Sunday, December 3, 2017

Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Advanced Kit for Normal to Oily Skin | Review

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Paula's Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Advanced Kit for Normal to Oily Skin is a wonderful comprehensive value set that includes seven full-size products, and when purchased together they cost $172.00 rather than $216.00. This set is formulated to treat the needs of aging skin that is normal to oily. Paula's Choice is Cruelty-Free and made in the USA.

According to Paula's Choice, 

This comprehensive, state-of-the-art advanced system works to improve the appearance of wrinkles, pore size, skin texture and hydration for an even-toned, smoother and firmer feeling complexion.

This powerhouse anti-aging collection works together to help dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, loss of firmness, skin discolorations, hydration, and other signs of environmental damage, all in lightweight formulas ideal for those who struggle with oily skin and wrinkles.

Each formula works all day or night to brighten and refine the look of skin and pores, for a more even-toned, firmer, and youthful-looking appearance.
This kit contains:
Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser (190 ml/6.4 fl. oz.)
Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner (118 ml/4 fl. oz.)
Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA (88 ml/3 fl. oz.)
Resist Ultra-Light Daily Antioxidant Serum (30 ml/3 fl. oz.)
Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 (60 ml/2 fl. oz.)
Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator (50 ml/1.7 fl. oz.)
Resist Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4% BHA (30 ml/1 fl. oz.)

How to use:
Step 1 Cleanser: AM/PM
Step 2 Toner: AM/PM
Step 3 Exfoliant: AM and/or PM
Step 4 Serum: AM/PM
Step 5 Moisturizer with SPF: AM
Step 5 Moisturizer: PM
Once a Week Weekly Exfoliant
Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser (Individual price $19.00 for 190 ml/6.4 fl. oz.): This fragrance-free, low-lathering gentle cleaner effectively removes excess oil, makeup and dirt without stripping or drying the skin. Instead, it is left soft, supple and thoroughly cleansed. It is gentle enough for daily use.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is an advanced anti-aging, pore-reducing cleanser specially formulated to gently remove excess oil and makeup without disturbing skin’s protective barrier.

Removes makeup and excess oil to help visibly reduce enlarged pores and leave skin with a refreshed feeling. Replenishing ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid help condition skin, leaving it feeling exceptionally smooth, soft, and younger-looking after cleansing.

  • Thoroughly and gently cleanses skin
  • Contains skin-restoring ingredients
  • Unique pearlescent cream-to-foam formula
  • Use as the first step in your AM/PM skincare routine
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Glycol Distearate (texture-enhancing), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (hydration/skin replenishing), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (hydration/skin replenishing), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Arginine (amino acid/hydration/skin replenishing), Cholesterol (hydration/skin replenishing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration/skin-soothing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Caprylyl Glycol.

Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner (Individual price $24.00 for 118 ml/4 fl. oz.): This hydrating toner effectively adds moisture to the skin while leaving skin toned, lifted and refreshed. It is gentle on the skin, fragrance-free and it removes any last bits of makeup and debris.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner visibly smooths signs of sun damage and aging as well as minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores and improving uneven skin tone. It is an essential step in any skincare routine to renew skin after cleansing. Can also help remove the last traces of makeup.

A super-light formula powered by niacinamide, a B vitamin that research has shown to visibly improve skin tone and minimize pore size. Also includes an impressive range of other skin-restoring ingredients that can further improve visible signs of aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness.

Directions: After cleansing, apply toner to a cotton pad and gently stroke over face and neck. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your morning or evening skincare routine. For daytime, finish with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

  • Replenishes and refines aging skin
  • Niacinamide and peptide complex renews skin
  • Lightweight but potent liquid formula
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Ethoxydiglycol (hydration), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Acetyl Glucosamine (hydration/skin replenishing), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (skin-soothing), Resveratrol (grape-derived antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restoring), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (skin-restoring), Phospholipids (hydration/skin replenishing), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Carnosine (skin-restoring), Genistein (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (skin-soothing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Ethylhexylglycerin (preservative), Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA (Individual price $33.00 for 88 ml/3 fl. oz.): This is an ingenious daily leave-on liquid exfoliant that feel a bit like a toner, but that effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, helps to refine pores and helps improve texture and fade hyper pigmented spots. You may feel a slight tingle when you first apply it to the skin, but that quickly subsides. It is fragrance-free, very effective and easy to use.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA is a completely gentle, non-abrasive, daily leave-on liquid exfoliant with BHA that visibly refines pores and skin texture. It also has an advanced antioxidant and peptide blend to help defend against environmental stressors.

Improves visible signs of aging as it helps to unclog congested pores and diminish their appearance. This ultra-light, leave-on treatment also visibly smooths skin’s surface, resulting in a fresh, vibrant-looking complexion. It is a customer favorite, even for those with skin prone to milia.

