My OMG discovery: Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment

Oh Em Gee.  Ever have that moment when trying a product?  I’ve got one I can’t wait to share because it is a game changer for me in terms of my skin.

Love her or hate her, Paula Begoun has had a huge impact on the cosmetics industry.  Me?  I love her.  Way back in the day I bought her books, read them over and over, underlined, highlighted, tabbed…I subscribed to her newsletter and saved every single one, pouring over them and making my wish lists of the best things to purchase.  When she started her own cosmetics and skin care line I wondered if she could keep her objectivity.  Much to my delight, I think Paula  is still the same sort of prickly but totally no-nonsense expert that I can always count on for fantastic advice.  I don’t love all of her products – her cosmetics are typically a bit too tame for me – but her skin care is always great.

I have several staples that I actually buy in bulk (for example, her Gentle Touch Makeup Remover and Resist Replenishing Toner) and I am always buying new things from her.  My latest discovery – and it is AWESOME – is the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($55).

Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment

Here are all the skin ailments it treats:

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Wrinkles
  • Firms skin, smoothing deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone, refines pore size
This is a retinol product, and I know that some people have problems tolerating retinol. Even if you have a history of difficulty with retinols, give this a try.  It has licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants that make it great for sensitive skin. My skin has always reacted well to retinols, and this product in particular gives me beautiful and immediate results.  My skin is much smoother, pores smaller, fine lines less noticeable.  Retinol actually stimulates collagen production, so the results over time are fantastic.
Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment 2
The Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is a thick serum that is applied after cleansing and toning and before other products.  It has no added fragrance, so it smells a bit like chemicals but the scent immediately dissipates.  Once applied, you can put any other products like treatment serums and moisturizers over it.  I use this at night, and I was far too enthusiastic about this at first.  I had such great results immediately that I thought I could use it every day.  That was way too fast for my skin, and I learned to slow down and work up to every other day.  For the first several weeks I got the best results with once every three days.  Right now I am at every other day and building up to every day.
Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is truly fantastic…I just can’t rave enough.  It is lightening my hyperpigmentation, and when I am a very bad girl and don’t wash my face at night, I just apply this the next day and I don’t break out or have any skin issues at all.  Overall, my skin looks younger, more radiant…I am extremely impressed.

I bought this product myself, but there is a friends/family program.  If you use this link it will give you $10 off your initial order, and will also give me a credit for future purchases:

I hope you will give Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment a try.  I am so excited about my results that I want everyone else to have skin as happy as mine!! – Lisa

*I purchased this product.  The link gives $10 off your initial order and gives me a $10 credit for future purchases.

Key Ingredients: Salix alba extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, Arctium lappa, phytosterol, cetyl esters,tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, retinol, tribehenin, Glycine soja sterols, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, Avena sativa, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, lecithin, dimethicone, laurdimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein,Glycyrrhiza glabra, ceramide 2, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12, tocopheryl acetate


  1. KD | 2nd Jan 15

    I am so sensitive to fragrance/irritants, I LOVE that her products are all fragrance free, and I have yet to have a breakout/reaction to any PC products I have tried.

  2. Diana D. | 2nd Jan 15

    I couldn’t agree with you more! I love Paula’s Choice products and her new Resist 1% Retinol Treatment is fantastic! I use just about every single one of the Resist products and always make sure I have a backup of each one. I am so fanatical about taking good care of my skin. And I’m even more fanatical about her products. I purchase from her website nearly every month!

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