paula's choice super antioxidant concentrate serum review

Ever heard the saying, an antioxidant serum a day keeps wrinkles away?

But not every antioxidant serum will do. Oh no. Most antioxidant serums only contain one or two antioxidants. Or better, a few drops of one or two antioxidants. Not enough to get the wrinkle prevention job done.

Antioxidants are like veggies. The more your skin eats, the younger it’ll look. So stock up. Use every antioxidant you can get your little hands on.

But wait… Does that mean you’ll have to use like 20 serums? Cos if every serum only has one or two antioxidants, you’d have to use so many, your skincare routine will be 10 steps long!

There’s a shortcut. Get a serum like Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum that has literally every antioxidant under the sun. Check this out:

What’s In Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum?


Think of antioxidants as the skincare police.

Free radicals are criminals. They roam through your body looking for collagen, elastin and cellular DNA to destroy. When they succeed, skin starts to sag and wrinkle. You can even get dark spots.

Antioxidants patrol the body for free radicals. Their job is to neutralise them before they can wreak their damage on your skin. 

Here’s where it gets tricky: there are many types of free radicals. Each antioxidant normally deals with one or two types. See now why the more antioxidants you use, the more damage you’ll prevent?

Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is loaded with all the antioxidants you can think of. Like coenzyme Q10. Superoxide dismutase. Gluthatione. Soybean seed extract. Green tea. And a few more.

Can you imagine how many antioxidants they can destroy all together?

Related: Why Antioxidants Are Key In Wrinkle Prevention


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t believe any antioxidant is better than the others. But some COMBINATIONS of antioxidants do work better than others.

Case in point: CEF = Vitamin C + Vitamin E + Ferulic Acid.

They’re all powerful antioxidants on their own:

But put them together and they supercharge one another:

Whatever antioxidant serum you go for, make sure it has CEF. Needless to say, this one does. 🙂

Related: How Ferulic Acid Supercharges Vitamin C And E

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If you’re ready to hit the buy button, this may put you off: the serum is silicone based.

I don’t have a problem with silicones. They allow the serum to glide on smoothly, make my skin silky soft and temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles so they look smaller.

They don’t even cause pimples: silicones have a particular molecular structure made up of larger molecules with wider spaces between each molecule. They create a barrier that keeps moisture in but still allows skin to perspire.

But if you use anything comedogenic before this serum, then yes, silicones can trap them underneath their protective barrier and cause breakouts.

Bottom line: don’t use comedogenic ingredients in your skincare and you’ll be fine.

Related: Are Silicones Good Or Bad?


The texture is smooth and lightweight but a tad sticky. It doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind or anything like that but if your skin is oily, you may not like it very much.


It’s fragrance-free.

How To Use It

Morning and night, after cleansing.

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Performance & Personal Opinion

The only thing I’d change about Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum? Its lightweight texture is a little bit sticky. It’s not a biggie, but it’ll put some people off.

If you can put up with it, it’s worth it. It leave skin silky soft and smooth to the touch and doubles up as a great base for foundation. It also gives my skin a lovely, natural glow. If you have dark spots, it may help you lighten them.

In the long run, the serum will help you age more slowly. Antioxidants can’t reduce the wrinkles you already have so if you expect to put this on and see your wrinkles disappear in two weeks, you’ll be SO disappointed.

What antioxidants do is PREVENT wrinkles. With regular use, you’ll stop new wrinkles from forming in the first place. And since prevention is easier than the cure, find a way to get your antioxidant fix every single day.

Another thing it does NOT do? Hydrate skin. But then this was never its job. Its job is to prevent wrinkles. If you need hydration, follow it up with a hyaluronic acid serum. (check out my fave picks here).

Related: Treatment VS Prevention: What Really Works To Fight Wrinkles

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Who Is This For?

Anyone who wants to prevent premature aging.

Who Is This Not For?

Oily skin may find it a little sticky.


Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum comes in a blue bottle with a pump applicator. It’s hygienic, practical, and keeps the antioxidants safe and effective for as long as possible.

P.S. Old package pictured here.

Does Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum Live Up To Its Claims?

A hydrating, antioxidant-enriched serum that restores visible radiance for dull, dry skin while fighting against environmental attack. It’s not that hydrating, but it does help protect skin from environmental attacks.
Improves the appearance of dull, uneven skin tone. It brightens it a little, but it can’t significantly fade away dark spots.
This state-of-the-art serum helps minimize damage from environmental attack that cause skin to look older, while also helping to visibly improve a dull skin tone for smooth, radiant results. True.

Price & Availability

Available at: $38.00 at Dermstore, Feel Unique, Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice

Do You Need It?

Yes. If you’re looking for an anti-aging serum to prevent the signs of aging, Paula’s Choice Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is one of the best options out there.

Dupes & Alternatives

What’s your fave antioxidant serum? Share yours in the comments below.


Cyclopentasiloxane (hydration/suspending agent), Dimethicone (hydration/suspending agent), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (vitamin c/antioxidant), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (skin-restoring ingredient), Ceramide NP (hydration/skin replenishing), Tocotrienols (vitamin E/antioxidant), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10/antioxidant), Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid, antioxidant), Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E/antioxidant), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Beta-Glucan (skin-soothing), Superoxide Dismutase (antioxidant), Epigallocatechin Gallate (antioxidant), Ergothioneine (antioxidant), Glutathione (antioxidant), Xanthophylls (antioxidant), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (antioxidant), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract (skin-soothing), Lupinus Albus Seed Oil (antioxidant), Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract (antioxidant), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (emollient), Phenoxyethanol (preservative).