I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Every time I reach for one of these booster treatments by Paula's Choice, I think of that Xzibit "Yo, Dawg," meme: Yo, Dawg, I heard you like skincare boosters, so I put a booster in your serum so you can hydrate while you hydrate.
That's essentially the premise of these newish products, which you add to your cream, serum or moisturizer in order to maximize that product's positive effects. It's a pretty inventive idea, really, and like many of the goods from Paula's Choice, they come with a bevy of exclamitory user reviews.
Each comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a handy dropper tool, which you definitely need. To use, you simply combine two to three drops of either with your choice of moisturizing product that's free of sunscreen. Note that you can (and totally should) use sunscreen after you've applied the mixture, but adding the product to a product containing sunscreen dilutes said sunscreen, thereby making it less effective.
In terms of which products mix best with these boosters, my choice is a serum or oil over a cream or lotion. It's simply a less fussy mixing process, and I'm partial to oils and serums as it is. (For those who are curious, I usually mix with either Jouer Daily Repair Treatment Oil, $48, or Thesis Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil, $15.95.)
RESIST C15 Super Booster, $48
This potent little ditty contains 15% vitamin C, hence its name. As you're probably already aware, vitamin C does a fabulous job of evening and brightening your complexion, and this product does do that if used consistently. Vitamin C can also fade those blasted sun spots or other hyper-pigmentation, and works as an anti-aging ingredient. So if you've got any of the above concerns, this is the booster for you.
In addition to vitamin C, this contains ferulic acid, vitamin E, and peptides. Basically, a super-duper concoction of ingredients that help you achieve more youthful skin.
This is a pretty lightweight formula that blends well with other products. It's actually lighter than the hyaluronic booster below. Do make sure you're wearing proper SPF with this (and any products high in vitamin C), as it makes your skin more susceptible to sun damage.
Hyaluronic Acid Booster, $45
Hyaluronic acid is yet another anti-aging ingredient, and this booster contains two forms of it: sodium hyaluronate, which is the more accessible form, and then pure hyaluronic acid. It's more gel-like in consistency compared to the C15, but it blends well with other products just the same. In addition to the two forms of hyaluronic acid, it's also loaded with ceramides, which create a barrier to lock in moisture.
I'm telling you, when I use this product, I can tell an immediate difference in the quality of my skin. It instantly feels plumper and more hydrated, and it looks all glowy and healthy.
I'm kind of obsessed with moisture at this point in my life (seriously, can't get enough), so it's no surprise that I'm in love with a humectant-rich booster that goes into another moisturizer. For that reason, I actually prefer this product over the C15, though both are really top notch.
If you're trying to choose between the two, opt for the Hyaluronic Acid Booster if you're super-thirsty for moisture, and opt for the C15 Booster if you want to even out your complexion and really brighten.
- Are you a fan of Paula's Choice?
- Do you currently use any boosters? If so, let's hear about them!