DISCLAIMER: At the time this blog post was written, Paula’s Choice was owned by TA Associates, a private equity firm. Unilever, which is not cruelty-free, announced on June 14, 2021, that it would be acquiring Paula’s Choice. Since I do not support cruelty-free companies owned by parent companies that are not cruelty-free, I will no longer purchase or review Paula’s Choice products. I am not removing this review since I know many of my readers will still want to support Paula’s Choice.
In years past, toners had a bad reputation. Most of them were quite astringent and drying to the skin. Those old toners might’ve been good for acne-prone skin, but would be too harsh for most people. Thankfully, toners have come a long way. We now have gentler toners for acne-sufferers and there are other formulas available for other skin concerns. Any skin type can now find a beneficial toner.
I like to look at toner as a primer for my skincare routine. It provides a splash of hydration to replenish my skin after cleansing, as well as providing a base layer of other beneficial ingredients. My first good experience with toner was with Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner.
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Product claims directly from PaulasChoice.com
An age-defying facial toner that rehydrates and lightly moisturizes skin while also defending against environmental damage.
- Replenishes and refines aging skin
- Niacinamide and peptide complex renews skin
- Lightweight but potent liquid formula
- Use twice daily after cleansing skin
Other product details
- Price: $24.00
- Net weight: 4 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Shelf life: 12 months
- Where to buy: PaulasChoice.com and Amazon.com
- Overall rating: 8.8/10
- Ease of application: 7/10
- Hydration: 10/10
- “Team player”: 10/10
- Ingredients: 10/10
- Price: 7/10
Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.
Ease of application
This product can be used a couple of different ways. You can apply it with a disposable or reusable cotton pad, or you can pat it on your skin directly with your hands.
Most people would apply this product using a cotton pad. This is the easier method, because this toner is literally the same consistency as water. Once it’s on the cotton pad, the toner can then easily be swiped over the skin. The one downside to using a cotton pad, is that the pad absorbs a lot of the product. That means less product for your skin, and a lot of product wasted!
I don’t like to use any more product than absolutely necessary, so I apply this toner the hard way. I pour a little bit into my palm, carefully rub my hands together, and pat the toner all over my face. It works, but it is a bit of a challenge to pull off without spilling any of the toner off of my hands.
The tagline for this post’s title isn’t just to get attention; this product is definitely hydrating! My skin feels like it’s taking a big gulp of water when I apply this toner. It sinks in quickly leaving my skin feeling soft and well-hydrated without leaving any tacky residue behind.
For optimal hydration from this toner, it’s best to apply as quickly as possible after cleansing and patting off excess water. Molecules penetrate the skin more effectively when it is damp. Therefore, the toner will absorb best immediately after cleansing and this will lead to the best possible results.
Not all skincare products mesh well with others, or are what I would call “team players.” Fortunately, this Paula’s Choice toner is an excellent team player. It absorbs within seconds and when other products are applied on top, it feels like they’re going on bare clean skin.
This is so important to me, because some products are very difficult to use if they don’t work well with other products I’m using, and that turns my skincare routine into an unpleasant experience. For example, I’ve used a few products that cause other skincare to pill or flake when applied on top. It can help to wait five minutes or more before additional steps, but I’m not patient enough for that! I expect all of my skincare products to blend together seamlessly without any fuss.
Since this toner is made by Paula’s Choice, I knew I was going to be impressed by the ingredients list. I was not disappointed! This product is packed full of some amazing ingredients, and zero bad or “approach with caution” type ingredients.
I love that Paula’s Choice has a short descriptor with each ingredient listed for each product. I still looked at each individual ingredient anyway, because I think skincare ingredients are so interesting. I’d like to share some of the real stand outs!
- Niacinamide is one of my favorite skincare ingredients and is beneficial for a variety of skin concerns
- Improves appearance of enlarged pores
- Regulates oil production
- Evens skin tone
- Softens fine lines
- Acetyl Glucosamine
- Precursor for biosynthesis of hyaluronic acid
- Fades dark spots
- Willow bark extract
- Grape-derived antioxidant
- Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1
- “Famous” peptide (part of Matrixyl 3000)
- Stimulates collagen production
- Epigallocatechin Gallate (a.k.a. EGCG)
- “Magic” green tea ingredient
- Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic
- Potent antioxidant found in soybeans
- Licorice Root Extract
If it’s not already abundantly clear from my previous product reviews, I don’t like spending more than necessary on my skincare, makeup, etc. As someone that is just recently self-employed for the first time, I try to watch my budget carefully. So, I have to be honest that I did not like spending $24.00 for this toner. On the other hand, it is a very high quality product. Looking at the ingredients list, I must say that this toner is worth the price!
Paula’s Choice Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner is suggested for normal, oily, or combination skin types. It’s also part of the Resist collection which is meant for anti-aging.
Despite those things, I think this product would be beneficial for any age or skin type. It would provide a hydrated base for dry skin types, and anti-aging is never a bad idea for any age group! The ingredients in this toner are designed more to preserve youthfulness than to address advanced signs of aging.
Have you tried this toner from Paula’s Choice? Does your skin love that extra dose of hydration like mine does? Please comment below!