  • Targets multiple signs of aging
  • Visibly reduces pore size
  • BHA gently and naturally exfoliates skin
  • Lightweight liquid formula
  • Use once or twice daily after cleansing & toning
Directions: Apply once or twice daily after cleansing and toning. Lightly soak a cotton pad and apply over the entire face, including the eye area (avoid the lower lash line and eyelids). Do not rinse. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Pentylene Glycol (hydration), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (skin-restorings), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (skin-soothing), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (skin-soothing), Sodium Hyaluronate (hydration/skin replenishing), Allantoin (skin-soothing), Trehalose (hydration/skin replenishing), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (texture-enhancing), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (hydration/texture-enhancing), Glycereth-26 (emollient texture-enhancing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based texture-enhancing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent).
Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator (Individual price $33.00 for 50 ml/1.7 fl. oz.): This is a mid-weight and emollient moisturizer that is fast absorbing and ultra hydrating. It is formulated to improve the appearance of wrinkles, and to help treat skin that is slack and has lost firmness. I find that it deeply moisturizes my skin and leaves it feeling velvety soft and smooth. It has a very faint nondescript scent, but no added fragrance.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is an advanced formula with a proprietary complex of essential youth-extending ingredients, including vitamin C and niacinamide, designed to target uneven skin tone, skin discolorations, pore size, and hydration.

Instantly improves skin texture as it helps refine the look of pores and uneven skin tone. Niacinamide, vitamin C, and adenosine join forces in an ultra-light fluid for hydrating results that feel as good as they look. This ideal multi-tasker is perfect for those struggling with wrinkles, loss of firmness, bumpy skin, and dehydration.

Directions: Ideal for softening and smoothing the face, neck and eye area. At night, use as the last step in your skincare routine. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickening/skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer ( texture enhancer), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate ( vitamin C), Cetyl Alcohol (texture-enhancing), Dimethicone (hydration), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Butylene Glycol (hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (texture-enhancing), Poly-11 (texture-enhancing), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase (skin balancing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (antioxidant), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancing), Glucose (hydration), Ceteareth-20 (texture-enhancing), Decyl Glucoside (texture-enhancing), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA (Individual price $36.00 for 30 ml/1 fl. oz.): This foaming BHA exfoliating solution is an effective treatment to remove dead skin cells, smooth bumpy skin and leave skin re-texturized, soft and smooth. There is a slight tingle when you first apply it, but that soon subsides. I also noted that there is a slight aroma, but it's quite light and is not an artificial fragrance.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA is a leave-on, weekly-use solution for those struggling with advanced signs of aging, pronounced bumpy skin, and problem pores. The advanced, antioxidant-infused formula in a unique liquid-to-foam texture soothes and revitalizes skin.
This exfoliant has an ideal pH range of 3.2–3.8.

Delivers smoother, visibly younger-looking skin overnight. Specialized technology encapsulates the anti-aging and pore-reducing BHA for time-released delivery—so you get dramatic, non-irritating results without flaking skin. Also helps to visibly calm redness and revive skin’s firm appearance for a more youthful look. It’s even suitable for skin prone to milia.

Directions: Use at least once weekly, at night. After cleansing and toning, dispense one pump and smooth treatment over face, neck, and chest. Do not rinse. Follow with the rest of your evening skincare routine. May be used once a week or daily depending on your skin's response and your concerns. It can be applied at the same time as your regular BHA exfoliant, but pay attention to how your skin responds and adjust usage accordingly. Do not apply to lips or eyelids eye area.
If eye contact occurs, hold eye open and rinse immediately and thoroughly with plenty of water for at least 20 minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present, after the first five minutes, then continue rinsing the eye. Consult your eye doctor immediately for care advice.

Ingredients: Water, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol (hydration), Polysorbate 20 (texture-enhancing), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid/exfoliant), Phytosphingosine (skin-renewing), Hydroxyethylcellulose (texture-enhancing), Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract (grape extract/antioxidant), Camellia Sinensis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (green tea/antioxidant) Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract (willow herb/skin-soothing), Bisabolol (skin-soothing), Sodium Hydroxide (pH-adjusting), Tetrasodium EDTA (stabilizer).
Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 (Individual price $33.00 for 60 ml/2 fl.oz.): This lightweight high SPF chemical sunscreen features an antioxidant-rich formula that hydrates the skin without leaving behind a white film or any greasiness. It is fragrance-free, easy to apply and it works well with foundation.

According to Paula's' Choice,

RESIST Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 perfectly couples a water-light texture with proven broad-spectrum sun protection, but this advanced formula goes further by including key antioxidants that research has shown skin needs to feel firmer and look younger and more even toned.

Provides effective UVA/UVB protection plus hydration for a healthier, younger-looking complexion. Its satin-matte finish leaves skin feeling smooth and hydrated, never slick or greasy. It is a daytime anti-aging moisturizer those with oily skin will want to apply every day! The SPF 50 is a significant benefit as it decreases the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun if used as directed with other sun protection measures.

