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Paula’s Choice RESIST Omega+ Complex Review

Paula’s Choice RESIST Omega+ Complex Serum is a unique product that promises to nourish dull skin and provide lasting hydration.

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When I first heard about the RESIST Omega+ Complex Serum by cosmetics company Paula’s Choice, my thoughts raced to salmon sashimi. Had the cosmetic industry found its next star? Was salmon sashimi replacing snail slime?

Fortunately, my assumptions were wrong; for, upon further study, I can confirm that this omega oils-themed product does not contain any fish extracts. The oils are all plant-based. Thus clarified, let us move on to opening the signature grey box of PC, wherein the vessel containing the goods is anchored.

The formula is housed in a heavy platinum pump bottle; expensive-looking, like something Estée Lauder would consider for their high-end, Re-Nutriv line. However, instead of charging $360 as the latter would demand, Paula’s Choice asks for $36. To borrow a phrase Anna Wintour used to comment on a $1,000 dress by Alexander Wang, while herself clad in a $10,000 Chanel suit, “That’s very reasonable.”

One pump dispenses a generous modicum of product. The color is diluted milk, and its texture is a gorgeous, light lotion that is a bit lighter than Paula’s Choice Radiance Renewal Mask, and which sinks right in without leaving skin feeling heavy or greasy. Even those with oily or combination skin (such as moi) will be pleasantly surprised that they can use this product containing oils and not be left with a face ready to fry an egg on. In fact, it can double duty as a moisturizer for anyone with dehydrated oily skin. Thus, while instructions suggest 1-2 pumps for face and neck, yours truly does 4-5 pumps on his face alone.

Despite no added fragrances, the lotion imparts a pleasing scent; an aromatherapy smell. As a side note, never buy or apply skincare pizzazzed with perfume (Chanel No. 5 on your face anyone?), because fragrance is an infamous skin irritant; and just because you don’t feel your face burn or turn vermilion red, doesn’t mean that no damage is being done to skin. Like how repeated, unprotected exposure to sun can cause premature aging of the skin, damage from fragrance is also cumulative.

Chief among the list of ingredients is a concordia of omega fatty acids (not from sashimi, rest assured) with publications to attest its benefits, including omega-3 from linseed and chia, both oils rich in potent antioxidants to improve skin’s surface and reduce inflammation; omega-6 from passion fruit, known for its skin-soothing and anti-aging properties; and omega-9 from plum, a non-fragrant plant oil promising lasting hydration.

But that only makes up half the recipe; for, as is typical of a Paula’s Choice product, additional ingredients of consequence are added to make the cocktail stronger. In this case, besides omega oils, the emollient olive oil is also featured high in the list due to its impressive antioxidant activity and profile of essential fatty acids, both of which are beneficial to all skin types and to dry skin in particular. Furthermore, this would not be a Paula’s Choice product if it did not include at least five different ceramides; long chain lipids found naturally in the epidermis that play an important role in skin barrier function, preventing water going out and environmental stressors coming in.

When added up altogether, you can expect the Omega+ Complex to strengthen skin’s moisture barrier and further protect it from the elements and inclemency; thus resulting in a smooth, firm, hydrated and radiant appearance, entitled to the jealous glances from those whose faces have seen the light of day without sunscreen protection. This cannot be stressed enough, but always (always!) wear an SPF product during the day; because no face cream in the world (however well formulated it may be) will make a difference if you are exposing unshielded skin daily to the injurious, pro-ageing UV rays of the Sun.

As a side note to advanced skincare users, you can enhance the results of the Omega+ Complex even further by pairing it with a specialized treatment; for example, vitamin C liquid for a brighter complexion; niacinamide solution to visibly minimize pores; hyaluronic acid gel for plumper skin; face oil to increase the moisturizing factor; or 1% retinol booster for extra firmness.

All in all, the RESIST Omega+ Complex Serum is a unique product, first of its kind, and loaded with ingredients research has confirmed beneficial to skin. To boot, the bottle is worthy of adorning the vanity table of a countess in Chanel; and the luxurious lotion is so lightweight and fast absorbing that it’s hard to believe this is a treatment serum inspired by oils. Thus, the motto of this story is, “No shine and plenty to gain.”

By Boripat Lebel

Boripat Lebel is a research coordinator at the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Chiang Mai University. He authored the eBook “A Vomit of Diamonds.” Boripat can also be found on LinkedIn .