If you’re looking for a new complete skin care routine that will help keep skin moisturized and diminish the look of fine lines, we may have just the kit for you. In this review we will take a look at the Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin, offered by the famous “Cosmetic Cop” Paula Begoun.

Who is Paula Begoun?


Paula Begoun is the founder and owner of Paula’s Choice, a line of skincare products that is aimed towards educating customers on the best skin care ingredients for their specific skin issues. Her debut in the skincare line actually started in 1986 with a self-published book titled Blue Eye Shadow Should Be Illegal, which discusses a variety of different makeup tips. Since then, Paula Begoun has written over 18 books about the beauty industry. She’s also had an advice column titles “Dear Paula,” and ran a podcast about current beauty trends up until 2003.

Paula Begoun started making her own skincare products in the early 1990s, creating a team of cosmetic chemists to help her make the best products with the right ingredients. The Paula’s Choice skin care line has products for just about any skin problem, from acne to wrinkles to uneven skin tone. Paula Begoun claims that all of her products are based on a combination of published peer-reviewed research and hands-on cosmetic research.

Product Contents


The Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Kit is a complete skin care system that works to hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark spots. It has a total of 7 products that can be combined for a complete skincare routine. Let’s take a closer look at what each of the products in this kit do for your skin.

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This is a smooth cleanser with a thicker lotion formula to help replenish moisture in the skin. This product is powerful enough to remove all makeup and gentle enough to be used every day, even around the eye area. The RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser will leave your skin feeling clean and oil-free, without the risk of over drying.

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Toners have a tendency to dry out skin, but the RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner is specially created to actually add moisture to the surface of the skin. The hydrating formula was developed with omega fatty acids and antioxidants that aim to protect and nourish the skin. The RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner can improve signs of sun damage, and also helps firm up the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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This is a unique exfoliant product that can be left on the skin for a smooth, youthful appearance. The RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment uses alpha hydroxyl acids (AHA) to break down the bonds holding dead skin to the face. AHAs are well known for their ability to enhance moisture production in the skin, and can also reduce the appearance of sun damage. This product also has antioxidant ingredients that fight free radicals and keep moisture on the skin.

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The RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is made with Vitamin C, peptides, and antioxidants that help rejuvenate and preserve the surface of the skin. The specially chosen mix of antioxidants work together to fill out wrinkles, even skin tones, and moisturize dry patches. It also adds extra vibrancy to dull skin for a youthful glow.

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There are many ingredients in the RESIST Advanced Kit that can leave skin susceptible to the sun. To prevent sun damage, Paula Begoun added a 50 SPF sunscreen into the RESIST Skin Restoring Moisturizer. Along with sun protection, this product also adds another layer of hydration to keep skin feeling soft and supple. It has antioxidant ingredients such as shea butter and coffee, along with ingredients like niacinamide and licorice to improve skin tone.

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This is another moisturizing product that can be used along with other products in the RESIST Advanced Kit. This moisturizer features Retinol, a powerful anti-aging ingredient that is known to quickly reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. To offset the drying effect of Retinol, the RESIST Barrier Repair Moisturizer adds hydrating antioxidants that will keep your skin looking dewy and fresh.

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This product is a more concentrated version of the RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment to be used for a deeper clean. This formula has a blend of four different AHA’s, along with a small amount of salicylic acid to reveal fresh, youthful skin. All of these exfoliates can be left on the surface of the skin to work on improving skin condition throughout the day.

Product Instructions


The RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin has 7 products that you can use on a daily or weekly basis, or as needed. Here is the recommended skin care routine for the RESIST Advanced Kit.

Start your daily routine with the RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser by applying 1-2 pumps of product to your face and eye area. Sweep the cleanser across your face with firm circular motions. If you need to remove makeup we suggest using a clean wet washcloth when applying the cleanser. Rinse with warm water and dry with a clean towel. Use this product once during the day and once again at night.

The next step in the daily routine is the RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner. Deposit a small amount of the toner onto a cotton pad and slowly apply to the entire face and neck area. Do not rinse the toner off after application. This product can be used twice a day after cleansing.

The RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA can be used either in the morning or at night after you apply the toner. Squeeze out a dime-sized amount of the product and apply it over face and neck area, avoiding the eyes and lips. Gently rub the exfoliant into the skin until it absorbs almost completely. There is no need to rinse the product off once applied.

The RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum should be applied to your specific problem areas before you put on your moisturizer. Squeeze a few drops of the serum onto your finger and gently smooth it onto your face, neck, and eye area. This product should be used twice a day for optimal results.

The final step of the RESIST Advanced Kit daily routine is to apply a moisturizer. This kit comes with two moisturizers: the Skin Restoring Moisturizer with 50 SPF and the Barrier Repair with Retinol. Paula Begoun recommends you use the Skin Restoring Moisturizer with 50 SPF during the day to protect your skin from the sun. The Barrier Repair with Retinol should be used at night, as Retinol products can be sensitive to sunlight.

The RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment with 10% AHA is a highly concentrated product, and should only be used once a week. To apply this product, dispense one pump and smooth it over the entire surface of a cleansed face. Gently rub the product into your skin to activate the powerful exfoliants. There is no need to rinse the RESIST Advanced Smoothing Treatment.

Immediate Results


After about one week of use with the RESIST Advanced Kit system, we noticed that skin felt softer and held moisture better than before. We also noticed a slight reduction in redness and discoloration. As of one week of use, we had not noticed any diminishing of wrinkles or fine lines.

Long Term Results


After using the RESIST Advanced Kit system for multiple weeks, we finally started to notice a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Skin feels youthful and hydrated; though we did notice some redness can appear. We believe this may have come from the Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol, as Retinol is well known to cause dryness or slight inflammation.

Pros and Cons


After using the RESIST Advanced Kit system for multiple weeks, we finally started to notice a reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Skin feels youthful and hydrated; though we did notice some redness can appear. We believe this may have come from the Barrier Repair Moisturizer with Retinol, as Retinol is well known to cause dryness or slight inflammation.

Pros

  • Replenishes Moisture.
  • Reduces the Signs of Aging.
  • Diminishes Discoloration.
  • Removes Makeup.

Cons

  • Not for Sensitive Skin.
  • Pricey.

This kit does a great job at replenishing and protecting hydration on the surface of the skin. All of the products have hydrating ingredients that won’t dry out your face when used properly. Moisture is extremely important to the skin, as it is what keeps it looking smooth and firm.

The RESIST Advanced Kit was designed to reduce the appearance of aging, and it definitely does that job well. The blend of antioxidants and vitamins are all carefully chosen to create a skin care system that fights the appearance of wrinkles and leaves you with beautiful, youthful skin.

Discoloration is an issue that can be difficult to remedy. We were impressed at how well the RESIST Advanced Kit worked on dark spots and sun damage, with results appearing in as little as a week. Frequent use of these products will leave the skin with a beautiful, even tone.

Leaving makeup on the skin can cause inflammation and outbreaks, so you’ll want a skin care routine that can effectively remove every trace of makeup. With the RESIST Advanced Kit, there’s no need to scrub at your face to get that last bit of makeup off. These products are enough to dissolve makeup from the surface of the skin, and can even be used around the eye area.  

Some customers that have used the RESIST Advanced Kit report that the products caused redness or an outbreak of acne. We do not recommend this kit for people who are very prone to breakouts, or anyone with a skin condition such as eczema.

The products in the RESIST Advanced Kit do not come cheap, which may deter some customers who are not familiar with how 

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Product Pricing


You can purchase the RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin on the Paula’s Choice online store for $172, though it is currently out of stock. 

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This is another Paula’s Choice kit that uses products from the RESIST line. Although they are from the same line, there are major differences in this kit when compared to the RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin. All of the products are lighter and aim to stop the over production of oil on the skin. The kit contains these RESIST products: Perfectly Balanced Cleanser, Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner, Daily Pore-Refining Treatment, Ultra-Light Daily Antioxidant Serum, Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid, and the Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator.

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This is a smaller version of the RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin, providing you with only the ‘essential’ products from the line for your daily skin care routine. These products include the Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser, Daily Smoothing Treatment, Skin Restoring Moisturizer, and Barrier Repair Moisturizer.

Final Verdict


Paula Begoun is known as the “Cosmetics Cop” since 1984, and has dedicated her life to educating her customers to make informed purchasing decisions when it comes to skin care. The Paula’s Choice RESIST Advanced Kit for Normal to Dry Skin is a culmination of Paula Begoun’s years of expertise, and the results show that these products do work. We recommend this kit to people who are looking for a complete skin care regimen that will actively fight signs of aging while keeping the skin hydrated.

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