Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid


In the recent years, so many anti-aging products have been introduced in the market and to find the best anti-aging products that actually work for you is like looking for a needle in a haystack! Many products have somewhat similar and promising claims – Formulated with latest and greatest ingredients that can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines in 14 days!

Unfortunately, some of these so-called breakthrough ingredients are mostly antioxidants that can only effectively help to delay or prevent aging but they may not be able to reverse aging or make the wrinkles and fine lines disappear.

So what makes an anti-aging product ticks? Well, continue reading to find out more……

A couple of weeks ago, I was extremely delighted to receive a set of new Paula’s Choice anti-aging products for testing and review. Many thanks to Paula’s Choice Singapore for extending this review invitation to me. ;-)

The parcel contains Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, Resist Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer (w/ SPF 25 & Antioxidants).

To be true, I’m actually a big fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products and have consistently been using their products for the past 2 years. Two of my favorite Paula’s Choice products are :

Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel

Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate (an improved version of Super Antioxidant Concentrate)

Since the 4 products I’ve received are under Paula’s Choice Resist System – a collection of products that is especially designed for those who are concerned with preventing and reducing the signs of aging, so I’m here to give you a brief introduction on the Paula’s Choice Resist Resurfacing & Smoothing System before I proceed with my full review on the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

Do continue reading to discover what’s interesting about this product. ;-)


Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System

Product Profile

  • 2-part AHA anti-aging exfoliating system is what your wrinkles fear most!
  • Resurfaces your skin with 5% and 10% glycolic acid for significantly improved tone and texture
  • See fewer wrinkles, signs of sun damage, and discolorations
  • Stimulates healthy collagen production so you have smoother, firmer skin
  • Dramatically improves skin texture and uneven skin tone while delivering proven anti-aging ingredients
  • Brings back a youthful, radiant appearance within days
  • Over time, your skin will look younger and maintain a healthy glow
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Weekly Resurfacing & Smoothing System, for all skin types, comprises of Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment which contains 10% glycolic acid (to be used once a week at night) and Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment that contains 5% glycolic acid (to be used daily except the day when using Weekly Resurfacing Treatment).

Glycolic acid, also known as AHA, is a leave-on exfoliant that is proven to exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the substance in skin that holds skin cells together.


NEW Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment


Product Profile

  • Reduces multiple signs of aging
  • Builds skin-firming collagen
  • Corrects uneven skint one
  • Silky lotion calms skin with anti-irritants and antioxidants
  • 100% fragrance-free and contains no dyes or coloring agents

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), suitable for all skin type, is claimed as a must-have product for those who want their skin to look and act younger. It is claimed to help prevent and reduce the signs of aging, including sun damage, fine lines, uneven tone and wrinkles.

Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid contains potent duo exfoliants – glycolic acid in 5% (an effective concentration) and salicylic acid (pore-penetrating exfoliant) that help to exfoliate the dead skin cells effectively in order to reveal a youthful and radiant looking skin. It also contains a couple of beneficial antioxidants such as caffeic acid, vitamin E and melon fruit extract.



After I started using the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid, I have since stopped using the Paula’s Choice 8% AHA Gel. Both contain similar key ingredient AHA but in different concentration. I actually prefer the new Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid because it has lower concentration of AHA (5%) which is milder and gentle for my sensitive skin yet effective too.

Other great things about this Resist product is that instead of formulating with just AHA, it also contains 0.5% BHA (salicylic acid), a potent pore-penetrating exfoliant that helps to reduce plugged pores caused by excessive sebum production. BHA is claimed to help reduce blackheads and whiteheads too. Fortunately I hardly have blackheads and whiteheads on my face hence I wouldn’t be able to know if this product works on this area. And now I do not have to ponder on which exfoliant to use – AHA or BHA – as this product contains both! Perfect! What’s more, it is also formulated with a couple of beneficial antioxidants that help to fight free radicals damage too.

I actually like the ultra lightweight texture that easily absorbs onto the skin and my skin doesn’t feel greasy at all. Although this product can be used twice a day (day and night regimen), but I prefer to use it only at night cos I’m so afraid that this AHA formulation will cause my stubborn sun spots to become even darker when I’m out under the super strong sun during the lunch break hour. It is essential to apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen and limit sun exposure while using this product.

