Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator – Indepth Review and Ingredient Analysis

A good moisturiser is not just a cream that adds moisture to the skin but also one that nourishes and keeps it healthy. Nourishment is something that many forget but it is especially important, not only for slowing down ageing, but also because quite simply if the skin is not healthy it might not hold any moisture to begin with. Dry skin will in turn cause other problems and you end up in a viscous circle.

As a result, a nourishing moisturiser is what you should always look for. Unless, you have a lot of serums and you like building a more “customised” skincare solution. I would recommend doing both, having a nourishing moisturiser but also a more “plain” one (but that doesn’t mean it’s not nourishing at all) that you can use in combination with serums.

I’ve previously wrote about the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser which is my nourishing, must have moisturiser and in this post I will be writing about my “plain” option, which I also recommended in the Bonds of Beauty 2018 awards, the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. I like to use this cream in combination with serums such as the must have Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. Please note that this is not a Paula’s Choice promotion, I am not affiliated with them or anything like that, they are genuinely good products so what can I do!


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Let’s have a look at the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. Is it worth your money and time?



The Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator comes in a very sturdy cardboard outer packaging which looks typical of Paula’s Choice branding. It is neither amazing good looking nor bad.

The actual cream comes in a bottle with a pump which is not very common for creams. It is a huge advantage though, as this type of packaging not only protects the ingredients from oxidising over time, and therefore the cream from loosing effectiveness, but it is also more sanitary as your fingers don’t come in contact with the remaining cream.



A 50mL bottle of the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator retails for £32. This is not as, as we say, as cheap as chips, but it’s neither too expensive, especially considering it will last you 2 months+ depending on usage.

I use this every other day as I rotate with the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser.

You can also buy a 1.5mL sample for £0.70 to try it out first or a travel size 10mL for £8.

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here. Alternatively, check out which also has discounts running quite often.



This cream has a texture somewhere between a cream and a gel which is perfect for oily and combination skin.

It has a pale yellow colour which comes naturally from the ingredients contained. There are no added dyes in this product.



Paula’s Choice products do not contain fragrance and their smell comes naturally from the ingredients contained.

This cream has a very subtle scent which you will likely not smell at all unless you put the product very close to your nose. The scent is pleasant and is a bit like an oily cosmetic cream.


SPF protection

This cream doesn’t offer SPF protection which is why it’s recommended more for night. However, if you use another product with SPF then there is no reason why you can’t use it during the day too.

I personally use it in the night because I need mattifying creams during the day, thanks to my oily skin. Check out the articles below for my day cream recommendations:

A nourishing, mattifying day cream with SPF – Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defence Broad Spectrum SPF30 – In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Paula’s Choice Resist Youth-Extending Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 – In Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

For alternative options but without SPF check out: Best day creams for oily skin – Estée Lauder Daywear Matte vs Omorovicza Balancing Moisturiser. In Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses


Skin compatibility

This cream is recommended for combination to oily skin, but it feels deeply moisturising and so drier skin types might also be ok with it. There are no ingredients that would inhibit a specific skin type from using this, in fact even if you have sensitive skin you can give this a go, and see if your skin tolerates it, since it doesn’t contain a lot of the usual sensitizers that most cosmetics do.

However, If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned. Never use cosmetics on irritated or broken skin.


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This product lasts for 12M and is suitable for all skin types. Paula’s Choice products are not tested on animals.

Here’s what the brand says about this product:

Our most advanced anti-ageing formula for oily skin.

This unique anti-ageing gel-lotion contains potent antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients that help fade post-breakout marks and promote younger-looking skin. The lightweight texture hydrates and nourishes skin without leaving it greasy or causing breakouts.


Fights signs of ageing

Suitable for breakout-prone skin

Reduces discolouration from breakouts


A night moisturiser is the last step in your evening routine.

Apply the moisturiser liberally to your face after cleansing, toning, exfoliating and applying an antioxidant serum or targeted treatment.


Practicality of use – user experience

The pump makes this cream very easy to use. It doesn’t require a lot of force and it dispenses a reasonable amount of product.

The cream itself spreads easily and is absorbed by the skin quickly without leaving any residues behind. It overall feels moisturising and nice on the skin.



This cream is a nourishing moisturiser but it is also an excellent one to partner with a serum. Even when I use it on its own, it leaves my skin feeling deeply moisturised and healthy.



This cream contains 30 ingredients of which 23 will offer you some skincare benefit (of course some more than others), 1 potential negative and 6 potential irritants.

Although I keep saying that this is my “simple” cream, this cream is very nourishing on its own. It is only “simple” in comparison to my more nourishing options. It contains some great ingredients such as vitamin C, B3, niacinamide, adenosine, epigallocatechin gallate and coconut fruit extract which a lot of other moisturisers in the market do not.

