I have always heard great things about Paula's Choice skincare and I was introduced to their 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant in a sample kit back in the fall. I fell in love with how smooth it made my skin and it's become a staple in my routine ever since. That's why I was really excited when Paula's Choice asked me if they could send me some more products to try and review for you here on the blog. Please keep in mind that even though these products were sent to me, I will be giving you my honest opinions, as always.
Let's jump right in!
About Paula's Choice
Paula's Choice was founded by skincare expert and best-selling author, Paula Begoun (if you've ever looked up reviews on Beautypedia, she is the founder of that website as well). She has dedicated herself to educating women on cosmetics and skincare, and one of the things I love most about the Paula's Choice line is that they have a very scientific approach when it comes to their products...they're not all about the hype. They carefully select ingredients that have been proven to work and make sure not to add irritating ingredients such as fragrance or dyes. Everything is made in the U.S.A , is cruelty free, and comes with a 100% money back guarantee within 60 days.
The Paula's Choice website features a wealth of information and expert advice about putting together a skincare routine, as well as the individual products and ingredients. You can also chat with an expert or schedule a free personal, no obligation consultation over the phone which is really amazing!
Before they sent me the products, I filled out a questionnaire so that they could tailor a routine to my skincare needs and concerns. I thought that was so considerate of them and I really appreciated that they took the time to understand what I was looking for, rather than just sending me a random sampling of products that may or may not work for my skin type.
Next, I'll go through the products I was sent, and talk about each one and how it worked for me.
|Resist Anti-Aging Essential Kit for Normal to Dry Skin|
Paula's Choice offers several different kits depending on your skin type and needs. In the questionnaire I filled out, I mentioned that I have some fine lines and wrinkles forming (I'll be 40 this year) and also some sun spots, and those are the two concerns this kit focuses on. It comes with four full-sized products (the small moisturizer in the photo was one of four that came in the kit...4 of them equals a full sized tube. The new kit that is currently offered comes with one full-sized tube). I think that the price is very reasonable for 4 full-sized products...it works out to $23.50 each which is inexpensive for the high-quality ingredients and formulas you're getting.
I also want to mention that everything in this kit is completely unscented for those of you who may be sensitive to fragrance.
1. Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser - This cleanser is heavenly for dry skin! It feels like a silky lotion and is extremely hydrating, yet rinses away easily with no greasy feel. Afterward, my skin doesn't feel the slightest bit tight but it still feels clean. I started out using this both morning and night but I found that while it does remove light makeup well, if I have a day when I'm wearing heavier makeup or eye makeup it doesn't completely dissolve those. So I'm back to using an oil-based cleansing balm at night and this cleanser in the morning (but I do use this at night if I didn't wear a lot of makeup that day).
2. Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment 5% AHA - If you have dry skin, an alpha hydroxy acid treatment is a must. It helps your skin to slough off that layer of dead skin faster so it doesn't look as dull or start to build up those dreaded dry patches that makeup likes to cling to. I use this treatment after my cleanser and it instantly makes my skin feel smoother, but I have also noticed a difference over time. My makeup is applying much better and I've found that I don't always need a primer to smooth out the surface of my skin because it's already so much smoother. I haven't had any irritation whatsoever from this product, even using it twice a day. This formula also contains peptides and antioxidants for anti-aging benefits.
3. Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer SPF 25- This daytime lotion has actually been discontinued and replaced by the Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF30. Both formulas contain antioxidants to fight off free radicals during the day (from the sun, pollution, and the environment). I found it to be non-sticky and absorbed right away, leaving my dry skin feeling balanced and hydrated throughout the day.
4. Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol- This is my nighttime moisturizer and is full of anti-wrinkle ingredients such as retinol and peptides. It also contains hydrating ingredients like squalane, Shea Butter, and Soybean Oil. I'm addicted to this one...it feels so silky going on and when I wake up in the morning, my face feels velvety soft. Even though it contains retinol, I haven't had any irritation or dryness, even thought I'm using it every night. Over the last three weeks, my skin has been looking better and better and I definitely owe at least some of that to this product.
|Omega+ Complex Serum|
This is actually a brand new product that was just released a few weeks ago, and I was really excited to try it out. This serum contains Omega fatty acids 3, 6, and 9 plus skin-identical ceramides to help keep your skin looking and feeling more supple. Omega fatty acids are the building blocks of healthy skin cells and they help to create the oil barrier which is lacking in drier skin types (pretty much non-existent in my case). One of the main functions of the oil barrier is to keep water from escaping so that your skin stays hydrated, plumped, and younger looking. I've been using this after the AHA exfoliant, and before my moisturizer day and night and it has made a huge difference in the way my skin feels throughout the day. Before, my skin would start to feel tight by the afternoon as water evaporated from my skin, but when I'm using this it stays comfortable all day and I don't have that crepey, dehydrated-looking skin on my cheeks. This serum has a thin, milky texture that absorbs right away with no greasy feel and it's unscented.
|Resist 10% Niacinamide Booster|
I've read quite a few studies that talk about the benefits of Niacinamide and have been trying to choose products that contain it the past few years. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 which has been proven to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and dry skin. Most products I've tried contain a very small amount (a few percent) of Niacinamide so I was excited to see the difference 10% would make! This serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper, and it is so lightweight, it feels like water. The instructions say that it can be applied to your skin alone or mixed with a serum. I tried using it alone at first, but because it absorbs so quickly I found that I kept having to go back and use more drops to cover my face. I didn't want to go through the bottle too quickly, so what I've been doing instead, is pumping the Omega+ Serum into my hand and then adding a couple of drops of the Niacinamide Booster to it, then mixing them together. The slip of the Omega+ serum helps to stretch this further so that you can cover your entire face with a smaller amount.
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed that the pores on my cheeks are smaller-looking and not as obvious, especially when I'm wearing foundation (as it tends to settle into them). It also seems to be more even-toned and bright. I'm excited to keep using this and see the results after a couple of months! I also want to try some more of the Boosters...I think it's such a great idea to be able to incorporate an extra "boost" of an ingredient into your regular skincare routine.
So if you've been wanting to try a new skincare routine or just a few products to add to your current one, I highly recommend checking out Paula's Choice. The website and staff there are so helpful and are fantastic about helping you choose the products that are going to work the best for you.
Have you tried Paula's Choice? I'd love to hear about your experience!