Do note that there is a risk of increased sun sensitivity when using an AHA. Therefore do not apply this product if you intend to stand under the sun for a long period of time on the very next day.

I use this product after my cleansing and toning; and before my usual serums and moisturizer.

After a month of usage, I have actually noticed amazing results with this Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. The fine lines on my nasolabial folds and cheek areas (near lower eyelid areas) have significantly reduced! The uneven skin tone has also significantly improved! My skin has somewhat appeared brighter, smoother and radiant too. The only thing that never seems to improve is the stubborn dark liver spots on my right cheek area. They are still dark and unsightly.

All-in-all, I’m very pleased with the results! With its excellent formulation, my fragile skin (rosacea and sensitive skin) doesn’t get any redness and irritation at all. Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid is FREE of fragrance, color and harmful skin irritants.



Will I buy it again? YES YES YES!!!



You can now purchase the Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid at only S$52.00 in 50ml at Paula’s Choice Singapore website at :


On my next review post, I will be featuring the Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Resurfacing Treatment, do stay tuned! Thanks for reading, see ya! ;-)


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36 Comments on "Review – Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid"

  1. susanwin says:

    what would u recommend for the pigementation? paula choice or clarin? as i saw in ur previous post that clarin does help for u.thank u so much

  2. Shirleen says:

    Hi Susanwin,

    Clarins is good as to help brighten up overall skin tone and Paula’s Choice helps to lighten pigmentation better.

  3. susanwin says:

    thank u :)

  4. Simonne says:

    Have you try their BHA ? Well, I’m using their BHA 1% Lotion all the while and have placed order for his Resist Smoothing AHA.
    So now i’m thinking how to incorporate this Resist Smoothing into my daily regime …

  5. Shirleen says:

    Hi Simonne,

    No, I haven’t tried their BHA before.

    In fact, both AHA and BHA are exfoliants therefore you only require to use either one on each regimen.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I have recently ordered this product. I also use the SK2 Treatment Essence. Do you think it’s ok to use them together? If so, which should be applied first?

  7. Shirleen says:

    Hi Yvonne,

    I guess you can use both together. Use the PC Resist 5% AHA first and follow by SKII FTE. You need to let the PC AHA to be fully absorbed onto the skin before applying the SKII FTE.

    Let me know if your skin ever gets irritated.

  8. Esther says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Firstly, let me thank you for your reviews- very very helpful.

    You are prob the only writer online who uses PC’s Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Estee Lauder’s ANR- my question is, which should i apply 1st after Toner?

    And next, i’ve been using Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum, normally aft ANR, but now tt i’ve included PC’s Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment, I’m not too sure where to use it…

    Ps advice… & Thank you so much


  9. Esther says:

    Hello again Shirleen,

    I forgot to ask something else-

    Is there a ‘rule’ or a ‘system’ for daily skincare regime? i’ve heard some say we must apply lightest >heaviest and other say apply the ones that target the problems i’m most concerned with first…

    I’m wondering as i don’t wanna be stuck if and when i want to try out or include new products in my skincare regime.

    Thanks again Shirleen

    Looking forward…

  10. Shirleen says:

    Hi Esther,

    Here’s the steps :

    PC Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment w/ 5% AHA >> Estee Lauder ANR >> Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum.

    There’s many variations on how to use the products but for me, I will base on 3 factors.

    1. Reference from Niu Er from Nu Ren Wu Zui Da
    anti-wrinkle > whitening > hydrating > antioxidant

    2. The lightest texture to highest texture & water based to creamy based

    3. Product w/ AHA or BHA that helps to exfoliate skin will come before any serums

  11. Esther says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Thanks for your advice.
    Haven’t had the time to check in till now.

    I have another concern that I’d like to ask your advice-

    I’ve been using RESIST Daily Smoothing Treatment w/ 5% AHA for abt 5 days and i’ve just noticed my skin tone has become very patchy. I’m tan with combination skin.
    I’m wondering if it’s because this product isn’t suitable for me?
    I’ve not had pimples or broken out but the patchy skin tone is very obvious and I’m pretty worried.

