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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing

Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol 1 fl oz (30 ml)

$30.00

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This weightless combination of potent bioactive ingredients (including retinol) forms a breathable barrier to protect and normalize skin.

What makes this product unique?

Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum w/ Retinol is a brilliant serum for all degrees of oily skin. Substantial, well-researched antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients and potent anti-irritants are delivered in a silky base that feels weightless on skin.

Once applied, this product forms a breathable barrier which not only protects the skin but works to nourish and repair it. It also significantly reduces irritation and inflammation from environmental exposure, allowing skin to repair itself naturally. Those with oily skin will love the special absorbent ingredients that leave a smooth matte finish, plus ingredients that normalize how skin behaves.

This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?

Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum w/ Retinol is formulated for normal to oily/combination skin. It is excellent as a foundation primer for oily skin.

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Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Isododecane (matte finish solvent), Cyclohexasiloxane (silicone slip agent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (silicone suspending agent), Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate (non-aqueous thickener), Retinyl Palmitate (vitamin A/antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (thickener), Retinol (antioxidant/cell-communicating ingredient), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Haematococcus Pluvialis (Astaxanthin) Extract (antioxidant pigment), Bisabolol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (antioxidants/anti-irritants), Salix Alba (Willow) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba (Ginkgo) Leaf Extract, Calluna Vulgaris (Heather) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (White Birch) Bark Extract (antioxidants), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil (antioxidant plant oil), Silica (absorbent), Phenoxyethanol (preservative)

Shake well. Smooth a few drops onto face, neck, and eye area before moisturizing (or use alone). For daytime, follow with a product rated SPF 15 or greater.

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Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol, 1 fl oz
 
3.5

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5.0

Great foundation primer!

By Natural product user

from Chicago, IL

describe yourself Beauty Conscious

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Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Moisturizes
  • Soothes Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Foundation Primer
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol, 1 fl oz:

    This is indeed a silicone-heavy serum, which enables it to double as a foundation primer. It doesn't clog my pores or cause my sensitive skin to break out. I wouldn't call it greasy, but it is definitely heavier than Paula's Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum. For that reason, I use it over my sunscreen (Paula's Resist SPF 25) and under a mattifying foundation (like NARS Sheer Matte or Chanel Mat Lumiere) to help the foundation go on more smoothly (without looking patchy) and extend its wear time. You can also use it overnight (after cleansing and exfoliating). A great way to add some retinol (and other antioxidants) to your skin care routine without spending a lot of money. A little bit goes a long way. By comparison, I found Paula's Resist Super Antioxidant Serum way too greasy for my combination skin.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination

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    2.0

    Silicone

    By LinnyG

    from New York, NY

    describe yourself Beauty Conscious

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    Pros

    • Smooths skin

    Cons

    • Bad Formula
    • Terrible Texture

    Best Uses

      Comments about Paula's Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol, 1 fl oz:

      While I applaud Paula Begoun for creating a price point anti-oxidant serum packed with everything you could want, I'm super disappointed in the crazy amount of silicone and slip agents in this product. The biggest complaint I read about before purchasing was the consistency, and I have to agree. Not surprising since the top 5 ingredients in this product are slip agents, mattefiers, suspending agents, and thickeners. For those of you that don't know what silicon feels like, think slippery but dry. Sometimes it's confused with oil (like in oil-free silicone based makeup removers) or it can give products a silky texture. I think in the proper proportions it can add a really nice texture to foundations, primers, and serums. But this formulation is way over the top. Hate it, will not repurchase.

      • Skin Type:
      • Normal

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