinse Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with plain water and gently pat dry. Should this occur, ongoing use is not recommended. You may want to try another Paula's Choice exfoliant and our Customer Service team is happy to help you select an alternate option.

    I am using a prescription retinoid product. Is it OK for me to use Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment?
    Yes, but be aware that the prescription retinoid may increase your skin's sensitivity to this AHA treatment. We recommend proceeding with caution, and only applying Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment once per week. You would apply it before your prescription retinoid product and either rinse the Resurfacing Treatment after 10 minutes or wait until it has absorbed before applying your prescription retinoid.

    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.

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