[REVIEW] RESIST The Breakouts, Be Gone Adult Acne!Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Hi, my name is Feelo and I suffer adult acne.
I can never seem to have a completely clear face, there's always one little guy who comes out to play, never mind the marks left behind from my high school days. I'm a little obsessed with buying skincare because it really should be the first step, before you spend tons on makeup, invest in a good skincare line (sound familiar?). To the rescue is Paula's Choice Resist Super Kit! I tested this kit out for two weeks to see how it would hold up on my dehydrated, combo-oily skin type with acne scars and minimal breakouts.
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Funny thing is that even though my skin type is combo-oily, I almost never buy products for anything oily because they often leave my skin feeling dry. It was interesting to test these out, read on to see how my skin reacted!
THE PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER
What they say:
This anti-aging cleanser is specially formulated to effectively remove excess oil and makeup without disturbing skin’s barrier for smooth, soft, younger-looking skin. -- Paula's Choice
What I say: This is my first cleanser that's listed for normal-oily skin and has not left me feeling tight and dry. You may think that's a sign of your skin being cleaned but it's not. Your skin shouldn't feel so tight and dry after you cleanse! I use it only in the morning as I use a makeup removing cleanser at night.
Key Ingredients: sphingolipids, glycerin, lecithin, phytosphingosine, arginine, cholesterol, ceramides, phospholipid, sodium hyaluronate, sunflower seed oil
Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing agents), Stearic Acid (thickener), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Glycol Distearate (opacifying agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (skin-repairing ingredients), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (skin-repairing ingredients), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Arginine (amino acid water-binding agent), Cholesterol (skin-repairing ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (water-binding agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (thickeners), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).
THE RESIST ADVANCED REPAIRING TONER
What they say:
This soothing liquid builds collagen for firmer skin, reduces enlarged pores, and calms redness from breakouts, while also significantly improving skin texture and tone. -- Paula's Choice
What I say: I rarely use toner, mainly because every one I've tried from the North American market has dried my skin out. I like this toner but I don't love it (the only toners I've grown to love are Korean). I found this worked great but only if I didn't use it with the BHA exfoliant. Both of them together was too much for my skin, so I've been using them on alternative days and it's worked wonderfully! Looking at the ingredients I'm pretty impressed and like what I see.
Key Ingredients: niacinamide, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, licorice extract, genistein, acetyl glucosamine, Glycyrrhiza glabra, carnosine, sodium hyaluronate, adenosine, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, phospholipid, resveratrol, epigallocatechin gallate
Water (Aqua), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Ethoxydiglycol (solvent/penetration enhancer), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Acetyl Glucosamine (skin-repairing ingredient/melanin inhibitor), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract (anti-irritant), Resveratrol (grape-derived antioxidant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (cell-communicating/water-binding agents), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (cell-communicating/water-binding agents), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Carnosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Genistein (antioxidant), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (water-binding agent), Carbomer (thickener), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)
RESIST DAILY PORE-REFINING TREATMENT WITH 2% BHA
What they say:
This water-light liquid exfoliant works quickly to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, unclog and minimize pores, and eliminate blackheads and bumps. Perfect for those struggling with wrinkles, oily skin and breakouts at the same time.
What I say: I LOVE CHEMICAL EXFOLIANTS! They're great for your skin and I only wish I had gotten this at the start of our summer. Oh those humid days.. long gone. I really like this, but as mentioned earlier, this in combination with the toner proves to be too much for my skin. I'll alternate (or use the toner with an AHA gel instead). It makes my face feel so smoooooooooooooth, like a baby's bottom (okay, not really, that's me wishing, but it is very smooth!).
Key Ingredients: palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, allantoin, oleanolic acid, nordihydroguaiaretic acid, polysorbate 20, sodium hyaluronate, trehalose, salicylic acid, glycerin, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, panthenol
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier) Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant),Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-18/4 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents),Glycereth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent).
RESIST ULTRA-LIGHT SUPER ANTIOXIDANT CONCENTRATE SERUM
What they say:
This weightless serum is packed with powerful antioxidants & skin-repairing ingredients to protect and nourish skin while fighting multiple signs of aging.
What I say: I love this stuff. I've been using it twice daily (can be used once, or twice a day), I feel like it's helped dry out my acne without drying out my face. It's made my face feel really nice and smooth. It's a light orange colour and I imagine that's because there's Vitamin C in it (Vitamin C isn't orange in colour but a lot of cosmetic companies tint their products orange for marketing reasons, among others).
Purchase: Yes!!! (I like it more and more after every use!)
Key Ingredients: vitamin C, tocopherol, vitamin E, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, niacinamide, ubiquinone, bisabolol, phospholipid, glycerin, adenosine, beta-glucan, resveratrol, hyaluronic acid, sea whip extract, epigallocatechin gallate, quercetin
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip/water-binding agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl, Dimethicone (silicone polymer), Hyaluronic Acid (skin-repairing ingredient), Resveratrol (antioxidant), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Quercetin (antioxidant), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate(vitamin C/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Phospholipids (skin-repairing ingredient), Ubiquinone (antioxidants), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidants), Sea Whip Extract (anti-irritants), Bisabolol (anti-irritants), Beta-Glucan (anti-irritants), Phytic Acid (chelating agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Sodium Hydroxide (stabilizer), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Ethylhexylglycerin (skin-conditioning agent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
RESIST WEEKLY RETEXTURIZING FOAMING TREATMENT 4% BHA
What they say:
An innovative treatment that delivers smoother, radiant-looking skin overnight. The unique liquid-to-foam texture is packed with salicylic acid plus soothing ingredients that unclog pores, reduce redness and stimulate collagen production.