Paula's Choice's recommended use: Use as the last step in your AM skincare routine. Apply liberally15 minutes before sun exposure. If you don’t apply liberally, you will need to reapply every two hours after your skin is exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to swim or perspire you must apply a water-resistant sunscreen.

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.0% Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Silica (absorbent agent), Dimethicone (hydration), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract (antioxidants), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract(antioxidants), Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract (antioxidants), Sambucus Nigra (Black Elderberry) Fruit Extract (antioxidants), Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract (skin-soothing), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract(antioxidants), Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract(antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring), Titanium Dioxide (texture-enhancing/texture-enhancing), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (hydration), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (hydration), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Xanthan Gum (texture-enhancings), Sodium Carbomer (texture-enhancings), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (stabilizer), Potassium Sorbate (stabilizer), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).

RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum (Individual price $38.00 for 30 ml/3 fl. oz.): This is a lightweight antioxidant-rich serum that is very fast absorbing and effective. It deeply hydrates skin, enlivens and refreshes dull, lackluster skin and helps to fade hyperpigmentation. It has no detectable fragrance.

According to Paula's Choice,

RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum contains an impressive range of plant- and vitamin-derived antioxidants that work synergistically to visibly improve the appearance of wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dryness, and vibrancy.

Stabilized Vitamin C and peptides plus potent antioxidants combine to help preserve and rejuvenate skin’s surface and to visibly enhance firmness. This state-of-the-art serum helps minimize damage from environmental attack that cause skin to look older, while also helping to visibly improve a dull skin tone for smooth, radiant results.

  • Essential for improving visible signs of aging
  • Improves the appearance of dull, uneven skin tone
  • Restores hydration to dry, sun damaged skin
  • Use twice daily after cleansing, toning, and exfoliating
Directions: Smooth a few drops onto face, neck and eye area before moisturizing. For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater.

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone (hydrations/suspending agents), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin c/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NP, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (vitamin e/antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme q10/antioxidant), Thioctic Acid (alpha lipoic acid/antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin e/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl, Phosphate ( vitamin c/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Ergothioneine (antioxidant), Glutathione (antioxidant), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Glycine Soja Seed Extract (soybean extract/antioxidant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract (bearberry extract/skin-soothing), Lupinus Albus Seed Extract (white lupin extract/antioxidant), Curcuma Longa Root Extract (turmeric extract/antioxidant), Elaeis Guineensis Oil (palm oil/emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
Overall Assessment: This is a wonderful value, and if you have normal to oily skin it is a very effective collection of products. If you have anyone on your holiday list, yourself included, who loves  Paula's Choice, then this kit is really worthy of your consideration.

$172.00 ($216.00 value) from Paula's Choice and Paula's Choice Official Amazon Store (Affiliate Links).

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  1. I've tried everything you featured except for the clear skin hydrator, the BHA foam and the antioxidant serum. At the time, I didn't feel like the cleanser didn't work as well as I'd like. Since then, I went through menopause and my dehydrated skin would probably like it better. I am still using both SPF moisturizers. The tinted moisturizer goes on a bit light for my medium toned skin but it blends nicely. I lovelovelove the BHA. It does a fabulous job of keeping any adult acne at bay - seriously! They seriously pack their skincare with tons of great ingredients.

    1. Hi Lynne! I LOVE the Clear Skin Hydrator to the extent that it is probably one of my favorite products from this set! It is so hydrating, and leaves the skin gel so comfortable. I agree with you about the BHA, and the Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 is spectacular. Paula's Choice really makes very fine skincare!

  2. Paula's Choice skin care for dry skin is some of my fave.

    1. I am not at all surprised. Such a great, and effective, skincare brand!

  3. Although this kit for oily skin doesn't suit my dry skin, I've heard great things from everyone who used it for their oily skin. Excellent review!

    1. This kit definitely isn't well suited for your dry skin, but it is definitely a brand worth trying, and they definitely have raved about products for dry skin.

  4. I haven't tried all of these items but I love the Resist line and what I have used. One of these days when I need skincare PC is where I'm headed.

    1. The Resist line really is so impressive! I highly recommend trying more!

  5. I love this line, especially the cleanser, toner and the antioxidant serum. I'm glad PC made the serum lighter, it was quite heavy. I'll have to get the new version.

    1. I, too, ams especially fond of this cleanser, toner and serum!

  6. Paula's Choice makes great skincare products. They're one of my favorite lines.

    1. They really do make amazing skincare products! I know that you have raved about PC for so long, and I really understand why!

  7. This line is SO good! I even love her vitamin C serum, and I really want to try her physical SPF!

    1. I agree! Yes, the Vitamin C Serum is AMAZING! This sunscreen is really worth getting!


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