Resist Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

What It Does:
  • Thoroughly and gently cleanses skin
  • Removes makeup and excess oil
  • Cushioned foam protects skin with repairing ingredients as you cleanse
  • Help visibly reduce enlarged pores and leave skin with a refreshed feeling
  • Preserves essential substances skin needs to help it function like young skin

Who This Product Is For

RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is ideal for anyone with normal to oily or combination skin who wants a gentle foaming cleanser that removes makeup, reduces excess oil, and improves the look of enlarged pores.

How It Compares
  • RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser is an advanced anti-aging, pore-reducing cleanser specially formulated to gently remove excess oil and makeup without disturbing skin’s protective barrier.
  • This cleanser has a richer blend of antioxidants over the Skin Balancing / Hydralight cleansers for Oily Skin.
  • You would pick this over other cleansers if you have Combination to Oily Skin, and would prefer an added dose of antioxdiants over regular cleansers.
  • Other Cleansers suitable for Oily Skin include: Skin Balancing(Very Oily), Hydralight(Combination / Oily), Calm(Sensitive + Oily).
  • This cleanser has a liquid-to-foam texture that enables better hydration and replenishment.
  • The Skin Balancing Cleanser is a good alternative if accompanied with an antioxidant serum, like the Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Serum.
  • The RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser contains replenishing ingredients such as ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help condition skin, leaving it feeling exceptionally smooth, soft, and younger-looking after cleansing.
  • This cleanser is our richest and antioxidant-filled cleanser for Normal to Oily/Combination Skin.

Key Ingredients

  • Function
    Skin Types
    Normal to Combination / Very Oily
    Skincare Routine
    First Step, Before Toner
    Allergy Information
  • Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing), Stearic Acid (texture-enhancing), Glycerin (hydration/skin replenishing), Glycol Distearate (texture-enhancing), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (hydration/skin replenishing), Phytosphingosine (skin-restoring), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (hydration/skin replenishing), Lecithin (skin-restoring), Arginine (amino acid/hydration/skin replenishing), Cholesterol (hydration/skin replenishing), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (hydration/skin-soothing), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (texture-enhancing), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (texture-enhancing), Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives), Caprylyl Glycol


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  • Wet face and apply a small amount of cleanser (1-2 pumps) to your face and eye area with vigorous, yet gentle, circular motions. Rinse well. To remove heavy makeup, repeat or use with a clean, wet washcloth. Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your Paula's Choice products can be found in our How to Put Together Your Own Skincare Routine article.
  • How does Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser differ from Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser?

    In terms of texture and foaming action, they’re very similar; however, Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser goes beyond Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser to care for oily, combination, or breakout-prone skin also showing signs of aging due to sun damage. Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser contains a broad range of specialized repairing ingredients to preserve and reinforce skin’s barrier function during the cleansing process. If you’re using Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser but are concerned about signs of aging, you may want to switch to Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser.

    How does Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser differ from Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser?

    Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is a slightly creamy cleansing lotion while Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser has a lighter texture and slight foaming action that cleanses more thoroughly due to it being designed for oily skin. Although the formulas are very different, both are gentle cleansers. Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser’s formula is designed for those whose barrier function has become impaired due to sun damage and the passage of time. It’s ideal for normal to dry skin, while Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser is better for combination to oily skin with breakouts.

    How is Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser considered “anti-aging”?

    The gentle formula and its silky texture cleanses skin by not disrupting its delicate, sun-damaged barrier. As a result, with each use you’re restoring key elements aging skin needs to look younger and healthier. By keeping your sun-damaged skin’s barrier more intact during the cleansing process, your skin is able to hold on to the naturally-occurring elements it needs to strengthen and repair itself. When your skincare routine respects skin’s barrier integrity and replenishes it with the ingredients it needs to look and act younger, you will see more youthful skin!

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