Paula’s Choice has been so busy this past year or so. It seems that there is a constant stream of new skincare products coming out.
In fact, I just received another anti-aging moisturizer and a spare for a giveaway a few days ago. But today I am writing about Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA with lactic, glycolic and malic acids for normal to dry skin.
After using Paula’s Choice RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA for several months (reviewed here), my skin was ready to up the ante. I was not quite finished with the bottle of the 5%, a beige cream serum, when the new Advanced Smoothing 10% arrived on my doorstep.
I’ve been using the 10% AHA exfoliant twice a day for almost a month, and I love it even more than the 5%. For one thing, because I started out with the 5%, my skin was prepared for it.
Secondly, it’s a milky white liquid that is very easily absorbed by my skin. Most of the time, I apply it first on my cleansed skin. It’s even more lightweight than my hyaluronic acid essences, so it seems like a good first step. Advanced Smoothing Treatment comes with a dosing dropper. Push the button atop the bottle, and the dropper takes up one dose of the serum.
I also like the fact that there’s a clear slot on the side of the bottle so I can see how much is left. Very helpful indeed!
Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA is recommended for normal to dry skin, and it suits me well. I haven’t felt any tingling or any sensation at all on my skin when I use the 10% AHA formulation. I pat on the serum on my face, neck and even near my eyes (avoiding my dry eyelids), and it dries quickly. Then I apply my HA serum, and then my anti-aging cream/moisturizer, and at night, I put on top of it all The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30%.
The serum can be used to combat a number of skin issues:
- to firm skin
- to minimize pores
- to fade dark spots
- to minimize fine lines.
I love what this serum is doing for my skin in terms of firmness. I apply it to my jawline too to try to keep that skin firm. Very important! I don’t have large pores, so I can’t say too much about that.
I had been seeing the development of fine lines below my eye sockets, and they are less visible now. After seeing that success, I will try another area that I hadn’t really targeted. I have some disturbing lines around my lips, and I will try to apply the serum carefully to those areas, avoiding my super dry lips, and see if it will help diminish those lines.
Since the serum was also designed to help fade “serious sun damage”, I’ve been monitoring my dark spots. Although my two darkest and most stubborn spots have not changed, two other lesser areas on my face have faded somewhat. I’m consider trying using a little on the backs of my hands where I have a lot of sun damage to see if that’ll help.
The formula consists of a blend of 4 alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, malic, lactic, and tartaric acids) and beta hydroxy acids to form a powerful but gentle exfoliant. Peptides and ceramides help stimulate collagen to make skin more resilient. Antioxidants help prevent further damage from environmental stresses. Allantoin, oat extract and licorice soothe skin.
I’m very happy with Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA. The bottle contains 1 fl. oz./30 ml and is priced at $36. It’s lasting me a long time in spite of me using it twice a day. Plus I try to take advantage of the frequent sales on the Paula’s Choice website when I repurchase. Fragrance-free. Cruelty-free.
Below are the ingredients. I love how Paula’s Choice, fitting with their ingredient dictionary, explains what each ingredient does!
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Glycolic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Lactic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (texture enhancer), Malic Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Tartaric Acid (alpha hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Ceramide NG (skin-replenishing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (antioxidant/skin-soothing), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidant), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Polyquaternium-10 (texture enhancer), Xanthan Gum (thickener/emulsifier), Carbomer (texture enhancer), Polysorbate 20 (cleansing agent), Sodium Bicarbonate (pH adjuster), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative).
Paula’s Choice was very generous to send me two bottles of RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA . To be honest, it’s killing me to give the second bottle away to one lucky reader of Never Say Die Beauty, lol, because I love this stuff so much! But on the other hand, I love this stuff so much that I’d love to give someone a chance to try it out like I did.
The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, age 18+, where permitted by law. The giveaway will run till Thursday, February 1, 2018; the last full day of the giveaway is Wednesday, January 31.
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