Double Duty Skincare: Tackling Anti-Aging and Acne with Paula's Choice Skincare


Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be talking about my skincare routine and how I've been using Paula's Choice to target all my skincare woes. I finished a bottle of the 2% BHA Gel and was already using their Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum (which I love!) when I got the opportunity to try out more from the brand.

My concern with my skin as I'm heading toward the latter part of my mid-twenties is acne and anti-aging while balancing having oilyish skin. Based on my consultation with the Paula's Choice Representative, they suggested the Resist Advanced Kit for Wrinkles and Breakouts for Normal to Oily Skin which targets both anti-aging AND acne. They have a Resist line for Normal to Dry Skin.

The kit contains the Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser, Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner, Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA, Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA, Resist Ultra-Light Daily Antioxidant Serum, Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

Check out how my thoughts on the products and how you don't have to compromise tackling your acne and anti-aging concerns plus my Before and After Photo.

Before I get to my review, here are some things to know about Paula's Choice Skincare:

All the skincare products come in squeeze tubes, bottles, or airless pumps. No jar packaging because jars promote constant exposure to air which can degrade the ingredients inside. In addition, Paula's Choice skincare products are formulated to be at the appropriate pH to be most effective. If you read the ingredient lists for the products, there will be a brief description next to the ingredient so you're able to figure out what the ingredient is for and why it's there.

Here's my breakdown of each product and my thoughts on them:

Cleanser: (Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser)

The Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is a gentle cream cleanser that lightly foams without stripping away my skin or leaving it tight or dry. I think lots of people with oily skin think that the cleanser has to be super foaming to clear away oil but if your skin feels tight and dry, then it's probably removing too harsh.

Toner: (Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner)

Everyone always thinks toner and astringent are the same but in fact, the two are completely different. Astringents tend to have lots of alcohol and dry out your skin while Paula's Choice toners work to help balance your skin after cleansing. The Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is alcohol-free and helped bring back a little bit of moisture and helped prep my skin for the BHA products. This also contains niacinamide to help with fading hyper pigmentation.

Actives/Exfoliants: (Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA and Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA)

Products that have active or pH dependent ingredients like Vitamin C, AHA, and BHA, should be applied immediately after cleansing/toning. The Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment is a liquid 2% BHA is light on your skin and extremely effective. The Resist Weekly Retexturing Foaming Treatment is a 4% BHA treatment to boost acne fighting and help deal with hyper pigmentation scarring. I did find that the Foaming Treatment left my skin feeling slightly sticky but following up with the next product helped.

Anti-Aging Serum: (Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum)

I contribute to anti-aging by using the Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum. The super lightweight serum has antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E and Niacinamide to tackle hyper pigmentation. You only need a dime sized amount of serum and it leaves your skin feeling super smooth. You're never too young to use anti-aging products since skincare should be about prevention AND treatment.

Sunscreen for Day/Moisturizer for Night: (Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator)

Moisturized skin is happy skin. Sunscreen also makes for happy skin. The Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 is a liquid sunscreen which works really well on my oily skin. It feels light on my skin while providing sun protection. I use the Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator has a light gel-cream formula that I use at night and sometimes beneath the Sunscreen in the mornings. This also contains niacinamide to help with fading hyper pigmentation.

Now I wanted to share my Before and After photos of my skin after using the system for a month. The photos are not photoshopped (only adjusted for lighting) so you can see the true results. Overall, I think the redness from my hyper pigmentation scars has reduced so my skin looks more even. The redness from the hyper pigmentation scar at the top of my cheekbone looks especially reduced.

Interested in Paula's Choice and want to try their products out or already a fan and need to stock up? Paula's Choice is offering 20% + free shipping until May 31st, 2016 through the link with the code PRIMPSPRING. I enjoyed all the products but especially loved the Resist Ultra Light Antioxidant Serum and highly recommend that! 

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Let me know if you're thinking of trying Paula's Choice out or which products you already enjoy using!

Disclaimer: This is a post sponsored by Pretty in My Pocket on behalf of Paula's Choice, meaning I am being compensated for sharing my thoughts on the products. However, all opinions are my own and I am being honest on my thoughts for each product. 


  1. Allison @neversaydiebeautyApril 25, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Looks like a terrific kit for adults with acne. I love Paula's Choice skincare products. They're the best

  2. I use this same line and love it. Especially the BHA products.

  3. I like trying kits because you get everything that you need. The results look pretty good so far.

  4. I love Paula's Choice. They make so many great products for all skin types. I'm curious about the Retexturizing Foaming treatment.

  5. My regimen is also Resist but the ones for dry skin. It's such a wonderful line and one I'll continue using.

  6. I love how PC has all these products to target different things but man - my bathroom counter would be crowded! Sometimes i get so intimidated by so many products. I do need something like this in my life.

  7. I'm so happy to see you trying PC!

  8. Paula's Choice is one of my favorite skincare brands

  9. One of my favorite lines

  10. Woah, look at those results! I am a big Paula's Choice fan. I really trust her expertise.

  11. I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Anti Aging line. I was so surprised at how effective, gentle and just downright beautiful her products are.

  12. I love the Resist range for acne. The 2% BHA especially is awesome.

  13. PC is one of my most fave skincare brands

  14. Anti-aging and breakouts? This would be the kit for me! I've tried the weekly foaming treatment, and really liked it. Paula knows what she's talking about!

  15. I love seeing your before and after - the improvement is hard to miss. Your skin is glowing!

  16. They're really a great skincare brand and I love the mantra they have behind their products.

  17. I remember thinking of you when I was trying it out, your skincare reviews always enable me since I know we both deal with acne and oily skin.

  18. I think it's so great that they remember that dry skin can have issues with acne too

  19. So glad you are loving your new skin routine! Your before & after is great! xo - JessPRIMP


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