    Ps advice.


  12. Shirleen says:

    Hi Esther,

    Not sure the cause of patchiness but I will advise you to stop using it for a week or two. I’m actually worried if it’s hyperpigmentation as any peeling/laser treatments or exfoliating ingredients such as AHA, BHA will cause pigmentation to turn darker if insufficient sun protection is given.

    Do ensure you have sufficient and good sun protection when using AHA or BHA products.

  13. Esther says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Thank you So So Much!!!

    It does make alot of sense now!
    I’ve stopped the Resist product since i last mailed you. Just BHA 1% fr PC’s line. N yes, i’ve been using sunscreen since and have stopped using the BHA in the day.

    If it is hyperpigmentation, is there anything that you’d recommend to save my face?

    Thank you once again!


  14. Shirleen says:

    Hi Esther,

    I foresee the hyperpigmentation will just be temporary. Stay away from sun as much as possible especially from 10am to 3pm. Hydrate your skin and incorporate a whitening serum if you want.

  15. Esther says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Got it! Thanks so much for your advice. Will update you when all is well again… fingers crossed…

    While I’m here, i wanna ask your opinion abt DHC’s CoQ10 Lotion. Any thots?


  16. Shirleen says:

    HI Esther,

    I’ve never used it before hence I can’t comment.

  17. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    My skin is very thin (may be due to the usage of harsh cleansers during my younger days) and getting very uncomfortably tight sometimes ( or dry), i haven’t found any moisturiser which is not too oily and moisturing the layers of my skin enough. What would you recommend?
    My skin actually is oily with large pores especially at T-Zone. Do you know how can i remedy my super thin skin (when i smile, many lines appear all over the face)? I know i should use serum or ampoules. Any comments?
    Also i have tried all cleaners even cleansing milk or oil (even cetaphil), my skin becomes even terribly drier. So i just use water.

    And am i suitable for using AHA ,etc, as my skin is already thin?

  18. Shirleen says:

    Hi Claire,

    Firstly, you should stop using products that contain alcohol (which is usually used to help control oily skin) as it can dry up your skin further.

    For your dry and yet oily skin condition now, you may be able to use AHA product but it has to be a gentle formulation. For the meantime, as your skin metabolism is weak, you are not suitable to use anything harsh. You may wanna check out Paula’s Choice 1% BHA Gel or Lotion (your preference) however if you ever encounter any irritation or skin tightness, I will advise you to stop using it.

    What you need most now is to boost hydration as it may reduce the appearance of fine lines and control your oiliness in a way too.

    For the meantime, you may consider 3 pretty good moisturizing products, the Hada Labo SHA Lotion, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules and Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture.

    Your thin skin will appear plump up if your skin is properly hydrated.

    As for cleanser, I will not recommend foamy cleanser for you as it may dry up your skin and you may feel tightness after washing. Check out the Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel.

  19. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Thanks. I will try them if i have the opportunity to.

    Sometimes i do use Hada Labo SHA Lotion, but the moisturising/plumping effect only last for a while (maybe 3 hours) for my skin.

    I think i don’t want to try the AHA/BHA since my skin is already thin.

    Do you have any good recommendation for eye cream? For fine lines mainly.
    The estee lauder ANR eye serum, do we need to apply another eye cream after that?

    Lamer eye concentrate and vitacreme give me a lot of milia seeds.(I am 30 with fine lines under eyes) Bobbi brown hydrating cream also gives me few when i accidentally applied too much. Shiseido bioperformance doesn’t give me milia seeds at all. I think clinique all about eyes are not moisturing enough for my fine lines (premature aging – caused by 2 years insomnia and squinting habit)

  20. Shirleen says:

    Hi Claire,

    Frankly, I’m still searching around for the best eye cream actually hence I can’t recommend any good one for now.

    Yes, you still need to apply eye cream after Estee Lauder ANR Eye Serum.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences on various eye cream.

    You may wanna check out Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum, it may help to reduce fine lines :

    Boost hydration on your eye areas with good hydrating serum such as Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Eyes Time Complex. Not too sure if this product is available in Singapore.