What I say: This stuff is the bomb dot com. It has a higher percentage than the daily so you get an extra smoothing day basically. I found this very easy to use and since you'd only be using this weekly I can see this lasting you quite some time. One pump was enough for my face and neck.
Key Ingredients: safflower seed oil, adenosine, burdock root, slippery elm bark, Salix nigra (willow) bark extract, allantoin, grape seed extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice extract, borage seed extract, matricaria flower extract, glycerin, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, salicylic acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, green tea, willow bark, olive oil/olive fruit oil, licorice extract, white nettle, sodium ascorbyl phosphate
Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 20, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Adenosine, Allantoin, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Ulmus Fulva (Slippery Elm) Bark Extract, Lamium Album (White Nettle) Flower Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
RESIST YOUTH-EXTENDING DAILY FLUID SPF 50
What they say:
Go out and have a great day. We’ve got you covered. This water-light moisturizer protects from sun damage, prevents the signs of aging, and hydrates without adding oil.
What I say: Yes, a North American moisturizer with an SPF of 50!!! Definitely my kind of moisturizer. For reference I only use SPF 50. I normally use a separate Japanese brand sunscreen since I like knowing the PA ratings which aren't required to be listed from N.American companies. However, I think this is a great daily moisturizer and sunscreen for most people and absolutely recommend this. I'd give this to my family members to use since they're fuss free and don't want to use separate products.
Key Ingredients: green tea, goji fruit extract, matricaria flower extract, grape seed extract, dill extract, glycerin, black elderberry, hydrogenated lecithin, tocopherol, avobenzone, oat bran extract, pomegranate extract
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.0%, Octinoxate 7.50%, Octisalate 5.0%, Octocrylene 2.0%
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Silica (absorbent agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), 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(anti-irritant), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract(antioxidants), Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract(antioxidants), Hydrogenated Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Titanium Dioxide (thickener/opacifying agent), Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone slip agent), Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate (skin protectant), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (film-forming/suspending agent), Xanthan Gum (thickeners), Sodium Carbomer (thickeners), Benzyl Alcohol (preservative), Sodium Benzoate (stabilizers), Potassium Sorbate (stabilizers), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
RESIST ANTI-AGING CLEAR SKIN HYDRATOR
What they say:
Out, out red spots. Wrinkles, that goes for you, too. This silky anti-aging moisturizer is just the right texture to hydrate without causing breakouts.
What I say: This is a nice, light moisturizer. Suitable for oily skin types. However, I found that this alone wasn't enough. Though I used this nightly, I would pair it with another light moisturizer because I needed more.
Purchase?: No; I need more hydration and moisture than this provides.
Key Ingredients: niacinamide, adenosine, antioxidant, vitamin C, Boerhavia diffusa root extract, glycerin, glucose, epigallocatechin gallate, cell-communicating ingredients, lactoperoxidase, sodium ascorbyl phosphate
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (thickening/skin-conditioning agent), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer (silicone texture enhancer), Glycerin (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C), Cetyl Alcohol (thickener), Niacinamide (cell-communicating ingredient), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate (thickeners), Polysilicone-11 (film-forming agent), Adenosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase (skin-clearing agents), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (plant extract/antioxidant), Xanthan Gum (binding agent/emulsifier), Glucose (skin-identical/repairing ingredient), Ceteareth-20 (solubilizing agent), Decyl Glucoside (emulsifier), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).
RESIST HYALURONIC ACID BOOSTER
What they say:
This specialized hyaluronic acid anti-aging booster plumps fine lines and prevents moisture loss when added to your favorite moisturizer or serum.
What I say: This stuff really is great. Hyaluronic Acid helps deliver and seal water moisture to your skin. Cosmetic companies have started using this in their products lately because it's just that awesome. This shouldn't be used just as a moisturizer though! Rather, this is something that compliments your skincare routine. You should absolutely have this in your kit!
Purchase: Maybe; cheaper alternatives available.
Key Ingredients: adenosine, glycerin, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, phytosphingosine, ceramide AP, ceramide EOP, cholesterol, hyaluronic acid, ceramide NP
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Yeast Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP, Phytosphingosine, Adenosine, Cholesterol, Panthenol, Silanetriol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglyceri
RESIST 25% VITAMIN C SPOT TREATMENT
What they say:
This innovative spot treatment uses 25% stabilized vitamin C to reduce stubborn brown spots, sun damage & post-acne discolorations for smoother, even-toned skin.
What I say: I was a bit hesitant to try this at first. I don't have too many individual breakouts but I do have a number of scars. I found the exfoliants have worked more to reduce those however, during my hormonal breakout (fun) I used this on my spots and this helped speed up the healing process and reduce redness faster than I've seen any other product work. It says it has 25% Vitamin C in it. Bonus since it's not tinted orange! Should be patted on, not rubbed.
Purchase: Maybe; I don't have enough breakouts for me to justify this purchase.
Key Ingredients: ascorbic acid
Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C/antioxidant), Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate (emollient), Polysilicone-11 (skin-conditioning agent), Dimethicone (silicone thickener), Polymethylsilsesquioxane (opacifying agent), Disteardimonium Hectorite (dispersing agent), Propylene Carbonate (solvent).
TL;DR: This is a great kit! It has every step you'd need and they each work extremely well. However, if you're combo-oily you may find this whole set to be a little too drying and may want to alternate product uses, or use an extra light moisturizer at the end of your routine.
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