Paula's Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner | My first experience with Paula's Choice

Paula's choice Resist Advanced Repairing Toner review

After hearing countless rave reviews about Paula's Choice skincare, I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to try them myself, beginning with the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner. This "super-charged" toner is designed to visibly revolutionize your skin; its claims include tightening pores, eliminating acne scars, controlling excess oil, and increasing skin's firmness and suppleness with a mix of powerful antioxidants. Formulated for combo to oily skin types, this toner is quite unique as it doesn't contain any emollients, yet helps to cleanse, balance and hydrate skin.

The Guts
With such a cool sounding product of course the first thing we have to do is dive into the ingredients! The primary ingredients in this toner are:
  • Water
  • Glycerin - a humectant (draws moisture into skin)
  • Ethoxydiglycol - a solvent
  • Niacinamide - helps fade hyper-pigmentation and acne scars, protects skin from UV damage, and improves skin texture
  • Resveratrol - an antioxidant 
Other ingredients of note are sodium hyaluronate (aka hyaluronic acid, moisturizing), acetyl glucosamine (fights hyper-pigmentation), epigallocatechin (antioxidant), licorice root extract (anti-inflammatory), and willow bark extract (anti-inflammatory).

Price & Packaging
A 118 ml bottle costs $23 USD direct from Paula's Choice. It's a bit steep for a toner, but I can see why as it is really marketed as a skincare treatment and not just a regular toner whose main functions are to balance and hydrate skin. 

In terms of packaging, I thought the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner was very slick. It has a handy small opening at the top that helps dispense product easily but not excessively. The bottle itself is opaque as well, which helps preserve the antioxidants within, but does have the downside that it makes it hard to tell how much you have left. 

After reading the claims for this toner and knowing Paula's Choice reputation, I was really really pumped to use this. Paula's Choice is one of my go-to guides for ingredient advice and their reviews on products do not pussyfoot around calling out other brands' claims, which I admire. Even their own review for this toner has a line of skepticism in it about the effectiveness of its niacinamide levels! 

Lately, I've been looking for something that would help tone down the excess oils my skin has been producing and the claim to reduce pores and fade marks all made this toner sound like the product of my dreams.

The first few days of using this toner though were a bit of a trial and error. Having never used anything with niacinamide in it before, I was surprised at how it left my skin stinging. After two weeks, that stinging sensation went away, but I had to gradually work this toner into my routine and be careful about how much I used at a time. 

The combination of niacinamide and acetyl glucosamine is supposed to be a powerful fighter against melanin production that will result in more radiant, even skin. It's only been a month, but I am rather skeptical about these claims. Perhaps I need to use this toner twice a day and maybe for longer, but I haven't noticed any significant change in my skin's texture or radiance.

Judging by PC's own review, the concentrations of the niacinamide may not be high enough to have an effect (studies indicate you need at least 2-5% concentration) but since it is so high up in the ingredients list, that would lead me to think that it is in fact, present in high enough concentrations; and if not, then that would imply the rest of the other antioxidants, moisturizers and anti-inflammatories are in such low concentrations as to be useless. I'm hoping that it's just my skin not reacting yet to this toner and that with longer use, I'll start seeing more significant results. 

Another thing to watch out for is that you need to wear a good SPF while using this product. Like many brightening products, while they help repair sun damage, they also make your skin more sensitive to it.

Where the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner fared better was in cleansing and oil control. Since using this toner, my skin has felt less oily and although I still get shiny by the end of the day, it's definitely less than before. 

And as for reducing pore size? Well, Paula's Choice should know better and know that it's pretty impossible to change your pore size! However, it did do a good job at keeping them clear and removing any leftover dirt and residue. 

Final Verdict
Ditch - the Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner has an impressive ingredient list and I don't doubt its quality; however, based on my results so far, the significance of its effects did not match to its price tag and therefore it didn't wow me enough that I would repurchase. 

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