It’s been a while since I’ve done a skincare review on the blog, so let’s let’s fix that without further ado. Does the name Paula’s Choice Resist line ring a bell? This American skincare brand is slowly but steadily gaining traction in the beauty world, and I, like many others, recently decided to trust it.
I have been on a mission to have the best skin I can at each stage of my life. For me, that means anti-aging along with trying to keep my skin clear. When I was given the opportunity to try the Paula’s Choice Resist line, I was super excited. Not only have I loved what I had bought myself and tried before, but this line had what I was looking for in one system!
The Paula’s Choice relies on formulae that are free of unnecessary additives and are made up of helpful components whose efficacy has been shown by science. These ingredients include niacinamide, fruit acids, vitamin C, and even retinol, all of which are present in Paula’s Choice products. There was no muse, no extravagant packaging, no marketing blitz to wrap skincare in a pretty speech.
This line was recommended to me after a consultation with a representative from the brand, so if you are not sure where to start with your skin care regimen I highly suggest contacting them for help to match your needs with products. Not everyone has the same needs, like Michelle from Mash Elle who was better suited to their Redness Relief line. While I don’t have any signs of aging yet (at least on my face, my hair is another story), I want to do what I can now to prevent premature aging. My other concern is acne, so they were able to find me a match in the Resist line.
This is a 5 step system, which sounds like a lot but it really didn’t take me a lot of time to incorporate. They make it easy for you too when you buy the kit, because it comes with information on the order to use the products plus stickers for labeling your products so you don’t have to remember what order they go in.
Step 1: Cleanser
For two months, I followed this routine to the letter, using only Paula’s Choice skincare products. I’ll admit that I had a little trouble getting used to the idea: if most cosmetics manufacturers strongly recommend opting for a single-brand routine (this way, we know better how the formulas react to each other), personally, I like to mix and match cosmetics from different universes to vary the pleasures and the discoveries.
I use the Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser morning and night. It feels really gentle. The texture is hard to describe, like a creamy foam. It almost feels like a cream cleanser/foam cleanser hybrid. No tight dry face after use, yay!
Step 2: Toner
Now, I don’t use toner. Ever. I got used to using toners from the drugstore that dried the hell out of your face, so I gave them up years ago. To maintain the integrity of testing this system, I went ahead and used the Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner after cleansing morning and night. Happy to report it did not dry me out at all!
Step 4: Exfoliant
There are two products for this step. The Daily Pore-Refining Treatment is a gentle daily exfoliant, and Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment is a more robust weekly exfoliating foam. The foam actually says on it to use at least weekly, so I like using it twice per week. Neither product irritated my sensitive skin, and I use exfoliant twice daily.
Step 4: Treatment
This serum is really lightweight and just sinks into my skin. I have been applying the Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with a couple of drops of their Resist Vitamin C Booster. It’s anti-aging, fights wrinkles, and helps to shrink pores. I use this twice a day.
Step 5: Moisturize
OK, maybe a little too much but I also like to add a drop of vitamin c booster to my moisturizing step at night. There are two moisturizer, the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator for night, and the Youth-Extending Daily Mattifying Fluid. Both offered great hydration without feeling greasy. The only issue I ran into was with the daily moisturizer, which broke me out. I highly suspect it was the SPF 50, as I have sensitive skin and SPF that high really irritates my skin. I started using the night time moisturizer day and night (with a separate SPF over it during the day), and that worked for me. I intend to try their Resist Super-Light Daily Defense SPF 30 in its place, as that sounds like my skin will tolerate it better.
I’ve been using this system for a few weeks now, and my skin seems to really like it. Despite using a twice daily toner and exfoliator I am not getting the red dry patches on my face I have gotten in the past from other brands, and look forward to the long term results of the Paula’s Choice Resist line.