  21. Claire says:

    Thanks so much for your prompt and informative reply. I will try out Elizabeth Arden. I can order online through

  22. Paramis says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    i have read alot about PC products. My skin type is combination with dry skin. I’m 44 years old and have occasional acne breakout. Recently due to work stress, i have many acne breakouts. can you recommend some products?

    thank you

  23. Shirleen says:

    Hi Paramis,

    You may wanna check out the PC anti-acne range ( or try out the Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment With 5% Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Not too sure if these products work for you.

    If your adult acne is due to internal causes (such as stress, lack of sleep or hormones), I reckon these products may not help much though.

  24. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    I am looking for a day moisturiser my dehydrated skin. Will Murad that you recommended too rich for me? I am 30 and with the abovementioned problems in the previous posts. This year onwards, my skin is getting dryer/thinner. I ‘ve tried a few moiturisers, but i still feel very dry underneath esp. in aircon room. I hope to find a very hydrating moisturiser (not just on the surface on the skin) but doesn’t clog my pores or gives me acne.

  25. Shirleen says:

    Hi Claire,

    The Murad is a little rich though but I guess you can use it sparsely for the day.

    In fact, I’m also having dehydrated skin lately too. So a gentle scrub and a hydrating mask (almost daily) do improve my skin condition a little.

    Your skin actually gets thinner as you age (loss of fats) and it is inevitable.

  26. Claire says:

    I have bought the Murad and used it for a couple of weeks. It is indeed better than my other moisturisers, which really hydrates my thin/dry skin, yet not too oily.
    Although i think it gives me tiny pimples, i can accept them.

    What day cream can you recommend me?
    I think you recommended elizabeth arden prevage to a 29 year old lady who are bothered by fine lines in one of the posts.

    During these 2 years (30 this year), i have more enlarged pores over my cheeks/nose due to applying too thick of laneige sleeping pack and using a very oily product and didn’t cleanse my face early next morning because i slept till noon that day. =(
    And i realise this year, my skin really ages significantly, becomes less resistant, radiant with uneven skin tone.

    Do you have any product for these problems? Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum that you have recommended me before?
    Is it ok for my thin skin? Can it be applied to eyes areas? I heard retinol or retinoic cream is good. But i heard some say it will thicken skin. Some say it will thin skin.

    Should i use the BHA 1% for anti-aging purpose but my skin is thin?
    AHA/BHA and retinol/retinoic cream have same effect?

  27. Shirleen says:

    Hi Claire,

    Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day is still one of my best day moisturizers, I’m currently using it.

    Enlarged pores can be caused by many factors. It can be due to aging, excess oil sebum, clogged pores or dead skin surface. I personally don’t think your enlarged pores is caused by you skipping washing your face in the morning.

    I’m not too sure if AHA or BHA will help to reduce your enlarged pores but I guess not harm trying. I will advise you to have a break of a few months after every 2-3 months usage of AHA / BHA products.

    Yes I heard of 2 different versions using AHA / BHA products, some say it will thin but some say it will thicken skin. I have no idea which is true. But I know that over-exfoliating will make our skin more sensitive.

    What I believe is that Retinol cream will thicken skin.

    Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum is a great product!

  28. Claire says:

    Ok i will definitely try elizabeth arden and retinol serum. =)
    Do you have suggestion for pore minimising products?

    Oh what i meant is due to aging,to my shock, my pores seem to be very easily enlarged if not using the right products, as compared to before. Not because of my skipping of washing the face in the morning.

    I already have enlarged pores on nose and slight on cheek in the beginning. One time, i was too greedily, putting a thick amount of laneige sleeping pack one night (as i thought it works/moisturises well and applying more can have more effect and it looks like gel), however it increases the enlarged pores on my cheek, nose and forehead. <- first instance.

    Second instance is i applied a sample moisturiser which was very oily but i still apply anyway (regret). The pores enlargement was not obvious until there was a day when i woke up very late (after noon)(more oil secretion/accumulation – normally i need to wipe my face with tissue every now and then due to the oil secretion), otherwise maybe the number of enlarged pores will at least be less by a bit. Haha. These only occurs within these 2-3 years.

    Even though my skin is thin/dry/tight (worsen by age), my skin always look oily with a layer of oil since young. So i have a hard time to pick the right products. And i have to be very careful in trying out new products as one night of usage may worsen my skin.

