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What is it?
Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids sound like something we all should have in our diet, you know, fish oil and other delicacies, but are those really beneficial for the skin?
Many sources say yes. This study points out the extraordinary effects of the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in both cosmetic and therapeutic application on the skin:
Fish oil and the related actives, such as omega-3 and omega-6 PUFAs, have been proved helpful for maintaining skin homeostasis and ameliorating cutaneous abnormalities. The fatty acids in fish oil can improve skin barrier function, inhibit UV-induced inflammation and hyperpigmentation, attenuate dry skin and pruritus elicited by dermatitis, accelerate skin wound healing, and prevent skin cancer development. /Cosmetic and Therapeutic Applications of Fish Oil’s Fatty Acids on the Skin, Tse-Hung Huang, Pei-Wen Wang, Shih-Chun Yang, Wei-Ling Chou and Jia-You Fang, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Published online 2018 Jul 30. doi: 10.3390/md16080256/
Although this study is based on omega-3 and omega-6 PUFAs in the fish oil, effects of the plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids to the skin are also proved equally good. And that leads us to this Paula’s Choice Resist Omega+ Complex Serum that is infused with decent levels of plant-derived omega-3, 6 and 9 PUFAs. Ceramides added make this formula unique skin fortifier.
Here is what the brand says:
Concentrated levels of omega fatty acids help replenish dull, dehydrated skin, revive a beautifully smooth, supple feeling, plus visibly soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This serum contains robust levels of Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils plus skin-identical ceramides and hydrating ingredients to visibly improve skin’s health. /Paula’s Choice/
This product comes in very elegant grey, rather heavy 30 ml /1 fl.oz. airtight container.
Serum is whitish light emulsion with light, natural plant scent to it. Spreads very easily, but not runny. Beautiful silky texture.
How to use it?
Apply 1-2 pumps onto face and neck. For optimal results, use AM and PM. For daytime, follow with a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater. /Paula’s Choice/
I simply use it whenever I remember to. Simple as that. Sometimes in the summertime, as the only step. Dry skin types would beg to differ.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin (skin-replenishing ingredient), Diheptyl Succinate (emollient), Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters (texture enhancer), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil (flax seed; non-fragrant omega 3, 6, and 9 plant oil), Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid (skin-restoring omega 9 fatty acids), Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega 6 plant oil) Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil (non-fragrant omega 3 plant oil), Ceramide EOP, Ceramide EOS, Ceramide NP, Ceramide NS, Caprooyl Sphingosine (skin-replenishing and restoring ingredients), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables (skin smoothing fatty acid), Caprooyl Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cholesterol, Ceramide AP (skin-replenishing and restoring ingredients), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter (antioxidant emollient), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer (texture enhancer), Prunus Domestica Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil/omega 9), Lauryl Laurate (skin-softening), Glyceryl Behenate (texture enhancer), Hydrogenated Lecithin (skin-restoring ingredient), Sodium Phytate (chelating agent), Trehalose (hydration), Isohexadecane (texture enhancer), Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (texture enhancer), Cetyl Alcohol (hydration), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin C/antioxidant), Agar, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteareth-25 (texture enhancers), Cetearyl Alcohol (hydration), Behenic Acid (opacifying agent), Glyceryl Rosinate (emollient), Citric Acid (pH adjuster), Benzyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin (preservatives)
Pretty much straight forward. Omegas and ceramides. Very nice!
Yes, may be very soothing
Who is it for?
All skin types
Does it work?
I know that I am maybe late to the party reviewing this serum that isn’t so new to Paula’s Choice line. But after using it for a quite a while now, trust me when I say that this is, ladies and gentlemen, one of my favourite serums ever. If you couldn’t figure that out from my rather enthusiastic intro to this review, now I put it plain and straight forward. Yes, I like it very much.
My skin loves this texture, these ingredients, this overall effect of it. And that is, my dear ladies and gentlemen, the fact that my skin is not sensitive any more. Yes, you read it correctly. My angry, sensitive and sensitized rosacea inflicted skin after so long is able to handle high concentrations of AHA’s, BHA’s and retinol, can handle exfoliation and temperature high and lows, can handle pretty much everything that was completely uncanny to it.
Of course, this serum can’t get all the credit to this amazing change to my skin, but it certainly played a part alongside my other skin care gems.
My skin is definitely different. Stronger, resilient, well nourished. It’s ready for losing that hashtag: #sensitiveskin