Paula's Choice - Intensive Repair Cream

Paula's Choice Intensive Repair Cream

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Anti-oxidation
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • retinol
  • adenosine
  • magnesium ascorbyl phosphate
  • niacinamide
  • retinyl palmitate
  • ceramide ng
  • linoleic acid
  • palmitoyl hexapeptide-12
  • palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
  • palmitoyl tripeptide-1
  • petrolatum
  • c12-15 alkyl benzoate
  • camellia oleifera leaf extract
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • dipentaerythrityl hexacaprylate/hexacaprate
  • glycerin
  • glycine soja sterols
  • lens esculenta fruit extract
  • linolenic acid
  • phenyl trimethicone
  • pullulan
  • pyrus malus fruit extract
  • simmondsia chinensis seed oil
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium lactate
  • sodium pca
  • tocopherol
  • +27 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: retinol, salicylic acid. These ingredients is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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What does the product description say?
"RESIST Intensive Repair Cream revitalises and renews dry skin with its wonderfully rich texture and a unique mix of retinol, peptides, and antioxidants, and can visibly soften and minimise signs of ageing on the face, neck, and around the eyes."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains retinol, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: adenosine, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

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This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: retinol.

In addition, this product contains salicylic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

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This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: retinol, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: glycerin, sodium hyaluronate.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: caprylic/capric triglyceride, dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: ceramide ng, linoleic acid, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, palmitoyl tripeptide-1

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This product contains antioxidants (camellia oleifera leaf extract, retinol) that can help neutralize free radicals in skin. By doing so, they can lessen the damage the skin gets from the UV light (sun).

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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)
1.25% - 2.5%
Plain old water
11% - 17%
4.8% - 7.1%
Softens the upper layer of skin and helps restore the healthy skin barrier. Has shown to help calm down inflammation in skin. It is a stable oil, meaning that it retains its properties even when exposed to air.
3.2% - 4.8%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
2% - 3.1%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.7% - 2.6%
A good mix of fatty acids that forms a protective layer on the skin. Improves the shelf life of products. Derived from coconut and glycerin
1.6% - 2.3%
One of the most effective and the most studied occlusive ingredients that creates a protective layer on top of the skin preventing moisture loss
1.4% - 2.1%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1.1% - 1.7%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.9% - 1.35%
0.5% - 1.15%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.45% - 1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.9%
A type of silicone that can decrease loss of moisture from the skin surface. It helps create a nice product texture
0.3% - 0.7%
Two steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, retinol is proven to be effective against all signs of aging. It improves skin cell turnover, helps fight blemishes and clogged pores, can regulate excess oil production and even skin tone. It can, however, be quite irritating
0.2% - 0.7%
Might help improve cell turnover and reduce inflammation in skin. One study shows that the ingredients might be able to stimulate collagen production in skin
0.2% - 0.75%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.2% - 0.8%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.65%
A type of peptide. Peptides are excellent moisturizers and might be able support collagen production reducing fine lines and wrinkles
0.15% - 0.65%
A type of lipid similar to ceramides naturally present in skin. Helps to soften the upper layer of the skin and supports the skin barrier function to keep it hydrated. Can help to prevent inflammation in skin
0.15% - 0.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.5%
A derivative of vitamin C that is more stable, but less bioavailable than the pure form of vitamin C. It does not penetrate the skin well, but has been shown to convert to pure vitamin C once in skin. It can be helpful in stimulating collagen production and lightening the skin tone, but the required concentration is likely to be very high
0.15% - 0.5%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
0.15% - 0.5%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.15% - 0.55%
Used mostly for creating emulsions - helping oil and water mix together. Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
0.2% - 0.75%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and calm down inflammation
0.15% - 0.65%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.1% - 0.45%
A plant extract that can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation, even though it is not usually used in sufficient concentration in cosmetics
0.15% - 0.5%
A plant extract that can contain an antioxidant compound
0.15% - 0.5%
A plant extract containing sugars that might help attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is claimed by the manufacturer to help reduce pore size but evidence is lacking
0.1% - 0.5%
Can have some moisturizing properties due to its sugar content
0.1% - 0.5%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.15% - 0.55%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.15% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.1% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.1% - 0.45%
Creates a thin drying film on the skin resulting in a short-term tightening effect
0.2% - 0.7%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.1% - 0.5%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.5%
0.15% - 0.55%
Helps water and oil in the product mix well together and improves product texture
0.1% - 0.5%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.15% - 0.55%
Non-drying alcohol that helps water and oil mix together. Also serves as an emollient
0.15% - 0.6%
Used to create gel-like formulas and stabilize emulsions
0.1% - 0.45%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.1% - 0.45%
Enhances the product texture and makes it more spreadable. Helps reduce water loss from the outer layer of skin. Extands the shelf life by preventing bacteria growth
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.1% - 0.4%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%

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