    In the past, even if i use very oily products, i think my pores would not enlarge overnight.

  29. Shirleen says:

    Hi Claire,

    I’m not an expert but based on what I’ve learned from beauty books by doctors, enlarged pores can be due to these factors –

    “Pores enlarge for the same reasons that skin develops wrinkles: loss of collagen, loss of elasticity, and thinning of the skin. As a result of the lack of elasticity, the skin grows less able to close the pores. Thick and oily skin is also more prone to enlarged pore size. If you have oily skin, the benefit is that you will develop fewer lines and wrinkles as you age than someone with thin, less porous skin. Sun exposure is another major contributor to enlarged pores. Throughout the day, your pores collect sebum and debris, encouraging them to grow ever larger.” – Dr Denese’s Secrets of Ageless Skin.

    For your first instance, I’m pretty surprised that the non-greasy gel actually clog your pores and cause enlargement.

    Frankly, I’m still trying to figure out what’s the cause of your pores enlargement overnight. Seems like the products you choose have to be hydrating yet non-greasy. And most importantly, you will need to clear away the clogged pores by exfoliating the skin. AHA or BHA is great however the result is superficial and is not immediate.

    For me, I’m fortunate to be born with refined pores however I do encounter enlarged pores from time to time. So my quick solution is to go for a microdermabrasion treatment (at Bella) and then follow with a IPL treatment (w/ Dr Chee), one to two weeks upon the micro.

    Personally, I do apply a super thick layer of greasy night cream on my face every night too. But I always ensure the product is fully absorbed into the skin by doing a gentle massaging with my warm fingers. I reckon your enlarged pores could be due to greasy product that is still ‘resting’ on the skin surface hence clogging the pores.

  30. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Just to confirm with you whether Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum can be applied to under eyes areas to target the fine lines there? As you mentioned in that particular review that it can be applied around the eyes. It won’t result in milia seeds formed?

    I will try the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Eyes Time Complex when i have the budget.
    The hydration level of my skin has been improved i think most probably by the Murad moisturiser you recommended, which i applied at night.
    Now, i am fighting for the scary fine lines under the eyes. They are too much for my age. Sigh! especially when i smile and squint.

    I know you do not have any good eye product to recommend as mentioned earlier, if you have, do tell me.

    And i always get milia seeds by trying the eye products. Now even shiseido bioperformance given me that issue. Sigh!

  31. Claire says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    The elizabeth arden day cream you are recommending is Day Intensive Anti-Aging Moisture Cream SPF 30, right?

  32. admin says:

    Hi Claire,

    I do apply Paula’s Choice Retinol Serum under my eye areas but I will avoid applying beyond the bony area or too close to the eyes. Make sure the eye product you use is fully absorbed into the skin in order to avoid milia seeds from forming.

  33. Farhan Wahab says:

    Hi Shirleen,

    Love your product reviews. In fact, I’ve been thinking of getting Paula’s Choice due to their products not tested against animals.

    I’ve been reading through the comments posted by our visitors, and would like to know your opinion. I have a problem with Oily skin, especially on the T zone. And also few tiny dark pigmentation on my cheeks, thanks to National Service. I tried products where they claim to reduce the oil level content on my face, but all are just marketing gimmicks. Pores are starting to increase too :( And I stopped using products which contains alcohol.

    As I am turning 26 next year, I would like to start on using anti aging products too. Would you recommend me to purchase products by Paula’s Choice, or it’s better to mix different brands?



  34. Farhan Wahab says:

    Oops, another to add on. I don’t buy Men’s products as I believe they are pretty much washed down/diluted.. and I normally use women’s skincare products.

    • Shirleen says:

      Hi Farhan,

      Men skincare products usually contains more fragrance and have more masculine scent, and have limited range of skincare needs. In fact, most of the skincare products are suitable for both men and female anyway.

      It is definitely alright to mix the brands, I have been doing it all these while. :D

  35. Farhan Wahab says:

    Thanks Shirleen for the reply! I realised that I have a combination skin type; oily at the T zone area but dry on the cheekbones and around eye + forehead area. t_t

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