Hello everyone, I hope you’re doing well. I know this is a crazy time in the world right now, and many of you are quarantined. I’ve been iffy on continuing to post on my blog during this time, but I decided that a distraction might be welcome! It’s been about a month since I shared my first ever Paula’s Choice Haul on my blog, and I promised an update on the products as soon as possible. I’ve had ample time to test the Resist line from Paula’s choice and I’m ready to share my thoughts…
Paula’s Choice 2 Week Trial: RESIST Line
I’ve been testing out a two week skincare trial of four products from the Paula’s Choice Resist Line:
- RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
- RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA
- RESIST Skin Restoring Moisturizer with SPF 50
- RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol
These trial sizes actually lasted me a full month instead of two weeks. I’ve used the Barrier repair moisturizer in the evenings only because of it’s retinol content, and the Skin Restoring Moisturizer during the daytime. The 5% AHA has been in my rotation every third day, and I’ve used the cleanser day & night. So what worked… and what didn’t?
Paula’s Choice RESIST
Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser
My first thought when trying out the Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser was that the texture is almost the exact same as the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. You know, the one that retails for under $15 at the drugstore? Yeah that’s the one.
In fact, if I didn’t know that the ingredients list on both formulas were different I would say that they do the exact same thing. Both cleansers have a lotion-like texture and cleanse my skin without leaving my epidermis feeling tight or stripped.
The Optimal Results cleanser replenishes skin with Glycerine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, and Methyl Glucose Ether (plus some other less concentrated components further down the ingredients list), where the CeraVe moisturizer focuses more on Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramides along with glycerin for that hydrating, clean effect.
Even knowing that the formula is different… it’s not. It’s really not, these moisturizers feel the exact same on my skin and the Paula’s Choice one retails for $10 more. Sorry, I’ll be sticking with CeraVe!
RESIST Daily Smoothing Moisturizer with 5% AHA
You know what’s odd… I’ve used higher concentrations of AHA before and yet my skin felt a lot more sensitive to this 5% formula. I was most recently using the Fourth Ray Beauty Reveal AHA, and I actually think that this gives credence to my theory that Fourth Ray Beauty isn’t… all that scientific, or properly tested. The Reveal serum did nothing for me at it’s 10% concentration and I could tell in a few days that this AHA was working.
Unfortunately the most notable evidence was that my skin got way to dry all of a sudden! I had to slow down my useage to every three or four days, or else my skin was a dry & flakey mess.
For my skin type I think I’ll stay away from this type of AHA, but if you have oiler skin it might be a good exfoliator for you. I’ve realized that I prefer toner style exfoliators, like the Paula’s Choice 2% Liquid BHA or the Pixi Glow Tonic.
RESIST Skin Restoring Moisturizer with SPF 50
This was the worst product I tried out of the four in the Resist Trial Set. And that’s really disappointing to me because I also got a free full sized Skin Restoring Moisturizer in my haul…
Unfortunately this moisturizer/SPF contains a chemical called Oxybenzone. I harp on oxybenzone a lot because it’s incredibly destructive to coral reefs. It’s believed to be one of the main contributors to coral bleaching in aquatic ecosystems. Even if you aren’t wearing it in the ocean it washes down the drain and ends up who knows where?
Oxybenzone is banned in Hawaii so all the sunscreens sold there are reef safe… I wish that companies would stop making special sunscreens to sell in Hawaii and just make all SPFs reef safe. Everywhere! This product has a very strong SPF smell, like the Coppertone kids sunscreen you might have worn as a 7 year old. Not a fan!
My second issue with the Paula’s Choice Skin Restoring Moisturizer was that it wasn’t hydrating enough to be considered a moisturizer for normal to dry skin. I tried wearing it on it’s own during the day and my skin developed horrible dry patches all over my cheeks, nose and chin within a few days. I was so upset that I went out and bought another jar of Neutrogena Hydro Boost at full price. Normally I wait for a sale, but my skin needed it.
I used up this moisturizer/SPF up by applying it on top of my Hydro Boost Moisturizer. It works fine as an SPF, but doesn’t seem to actually hydrate the skin. This might work for you if you have a normal to oily skin type, but for dry skinned complexions I recommend staying away.
RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol
The Paula’s Choice Barrier Repair Moisturizer is my favourite product in the Resist line. Barrier Repair is an anti-aging moisturizer containing retinol and antioxidants to reduce the appearance of fine lines. This is the first retinol product I’ve ever used on my face. I’ve been wanting to try retinol for preventative anti-aging, and to smooth the lines on my forehead (I’ve had them since I was 16. Thanks genetics, and scrunching my forehead too much).
I didn’t experience any drying out of my skin from the retinol, but I was only applying it in the evenings. The texture is smooth and luxurious, and it absorbed quickly into my skin. I didn’t feel the need to pair this with another moisturizer. I haven’t noticed an extreme difference in the look of my fine lines, but I’ve read that you need to use retinol for much longer than a two or three week period to see any real changes.
If you’re interested in trying a retinol and have dry skin I think that this is a good introductory product. I’ve heard of people having horribly destructive results from overusing retinols the first time, but I haven’t experienced any issues from Barrier Repair! I will be purchasing this full sized, at some point.
Have you tried the Paula’s Choice Resist line?
I’m glad that I decided to purchase a trial kit instead of purchasing these all full sized. I would have been sorely disappointed with two out of four products at full price! If you’re looking into this kit the only product I recommend is the Barrier Repair Moisturizer.
Please remember that everyone’s skin is different and may not respond in the same way to each product. Just because I loved or didn’t love these products doesn’t mean that they will or will not work for you. For reference my skin type is very dry, and generally acne prone. I hope this review was helpful to you!
Stay safe out there x