Paula’s Choice does not get enough praise from the vlogger or blogger community, and I’m here waving my hands frantically in the air, calling all the skin care lovers to try her products and sing their well-deserved praises. Let’s start with Paula’s new AHA product of 2017 – RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA.
Paula’s choice finally came out with a cocktail AHA product that is targeted for normal to dry skin BUT combination and oily skin types can most definitely reap the benefits of this powerful yet gentle exfoliant. It’s formulated with the following:
- Four alpha-hydroxy acids ( glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic, and tartaric acids)
- Beta-hydroxy acid aka BHA
- A blend of antioxidants like grapeseed, green tea, licorice root extract
- Skin- soothing ingredients like bisabolol and allantoin
Benefits of The Cocktail Approach
It’s a fantastic way of targeting sun damage, clogged pores, blackheads, and fine lines/wrinkles with one product. The mix of antioxidants also protects your lovely skin from further nasty environmental damage. It’s also got ceramides, which help bind skin cells together and creates a protective barrier against environmental aggressors.
How Does it Feel?
Light as air is the best way to describe this chemical exfoliant. It’s not a runny liquid nor is it a gel or lotion consistency. More like a hybrid between a liquid and a gel. It has a bit of a velvety feeling as it goes on skin. It absorbs extremely quickly and does not leave my skin feeling tight or dry.
Does it Sting?
I only felt a slight tingle for the first five seconds and then it went away. No stinging whatsoever.
Can You Use Other Products in Conjunction With RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment 10% AHA?
Yes, you can! Follow up with your other serums and/or moisturizer. I use the PC Retinol 1% Booster mixed with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide +Zinc 10%, and Hylamaide’s Hyluronic Acid Booster. No problem. You can also use it all by its lonesome if you prefer.
Times per Week?
I use this twice a week during my nighttime routine. I’m alternating between this and PC’s RESIST Advanced Pore-Refining Treatment 4%. Paula’s Choice states that you can use this daily if you wish, once or twice a day after your toner/essence. I think her recommendation is a good one if you’re used to chemical exfoliants but you want to tackle any existing sun damage or tough line/wrinkles that just won’t budge. As always, please use spf 30 or higher. No exceptions.
After using this for a month, my skin is smoother and brighter. My stubborn congested pores are almost all gone. The stubborn sun spot I have on my left cheek is lighter and I’m hoping with continued use, it’ll start to fade more. Crossing my fingers.
Is it Worth Buying?
Definitely. It’s more powerful but so gentle on my skin. I like The Ordinary’s chemical exfoliant selection but I’m weary of mixing their glycolic toner and lactic acid and using them in the same routine. For me, it’s worth the extra money and it lasts a relatively long time. I only need about 3 or four drops to cover my face and neck.
So, go get you some!! And join me in some Paula’s Choice lovin’
Much love XX