Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum Review

I have spent so much time on the Paula’s Choice Beautypedia that I decided it would be nuts not to try the products made by the “beauty cop” herself. If you’re interested in the ingredients in your cosmetics and skincare products, and what effect they actually have on the skin, then this is the place to go for a comprehensive review.


I would ideally like to try the whole range, including the AHA/BHA exfoliants and moisturisers, but since I’m on a “one product at a time” restricted budget I decided to get the antioxidant serum first. I was actually after the RESIST anti-ageing version, but this was the only one available when I shopped online. And it was my luck really, because the Skin Recovery serum is targeted at normal to very dry skin, just what my skin needs right now.

It contains a blend of antioxidants such as vitamin C to protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals while giving it a hydration boost. It apparently encourages skin to create collagen and “function normally” but I don’t know much about how collagen works so I can’t comment on that. It’s also got retinol and anti-irritants in it. All I know is that whatever is in there is awesome at zapping dry, flaky areas.

It reminds me a lot of the Body Shop Vitamin C Serum that I used to use over a decade ago. It has a similar faint orange smell and a similar gel texture. I like that it comes in a tube with a very thin nozzle so you can dispense tiny drops at a time. When applied it looks and feels slightly oily, but the sheen disappears very quickly as it is absorbed into the skin and doesn’t leave any oiliness or stickiness at all. It definitely does make my skin feel like satin – very matte, smooth and soft.

This is what the gel serum looks like

This is what the gel serum looks like

It is safe to use around the eye area, the place where I’m targeting those fine lines (this should do the trick!), and you can use it during the day, in conjunction with an SPF, and/or at night. It also makes a great primer for foundation. It costs R295 and you can order it from

I’ve already the RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA in my online shopping cart. I’m always looking for non-granular exfoliation options and the Paula’s Choice ones have had a huge thumbs up from Leigh of Lipgloss Is My Life which makes me even more confident that Paula’s Choice is a great choice.


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