Paula's Choice - Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment

Paula's Choice Resist Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment

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FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-oxidation
Key ingredients
  • tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate
  • acetyl glucosamine
  • ceramide 1
  • ceramide 3
  • ceramide 6 ii
  • panthenol
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"This technologically advanced brightening formula contains a proprietary complex of proven vitamin and plant-based ingredients that fade brown spots and refine skin tone so you'll have a more radiant and youthful appearance."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains acetyl glucosamine.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: niacin.

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"This technologically advanced brightening formula contains a proprietary complex of proven vitamin and plant-based ingredients that fade brown spots and refine skin tone so you'll have a more radiant and youthful appearance."
WIMJ summary

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

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, niacin.

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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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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: dimethicone, peg-10 dimethicone.

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: acetyl glucosamine, ceramide 1, ceramide 3, ceramide 6 ii, panthenol, phytosphingosine

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
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WIMJ summary

This product contains antioxidants (scutellaria baicalensis extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
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

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