I have been a huge fan of Paula Begoun since pouring over my mum’s copies of her books when I was younger, and now I finally have some of her range of products. They arrived about six weeks ago but I’ve been holding off on reviewing them until I’ve given them a thorough test. Before I start, I just want to mention that Paula’s Choice products aren’t tested on animals, and most of them are vegan, and they are not sold in China.
Resist Skin Revealing Body Lotion with 10% AHA
The name of this makes me think it’s something to do with taking your clothes off, but rest assured it isn’t! I have always had a problem with bumpy skin on my body, it’s never been nice and smooth like other people have, and I’ve always hated it. I discovered that this is a harmless condition called Keratosis pilaris, and “it occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plug. Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled” (Wikipedia). This probably explains why I am so prone to ingrown hairs also.
I’ve used many body scrubs in my attempts to treat this, but none of them have ever quite given me the results I was looking for. In my research, I discovered that chemical exfoliation works better than physical exfoliation, and this Paula’s Choice lotion with 10% AHA from Glycolic acid came highly recommended. After using it for 6 weeks, I can see why it’s so well regarded! It is formulated for daily use but I have been using it 2-3 times a week, just because I have so many other things in my nightly beauty routine, and sitting around nude while I wait for it to dry isn’t so great in winter. You apply it like any other body lotion, and I’ve been focusing my application on the back of my upper arms, my knees and my butt, as those are the worst affected areas. I have noticed a real improvement in the appearance and texture of my skin from using it, and I’m trying to be more diligent with it so I get even better results.
Like all AHA products, it causes sensitivity to the sun, so come summer I will have to be really careful about using lots of sunscreen, but currently my body is wrapped in a million layers because it’s winter, so that’s not an issue. It cost $27 US (plus shipping) for 210ml (7oz), which isn’t cheap, but for the results I’m willing to pay for it.
Resist C15 Super Booster
This is a serum with 15% Vitamin C, mixed with the antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides, to prevent signs of aging and also to improve discolouration and even out your skin tone. I got this primarily to reduce the hyperpigmenation I’ve had in my cheek and jaw area since I started struggling (again) with acne last year, and it has been working really well. I feel a lot more confident going out without makeup on, or with just a light coverage BB cream, whereas previously I felt like I needed to pile on a lot of concealer and foundation.
I’ve been applying this at night, and most mornings as well when I remember/don’t have to rush off immediately. It has a dropper in it, and I put some in my palm and apply all over my face. I initally only used it at night, but I read on the back that it’s best used before 3 months, and I hadn’t used much of it, so I started applying it in the morning so that I could get as much of the goodness before it started to degrade. The price is $45 USD and it’s a 20ml bottle, but I bought it when they had 20% off, and used a friend’s referral code so the price came down considerably. My referrral code will be at the end of this post, if you are interested in purchasing any of these products.
Paula’s Choice Resist Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30
You can choose 3 samples with your Paula’s Choice order, and I chose to have all 3 be this moisturiser+sunscreen. It offers SPF 30 protection which is essential with the harsh UV rays in NZ, and also considering I use products such as AHAs, retinoids and Vitamin C which cause the skin to be more sensitive to the sun. It has broad-spectrum protection, so protects against UVA rays as well as UVB, to prevent aging and pigmentation as well as burning. The slight tint counteracts the white cast that can be given by other zinc oxide products, and it is matte which is good for underneath makeup. If my skin wasn’t so dry, this would be the perfect product, but it’s aimed more at people with combination-oily skin, but I’ll be looking at Paula’s Choice’s other moisturiser+SPF products. It costs $27 USD for 60ml, meaning you get 2x as much product as you do with my Clinique City Block, so I wouldn’t be as hesitant to use it as its 50c per use, rather than $1 (SPF protection is worked out using roughly 1/4tsp of product for your face)
If you are interested in buying these, or any other Paula’s Choice products, you can use my Refer-A-Friend link – it saves you $10 on your order, and earns me credit to use on their products – win/win! It can be combined with their promotions which they often have too.
Update 14 August: Paula’s Choice USA no longer ships to New Zealand – you must use their Australian distributor where all the products are $10-15 more expensive. I am pretty annoyed by this as you can imagine.
Have you used any products from Paula’s Choice? Are there any that you’d recommend?