It’s actually a very good alternate partner to the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser because the two products do not contain a lot of overlapping ingredients.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these product’s ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.


Ingredient positives:

  1. Water (Aqua)based formulation.
  2. Cyclopentasiloxane – A solvent that enhances fluidity and gives a silky feeling. It can also temporarily fill in wrinkles and creases. Can lock in water by forming a protective barrier on the skin.
  3. Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate – A skin conditioner and softener.
  4. Glycerin– Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  5. Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate – A more stable and water-soluble form of vitamin C. An anti-oxidant that can also brighten the skin. In combination with other compounds, it can help treat acne and even stimulate collagen production. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  6. Cetyl Alcohol – Conditions and softens the skin. It is a fatty alcohol and so it is not perceived to be as damaging to the skin as others.
  7. Niacinamide – A form of vitamin B3 and a skin conditioner. A skin restoring ingredient that can improve the appearance of pores and fine lines, even out skin tone and reduce dullness.
  8. Dimethicone – Creates a barrier and can therefore protect the skin. Also acts as a skin and hair conditioner. When used on the skin it leaves a silky feeling and can even fill in lines temporarily.
  9. Butylene glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin. Sometimes also used as fragrance.
  10. Glyceryl Stearate – A lubricant giving smooth and soft skin appearance.
    Easily penetrates skin, slows water from escaping by forming barrier, anti-oxidant.
  11. PEG-100 Stearate– A moisturiser.
  12. Adenosine – Skin restoring and soothing ingredient. Can improve the skin’s smoothess and has anti-ageing benefits.
  13. Epigallocatechin Gallate – The major polyphenolic compound in green tea that acts as a skin soother and anti-oxidant. It is also said to have anti-flammatory effects, delay cellular ageing and stabilise sensitive and irritate skin although some report it as an allergen. May synergistically increase sun protection when used in combination with a sunscreen.
  14. Glucose Oxidase – A hair and skin conditioner.
  15. Lactoperoxidase – An enzyme derived from milk that acts as a skin conditioner. It is also said to have anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties.
  16. Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract – Anti-oxidant and skin soother.
  17. Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  18. Lactobacillus – A yogurt probiotic that acts as a skin conditioner.
  19. Polysilicone-11 – A film former which in turn has water binding abilities and leaves a smooth feeling on the skin.
  20. Glucose– A natural sugar, skin conditioning and moisturising agent thanks to its ability to bind water.
  21. Xanthan gum– Skin conditioner. Holds water and improves the shelf life of the product.
  22. Decyl Glucoside – Primarily a cleansing agent which leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.
  23. Citric Acid – A natural preservative, can be used to even out skin tone.


Ingredient negatives:

  1. Ceteareth-20 – Might enhance the penetration of some ingredients. However, this is not always a negative.


Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in this cream have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate*, Niacinamide**, Butylene Glycol, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol.

*Only an irritant when found in concentrations higher than 5% which is likely not the case here.

** Niacinamide – Usually not an irritant but since it is found in a product with acidic pH (pH 5), it can potentially hydrolyse and form nicotinic acid which in turn can cause irritation.


Full list of ingredients:

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane (texture enhancer/hydration), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate (texture enhancer), Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer (texture enhancer/film-forming agent), Glycerin (skin replenishing), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Cetyl Alcohol (emollient), Niacinamide (skin-restoring), Dimethicone (hydration), Cetearyl Alcohol (emollient), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/hydration), Glyceryl Stearate (texture enhancer), PEG-100 Stearate (texture enhancer), Adenosine (skin-restoring), Epigallocatechin Gallate (green tea-derived antioxidant), Glucose Oxidase (hydration), Lactoperoxidase (hydration/soothing), Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract (skin-soothing), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract (antioxidant), Lactobacillus (hydration/skin-soothing), Polysilicone-11 (texture enhancer), Sodium Chloride (texture enhancer), Potassium Thiocyanate (hydration), Glucose (hydration), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Ceteareth-20 (solubilizing agent), Decyl Glucoside (surfactant), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).


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The Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator is my go to “simple” cream which is moisturising but also nourishing. I like to use this in combination with serums and I alternate with the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser.

I highly recommend this product.

To get £7.50 off your first Paula’s choice order (minimum £25 order) click here. Alternatively, check out which also has discounts running quite often.

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I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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  1. […] As I mentioned at the beginning all three creams are suitable for all times, almost all skin types and are worth the cash. Because of their slightly different ingredients I tend to rotate between them and match them up with the serums or treatments I use. For example, if I use the Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment I would follow it up with either the Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Ageing Clear Skin Hydrator or the Estee Lauder NightWear Plus and avoid the Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide Enriched Firming Moisturiser because it contains retinol too. Check out: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator – Indepth Review and Ingredient Analysis […]