Since she visited South Africa last year and quite a few bloggers covered Paula Begoun and her Paula’s Choice range, I’m sure most of you have heard of her and the brand by now. It is a brand which I really trust because so much research has gone into every ingredient they use, and I love that the products are cruelty free. I bought my first Paula’s Choice product last year from their online store, the Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum.
Since then I’ve tried a few other serums from Estee Lauder, and as soon as my Idealist Even Skin Tone Illuminator finished (it didn’t really do anything for my skin, just by the way) I decided to replace it with the Paula’s Choice RESIST Skin Transforming Multi-Correction Treatment. After writing this post I noticed that Lisa Eldridge mentioned it in her updated skincare routine video, and felt like this just confirmed my opinion of the product.
What it claims to do:
- Lightens skin color and fades brown spots (melasma)
- Reduces breakouts and red marks from past breakouts
- Reduces redness and breakouts from rosacea
- Diminishes wrinkles and uneven skin tone
- Provides skin-smoothing hydration
- Leaves a velvety matte finish that minimizes the appearance of pores
So basically, it’s a miracle in a 30ml tube. I have quite high expectations of Paula’s Choice products, and in this case my expectations were probably exceeded. The Estee Lauder Idealist serum I tried previously was a let-down and came in at over R600, whereas in comparison I could see results from this treatment after a week of twice-daily use, and it set me back R395. It contains azelaic acid, which is a good alternative for treating breakouts in people who can’t tolerate benzyl peroxide. It also contains BHA to exfoliate. It’s suitable for all skin types and has a matte finish which won’t leave oilier/combination skins shiny. Just make sure to wear an SPF over it during the day.
My skin issues:
I have a few light brown marks caused by sun pigmentation, so they’re basically very big splotchy freckles which I hadn’t really noticed until I had a Dermalogica Face Mapping session and they were kindly pointed out to me. Since then I’ve been on a mission to fade them. I also have a lot of red marks from past blemishes (what some people refer to as scars, but they aren’t really) especially on my cheeks and either side of my chin. Getting rid of these is my primary skin concern, along with reducing breakouts in the first place. I also have quite visible pores on my nose and either side of my nose which I wanted to reduce the appearance of. Obviously you can’t get rid of your pores. That would be silly.
After one week of use morning and night I could actually see a dramatic difference in my post-blemish red marks. They had faded more in one week than they had over the course of three months of using the Idealist even skin tone serum. The one or two spots I’ve had since starting this treatment aren’t the usual type I get which brew deep down, cause a red bump and then go on forever, getting progressively worse. So it has definitely reduced my breakouts significantly. My skin also looks better in general with better skin tone, my pores look much more refined and I’ve got some of that youthful glow back. I’ve also noticed my forehead wrinkles and minor crow’s feet are less obvious. My only gripe is that it doesn’t have a very spreadable texture and is fast-absorbing, so I find I’m using quite a bit of product to cover my entire face. I’m a bit worried that my 30ml tube won’t last very long, but I will report back when it is finished.
You can order this treatment from the Paula’s Choice website for R395 – look out for specials. As far as I know you get a discount on your first order too. I’ve made two orders recently, both shipped on the day of order and arrived within two days. Amazing service!